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Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on January 01, 2006, 11:05:46 am
Here's a new thread for a New Year. Haven't been caving today (yet) so I've got nothing to put in it at the moment....
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: The Badger on January 01, 2006, 07:46:48 pm
Lionel's Round Trip with a slight deviation to look at potential of old Moody dig off Stick in the mud.

The sump requires further attention. It is reported to have been dived for 5m to an airbell yet I was able to reach into air space from Sump chamber....
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: The Badger on January 06, 2006, 08:25:18 am
Tuesday evening in Swildons.

After drinking much tea at 9pm we decided that if were going we ought to go.  Managed to stay dry down to the sump which required a few interesting moves on route. After much water slinging and welly pouring we exited via the wet way so we were all as wet as each other - well all most.
 :wink:
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on January 06, 2006, 10:33:29 am
Hi Mr. Badger... Happy New Year. Apart from you, which CHCC members went?  :wink:
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: The Badger on January 06, 2006, 05:45:41 pm
....none. Last time I asked if anyone wanted to come out and play there were no takers.  :(

I havent met that many CHCC yet, just Dani. I'm sure I'll meet folks soon...

Looking forward to seeing the meets list, especially the dates for the trips I'm leading.

Mr B.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Hebden on January 08, 2006, 01:46:17 pm
Thursday 5th jan. St Cuthberts Swallet.

Chris Castle, Andy Hebden, Andy Morgan.

Morgs last trip before moving to Germany so thought we'd better make it a good one, and good it certainly was with Mr C taking us to view the sights of September seris.

For me the balcony in September chamber was the highlight of the trip, loads of beatiful and brilliantly white formations.  September boulder ruckle was also fun, in a sporting kind of way.

A good trip followed by food and beer at the hunters :D .
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Hebden on January 08, 2006, 02:57:34 pm
Saturday 7th Jan.  Loxton Cavern.

Chris Binding, Andy Hebden and lots of others.

Me and Chris represented the club on a leader induction trip to the lost cave of loxton, or Loxton Cavern as its called now its been found!

The story of the cave is fantastic. It was found by miners in the eighteenth century, not finding any ochre or other minerals they took the stal away (lots of evidenvce of this) and the cave became lost.  An early visitor to the cave was the Revd. Dr Catcott,  he saw the place as evidence of the great flood and wrote detailed diary descriptions of it.  From studying these still surrving descriptions the cave was rediscovered.

From a caving point of view their's a good variety of things to do, some squeezes (one especially tight one off of Glisson's Chamber), a pitch up to the original entrance, some upright walking, and a good ammount of crawling.  But the real magic of the place lies in the evidence left by the early miners.  Foot prints, a clay pipe, scratchings on the walls even a set of knee prints from which its possible to deduce that the miner who crawled through the mud over 200 years ago was wearing cordory trousers!  The sense of history is positivly tangible!!

A fantastic cave. three cheers for Nick Richards and Nick Harding for finding the cave and roll on the BEC sorting the keys out so we can organise a club trip  :D .

More details and photo's of the trip are given by mr binding on the mendip bit of this forum.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: The Badger on January 23, 2006, 06:13:27 pm
14th Jan - dropped Alum direct before breakfast!!! Had an unexpected vist from 'Elvis' on the second Y hang - derigged Dolly Tubs and off to Bernies.  

22nd Jan - dived Llygad Llwchwr resurgence to 'dive base' in the mother of all flows, perhaps a tad too sporting but out for tea and medals without incident.

...maybe I should take up knitting.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Sparrow on February 04, 2006, 12:01:41 pm
OFD Top Entrance 29th January 2006

Andy S, Mel, Steve Lodge, Liz Freeman and Dave Holmes.

This was an introductory trip intended for members unfamiliar with OFD.  For Steve and Dave it was a first visit; for a Liz a second.  We started off with a look at the big survey in SWCC to give an overview of the whole system.  Ken and Andy P turned up on their own mission to visit Top waterfall; they walked up the hill with us and vanished into the cave while we were still kitting-up.  

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Planning The Route

We did our usual sit-down just inside to let the eyes adjust and I took the opportunity to plot the proposed route on a survey of the Top Entrance area.  It was a busy day and a couple of other groups filed past before we finally set off.  Steve took on the role of navigator and successfully led across the Big Chamber to the Mini Traverse.

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The Mini-Traverse

 A right turn from here took us along a pleasant sandy corridor to another junction, where turning left led us in to the top level of Arete Chamber.  From here it was into the relatively unknown.  If you study the survey you can see a passage leading over, and then connecting with, the Chasm.  I had previously had a solo look at most of this but not followed it right through.  It begins with an unusual feature or OFD – a long pool deep enough to fill your wellies.  This can be traversed over, but not that easily which created a bit of entertainment.  

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Traversing The pool

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Steve on the Three Metre Climb

Beyond the pool is an awkward 3 metre climb and then a walking size rift.  The rift opens out at a cross-joint and to the left is an impressive gulf into the Chasm.  From here it was on into unknown territory.  The route continued as sideways walking in a pleasant winding canyon before emerging on a ledge about 3-4 metres above the floor of the Chasm.  

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Mel on the route to the Chasm

 We descended using a handline and strolled on down to Salubrious Passage.   A rather serious and sombre crowd of cavers were met here and we followed them down to the Trident.  Liz and Mel decided to head back from here while the boys, being boys, went for a quick look at Selenite Tunnel.
I was really curious to see how Mel would get on finding her way back so we crept up behind the girls to monitor their progress.  Mel missed the climb up first time but quickly realised she was wrong and corrected her mistake.
 
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Mel and Liz

We caught the girls up by the ‘Wedding Cake' but Mel continued as route-finder and successfully led us to the surface without too much trouble.  It had been a very pleasant amble round for just under 4 hours.

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The Navigator Surfaces!

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The Team

 As we were driving away from SWCC Ken and Andy appeared so we arranged to meet up in the Copper Beech.  They were not destined to join us there because their sat-nav took them in the wrong direction!   We enjoyed a drinks and nibbles and a final look at the OFD master plan before going our separate ways.

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Debrief!
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Hebden on February 05, 2006, 06:57:42 pm
St Cuthberts - Rabbit Warren extension  1st feb.

Chris Castle, Andy Hebden and Sissel.

We entered the cave and followed the old route down to the top of the boulder chamber where at the impressivley large Kanchenjunga boulder we turned left to enter Upper Traverse Chamber and then High Chamber.
From High Chamber we went through September Squeeze then down a much tighter squeeze to gain the top of Cat Gut Rift.

From the far corner of the chamber at the end of Cat Gut Rift we made our way into some fine phreatic passage.  A short diversion was made to spy the stream in continuation chamber, then we made our way on down to the vice.  

We entered Chain chamber then into the Rabbit Warren from which we made our way up to the Railway Tunnel up Harem Passage and back into Upper Traverse Chamber.  From here we re-traced the first part of the trip to the exit.

I think this is roughly the route we took!

A great trip to yet another part of this fascinating cave system, finishing at the hunters with food and beer.

andy h
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on February 06, 2006, 08:42:12 am
GB Cavern, Sunday 22nd January 2006
Johnny, Keith, Gary, Andy, Sissel & Chris

An introductory trip to this magnificent cave for Johnny, Keith and Gary who had not visited it before; Andy was the trip leader and Chris just went along (to admire A's leadership style and occasionally wade in) after having lent out knees pads, belts and some other assorted items of gear.
(http://cheddar-caving-club.org.uk/gblo1.jpg)
L-R: J, K, A, S (G at rear)

An uneventful journey took us through the usual obstacles on the approach to the slightly more spacious chamber.

(http://cheddar-caving-club.org.uk/gblo2.jpg)
Johnny rattles through the cavernous tunnel crawl alongside the grotto

Allowing the newbies to enter this part of the cave first, as is the standard GB etiquette, we wended our way downstream around the various corners, admiring the place until we reached the bridge whereupon we set off crossing over and having a look-see at the helictites on the ledge before going up White Passage to continue oggling the pretties; the short slide into the loop route past the curtain....

(http://cheddar-caving-club.org.uk/gblo3.jpg)

And then down towards the Gallery whereupon we met Mr. S M with a bunch of KUCC students. Had a break at the marvellous viewpoint to take in the blackness of the gorge before continuing down to stream level, using the rope to assist on the somewhat awkward short climb to the streamway nearby ladder dig (which we would leave for another day). Allowing the others to visit the bitter bottom of the cave, I made for the waterfall accompanied by tackle bag and rope to rig it with a line for safety's sake and, on completion, the first caver made her way up. No sooner had the assembled gang arrived at the first stance, I set about doing the "out and over" manoeuvre holding the rope which for some strange reason had been untied from its belay by the intrepid S who apparently considered it superfluous. A short wait ensued while the rope was retied and then we could continue.

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Gary approaching the gallery, standing aside a wall of flowstone.

We regain the bridge and make our way back out, with the newbies leading (to locate the route marking cairn) and assisting each other spotting etc.. All in all a very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon's trip.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on February 12, 2006, 09:12:54 am
Slaughter Stream Cave Trip, Saturday 11th February. I've put this under a separate heading for some strange reason so here's the link....

http://ukcaving.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=1789
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on February 20, 2006, 07:12:59 pm
Shatter Cave, Sunday 19th February 2006
Andy C, Gary A, Danny B, Naomi D, Martin T and Chris B

Click link below for relevant soundtrack...

http://tv.cream.org/specialassignments/themes/bennyhill.mp3

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Hotbrows eyepopping wowshouts stalagmitefrenziness

Z-Bend contortingfun twistybirthings gaspingniceness morely flashbang. Staloverloadings, bouldersteppy; “Fabulousycavey!”. Poppypics moreso. Steadyflow lookhearing sweatycool progressbits.

