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Re: Online Logbook 2009 - Wigpool Iron Mine
« Reply #25 on: March 08, 2009, 10:40:36 pm »
We entered through Sway Hole, and followed the "high level" through-trip to Fox Hole. En-route we visited the Wigpool formations, including the beautiful pompoms. The route was not our first choice; we would have preferred to exit through Steam Hole, but were prevented from doing so by a buggered padlock.

We Foresters thoroughly enjoyed playing host to Cheddar for the evening, and hope we can repeat it sometime.

The man with the dogs was Spade; and the one nobody remembered the name of was Steve, though he is not a RFDCC member, and so doesn't count anyway!
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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2009, 10:24:25 pm »
Goatchurch Cavern
Wednesday 11th March 2009

Dani + her mate Billy

I'm not entirely sure this counts as a club trip as I couldn't find any friends to play with, so went on my own :weep:.  The reason I don't normally go caving on my own, I've discovered, is my overactive imagination.  Especially on a dark night in the Combe, when owls (or it could have been werewolves, flesh eating zombies or worse) were calling out to each other (or looking for fresh meat) :o.  Once I'd pulled myself together and given myself a stern talking to and ignored my thumping heart beat bounding in my ears, I got changed and set off for the cave.  I'd decided to practice my photographic technique after some recent disappointing results.  I can't say that these efforts were much better (so much so that I'm not going to share them with you), but at least I wasn't holding anyone up and I had a bit of a play with different lighting techniques.  After about an hour and without any suitable models to pose, I'd decided that I ought to brave the wilds outside and headed back to the car.

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2009, 10:39:26 pm »
Goatchurch Cavern
Wednesday 11th March 2009

Dani + her mate Billy

 when owls were calling out to each other (or looking for fresh meat) :o.  

How would you like that then eh? Stuck in the hole in the ground in the middle of the night in the fog, with an owl!!!

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #28 on: March 17, 2009, 09:46:19 pm »
See, it wasn't just my imagination!  There was even someone filming!

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2009, 10:01:14 pm »
Brownes' Hole
Wednesday 25th March

Chris C & Nicky

We were shocked to find the cave after a previous mission failed, but happy in our success we made our way through the large entrance passage. From here we climbed up some mud to Coronation Chamber and then back to the main route to the Pulpit where we had a look a the start of the Upstream Series. We didn't venture any further as I saw a dead bat almost a skeleton with fury bits on, right in our way (plus i's another cave that Chris seems to think has shrunk) so we headed back towards Tommy's Dig. Chris ventured out the Second Entrance (or rather disappeared while I was admiring some wildlife) and called me back to the main entrance. There were a few pretties to admire and I enjoyed the trip!


Brownes' Grotto

Since this little cave was only 20m away we had to have a little explore. A narrow entrance leads to a big drop, which we climbed down and went through a squeeze. Chris tried one passage and decided it was too narrow so we looked at the only other passage there which again seemed to get quite narrow...and so we headed back towards a pub, via a quick paddle in Stoke Lane Slocker entrance.

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2009, 08:45:38 am »
Swildon's Hole - Upper Series

Wednesday 25th  March

Martin L and Mark W

After an irresistible invite from Mark to go caving on a Wednesday, followed by a pint at the Hunters how could I refuse!

We had a quick look at the members keys at the Wessex (Mark is a member) and decided that OFD was a bit of a trek, so we made our way across the fields towards the cave entrance. As we were approaching from the Wessex Hut it took a little longer than normal but made a nice change.

Once in the cave we made our way around the Short Dry Way, then from the Old Grotto we went via Water Chamber to the Eight Foot Drop. A quick look up Rolling Thunder was abandoned due to false advertising! (should be called slight drizzle). A quick peek over the 20 Foot Pot and it was time to start heading back. At the Water Chamber we headed right towards the Oxbows and explored various high and low passages before finally finding our way to the surface.

I am sure we found parts of the cave not mentioned above but without a map it is hard to recall exactly where they were and what they were called!

With Chris Lank away we were forced to rely on our own navigational skills, which was a real test and much enjoyed. A previous route finding exercise with him really paid off.

As promised we got back to the Hunters in plenty of time for Chilli and beer.

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2009, 11:36:16 pm »
Yes, a great time I had, even though the onset of a B**tard of a cold was coming on!
Route finding exercise complete and back to the centre of the universe in time for beer and medals!
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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #32 on: March 27, 2009, 10:08:02 am »
Swildon's Hole - Upper Series


 A quick look up Rolling Thunder was abandoned due to false advertising! (should be called slight drizzle).


