I knew Ben and caved with him many times.
When he was digging that hairy stuff at the bottom of Nettle, he lived in a hen hut at the farm so he'd be closer to "work".
He drove the muddiest Reliant 3-wheeler on the planet!
Visiting him in Winter when he was the Eldon Librarian, found him in bed to keep warm, fully clothed including beanie, because he was more interested in buying digging gear than paying heating bills.
He was a very capable sporting caver as well as a digger, he was with me down Vulcan in Nick Pot when I smashed my arm.
One other odd thing (of the many!), he couldn't stand people whistling near him - it caused a bad reaction from him!