I will say in my defense...
It's not normal to take a novice down Eastwater Upper Series round trip plus down Dolphin Pot down to the 13 Pots round trip on just their third caving trip; that's a pretty hard-core trip for the majority of cavers.
I'd talked to people about whether it is a sensible thing to do with a novice and whether I'm capable of leading it.
In this case the response was a resounding 'go for it'.
The Cave Rescue call-out in Eastwater at the same time was nothing to do with us - despite many people leaping to the obvious conclusion. We did bump into the unfortunate group while underground.
I'm just back from another trip to 13 Pots with a group of experienced cavers and we only took marginally less time.
Gary did blimmin well...
I've been asking advice for what to do with Gary on his next trip, and the answer is easy.
Time to stop leading him on increasingly harder trips and teach him how to be a full member of the team.
Gary - on your next trip you will be rigging a pitch under supervision.
Bung me some dates and lets make it happen.
I'm looking forward to it