Rolling Thunder is very aptly named from the sound effects when we are digging there!
    "false advertising" is just a novel excuse for not getting to the end. :lol:

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #33 on: March 27, 2009, 11:24:10 am »
Swildon's Hole - Upper Series


 A quick look up Rolling Thunder was abandoned due to false advertising! (should be called slight drizzle).


Rolling Thunder is very aptly named from the sound effects when we are digging there!
    "false advertising" is just a novel excuse for not getting to the end. :lol:

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Cheers Aubrey. We will have to take another look soon. Does it open up a bit then?
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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #34 on: March 27, 2009, 11:55:28 am »


Cheers Aubrey. We will have to take another look soon. Does it open up a bit then?

There is a small chamber at the end where some people have been able to turn around!

Please drag some rocks out if you make it to the end, there is a pile on the right just as you enter the chamber.


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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2009, 07:52:54 am »
late entry

18th March
Eastwater
Speleo-Sparrows, Neil R, Castle, Nicky, Trisha
A quick circuit round the upper series. In via Traverse and down the Canyon.  Andy and Neil back via Hallelujah Hole to see if I could still fit - answer is yes with Neil giving me a shove!  Others through Woggle Press and a quick exit.

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #36 on: April 04, 2009, 08:01:45 am »
Wednesday 1st April
Singing River Mine
Speleo-Sparrows, Dani, Martin, Neil, Trisha, Steve, and the welcome return of Mr Gary Amos
Had a nice chat with the old girl who owns the cave - very friendly and pleasant lady who seems to quite like having her garden invaded.  Very straightforward trip to see the best bits.  Nobody could be persuaded to free-dive the optional sump for some strange reason - where are you when you are needed Mr Lank?  Set up the patent Sparrow ladder climbing accelerator to ensure that we were in the Kings Head by 10.00. 

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2009, 11:44:37 am »
late entry

18th March
Eastwater
Speleo-Sparrows, Neil R, Castle, Nicky, Trisha
A quick circuit round the upper series. In via Traverse and down the Canyon.  Andy and Neil back via Hallelujah Hole to see if I could still fit - answer is yes with Neil giving me a shove!  Others through Woggle Press and a quick exit.

Andy S


I did a similar trip with Ken Passant about 5 years ago and tried to descend through the Hallelujah Hole - concluded I had gone  the wrong way but then did the round trip and came back up through it.  I needed more than a shove to get through but made it. I then read a log I wrote when I was 18 where I had described the squeeze as 'quite tight' - which made me feel a whole lot better. Mind you Ken then did the Traverse bypass beyond Kentish Cairn and I wimped out after feeling like the meat in a rock sandwich.

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #38 on: April 09, 2009, 06:16:21 pm »
Extract from the Salisbury Caving Group log:

September 14th 1973
Stoke Lane Slocker
Andy Sparrow, Neil Rigiani, Rich Websell
Sparrow got stuck in the sump.


Yes, Sparrow got stuck in the sump.  The underwater archway was silted and quite small and when I came back through my collar was caught on a projection which stopped me surfacing.  Websell saw my light underwater and tried to pull me up while I was trying to go back the other way.  I eventually surfaced back on the Stoke 2 side, very scared and very lonely.  On my second attempt I got snagged again but managed to get free and surface.  I did not hurry back to Stoke Lane Slocker.  Eventually, after more than 35 years the time seemed right and the scene was set for...

RETURN TO STOKE!
8th April
Andy and Rachel Sparrow, Neil, Judi, Dani, Martin, Gary, Trisha, and the welcome return of Alun Williams

The club must have been afflicted by some sort of mass insanity or perhaps blissful ignorance for so many eager recruits to assemble at short notice for this trip.   There are some things I remembered about the cave - like the route.  There are things I had forgotten - like just how much wet crawling is required.  There was flood debris jammed up in the roof near the entrance which is sobering.  The cave always was prone to pollution but was never as bad as it is today.  Every pollutant and item of rubbish from the quarry and the village ends up in the cave.  There is decaying detritus everywhere and the disturbed sediments release the odour of diesel as you crawl over them. 