Eventualwhen crawlout upstand foulshiteweather runcar changequicker byeshout gofast. Fabgood againsoon.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Sparrow on February 20, 2006, 07:31:29 pm
It's an age thing isn't it?  You either recognise the unique dialect or just think Chris is burbling nonsense.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on February 20, 2006, 07:40:34 pm
It's not one or the other. It's just the other. I was totally burbling nonsense the whole time; there's no doubting it. It's true. I specialise in nonsense.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Sparrow on February 20, 2006, 09:21:48 pm
Anyone confused by this exchange should probably visit...

http://www.stanleyunwin.com/
Title: Gough's Cave, Lloyd Hall: Saturday 4th March
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 04, 2006, 05:39:18 pm
Chris Castle, Matt Blount and Chris Binding; just a short trip to visit Lloyd Hall - a first trip there for Matt B. This last minute, emailed, trip was not fantastically attended but what do we care? - it made life easier and quicker for those who were able to make it. A VERY COLD day meant it was a case of change before turning into an ice block at 10:00am. A very straightforward journey made more entertaining by Castle forgetting the hanger for the deviation and saying something like "F**k I've forgotten (insert object here)".

Anyho, Castle rigs the descent for SRT and although I take my gear I decide it would be nicer to guide Matt along the somewhat daunting traverse, alternative, route. We use a length of rope to install a traverse protection line and, if I am allowed an opinion, the ladder has seen better days and it is perhaps wise to spread the load across more than one rung when using it. Safely down we meet Castle on the divers' platform for a quick history of the chamber. Twentieth anniversary of its discovery this year (perhaps a new ladder to match the new hauling pulley will be on Santa's list? - no, probably not).

On hearing from Castle that he was unable to rig the deviation entirely satisfactorily "There's a bit of a rub point on the pitch", I decided to chicken out (sorry, valliantly stand down) and return the way I came, with Matt B. All done, we greet Castle at the pitch head as he makes his way up amid no puffing whatsoever, honest.

Back to the showcave, we emerge in front of a tourist couple; Castle emerges to my asking whether he remembered to collect his car keys, "F**k it, I knew I'd forget them....!", was his considered response; we apologise on his behalf to the startled woman before heading out.
Title: Swildon's Hole: to Sump 1 just for fun
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 12, 2006, 07:50:31 pm
Sunday 12th Marchio, 06.

Gary A, Judi D, Andy H, Chris B: 2hrs, 20m

We met on the blizzard-like deserted plateau of high Mendip in a white-out with a minus thirty wind chill and adorned ourselves with a variety of caving regalia in the sublime hostility which met us - we laughed at the weather's puny attempts to deter us from our mission... namely to take Gary into the soaring depths and show him the ropes, so to speak (am I mixing my metaphors?) `cos he ain't never not done the twenty before, like.

A quick dash to the cave saw us slide into the dark moistness and make steady progress after having elected Gary as the leader, poking him vigorously with a pointy stick from time to time while simultaneously shouting "giddy-up"; occasionally he would yelp.  

Within moments, he had capably led us to the twenty wherupon in a flash of expertness I managed to rig a passable ladder and line while the astonished onlookers gawped at my ropey antics. Each caver descended without ado and I leapt into the abyss, bouncing and prancing off the walls like Tigger until coming to a gentle repose onto a small poised rock where I found myself stood beside t'others. The psychotropic effects of the anhalonium lewinii were just beginning to kick in with a vengeance so I considered saving my special bundle of waterproofed amanita muscaria for later on.... the others would never notice, I wrongly supposed.

Gary ably followed the only route downstream until we took the high road to Barney-the-Barnes'-Fruitloop-route and stared at the walls giggling like children who have invented a new swear word. Onwards we trudged taking it in turns to sharpen the pointy stick with scalpel-like fossils jutting from the cavern's walls, shortly after which the synchronised screaming began. Gouging some mud from a crevice in the wall, I rolled it into a couple of small marble-sized balls and gently squeezed them into both ears, to act as a baffle from the agonised noises emanating from our leader as each thrust of the sharp branch pierced his lower thigh. Judi wouldn't stop violently throwing stones at everyone while Andy was mostly silent, this continued throughout the trip apart from when he intermittently shouted "Yeast, yeast, yeast!" at imaginary sheep he kept claiming were following us.
 
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At this point strange things started to occur. A small horde of stunted green twig-wielding leeches were gaining on us as we stumbled and cursed our way between the ever-narrowing walls of a heinously steep rift, beckoning us towards a dark hell of our most fevered imaginings. An increasing reverberation of low frequency booming clamoured for our attention as we zig-zagged ever more frantically to escape the horrifying leech mob.

Gasping, we turned a corner and a bright light instantly blinded us, forcing us to stand blinking, blinking, blinking; tears welled in our eyes and all fell silent. The horror of our predicament was immediately overturned into a graceful solace and our heart beats became as gentle ripples on a becalmed pond during a cool spring morning. Seizing the opportunity while everyone was temporarily unable to focus and see what was happening, I quickly guzzled a handful of my most potent mushrooms, quietly swallowing them so that no-one else tried to grab a greedy fistful. After all, I had made the effort to find them, dry them out and bring them along, so sod the lot of them, I thought.

From this point onwards, things took a turn for the worse and, from my viewpoint at least,  the trip began to slide into a chaotic kaleidoscope of nightmarish visions interspersed with a seemingly random array of sounds, emotions and smells.   :shock: I vaguely recall being slapped over and over again around my face and neck while people were shouting "Shut the f*** up, you tosser"; apparently I had been incessantly singing this tune which I had remembered from my youth....

http://tv.cream.org/specialassignments/themes/kiaora.mp3

I think someone else should take over the trip description on my behalf....
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Judi Durber on March 13, 2006, 12:39:44 pm
Chris, I think you where on a different trip to me ... the tune I kept hearing was 'Foggy Dew' and I told you not to tell anyone about the mud wrestling    :D
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: wallop on March 13, 2006, 02:22:34 pm
Maybe going to have a look at vicrage passage at some point if anyone is interested. Also did the club do the trip to Manor Farm on Saturday?
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 24, 2006, 10:19:54 am
No recent trip reports?.... Wasn't there an OFD trip sometime recently.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on March 24, 2006, 05:56:23 pm
Quote from: "cap 'n chris"
No recent trip reports?.... Wasn't there an OFD trip sometime recently.


Yes.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Les W on March 24, 2006, 08:40:50 pm
Quote from: "chriscastle46"
Quote from: "cap 'n chris"
No recent trip reports?.... Wasn't there an OFD trip sometime recently.


Yes.


Did Andy Sparrow get lost there again  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 24, 2006, 10:46:45 pm
Thanks for the trip report, Mr. C.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on March 25, 2006, 10:48:21 pm
That seemed a typical Cap'n Chris-type reply. Actually I thought Andy Sparrow would write up the trip, but he hasn't, so here goes.

OFD 20th March 2006.
Me, Ken P., Wallop, Andy S. and Mel.

A visiting group of cavers from York Uni emerged from Penwyllt cottages to see Mel performing a Turkish dance, complete with a bangly sash around her. As Andy said, don't ask.

On to Top Entrance and made our way to Salubrious Passage, past the Trident and Judge and Swamp Creek and abseiled down to the Nave. Very pretty there. Wallop used his shiny new Stop for the first time, and as readers of the tetrabytes of information about Stops on this Forum will know, this was not the best occasion to get to grips with one. (Grips, geddit?)

After four pitches we ended up in the Second Oxbow, wandered upstream to Top Waterfall, then downstream to Maypole Inlet, up to the Crossroads and finished up by taking in Selenite Tunnel to Shatter Pillar and along Edward's so-called Shortcut to Gnome Passage and eventually a pub in Abercrave.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Les W on March 26, 2006, 10:53:32 am
Sounds like you had a cracking trip Chris

I have never abseiled the nave I have always laddered it (needed to return that way :D )

Edwards short cut IS a short cut, but only if you are returning from that part of the cave :)
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 26, 2006, 11:16:03 am
I didn't know Edward's Shortcut leads to Abercrave, Gosh, you learn something new every day  :wink:
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Sparrow on March 26, 2006, 11:38:17 am
You beat us to it Mr C!  We were going to write up the OFD this morning before going off for todays Welsh caving trip.  It was an excellent trip and the Abercrave Inn afterwards was good fun, with Mr Castle being on his best form.  Anyway, here are some pics from Monday....
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Don't ask!
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Bumbling down Salubrious

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At the Trident

(http://upload4.postimage.org/72449/IMAG0234.jpg) (http://upload4.postimage.org/caving/uk_caving/72449/photo_hosting.html)
Rigging the Nave
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Mel abseils the Nave
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Part of a superb stal flow between the pitches
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Between the pitches
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Last pitch - Mel abseils down to the Second Oxbow
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Yours truly
(http://upload4.postimage.org/72489/IMAG0254.jpg) (http://upload4.postimage.org/caving/uk_caving/72489/photo_hosting.html)
Maypole Inlet
(http://upload4.postimage.org/72492/IMAG0259.jpg) (http://upload4.postimage.org/caving/uk_caving/72492/photo_hosting.html)
Mr C on Edward's Shortcut traverse
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All out - but Mr C has some energy to spare!
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on March 27, 2006, 09:58:44 am
That picture of me by the Trident is terrifying; I seem to be turning in to Cap'n Chris. :(   I must start a diet and get to the gym immediately, or maybe tomorrow...........
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: andymorgan on March 27, 2006, 11:49:06 am
You actually look like you are dead in that picture... True to form though it seems like you were bought round by the presence of a woman!
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Melanie lloyd on March 27, 2006, 01:55:14 pm
Quote from: "andymorgan"
You actually look like you are dead in that picture...



He's our very own El Cid.....we take him on long trips and prop him up with a stalagmite to boost moral.

El Chris.     :lol:
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on March 27, 2006, 10:31:05 pm
Quote from: "andymorgan"
You actually look like you are dead in that picture... True to form though it seems like you were bought round by the presence of a woman![/quote

Indeed, it took Mel to make me rise again!
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on March 27, 2006, 10:33:23 pm
What went wrong with the quote thingy?
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Les W on March 27, 2006, 10:50:42 pm
Quote from: "chriscastle46"
What went wrong with the quote thingy?


