Cow Pot: Darren, Jason
It was 5 years since I’d last done Cow Pot, when I’d not been in the KCC long, so I wondered if I’d find it easier (having more experience) or harder (being 5 years older).
Darren opted for the ‘Sneaky’ route on the main pitch (or was it the ‘Devious’ ?). The first back-up bolt is in the roof, the second is sneakily located just out of sight on the wall behind you as you lean out over the rift. As you follow the rather alarming traverse to the left, further bolts are revealed. Darren selected the first obvious pair for a Y-hang and eventually found two fairly extreme deviations from flakes (perhaps this was the Devious route) to reach the free-hanging rebelay at the top of the main pitch. This was at the end of the first 30m rope, so he patiently hung around (literally!) while I joined him to hand over the 50m for the rest of the pitch.
This was a straight drop into the middle of the vastness of Fall Pot, and we met Tim D at the bottom, who had entered from Lancs. He recommended solo caving for “concentrating the mind”…
I had no difficulties with the ascent (in contrast to the first visit, 5 years ago!) though it gave plenty of time to appreciate the slenderness of the excellent 9mm Spelenium Gold that was keeping me from a messy end far below.
However, when it came to the awkward thrutchy climb on the way to the entrance pitch, I found the years had taken their toll. I had managed it earlier, but this time needed Darren’s shoulder for the final push – that’s another pint I owe him!