The floating crap ends up in the sump pool which is far from inviting.  I plunged through and found the archway to be more spacious than my last visit.  Neil popped up after me, then Trisha, Dani and Rachel coughing up some of the horrible water.  We made our way downstream to the Main Chamber where the girls were amazed at the sudden change in character - from low grotty streamway to very big and highly decorated.  The rest of the group turned up everybody having successfully come through the sump.  We had a quick look at the adjacent CB Chamber but decided to leave a proper exploration of Stoke 2 to another day.  I led back to the sump quite anxious to get it over with.  I used a hood and mask which seemed to help and surfaced easily back in Stoke 1.  Neil, Dani and Judi came through next, all without wetsuits, and set off out as briskly as they could.  Meanwhile Trisha and her helmet were making independent journeys through the sump. 

Eventually everyone was through and we started out.  Gary amused us by approaching the Nutmeg Grater feet first, an act which required longer and more awkward reverse caving than he had anticipated.  By 10 o'clock we were out and shortly after could be found in a giant huddle in the Knatchbull Arms as we attempted to re-warm ourselves.   I am not sure when I will return to Stoke.  The demons of the sump have been exorcised but the crawls and pollution are not an enticement to return for a while.  But it would be nice to see the Throne Room again....


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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #39 on: April 10, 2009, 12:05:26 pm »
Great trip, thanks to Andy for organising and facing his demons and others for encouragement to get through that disgusting sump and warming me up afterwards.  It was great to see Alun back caving with us (hopefully we haven't put him off for life) and Gary for the second time in two weeks. 

My knees are still sore, so it might be a little while before I make the return trip (with wetsuit next time), just need to watch out for signs of Weil's disease now!

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #40 on: April 10, 2009, 07:04:17 pm »
Great trip, thanks to Andy for organising and facing his demons and others for encouragement to get through that disgusting sump and warming me up afterwards. 

He's tried to do that to me too Dani but I didn't fancy how he wanted to do it.  :yucky:
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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #41 on: April 17, 2009, 10:03:08 pm »
Thrupe Lane Swallet
Wednesday 15th April 2009

Andy, Rachel, Neil, Steve, Danny, Mark, Martin, Dani, Alun

After last week’s rather chilly trip, we were hoping for something a bit warmer and possibly a bit less physical, so when Andy suggested Thrupe Lane I wasn’t entirely convinced, especially after reading the description and looking out of the window to observe rain trickling down the panes.  However, the day cheered up and we arrived at the cave entrance to a lovely sunny spring evening, not even a trickle of water down the entrance.  Kitted up and ready to go, Andy, Rachel, Neil, Danny and Mark were going to SRT to the bottom of Atlas Pot whilst the rest of us were using ladders to get to the top of the pot.

The SRTers set off first, rigging as they went and we ‘inferior’ cavers followed behind.  This was the first trip to Thrupe for several of us and we made steady progress down through the cave to Perseverance pot to the chamber and then along Marble Passage to the top of Atlas Pot.  As the SRT team headed down into the waterfall, we watched their lights disappearing from the top, keeping nice and warm out of the trickling streamway.  Here we turned round and headed back out, following the streamway and back up the ladders.  The SRTers had fun shivering under the waterfall as they made their way back out, but soon caught us up at the ladder pitch on Perseverance Pot.  Time was now pressing, as we were all keen to head to the pub for a pint, so whilst Steve and I coiled ladders, the final three using SRT ascended the rope.

All finally back on the surface, we quickly de-rigged the rest of the gear, speedily changed and raced back to the Hunters, with time to spare to order a pint or two.  Not a bad evening at all, five of the team down to the bottom of Atlas Pot and nine in total down the cave and back in time for last orders.

Thanks to Neil and Andy for rigging and life-lining and all for excellent company, as ever.

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #42 on: April 18, 2009, 08:41:31 pm »
Here, here! Brilliant suggestion for a trip. Really enjoyed it. What's on for next week then?
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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #43 on: April 19, 2009, 05:45:51 pm »
Swildon’s Hole – Sump 1
Sunday 19th April 2009
Martin, Alun, Chris L

This was a quick bimble down to Sump 1 to stretch our legs.  We took the quickest route (Short Dry Way) and streamed straight down without stopping for much.  A few bugs were found swimming in the low sump pool (see photo).  Martin felt compelled to take a quick dunk but Alun and I elected to stay dry and comfortable.  On the way back we took Alun up to Tratman’s Temple for a quick reconnoitre before heading back up the way we came.