It looks like you had a bracket missing from the closing quote tag
If you go and edit it in it might sort itself out :)
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Sparrow on March 27, 2006, 10:50:54 pm
Quote from: "chriscastle46"
What went wrong with the quote thingy?

You left off the last bracket
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on March 28, 2006, 05:14:32 pm
Standing in for Hebden on the Saturday trip to Swildon's didn't require much effort since it failed to happen for lack of interest; this is becoming a regular theme of late. OK, so Brendan apparently rang in the morning but since I was out caving in the morning anyway this wasn't of much use as he couldn't get in touch with me: being contacted at least a day in advance of these club trips is necessary.

With about 24hrs to go to the next scheduled ladder/line training event evening I have not heard from anyone so have made alternative plans for my evening's caving although frankly I imagine that the climbing centre isn't available on Wednesday - since it hasn't been all year anyway; and also I can't do Friday since I'm, ironically, out climbing!

I'm going to have a break and just be a simple club caver for a while so please consider me out of the loop when it comes to organising stuff for the foreseeable future. i.e. don't ring me `cos I'm on holiday from club work.
Title: OFD 1st April
Post by: Andy Sparrow on April 06, 2006, 12:56:21 am
OFD Great Oxbow Series  1st April 2006
Andy & Mel, Neil & Judi, Dani (gooseberry)

To get into the Great Oxbow Series from Top Entrance you have two options – either by the exposed traverses at the end of Midnight Passage or by scaling the aven annotated as ‘skyhook' on the survey.  The skyhook system involves hauling up a self-locking device which is kept in the SWCC key cupboard.  The gentleman of SWCC checked the fixed-aids list to confirm that the pitch was still rigged for this type of ascent, confirmed that it was, and showed us how to use the gadget on their practice bolts.  Neil and Judi arrived but, meanwhile, Dani, by her admission, did nor have her  caving or navigation head on and had gone to Agen Allwedd by mistake.  Eventually, at about 12.30ish, we entered the cave.  I say ‘ish' because it was then we realised that none of us had a watch.  We ambled along, down Edward's Shortcut, into Midnight Passage.

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Neil in Midnight Passage

Eventually we found ourselves looking upwards, to where two lengths of orange string vanished into darkness – it was skyhook time.  I attached a ladder and lifeline to the gadget, connected it to the string, and hauled the assembly upwards.  The aven is 11 metres and even our combined lights could not really illuminate what was happening above.  There was some resistance on the line so I pulled a bit harder… and the string broke… a tangle of ladder, lifeline and string landed at my feet.  

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The ladder goes up!

We were not getting into Great Oxbow Series by that route.  This left the dodgy traverses option.  Well, there was no harm in going down and having a look, so we continued down Midnight Passage towards the ominous sound of the rumbling main stream.  The passage ends at a ninety foot pitch with the route onwards following a sloping ledge over the huge stream canyon.  We rigged a rope and I led over, past a straddling section, to a sandy floored section of passage.  The girls came over without any problems, and then finally, Neil who de-rigged as he came.

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Dani looking very cool with a 90 foot drop below

  The next traverse is short but my least favourite as it relies entirely on traction on a narrow ledge.  We reached a platform of boulders and I led on down the last traverse which presented us with a problem.  The traverse is easy enough, if quite exposed, but then opens out and requires a 5-6 metre chimney descent between the walls to another boulder platform.  There are no belays above the chimney and no obvious way to rig the traverse and descent.  Neil suggested traversing towards him at a lower level, which I did, finding it easy.  This was the solution but it meant lowering the girls down a 6 metre pitch from their boulder stance, which we did without any problems.

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Belaying Judi up the rope ladder

 The way on was a climb up a rope ladder into Great Oxbow Series and we were finally romping off again down walking passage passing superb formations.  

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Pretties!

The survey led us into a small tube that doubled-back from the main route that leads towards Marble Showers.  I had been this way before but had forgotten about the 10 metre calcite chimney en route, which delayed us a bit.  Eventually we were all up and passing excellent delicate formations.  

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Up the calcite chimney

This part of the cave has a much more virgin feel that the thoroughfares around Top Entrance.  The main passage ends at a horrible traverse over a deep pitch but this can be bypassed easily and we were soon marching down the most wonderful railway tunnel with outstanding formations including a truly classic set of orange stalactites and stalagmites surrounded by a floor of calcite crystals.

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Excellent formations

Thus it was we arrived back at the skyhook pitch, but this time at the top.  And there was a disturbing surprise.  The pitch was NOT rigged for a skyhook ascent.  The string had been threaded through a delta maillon attached to a ring-bolt.  Just as well the string broke – if the skyhook had partially engaged with the maillon it could have failed in use – and the consequences of that don't bear thinking about.   We abseiled down and headed out trying to guess what the time was and whether we were going to meet our 7.00 pm ETA.   We went back along Cross Rift which was very pleasant and made good time back to the entrance, and then SWCC, to discover the time was 7.15 pm and we had had a 6.5 hour trip.   A very pleasant Chinese meal followed before we headed back to Swansea.  Ã¢â‚¬ËœI think', said Mel as we drove back, ‘that when we get our house we should wallpaper one room with the OFD survey and mark off all the bits we've done, until we've done it all!'  Sounds like a plan to me.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on April 06, 2006, 09:30:25 am
The SWCC fixed aids list sounds like it needs attention
Title: Re: OFD 1st April
Post by: Melanie lloyd on April 06, 2006, 09:44:17 am
[/quote] ‘I think', said Mel as we drove back, ‘that when we get our house we should wallpaper one room with the OFD survey and mark off all the bits we've done, until we've done it all!'  Sounds like a plan to me.[/quote]



More of an inducement re. our marriage plans ......Kiss kiss hug hug!  :wink:
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: wallop on April 06, 2006, 10:24:56 am
Sounds like it was a really good trip!
when did you say the next trip was???  :wink:  :wink:
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Dani on April 07, 2006, 05:15:03 pm
You know you're in for a good trip when Andy is leading and you hear an 'ahh, I'd forgotten about this bit' coming from ahead.

The trip was fantastic  :D  and thanks to Andy and Neil for guiding us safely around it and I'm glad Andy wrote the report as although I had a great trip, I'm not entirely sure where we went; it was mostly dark and there were lots of rocks with the occasional hole in the floor.

When I (eventually) arrived  :oops:  and the others were talking about sky hooks, I thought I had wandered into a Marvel comic 'Skyhook and the Warmbac Warriors' :D  Maybe a title for the next book Andy?

I must say that I thought we were all very brave and there was relatively little swearing (bearing in mind that traverses aren't my favourite thing in the world, particularly those that drop off into complete darkness), although I'm a bit disappointed not to see the photo that bears some resemblance to a female anatomical feature (guess who had the camera!)

Anyway, fantastic trip (with a great warm-up), good company and relatively few bruises!
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Melanie lloyd on April 08, 2006, 12:16:40 am
Quote from: "Dani"
I'm a bit disappointed not to see the photo that bears some resemblance to a female anatomical feature.



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Anybody recognise this?
Title: Re: OFD 1st April
Post by: andymorgan on April 10, 2006, 09:53:55 am
Quote from: "Melanie  lloyd"


More of an inducement re. our marriage plans ......Kiss kiss hug hug!  :wink:


Start running now Andy!!! The ball and chain can be very difficult to remove!

P.S. if I saw a woman with an 'anatomical feature' looking like the one in the picture I would be a little worried.
Title: OFD 16th April.
Post by: Melanie lloyd on April 16, 2006, 10:08:05 pm
O.F.D 16th April.  Columns Open Day.

Andy Sparrow, Melanie Lloyd, Steve Lodge, Liz Freeman, Aggie and Daisy Forster (Guests) And my new second hand Nova at last.

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It was this size!

Had Andy rung the S.W.C.C by 10 A.M to confirm our intent to see the columns we would have seen them. Fortunately he didn't ring and so we had a much better, more involved and brighter (due to my Nova) trip exploring the incredible maze of tubes above and on either side of Maypole inlet.
 
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Aggie in a small tube.

 These made a really interesting and worthwhile excursion, and the fact that we didn't have a survey made it all the more fun. It was also more fun now that I could finally see where I was going (thanks to my Nova). The series consists of some lovely walking sized phreatic tubes and also a fair few mud floored, hands and knees crawl type stuff. Most of the tubes contain interesting formations and at times are reminiscent of mini selenite tunnels. ( they looked so beautiful when lit by my Nova.)

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Shine on.

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Just the three of us.

Now and again they dramatically intersect the roof of the main streamway which you could hear roaring away about a hundred feet below.  Leaving this user friendly (and well lit ) playground we exited the cave via Cross Rift, Selenite Tunnel and back up Salubrious. It was just about then the battery on my Nova packed up!

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Love me love my Nova.

still, can't complain. A lovely, interesting,  non-strenuous three and a half hour trip, we left our fave cave and  got back down to S.W.CC just in time to see everyone  dressed up in their finery and about to leave in order to celebrate  O.F.D's  60th Birthday. (Funny, I thought it was much older than that!)

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Happy cavers.
Title: St. Cuthbert's Swallet, Easter Bank Holiday Monday
Post by: Cap'n Chris on April 18, 2006, 08:27:00 am
Don't know that it really counts as a club trip but Hebden, Grass and me visited St. Cuthbert's Swallet yesterday and did Maypie* Series. There was more water here than I had encountered on previous trips.

Managed to get the rope (eventually) up through the first loop and then accidentally pulled it back down again!

Find the entrance easy nowadays - s`funny, I used to think it was really hard.

I think Mr. H rather enjoyed his trip. I did a quick bit of mental arithmetic and make it 8 abseils and a further 16 climbs/ladders**.

* Private joke; hi Ken!
** Counting everything remotely vertical. I expect there'll be a few comments about this observation.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Dani on April 18, 2006, 05:49:40 pm
So Mel, have you got a new Nova or something?  I've always thought you were perfectly happy with the lighting arrangements you've been using! :D Glad you had a good (and well lit) trip.
Title: Swildon's Hole. Sunday 23rd April 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on April 24, 2006, 08:54:26 am
Swildon's Hole to Sump 2
Gary A, Brendan H, Danny B, Cap'n Chris.

