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« Reply #50 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!!

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« Reply #51 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:

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« Reply #52 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.

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« Reply #53 on: May 11, 2006, 10:38:07 pm »
Me and Andy H continue to discover big walking sized passages.




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



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.

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« Reply #54 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.

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« Reply #55 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... :?
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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« Reply #56 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.

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A Swildon’s trip we forgot to log. 8 April 2006
« Reply #57 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.  :)
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« Reply #58 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.
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Re: Online Log Book: 2006
« Reply #59 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.

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« Reply #60 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.

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« Reply #61 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.

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« Reply #62 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.
Andy Sparrow



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Re: Online Log Book: 2006
« Reply #63 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

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Re: Online Log Book: 2006
« Reply #64 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.

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« Reply #65 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:

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« Reply #66 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.

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« Reply #67 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.

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« Reply #68 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.

Andy Sparrow



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Re: Online Log Book: 2006
« Reply #69 on: September 16, 2006, 08:22:49 pm »
Apparently there's a Committee Meeting tomorrow evening!  :coffee:



So, ...... who is going?

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« Reply #70 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?

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« Reply #71 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.

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« Reply #72 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

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« Reply #73 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.

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« Reply #74 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.

 

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