Spent most of the day tidying up the bus and camp after it had become something of a tip. Rod, Hodge, Jim and Ian set off early in the morning intending to spend the night at the cave found on Monday. Dave, Colin and Johnny also went to the cave but returned in the evening.
In the evening we watched a series of plays given by local school girls from the surrounding villages in the area.
The weather was warm and sunny all day.
Below are a couple of pics of the entranced to one of the larger caves we found and this area was remarkable free of scrub and wasn’t cultivated, pop a few sheep in and it would look just like the Dales except a wee bit warmer.
We left the col, after spending an hour or so eating breakfast and drying out our sleeping bags, and traversed a high mountain peak path which headed in the general direction of Mangu. During the morning and early part of the afternoon we tried one or two of the villagers out with our questionnaire that Het-Ram had written out in Hindu for us. As it turned out it was not until we had reached Mangu, about three in the afternoon, that we had any success. Here we were told to wait for a short while until a man was found who could show us a cave near the village. Before we set off to look at the cave we had tea and biscuits at his house.
The cave was a bit of a disappointment in so much that it was only a rift about 80ft long formed by a landslip. In places it became very tight with one small crawl through conglomerate which was a little disturbing, the entrance was about halfway down a rocky outcrop, in fact the outcrop was a thin band of vertically bedded limestone protruding from the hillside like a dyke, and well covered by the usual sub-tropical vegetation. However, there was good bit of luck; before we left our guide gave us about five names of other caves in the area.
We returned back to base camp about eight o’clock in the evening after walking most of the way back by road. One bit of good news when we got back was that the cave Jim, Hodge, and Het-Ram had visited was the longest so far. Estimated length 400ft and about 200ft deep. I’d also a letter from home.
The weather as usual was sunny and warm all day.
Friday 9th October 1970 (Day 69)
I stayed in bed a little longer than usual because I was buggered after yesterday’s effort. Most of the day was spent writing letters and bringing my log up to date.
Turned in about eight o’clock and read for a while, then called it a day.
The weather again was warm and sunny all day.
Saturday 10th October 1970 (Day 70)
Again another late rising and up and as Het-Ram was coming in the afternoon it looked like being another lazy day. Het-Ram took Jim, Mick, Dave, Keith and I to some sort of fair to do with a religious ceremony. This was, or had been, going on for three days or so in Battul, and today was the last day. During the evening some of us went back to watch a film, which was in Hindi, and later we went on to a cultural show. However by the time this came to an end, about 1.30 in the morning, there were only four of us left. The cultural evening consisted of one or two short plays separated by singing and dancing. All performed, by what we thought was the local ammeter dramatic society.
The weather was sunny and warm all day although the evenings are definitely now becoming quite cool.
Sunday 11th October 1970 (Day 71)
Another lazy day was spent around the camp because Het-Ram had arranged for a meal at his place about six o’clock in the evening. I thought the meal was excellent and everyone else seemed to agree.
The weather was sunny and warm all day.
Note: John published these three days together oon Facebook so we have stuck with the same format.