A pre-committee meeting trip, including a pop through Sump 1 for two sumping-newbies, Gary and Brendan.

We met and kitted up at 2:30pm. At the cave entrance we met a group of three exiting, a big chunky chap wearing a dayglo oversuit and a young chap carrying a big tackle bag, accompanied by a quiet "leader" at the rear.

Since the water levels were low and we were wearing wetsuits/neofleeces it was decided to go down the Wet Way since no-one else had been down this way before and we needed to cool off a bit. No sooner did we arrive at Water Chamber we met a group of two bedraggled girls and a sheepish male saying "Do you know the way out?" - so the others waited while I quickly led this poor little huddle to Jacobs Ladder whereupon they bumped into their "leader" (whom I presume was the quiet bloke with the other two we had met at the surface). Anyho......

Rush back and join up with the boys and head off down to the twenty where we have a friendly chat with two ladies, one of whom reported that she had just had an epic trying to get back up the ladder (why don't people do an assisted haul with a loop of rope 2:1 rather than just a direct line?). The 20 was devoid of all other gear so it was safe to presume we had the rest of the cave to ourselves (true). Down we go and all good fun, B falling in to the 2nd pot for good measure. The gang were quiet so I guessed there was some apprehension about the sump, playing on the minds of G and B and suppressing their otherwise lively banter on normal trips. We take Barnes Loop as it is so pretty and use my dyneema sling to assist the flowstone climb/slide to rejoin the streamway, leaving it in situ for the return. We find the green glove dropped in the streamway by the lady who had the epic.

Soon we arrive at sump one and I quickly pop through, shine my light from the other side so it defines the size of the sump for the others, and then pop back to show how simple it is. This done, everyone goes through without any ado. Smiles and handshakes on the other side and we discard our hoods and continue downstream, taking in the sights, explaining paragenetic processes and taking a detour up the landing (for later route-finding and also for the joy of sliding back down) before completing the journey to sump 2, via the enjoyable ducks. A quick chat about more caving malarkey and then head back upstream.

An uneventful but enjoyable return to the surface with Gary and Brendan successfully route-finding up and out via the short dry way/Jacobs Ladder.  2 hours 45 minutes of underworld tourism and a gentle bimble in this fab cave.
Title: Pen Park Hole: Wednesday 26th April 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on April 26, 2006, 10:54:56 pm
Kindly guided by Graham who is usually safe behind a beer glass. Thank you, Graham!

Judi, Stephen, Liz, Andy H & me.

Wow! What an impressive hole. Wow! What impressive crystals. Shame they built a city over it.

Fan-flippin'-tastic!
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on May 02, 2006, 08:51:16 pm
Tues.25th April. Calf Holes/Browngill
Chris Castle, Ken P., Andy P.
A post-drive easy trip. A slight embarrassment when I led the way along the wrong track, but we were soon there, rigged a rope after waiting for a couple of blokes to emerge. They gave us directions which we all immediately forgot. There was only one wrong turning to take which we did, getting into a low crawl before locating the stream to the left and a fine waterfall which we by-passed to emerge from Browngill Cave. Andy went back through the cave; Ken and I paced ourselves.

Wed. 26th April.
Same people.
A bit of a cock-up owing to being out of practice and inexperience.
We had a look at GG, meeting some geezer who'd just soloed Lateral Shaft!
Rigging was very slow, and the rope on the Fourth  Pitch was too short, don't know why, it was 40m long. Ken was going to tie our spare on when I realised the time was getting on and we came out, taking a long time to de-rig. Andy jammed all the bags at the top of the first pitch, making it extra awkward to add to the fun.

Thurs. 27th April.
Ireby Fell Cavern
Same personnel
We took the Traditional route, we wanted to get to Duke Street. Nothing went wrong, easy rigging. We wandered down the hundreds of metres of twisting canyon to Well Pitch, then trusted a bit of tat on Rope Pitch. From here there is a splendid keyhole passage which intersects Duke Street, down which we walked to the sump.

Fri. 28th April
Swinsto Hole
Same again.
The pull-through trip before driving home.
At the entrance I suffered from paranoia that we were at Simpson's, I could'nt remember it at all after about 12 years since I was last there.
Anyway, the First Pitch had a dubious-looking rope rigged, so we could get out again if we did'nt come to the Long Crawl. The Long Crawl could be said to be distinctive, and we definitely crawled along it.
The next short pitch had a decent-looking rope which must have been OK as we all used it and lived to tell the tale. From here we had to rig the pull-throughs, no problems, and the low water made life a bit easier, especially on the ledge on Main Pitch, which I remember as being bloody horrible. We were soon below Slit Pot and the final pitch/cascade to the Final Chamber below the Great Aven. I'd not seen the collapse before, very thought-provoking. We followed the obvious route down the boulders to the right with care and followed a low wet crawl which I suppose was Philosopher's Crawl to the Master Cave and the Valley Entrance Pitch. We were going to chuck a rope over the bridge, or make Andy free-climb it, but in the event we trusted the rope that was there.
On the final section Ken insisted the way was to the right; Andy and I waited until he realised that the Milky Way was the wrong way. Not much water in the duck.
Title: Redcliffe Caves, Bristol: Tuesday 25th April
Post by: Cap'n Chris on May 03, 2006, 08:07:12 am
A guided tour ably led by Alan Gray whose knowledge and research on this subject is extremely comprehensive.

The caves are an interconnecting series of what appear to be freestone voids with frequent pillars left which act to separate open spaces, chambers if you will; the rock is friable moist old red sandstone picked out for the glass industry with the spaces subsequently used for storage of a variety of imported products although there is evidence of utilitarian use by the city in the form of sewerage stratigraphy. Although originally dwelt in by a Hermit employed by Lord Berkely in C14th, there are few inscriptions within which predate C18th.

Quite an eerie place and certainly would make an excellent "scare the crap out of people" location for Halloween guided tours and/or conversion into something similar to the London Dungeon!

The caverns were used in the Second World War as an air raid shelter and more recently for filming a variety of underground scenes for TV.

Definitely an explorer's prime bit of real estate literally within the centre of Bristol.
Title: Dan yr Ogof
Post by: The Badger on May 09, 2006, 09:15:21 pm
Arriving in Bristol at that time in the morning to be flagged down by a lady in hot pants and a chap in a skirt I guess set the tone for the rest of the day.

Having done the formalities Judi made me smile by skipping with glee at the thought of a ‘shopping trip' when I mentioned that I wanted to go to Dragon to meet someone before our trip into Dan yr Ogof.

Tea drunk we set off. On kitting up the question had to be asked, and it fell to me to ask it. “So Brendan do you have a Celtic background or are you an Eddy Izzard fan?”  :wink:

On my last CCC trip Mel produced a pair of silicon boobs and taped them on as elbows pads. So why would trip be any different. Here was Judi with her forearms wrapped in compressed foam, Matt ‘fully charged' in his wetsuit, Dani bouncing around the car park and Brendan with his light on his head rather than on his helmet.

We crossed the lakes and the cascades to arrive at our first climb, where I was amazed at the grace in finesse displayed by two of the group – one minute they where there and the next minute they were still there! I wont mention the slope up into Flabagasm Oxbow, needless to say there was much sliding.  :)

Each obstacle offered an entertaining few minutes as everyone was left to find their own way on, around, under, down or over.

Matt led us to The Camel and Judi led us out. A motley crew that worked well as a team – thanks guys, I enjoyed the trip!  

Geoff.

Holy Cow I nearly forgot the belly dancing with MC Brendan on 'beat box' and Judi's religious pants!!
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: wallop on May 10, 2006, 10:32:43 am
Thanks for showing us around Geoff. I think i can speak for everyone in
saying what a very enjoyable day we all had. :wink:
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on May 11, 2006, 10:22:56 pm
OFD 10th May 2006
Chris Castle, Sissel Balomatis, 2 guests.

This was a very easy stroll around the easy parts near Top Entrance. To Big Chamber, through a bit of White Arch Series, deliberately for once, at first anyway. A look at the Gnomes, then down to Salubrious Passage to the Trident and Judge and the easy bits in that area. One of the guests was'nt too confident, so no heroics. It was pleasant to dawdle in the bits usually rushed through. On the way out the cave resounded to Sissel's swearing, who was desperate for a fag. Sad.
Title: Goatchurch Cavern, YES GOATCHURCH!
Post by: Cap'n Chris on May 11, 2006, 10:38:07 pm
Me and Andy H continue to discover big walking sized passages.

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Visited the goatyness again this morning (Sat 13th May). Managed to take some quite nice pictures for possible publication....

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Taking this pic in the Drainpipe was a bit of a fiddle `cos I had to crawl through with my tripod and bag of bits and then turn around at the end and crawl back along to set up the shot while Andy crawled through; gave him the flash so he could backlight himself and then tried out a few different angles, and picked this one as my favourite. The only thing I forgot was to take the water spray to make the walls damp and more reflective but that might not have helped (possibly gettting over-exposed) since the rock in the drainpipe is so smooth already that it's reflective enough. I'm quite chuffed with this pic and might use it as a cover picture for my noddy book about Goatchurch which I've written, proof read, done all the photos for and have a copy almost ready to go out (including a rough-and-ready survey) all done since the heated thread about the imminent arrival of the Swildon's Hole book - so, there you go; someone said "Why don't you try creating your own book" so I have. It was 120 pages but I've whittled it down to about 60. Just got to find a method of publishing it without it having to cost the earth.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on May 13, 2006, 07:26:37 pm
Hey, that's weird! - if you edit a previous post, the "new post" feature of this forum doesn't notice it; therefore, this post (above) which I edited today (13th) remained listed as being entered on the 11th (which it was originally) and didn't list as being a new post for today. Just thought someone might be interested. On second thoughts, I doubt it.
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Roger W on May 15, 2006, 02:08:30 am
Great photos, Cap'n Chris!   :D

I could smell the wet limestone!

