Spain 1973, 1974,
Expedition log, New Year 1974/75It was thought that this expedition was not logged at the time, so the following paragraphs were written largely from memory; however, in 2019 a single page of notes (covering the first half of the expedition) was discovered; these notes are transcribed below the photographs, below.
Departure date was 27 December 1974; the ferry company cancelled our daytime trip to Le Havre but gave us a free cabin on the overnight passage! Very welcome. Long drive in the three-wheeler down through France.
We attempted a survey of Tinganón using a protractor as an clinometer (which Bill still has, in 2007!).
We were accommodated in the Rales house (see below) by Tony’s mother (María Luisa).
We went down Rales cave. This was almost certainly the through trip starting at Pozo de Molino, through the squeeze/duck down the pitches and cascades and out via Fuentica.
One reconnaissance up into the mountains on icy roads almost ended up in disaster, as the car skidded to the side of the road, just above a precipice. If the car had four wheels, one of those might have been over the edge ...
New Year’s Eve was spent in Llanes, where we took pictures of revelers, the Guardia, etc., and also visited Matiu’s club (disco).
After New Year’s we went up to the Lakes in very frosty weather for photographs near Trumbio and surface explorations, etc., and on a later day drove up the Deva gorge and viewed Pozo del Infierno. 74 colour photos in all, plus 48 B&W discovered in 2023.
No page covering the 2nd January through the return date (7th January)
has been found; it may never have existed.
Expeditions to the Picos de Europa and elsewhere since 1973.
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