A good trip to a fine cave - we didn't get as far as we hoped, as the navigation isn't as straightforward as the survey suggests. I'd heard it was pretty (it is), so took my camera, but all the underground pictures were well down to my usual standard. So here is a picture of an exceptionally fine formation above ground......
A good trip on a very dry evening. Here are some pictures
We had a new-comers trip to Kingsdale master cave via Valley entrance (Roof tunnel), it was a bit damper than expected but everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Here's a few photos from the President's meet at Alum Pot, this was followed by the AGM and annual dinner.
The day dawned an abnormally dry and even sunny surprise after the seemingly endless wet of recent times. It was an excited group that assembled, thrilled by the prospect of an approach walk that was not through driving rain. Chris had kindly collected the ropes. As we were sorting them out by the cars Jason commented that ropes aren't really necessary for Sunset as far as the top of the last pitch and actual SRT kit somewhat infra-dig. We continued with our plan...
(or Committee Pot if you prefer)
After the recent weather we feared the worst, but in fact water levels in the stream were pretty much normal. Heading upstream, I had to investigate Inlet 6.5¾. The stories were quite true - after about 10 metres the passage is completely blocked with sand. No doubt someone will take this on as a digging project - the sand looks very easy to move, but it's impossible to tell how much there is of it, possibly many tons!
The first time Paul and I attempted this turned into a bit of a fell walking exercise because I managed to pick the wrong gate, so by the time we found it enthusiasm had somewhat waned and we failed to find the way on from Caton Hall; this trip I was determined to see a bit more of it. Barbon Pot (unsurprisingly in Barbondale) is a fine little cave and a bit more impressively sized than some of the other holes in that valley. It was being used as a dump by the farmer until the RRCPC put a lot of effort into clearing it out a few years ago.
Ed (leader), Gareth, Paul, Darren
After waiting around in the car park for the go ahead by the staff, we set off at a quick pace eager for some watery fun. Through the initial swim and into the boulder choke. Located the duck and all four held their breath and plunged through. Negotiated a tight wet squeeze (don't remember that from last time) and off up the main streamway.
To be honest, I hadn’t really wanted to do Penyghent especially as it was a 9 o’clock start, after a late Saturday night. So I gave Tim and Darren fair warning I might have to turn round before the end, but this didn’t work – there were three full tackle bags, and three people were needed all the way! And it was dry, and so a good opportunity to do this watery pot.
Well , what a fantastic day ! With only 3 persons signed up for Dale head ( 4 ideal) and wet weather around , a last minute decision was made to switch and try the first 6 pitches of Gingling hole. With a stroll in clag and drizzle Darren ,Helen and I felt vindicated . Rigging the first pitch presented no issues ,and we started to wonder about the inclusion in NFTFH , however we were soon presented with a complete variety of challenges ,inc narrow rifts , squeezes and free climbs. Most pitches were rigged but we did adopt a purist stance until the 6th pitch where tiredness took over !!!