A big thank you to all you guys for posting this stuff.

It makes me really homesick, though... :?
Title: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on May 25, 2006, 10:52:19 pm
Wed 24th May 2006. Great Oone's Hole and Long Hole.

Chris Castle, Andy Hebden, Ellie from Bristol (prospective member), plus various Cheddar Caves staff - Kelly from the shop and Marta and Michal from Poland and the Cafe-Bar.

There's not much to say about these two simple caves, but the climb up the steep slope of the Gorge caused great hilarity as the recent rain had made it splendidly slippery.

To the end of Gt. Oones which I know is metres away from the Damocles dig in Goughs, according to my THEORY.

Then to the end of Long Hole, taking in the interesting graffiti along the way. I could not find the supposed Mesolithic engravings near the end; I could'nt remember exactly where Cap'n Chris said they were. Everyone got up to see the moonmilk and roots at the end, with the help of an assissted handline.

The trip down the Gorge slope was rapid, and the rockfall fence came in useful to prevent a too-precipitate arrival in the coach park.
Title: A Swildon’s trip we forgot to log. 8 April 2006
Post by: Judi Durber on June 17, 2006, 11:16:34 am
Upper Swildon's
Neil Rigiani & Judi

The plan was to be down by 10:30, this was slightly delayed by breakfast in Salisbury, coffee in Frome, lunch at the Hunters where I was very impressed by the landlady looking at Neil who hadn't been there for a couple of years and then after peering at several rows of mugs hung above her plucked his out at her first attempt.

Well the water was low, very low and I managed the ‘Sparrow' entrance (it's great having a good climber with you who is prepared to stand underneath you to soften the fall, it gives you great confidence). The purpose of the trip was for Neil to learn the upper level, so it was over Jacobs's ladder then first left and left again back to the entrance, then back again but right and right. Next was a bigger circle to the Oxbows. Knowledge is evil sometimes, I sent Neil up the tight one while scooting round the next one to meet him at the end in Butcombe Chamber, no we didn't go up to the top! So then a bit further in, short dry way, back up the long dry way then back down the wet way at the upper level. Then paddling down to the pitch to be horrified to see thin blue string hanging down. This we had spotted earlier on a group of people, 2 first time females and a chap in jeans with one older ‘experienced' guy. I fully expected to hear a ‘call out' when we where changing back at the Wessex. We climbed back out taking in the top of the 40 ft then up the wet way. Neil now thinks he knows it well; I will be testing him at a later date.  :)
Title: Ogof Craig-a Fynnon 3 June 2006
Post by: Judi Durber on June 17, 2006, 11:32:23 am
Geoff Ballard, Clive Westlake, Alison Moody, Jude & Adrian van de Plank, Neil Rigiani, Judi Durber

Meeting in a pub car park is not a bad beginning to a caving trip. I knew I was in the right place when I saw Geoff doing a half-decent demonstration of a Mel warm-up routine. (He denied it emphatically of course.) The day was scorching hot so getting underground was a relief. As normal it started by having to undo an awkward lock that opens a very small door.

Inside bits that I remember are the straws that are immediately in your face as you go in, lots of crawling, first through the stream then boulder ruckles, dodgy unfixed ladders, an exposed climb (“no we only might need a karabiner said Geoff beforehand when I asked about equipment”) with a fixed chain and a small frayed rope with a few loops. At the top it entailed getting into a squeeze and climbing up out of it. The crawls then turned to solid mud with 2 tram lines to follow before the chamber opened up again and the mud turned to the wet sticky slimy globby stuff that sucked at your wellies swallowing you to your knees. Along the way there where lots of straws and helictites which I oohed and aahhed at but was told “you ain't seen nothing yet” and yes when we got to the HUGE chamber called the Hall of the Mountain King it was spectacular. The roof was a huge hole that had all the edges dripping with flow stone, each riblet being separately defined starting high up in the roof. The ground was just a huge mound of stal and yes, no way could I do justice to it with my attempt at photography.

We then went on through more crawls, dry ‘Velcro' holding mud, flat bedding planes, opening up into high upright walking with walls glistening with crystal and finally the helictite passage. Fabulous, creeping in, 2 at a time, hardly breathing, so as not to do any damage. My camera does not cope with close up work so no, I can't show you any of the spectacular formations. And so off on the long haul back where I made a huge mistake of being near the back and Geoff being Geoff, and ably assisted by Adrian, they recognised an opportunity to play when they saw it. There is only one way out and it entails a large pool of very slimy mud. Needless to say I ended up carrying out a fair bit of it down my neck, in my ear, in my eye, in my hair … well I will remember that trip.

Good company, with lots of anecdotes and history snippets, varied terrain and fantastic formations, thank you all for an enjoyable time.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on July 31, 2006, 11:08:15 pm
Little Neath River Cave. Saturday 29th July 2006

Andy Hebden, Robin Gray, Rachel Payne, Andy Pollard, Ken Passant, Chris Castle

It's always pleasant when Robin joins us; it's rare to cave with someone older than me. It was also good to have Rachel with us on her first ChCC trip as a member.

It was raining lightly, but the river was very low. We all took headers into the unlikely-looking Flood Entrance and followed the bends to the duck which was low enough to pass with helmets on.

After Tributary Passage we had a look at Sump 1, then crawled/floated along the 150 metres of the Canal where some of us had great fun throwing large rocks to splash each other, to the disgust of the younger members. Junction Chamber, then the big sandbank on the right where Genesis Gallery starts. As usual we took the wrong crawl at first, then found the right one. We admired the fine straws and other pretties along there and I got to the bitter end. Ken and Andy Pollard had a look at the 3D Maze, but didn't get far.

Back in the Main Stream we followed Bouncing Boulder Hall and on to Sump 2.

Return was via the Flood By-Pass and was incident-free until we got to near the end of Tributary Passage where there was a brief period of flaffing around to find the route, during which Andy P. went on ahead. The rest of us followed, finding the duck had risen slightly, despite the recent dry weather and light rainfall, neccessitating helmet removal. Round the bends to emerge and find - no Andy P! As he owed fuel money Ken and I went back in, puffing our way around the bends and climbed up to bouldery area where we'd last seen him, and there he was! He had paid an unplanned visit to the second entrance of Blaen Nedd Isaf Passage, not, I suspect, the first person to do so. We hurried back, growing paranoid about the rising water to find, of course, the duck exactly the same.

So no harm done, but perhaps a lesson about staying together could be learned?

This was a fine trip along this splendid river cave, much enjoyed by all, even Andy P.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on August 24, 2006, 08:56:42 pm
Little Neath River Cave:
Andy H, Chris B, Martin G: (not really a club trip).
A superb mid-week sunny/cloudy day out for the three amigos. Water levels higher than I've witnessed here before but it made for a far more enjoyable trip once we'd got in the entrance bit. Usual round trip taking in all the main sights and some more for fun added on. Lots of doggy paddling everywhere. Upstream through the canal to a low-roofed section before making way upstream to the sump and then out.

On to Bridge Cave to look at the sump from t'other side. I walked over the bridge for the first time. Out again.

Ice creams at the shop in the middle of nowhere, enjoyed in the open air in bright sunshine. Gosh how marvellous. Much fun banter all the time.

Home for tea and medals by 5:00pm.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on August 25, 2006, 06:46:34 pm
23rd August 2006 St. Cuthberts Swallet
Chris Castle, Andy H., Mark W., Barry H., Sissel B.

After a great deal of flaffing about we made a rather late start, nearly 8 PM. Sissel wanted to learn the cave, so she went first, ranting and cursing in her German accent which is highly appropriate.

A leisurely sightseeing trip ended at The Second Stal Bank in the Rabbit Warren as time was pressing, so we returned via Railway Tunnel, Harem Passage and Upper Traverse Chamber. It took me a few minutes to locate the elusive passage to Lower Traverse Chamber, then out via the Waterchute and the Mud Halls.


25th August 2006 Hunters Hole
Chris Castle, Barry H., Sissel B.

An SRT practice trip.

I rigged the direct Route, but cannot find a good hang. I put a deviation to the bolt for the ledge route, but still had a rub near the bottom, although you could fend off mostly. It needs more bolts further out.

That went OK, so Sissel de-rigged while I rigged the route around the ledge, the Right-Hand Route, or the Left Hand Route if you're the other way round. On the way I tripped over my tackle bag, rather embarassingly going over the edge and showering Sis with gravel.

We all descended, had a look at the digs, then Sis ascended first. Despite hours of practice she arrived at the re-belay and changed her foot jammer over first, thus being unable to remove her body jammer, ending up jamming it into the knot and getting hung up. I had to ascend and pass between her thighs and sort her out. Oo-er! Then, blow me, if Barry did'nt do the same thing, but managed to sort himself out, thank goodness.

No more incidents, I hope they remember their basic training next time.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Sparrow on August 25, 2006, 07:08:35 pm
LATE ENTRY

Sunday 13th August
Eastwater Cavern
Andy S, Neil & Judi, Dani
A very efficient trip down the Twin Verts route going in and out via the Boulder Chamber.  We used SRT rigging and one travelling ladder.  Neil did the SRT while the rest of us laddered which kept the kit down to sensible minimum.  Dani frequently reiterated her dislike for the cave but eventually, on the surface, in the Queen Vic, with a drink in front of her, moderated her view.  A good work out and an enjoyable return for me after quite a few years.  Three and a half hours.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Dani on August 29, 2006, 12:22:19 pm
A rather polite summary of me mumbling under my breath all the way round and (although in my defence, I had turned up to do a nice relaxing bimble round Burrington).

I'm still not convinced about the cave, but the pint afterwards was great  :clap2:

PS - I see Neil and Judi are now not listed separately, but are 'Neil & Judi' - ahhhh
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on August 29, 2006, 11:11:05 pm
29th August 2006. Gough's Cave, Damocles Dig
Chris Castle, Sissel B.

