Back to our Saturday dig at the Hell Holes. We are a short drive north of Lake Ontario having followed highway 41 from Napanee.
Our descent into the largest known Hell Hole was filled with expectation. We trod carefully down an iron ladder the light fading with our progression. I suppose the first thought that occured to our group was, Will this go? Will there be tunnels beneath the shattered slbs over which we clambered? Going is a term used by cavers in relation to a cavities possibility of extending on beyond its present dimentions. Going tunnel is a phrase that is shouted by an excited caver who has discovered virgin passage.
There were two schools of thought on this particular site. Greg believes that this space is no more than another example of “slip and slide”, a situation where under glacial pressure the rock breaks along a joint and shifts sideways along a horizontal orientation. The water at the base of the glacier and its movement facilitates the slide. The crevice caves at mount Nemo are a likely example of this process. Greg could well have a point as the two sides of the cavity walls appear to mirror each other in orientation and incline. Just beneath where Greg is sitting it is possible to wiggle down into the talus and see the cavern walls deeper down. Beneath this spot the tunnel seems to shift off to the left of the picture.
Unlike Greg, I, (being the eternal optimist) hope that the cavity has been formed by either solution or running water. It is a process that would account for a much more extensive system of passages. The orientation of the enlargened crevices at opposing angles and the possibility of hydralic pressure being forced down into exposed joints as happened in Leopard Frog cave leads me to this conclusion.