Roaring Hole 18/10/2023 – Connor, James, Rhod, Jason
I always like to begin a trip to Roaring with half-an-hour or so fruitlessly wandering the limestone pavement on the slopes of Ingleborough, and tonight was no exception. It turns out that a) What3Words isn’t as useful a navigational tool as I’d hoped, and b) my recollection of the entrance of the entrance was woeful. Anyway, when Connor’s phone got a signal, it didn’t take long before we were heading down.
The first (and only, as far as we were concerned) pitch into Bandstand chamber comes in two halves – the first a simple drop to a wide ledge, and the second a rather awkward Y-hang down the last 5m. I rigged both parts, but regretted it. It’s quicker and easier to tiptoe round the edge of the chamber to the bottom, and really not too terrifying.
There follows one of several scaffolded boulder chokes. There wasn’t much water – the promised storm having held off – but what there was found its way down the back of our necks. A short crawl, and another boulder choke or two leads to Slab Chamber. There are hangers for a handline, and I had brought some rope, but once again the rope doesn’t really help – it takes you away from dry rock with good handholds.
A final boulder slope led down to the streamway, which we explored as far as The Rift, which we left for another time. Getting out is easy enough, though warm work – until the final upward thrutch into the entrance slope. The youngsters all managed this with minimal assistance, but I was badly in need of a shove from Connor, who manfully ascended unaided.
A good trip, and thanks to all for bearing with my attempts at above-ground navigation!