A return was made a few days ago with a shotfirer, and today Sissel and I went for a look. Some of the hanging death is down, and a glimpse through the boulders gives a tantalising glimpse of a chamber larger than GG, GB and Sarawak put together.

No draught, though.

On re-reading the above I see I inadvertantly told a complete lie. It looks impossible to continue here, to progress is beyond our resources, is a bit dangerous, and is probably the wrong way. We hope to try another place, but first the Club should settle our debt with the shotfirer.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on August 29, 2006, 11:54:44 pm
Send your bill to the secretary and we'll rustle up a kite for you to fly in the shotfirer's direction, I'm sure.  :kiss2:
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on September 02, 2006, 05:18:48 pm
Swildon's Hole Round Trip:
1st Sept 06: A tourist trip, really, but turned into a "hunt the vandals" journey, having found bits of broken stal, discarded lager cans etc. as we went. All was fine since nothing needed bailing but Andy had a bit of a squeeze in the narrow bit whereas I whizzed through! Ha!

St. Cuthbert's Swallet: Maypole(pie) Series
2nd Sept 06: Another tourist trip to this lovely bit of Cuthbert's. Down the waterfall in Wire Rift by abbing, then up to Sentry Passage and do the Maypie Series up, rest/chocolate, ab down everything and then return via the normal laddered route. Andy Hebden, Me and Martin G. A good lark. Not as wet as we were hoping, however.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on September 08, 2006, 07:54:34 pm
8th September 2006 Rhino Rift, Left-Hand Route
Chris Castle, Sissel B.

After another practice session in the Black Cat Chamber in Gough's I decided Sis was ready for Rhino so off we went. The lock opened with no trouble at all, a good omen. I rigged the deviation on the first pitch as a rebelay for more practice, the rest in the conventional way. We just did the three big pitches, no real problems except that Sis made some balls-up on the ascent at the second pitch rebelay. I've no idea what she did, but sorted it out so I didn't have to fanny about with her this time. She was strong enough to prussick quite quickly up the first pitch with a full tackle bag of rope.

Back for fried giant puffballs.
Title: OFD 3 9th September
Post by: Andy Sparrow on September 12, 2006, 07:47:05 am
OFD 3 9th September
Andy S, Ken, Andy P, Dave H, Rachel and Zoe
Got underground just after midday and made steady progress via Salubrious, Arete Chamber and Timo's table.  The route towards OFD 3 always seems to take longer than expected, not surprising really, with all that climbing up and down.  Anyway, we eventually found ourselves at the start of the traverses and sent the ever-cool Mr Pollard strolling casually over to anchor a rope.  With varying degrees of enthusiasm we traversed the long unprotected section to the safe ground overlooking the final section.  While we were chilling-out Mr P scambled down the next climb, missed the traverse level, and continued down to the dark and distant floor of the rift.  He returned with a trophy - a somewhat corroded Clog jammer that I dated to circa 1974.  The squeeze at the end of the traverses is definitely getting smaller.  Finally, we found ourselves down at the stream by the maypole bridge but our 3 hours inward time was up and it was time to about-turn.  I headed back up the boulderslope, collected a slightly traumatised and abandoned Zoe who was contemplating the very bold step over the enormous hole, and escorted her back over the traverses.  We had a pleasant cruise back with a song and a laugh and a joke.  I took considerable pleasure from trailing at the back and allowing my chums to attempt to route-find.  We emerged after 6.5 hours into a very pleasant sunny evening having all enjoyed one of the best trips in the UK.  A very nice meal and a few drinkies followed.  An excellent day out.  Zoe has some pics that will, hopefully, get posted soon.

Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on September 16, 2006, 08:22:49 pm
Apparently there's a Committee Meeting tomorrow evening!  :coffee:



So, ...... who is going?
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on September 16, 2006, 09:52:12 pm
Me, Andy H., Andy S., Steve P. (probably), perhaps Dani who's doing the Swildon's trip, and - who knows? - even Cap'n Chris himself.

What has this to do with the Online Log Book?
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on September 16, 2006, 10:26:29 pm
It's got nothing to do with the online log book but at least it answered my question. Dani said she's going to turn up. I only asked because I'd totally forgotten about it until Brendan mentioned it and it occurred to me that others might have forgotten about it too but obviously they hadn't.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on September 18, 2006, 07:04:27 pm
St. Cuthbert's Swallet Sunday 17th September 2006.
Chris Castle, Andy H., Zoe W.

A rather disappointing turnout, so I took the opportunity to visit September Series, which is limited to 3 plus leader.
We did the usual round trip - through the boulder ruckle, Illusion and Cone Chambers and then through more bouders, where I had trouble getting my Adonis-like body through the squeeze, for a look at the fine formations of Victory Passage. Then up to September Chamber and the wonderfully white formations of The Balcony.
We left via the usual route as Zoe was tiring a bit and needed a push up the Entrance Rift.
Our slow pace was due to the interest of Andy and Zoe, but mainly due to delays caused by Zoe's filthy sense of humour.

Chris
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on September 20, 2006, 09:08:40 pm
How do I print selected pages for the hard copy of our log book? I can only print all 27 pages or nothing and highlighting makes no difference.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: andymorgan on September 21, 2006, 10:17:43 am
Chris select it then 'file' 'print'. Select 'print selection' in the box that appears and that should work. If not select the bits you want and copy and paste them into word and print from there.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Dani on September 21, 2006, 01:40:25 pm
Swildon's Upper Series, Sunday 17th September

Dani, Brendan, Gary

A quick pootle round the upper series of Swildons as a bit of a familiarisation / route finding exercise for Brendan and Gary.  Down the long dry way to the top of the 20, back up the long dry way, down the wet way and then back up the short dry way.  A very pleasant morning trip and good company.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on September 21, 2006, 10:48:27 pm
Wednesday 20th September 06: Martin G and Cap'n'Chris:
Just a brief bimble to collect some rope and bits and bobs left behind over yonder. Took this photo of Martin on a pitch which is actually a bit more worrying than the picture suggests since it's a VERY slippery 30ft phreatic tube pitch.

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Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: andymorgan on September 22, 2006, 11:03:03 am
Which cave is it Chris?
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: whitelackington on September 22, 2006, 12:39:41 pm
What a stunning picture Cap, if only your pixels had been more, that would win a competition :bounce:
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on September 22, 2006, 06:57:42 pm
Which cave is it Chris?

Secret. Sorry, I'd have to kill you if I told you.


Higher resolution version here just for you, Whitelackington.

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Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: whitelackington on September 22, 2006, 08:05:59 pm
Is it, now let me see,
Mangle Hole? :clap2:
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on September 22, 2006, 08:48:13 pm
We're not playing guessing games on this thread, sorry. It's supposed to be an online club Log Book!
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: whitelackington on September 23, 2006, 06:13:28 pm
Then it could be, now let me c,
Res.......
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on September 23, 2006, 06:35:47 pm
SHHHHH!....

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0145660/Ss/0145660/4?path=gallery&path_key=0145660
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Stupot on September 23, 2006, 11:45:34 pm
That's not Dr Evil, thats Phil Hendy  :-\

Stu.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on September 24, 2006, 10:11:54 pm
Saturday 23rd September 2006
Gough's Cave

Chris Castle, Ellie, Judi D., Andy H., Matt A., Zoe W., Mark W., Megan H.

After a wander around the Showcave we climbed up to Solomon's Temple, looked at the chambers beyond the Black Cat and finally got muddy and descended to Lloyd Hall. The water was lower than I've seen it for many years, and crystal clear, making me wish for a return to my cave diving days, but don't worry CDG, I got over it. I lifelined those who wanted it up the easy but exposed climb from the fixed ladder.

This was a far more enjoyable and well-attended trip than I expected, and was spun out for 3 hours, admittedly some of which was spent gossiping.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: anfieldman on September 29, 2006, 10:59:32 pm

This was a far more enjoyable and well-attended trip than I expected, and was spun out for 3 hours, admittedly some of which was spent gossiping.

Superb trip!
It felt a real privilege to shown around the bits the public don't see. Thanks a lot Chris. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on October 15, 2006, 11:10:34 pm
Done plenty of cavin' this week* so this weekend, as well as a further two stints underground doin' conservationy stuff (i.e. bolting etc.) decided to enjoy the sunshine with Martin T and scrambled up Cheddar Gorge this morning and then abbed off it just for a lark. Note to self: use proper harness next time as a sling/krab is a bit uncomfy....

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Martin smiling at the prospect of a nice sunny descent

* You can never do too much!
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on October 28, 2006, 06:27:52 pm
St. Cuthbert's Swallet. Friday 27th October 2006

Chris Castle, Sissel B. (Ch.CC), John F. (Kendal C.C.), Miranda F. (Kendal C.C. & M.N.R.C.)

A photo trip for John, a noted photographer of the Dales who was here with his wife for the Mendip Nutters and Ravers 100th.

A fairly straightforward trip to Gour Hall, with several diversions. Good to see a drop of water in the cave.

Chris
Title: Ogof Draenen Round Trip 28th October
Post by: Andy Sparrow on October 31, 2006, 09:57:00 am
Ogof Draenen Round Trip 28th October
Andy S, Rachel, Sissel, Brendan, Dave H, Duncan & Rich (guests from ACG)

After an early start fuelled by the Lillypool Cafe we were underground shortly after 11.00 am.  We were soon through the wet muddy crawly entrance series and reconvened by the cairn.  Next came the long grovel through Beer Challenge which has a most luxurious floor for a crawl.  And then, deepjoy, boulders, boulders and more boulders.  Actually it doesn't go on that long and soon we were happily traversing the Idiana Highway.  Then it was Mega Drive with, guess what?  more boulders.  There was a slight navigational problem before we found our way to the fixed ladder into the Alms Park and, yes, more boulders.  The boulder slopes end dramatically in Saint David's Hall which is a huge chamber with an uncannily flat roof.   

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Fixed ladder into the Alms Park

From here the character changes and we entered the complex Squirrel Rifts.  This is actually easy to follow now that the route is so well trodden but it was the first time I had dared to attempt it without a copy of the survey.  It was with unspeakable relief that I found the taped off Wooden Spoon Passage which confirmed we were not horribly lost afterall.

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Rach and Siss traversing in Squirrel Rifts

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Dave and Rich

Strangely, on this particular day, I did not arrive at the head of the rope climb but at a rift which Duncan identified as the pitch bypass.  I has been warned that this looks tighter than it is but still wimped out of pushing it headfirst.  It was down to Rich to be trip hero by committing himself head first to this narrow impossible looking rift.   Myself, Rach, and Siss followed through (the squeeze that is) but our gruntings and groanings sent the others back in search of the rope descent.  This was rigged with a new longer rope which we left in situ for the benefit of others. 

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Rach squeezes through the bypass

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Top and bottom of the pitch.  Note the existing somewhat inadequate fixed handline!

From here we followed the wonderful and atmospheric Agent Blorenge streamway.  This starts off very spaciously but after a while the water turns off into a narrow vadose canyon which involves some tricky climbs and traverses.  There are also two rather fine, if somewhat bracing, canal sections.
 
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Rach in the second canal

This is a long and varied passage which eventually brought us down to the confluence with the main stream.  Hooray.   Then is was a long and weary trek with very cold feet.  Eventually we reached Gilwern Passage and stopped to consume the remaining choccie bars and lucozade before the final grovel back to the surface, most of which I spent cursing the decision to close the second entrance to the cave.

We came out after 7 hours and 10 minutes having had a superb trip.  One of the best UK round trips remains my opinion, which I think the other party members now endorse.

Andy Sparrow
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on November 02, 2006, 11:06:25 pm
1st November 2006 St Cuthberts Swallet
Chris Castle, Andy Morgan, Matt M. (Wallop) Sissel B.

After waiting for Andy who'd got delayed in Banwell on his way from Dusseldorf and was hoping to get away from Germans, only to be sadly disappointed, we got into the cave and made a slow pace to the foot of Short Chain Pitch, which was free-climbed. Maypole Pitch was climbed with SRT and ladder, which for various reasons slowed the whole process down. The next pitch needed a handline, the next was a freeclimb, and the last needed tackle. It was very wet, and as the bolts are placed in the traditional manner, i.e. in the waterfalls, quite "sporting".

Once at the top we had a look at the black stal and other formations, Appendix Passage and the holes that don't go anywhere. The return was uneventful except that Sissel was very cold and her swearing was inversely proportional to her temperature. The pace was slow, and we got to the Entrance Rift after call-out time, so I knackered myself getting up, running to the Belfry and ringing our call-out, Andy H. who was in the Centre of the Universe, naturally with his phone turned off. We later found that he had been advised by Mr. Sparrow not to worry for a while.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: wallop on November 03, 2006, 10:27:55 am
Thanks Chris,

Good trip had buy all  :beer2:

Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on November 17, 2006, 10:30:38 pm
St. Cuthberts Swallet again.

Chris Castle, Andy Sparrow, Rachel P., Sissel B., Gary A., Brendan H.

A standard trip to Gour Hall. The trip started with one of Sissel's hopeless attempts at routefinding, but I soon took over or we would never have been out in time for the pub.

I wish we could have got some younger members to join this trip. Sissel was by far the youngest, and she's 32!

Better not start that thread again!
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: whitelackington on November 19, 2006, 09:27:02 am
chiscastle46 "DANGERMAN"
I was always told "That a gentleman never reveals a ladies age"
I hope you haven't been forgetting your customary chivalry
chriscastle46 1/2 years old :clap2:
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: andymorgan on November 19, 2006, 02:39:42 pm
Was going caving with me (a youthful 26) at Cuthberts a few weeks ago not enough Chris?
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on November 19, 2006, 05:48:20 pm
Was going caving with me (a youthful 26) at Cuthberts a few weeks ago not enough Chris?


You and Heb are, I think, the club's youngest members; we need more.

Whitelackington, you've never met Sissel, have you?
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: whitelackington on November 20, 2006, 09:03:51 am
chriscastle 46 a few weeks ago three of us did manor farm swallet
our total age was 162, if as had been expected the total age for the four of us would have been greatly inexcess off 200.
I think Doug is sTill our youngest, lier, just remembered, one of my long term BDCC mates sons has joined, i think he is 21 or 21 he actually came to the ardeche with us
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Sparrow on November 20, 2006, 09:06:58 am
Sorry to be Mr Boring but please can we not have idle chat here - this meant to be the online logbook.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: whitelackington on November 21, 2006, 06:53:17 am
Hello Mister Boring, sorry if I done wrong.
Perhaps The Cheddar could start another thread for interclub banter.
The Axbridge have not complained about other cavers posting on their bit
but I do take your point Andy about not confusing on-line-log books.
The MCG have an actual log book, as do the ACG
not quite as modern as The cheddar.
Anyway my very, humble appologies. :down:
Title: OFD 18th November
Post by: Andy Sparrow on November 21, 2006, 10:01:54 am
OFD
18th November 2006
Andy S, Andy H, Ken and Rachel
It was a long and rather rural drive owing to the M4 being closed but we eventually got to SWCC shortly after 11.00am.  The weather was a bit dodgy so we shelved the plan for the Cwm Dwr through trip and went for a ramble around Top Entrance.  Question - how can you get to Selenite tunnel without using Salubrious or Edward's Shortcut?  The answer, according to the survey, is Northern Canyon.  To reach this passage we went across the Big Chamber and mini-traverse and followed the rift to Cairn Chamber.  From here it was an easy ramble down to a junction where Northern Canyon branches off to the right into (for us) unknown territory.  After a couple of hundred metres the survey shows a boulder choke.  I made a mistake here of following what appeared to be a well used route down through the choke - this leads through some constrictions to a small streamway which is not on the survey.  This proved to be the wrong way and so we retreated back through the awkward choke and found the way on.  The next section of NC requires a climb over a boulder choke followed by a steep descent back to the passage floor but beyond these obstacles progress is easy and pleasant.  We found our way down to Selenite Tunnel and the Crossroads where we met a rather inadequately lit group.  From here we started towards Maypole but turned off at the first junction through the muddy passage to the left.  This leads to the Maze and a really excellent roundtrip through some nice rifts and tubes.  There are a couple of places where the passage ends on the lip of an abyss with the Main Stream thundering away deep below.  Eventually we emerged at Cross Rift and then returned to the Crossroads.  From here it was out via Salubrious to complete a very enjoyable 4 hour figure of eight trip.
Title: Re: OFD 18th November
Post by: Les W on November 21, 2006, 07:10:34 pm
Question - how can you get to Selenite tunnel without using Salubrious or Edward's Shortcut?

You can abseil (or ladder) straight into Northern canyon from one of the holes in the floor by the start of the brickyard, or from a hole at the start of speedy caver. It's quite a short drop - 4m(ish) and you can leave your gear on the rope and retrieve it on the way out. This cuts off the big chamber stuff   ;D but doesn't avoid the large boulder choke  :(
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on December 06, 2006, 10:23:54 pm
Tuesday 5th. December 2006  Swildons Hole

Chris Castle, Sissel B. (from Hanover), Alice S. (from Corsica), Cordell B. (from Cheddar) (prospective member).

A fine short trip in quite wet conditions, which always transforms this cave. We intended to go to Sump 2, but Sump 1 looked like a badly poured pint of Guinness and Sissel said "F*** that, that's full of S***, I don't do it. F*** it. Do it your F****** self". Taking that as a no none of us went through, much to Alice's relief who's not used to that sort of thing. Anyway, we all went to the Second Mud Sump and came back again and cleaned off up the Wet Way.

Alice learned to play shovehape'ny in the Hunters. She's only 18, brings the average age of the club down below 60!
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Hebden on December 26, 2006, 03:26:39 pm
19th December.  Rods Pot

Andy H, Matt B.

A good pre-christmas look around a cave niether of us had visited for a long time. 
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Hebden on December 26, 2006, 03:32:37 pm
24th December. Swildons Hole.

Club members Zoe Wilson, Andy Hebden and Andy Morgan, and guests, Andy Cox, James Threasher and Kate Viner.

Christmas Eve jaunt around the upper series. Long Dry Way, down to the 20 then back out the Wet way.  Kates first trip  and Ac and Jt's first for a while. Lots of water, lots of banter and lots of beer afterwards. Enjoying the very special privilege of sharing the cave with Martin Grass and Chris Binding!!!!!




Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Tree Monkey on December 26, 2006, 06:17:40 pm
Apparently Cap'n'chris enjoys his solo trips around Swildons! :o :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: whitelackington on December 28, 2006, 10:19:49 am
Do The Cheddar have an active dig?
Mister Truescrumpy thinks "Active" means people actually go there and dig!
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: wallop on December 29, 2006, 12:25:46 pm
Do The Cheddar have an active dig?
Mister Truescrumpy thinks "Active" means people actually go there and dig!


Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh

when it goes, it will be bigger than Titan  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Tree Monkey on December 29, 2006, 05:06:28 pm
Do The Cheddar have an active dig?
Mister Truescrumpy thinks "Active" means people actually go there and dig!


Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh

when it goes, it will be bigger than Titan  ;D ;D
  Don't tell me, its gonner be longer than Upperflood as well!! :o :o  :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on December 29, 2006, 05:48:31 pm
If it goes, yes; yes, it will.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Tree Monkey on December 29, 2006, 06:28:38 pm
Of course it will be! :tease:
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: wallop on December 29, 2006, 11:08:26 pm
If it goes, yes; yes, it will.

Of course it will be! :tease:

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh  ;D ;D

Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Andy Sparrow on December 29, 2006, 11:40:50 pm
Please, chaps, can I ask you again not to use the online logbook as a chat room.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: andymorgan on December 30, 2006, 01:43:49 am
Here are a couple of trip reports instead of unrelated crap.

28th December 2006

Eastwater, Upper Series

Rachel, Zoe and Andys S, H and M.

The first post Christmas caving trip for most, if not all of us. What better than a nice trip around Eastwater to work off the hard earned blubber. After quickly obtaining a piece of unimportant equipment (helmet and lamp) that Zoe forgot, the party of us headed across to the cave (albeit after initially walking in the wrong direction, before being put on the right track by Andy S). There appeared to be two fairly recent collapses near the entrance one of which was taking the stream, so it looked like the entrance would be dry: boo hoo.
   I can’t quite remember the exact route we took but I will try to describe it. After the descent through the boulders we went through the ‘recommended’ guide book and traditional route via the Upper Traverse. Some didn’t like it too much, although they complained after. Skinny Andy H in front of me went through on his side rather then on his back like everyone else. We pressed on to the top of Dolphin Pitch and turned back as we had no tackle (this was only an easy post Christmas trip), then went into the rift chambers where there was an amusing part of the cave that looked like part of the female anatomy.  Unfortunately the hard slog and misery of an Eastwater trip soon evaporated as talk turned to female’s ‘little hills’ or apparently ‘mountains’, and everyone was looking too happy.
   We headed on out via the ‘forbidden’ Woggle Press, which cut out the Upper Traverse and exited to a rather warm winter night. Trip time: about 2 hours.

29th December 2006
Swildon’s Hole, Shatter Series

Brendon, Rachel and Andys S, H and M.

The same intrepid crew from the night before with the exception of Zoe who had to do something called ‘work’, and the addition of Brendon met up in the morning at Priddy Green still unsure of what cave to do. The majority wanted to do Longwood, but we had a few problems. Firstly the weather was a bit dicey, secondly we had no key, and thirdly we had no permits. Andy S suggested a Swildon’s trip as a replacement, this seemed to have the effect of making everyone yawn and want to go home instead. However the trip was to Shatter Series where all of us (apart from Andy S hadn’t been), eventually we all thought we would give it a crack. We headed down the Wet Way and all was going ok until we got to the 20, when it appeared one man and his dog had decided to go to Swildons today, and there was a big queue. Us like all the other groups said “ we thought it would be quiet today”. After waiting for what seemed an eternity we got down the pitch we headed off quite fast to warm up.
   At the Mud Sump, a group was ahead of us and had already bailed the Mud Sump, so we went straight through. We went down Shatter Pot through about three ducks or puddle which was all good fun. We called it a day at the longer duck before Pirate Chamber, as it needed bailing, and time was pressing. We saw passed another group in Shatter Series on the way out: we definitely didn’t have the cave to ourselves today!
   Some of us (me) who were slightly cave unfit slowed considerably on the way out. We all took the short dry way to daylight. A good trip!
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: anfieldman on January 01, 2007, 07:26:52 pm
20th December 2006
Carlswark Cavern, Derbyshire


Megan & Mark

This report is late because I have been too busy drinking alcohol and eating chocolate sandwiches (white bread of course).
We got some good advice from members in the 'Derbyshire' section on where to go  :thumbsup: and did a bit of research. We also visited Caving Supplies in Buxton the day before and they were brill. After investing in some new kneepads and a book of the area we were ready.
We parked at the large layby near Stoney Middleton and got changed in a f*****g freezing minus 1!
After peeping into a few holes most of which terminated very quickly we found the Gin Entrance about 70 feet away from the main road above the resurgance entrance. I was very eager to get in, mainly due to not being able to feel my fingers, when Meg started to curse. Her lamp was flickering on and off. Luckily we had brought our usual 'Lidl' specials as a back up but that was not enough for Meg. I left her to fix her lamp and went looking for the resurgence entrance out of curiosity.
A fairly small hole at the start of what was now a dried up streamway led to a low ceiling chamber with a pond. Nothing much to see and so with Meg probably waiting I went back to the Gin entrance.
She was still fiddling and cursing! We both agreed that one good lamp and two good spare ones would be enough and so off we went.
The gin entrance is a long oblong shaped hole with some twisted tree roots growing into it. These come in handy to cling to. A quick scramble led us into a chamber with routes going of in all directions. Meg found where we were supposed to go and we crawled through a small squeeze which went to a long  pheratic tube. This was a nice height. Far too tall to crawl but not tall enough to stand! So we lolloped along like a couple of chimps bent double. Luckily for us this tube only went on at this height for the entire rest of the trip. The cave itself is not particularly sporty or challenging but as there was just the two of us this is what we wanted. We found Eyam Dale shaft eventually so a round trip could have been possible if we had the training and gear. There are some quite interesting fossils of silicified Giganantoproductus in the roof of this cave. We didn't get to the Bid Dig series or the Dynamite series but we will return! Unless you want to go in via Eyam Dale shaft it looks as if no gear is necessary so try it yourselves. As well as lots of other caves the area is beautiful. Good beer too but no cider worth owt.
Anybody else in Cheddar club been to this one?
 

Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: anfieldman on January 01, 2007, 07:29:55 pm
Anybody else in Cheddar club been to this one?

Sorry Andy. Replies to be posted elsewhere.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on January 06, 2007, 08:52:41 pm
Saturday 6th Jan 2007 St Cuthberts Swallet
Chris Castle, Danny B., Brendan H.

We had intended to descend Pulpit Pitch and follow the streamway for as far as we felt like, taking in a few side passages, but we spent so much time poking around we didn't get very far down the cave.

There had been a lot of rain and it was raining when we entered, but Pulpit Pitch was quite dry. We abseiled down using minimal gear - sling and krab, with the result that my rope ended up looking like a boar's penis. Down Gour Pitch with the aid of a bit of tat that's been there for years - MUST bring my own rope next time- and then spent a lot of time poking around the passages on the right, which I later found was Mud Hall Bedding Plane. We didn't see it all; we should have got to the Waterchute. There is a big stream there, must be the Wire Rift stream, so maybe you could get to Wet Pitch in dry weather. I don't know why, after about 25 years as a Cuthberts leader I'd never been here before. Then up the fine rift of Disappointment Passage, but not to the end as the old bit of polyprop rope needed for a climb could be 40 years old! Then a look at Drinking Fountain Passage, which starts off tightish and awkward and I got fed up. Danny went most of the way.
We then went out by descending the Waterchute, up Lower Traverse Chamber to the passage up to Upper Traverse Chamber, and taking the usual way. I retrieved the rope, finding most irritatingly that I'd lost my Lyon sling - why make a sling in black?

The Entrance Rift had a drop of water coming down for once, but not like in the good old days.

We thouroughly enjoyed this trip, a change for me as I lead a lot of tourist trips.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on January 06, 2007, 11:07:53 pm
There is a big stream there, must be the Wire Rift stream, so maybe you could get to Wet Pitch in dry weather.

It is a fine alternative route into the cave - in down the ladders to Wire Rift then abseil down two VERY wet split pitches. Retrieve rope on way out. Belay off the horizontal ladder in WR. IIRC you need about 25m - remember to put a knot in before and remove it after otherwise pulling the rope up will be problematic.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on January 12, 2007, 10:13:12 pm
12th January 2007 Rhino Rift
Chris Castle, Sissel Balomatis, Alice S.

On the walk to the cave I noticed that the sink for Longwood Swallet appears to be blocked, a good stream going down the valley. It wasn't wet today.
Anyway, a straightforward trip down the three big pitches. I noted the loose bolts and reported them to Les, but plans the look into it are already under way. We didn't go to the end as planned as Sis was feeling weak after a bad cold and Alice was cold, not enough clothes on. This gave them the excuse to let me do everything - derig and bring all the rope and bits and pieces up. So, Alice, aged 18 and Sis, 32 left all the work to me, 60. The way of the world, youth of today, etc. I now use a Pantin; it's the dog's.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: mrodoc on January 12, 2007, 11:33:46 pm
Re descending Wire Rift.  Remember once free climbing up the two pitches into Wire Rift and spending a lot of time quavering under the ladder working out how to make the final move round and out. One of the scarier moments in my caving life. The one photo I would like and haven't got is somebody abseiling into traverse chamber out of sentry passage with some judicious lighting. Anybody got any pics of this?
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: emgee on January 14, 2007, 02:34:31 am
20th December 2006
Carlswark Cavern, Derbyshire

A fairly small hole at the start of what was now a dried up streamway led to a low ceiling chamber with a pond. Nothing much to see and so with Meg probably waiting I went back to the Gin entrance.



May have looked dried up when you did it but it can totally back up with a very impressive jet of water coming out.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: chriscastle46 on January 19, 2007, 08:52:22 pm
Thurs. 18th. Jan. 2007 Slaughter Stream Cave / Wet Sink
Chris Castle, Mark C., Sissel B., Matt B. (Wallop).

A windy drive to the Forest, and a diversion as the old bridge was closed, but we had to go to get the key from Redbrook so we went up to Monmouth. Thanks to the RFDCC for the loan of a key without any fuss at all.
Once in the cave and down the fixed ladders we abseiled the next two pitches, taking care not to touch the boulder at the top of the 12m pitch, crawled to Cross Stream Junction and headed downstream. The Cascade was impressive. We took Dry Slade Passage to Coal Seam Passage, which is dry but has strong water-worn features, and also what appeared to be an evaporite of sandy appearance on the walls. Up through the choke at the end to The Chunnel, where we headed towards The Vittals Stop, but about half way along the Three Deserts Mark had trouble from an old injury so we headed back slowly. Once out of the crawls he wasn't so bad, and we left the easterly end of the Chunnel to the Gnome Garden and the Graveyard, with a quick diversion to see Zurree Aven. This had a big waterfall coming down, and Matt, for reasons unknown, tried to climb it and fell off, fortunately not hurting himself.
Following the steam down a series of wet climbs we were disturbed by a strong smell of sewage, and had to reluctantly crawl in the stream until we arrived back at Cross Stream Junction and the crawl to the ropes and ladders.
Sis told me she honked up that evening, whether from the pollution or not I don't know, but the rest of us were OK.
Title: Re: Online Log Book: 2006
Post by: Cap'n Chris on January 23, 2007, 11:21:58 pm
Perhaps, Mr. Castle, you'd care to start an Online Log Book: 2007 header, rather than cram your new year trips into a previous year's listing?.... just a thought.  :coffee:
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