Bug in Sump 1:


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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #44 on: April 22, 2009, 12:11:57 am »
Shatter Cave
Tuesday 21st April

Martin, Tricia, Andy P, Chris H, Dani with Phil Hendy leading

A pleasant evening spent ooh-ing and ahh-ing at all the prolific pretties in this fantastic cave, with a great deal of time spent behaving like snap-happy tourists.  Well worth a visit if you haven't been before and those of you that have will appreciate it's loveliness.  A quick stop at the pub afterwards for a spot of refreshment and to marvel in the mysteries of cave digging engineering.

Thanks to Phil for showing us the sights

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #45 on: April 26, 2009, 08:08:43 pm »
Manor Farm Swallet
Wednesday 22nd April 2009

Neil, Steve P, Judy, Mark, Andy S, Rachel S and Chris L back from his travels

Parked up in the lay-by, I thought I was on for an early night in front of the TV when only Mark appeared at the agreed time, just as we were about to head off we heard a clanking of SRT kit coming down the lane.  Chris, Steve, Neil and Judy appeared, kitted up and raring to go.  Fees agreed with the farmer, we set off to rig the entrance pitch.  Steve and I had opted for the ladder, whilst the others were SRT'ing, and as a 'willing' volunteer, I headed on down first under the floodlit scrutiny of Chris' new Scurion.

Once down the entrance pitch, we headed down September Rift, with the assistance of a ladder and lifeline, then on to Curtain Chamber.  Opting for the bypass, we carried on down the cave and with the water level fairly low, through Albert's Eye and on down the streamway.  A slight detour at Stream Junction to The Aven (amply lit by the mobile lighthouse) and then on to the rift, where the shrimps were big enough to take your finger off.  Deterred by the worms and the cow sh** we decided to head back on out.  The brisk pace and steep incline caused a slight 'glow' on the way back up, although the huffing and puffing was definitely due to bad air and nothing at all to do with me being unfit :-[

A slight breather before climbing September Rift and then back to the ladder pitch for the energetic climb out.  A slight SRT refresher might be needed for a certain someone who started climbing the rope before it was free, which might have hindered the previous caver from getting off the pitch  ;)

Thanks once again to all for the company, Neil for rigging and lifelining and Andy for caving up my .....! ;D

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #46 on: April 27, 2009, 07:12:09 am »
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Sunday 26th April 2009
Rachel S, Andy S, David M (guest), Chris L

After a power breakfast in Shipham we made our way over to South Wales and into the cave.  Having negotiated relatively dry Entrance Series, we arrived at Cairn Junction.  The gentle Carpet Crawl took us into White Arch Passage from where we yomped up to Lamb and Fox Chamber, Indiana Highway and Megadrive.

From The Nunnery we selected Perseverance II, which eventually led into Perseverance I.  A quick drink was taken at the trough before continuing into Elliptic Passage.  After passing around the choke, we arrived at Big Beauty Junction and the pleasure of a sandy floor.

A quick shuffle up Gone with the Wind and we were in the Midwinter Chambers admiring the Gypsum Crystals, which were quite impressive and looked incredibly delicate.  Just before the end of Midwinter Chambers we took Going Somewhere before entering Snowball Passage.

We quickly found the Snowball (see photograph) and noticed that it had a small area of mud damage, which was a shame.  After an eagerly enjoyed lunch, we headed back the way we came.

Many thanks to Andy, Rachel and David for a hard but rewarding 8-hour trip.

Rachel in Indiana Highway:


Rachel looking at the roof in Perseverance II:


Gypsum Crystals in Midwinter Chambers:


More Gypsum Crystals in Midwinter Chambers:


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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #47 on: April 28, 2009, 10:38:11 pm »
Very nice. Lovely pictures Chris.
I'll be up for a visit next time.

Can we use the second entrance though.  ;)
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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #48 on: May 04, 2009, 11:49:32 am »
Read's Cavern
Wednesday 29th April 2009

Andy, Rachel, Aggie, Alun, Dani, Robin, Barry, Steve

A trip to a new cave for some of the club, but for others a revisit, although previous experience didn't seem to help much with the route finding.  We entered via the stream, this being rather low, and into the main chamber.  Various routes off this were then investigated, although none seemed to lead to where we thought they ought.  Lots of crawling around through boulder ruckles was then endured before we decided to call it a day and head to the pub.  Not entirely sure where we made it to as none of the routes seemed to bear any relation to the survey and the rescued frog wasn't much help with directions either (must have been a girl  ;) )

Good to see Robin and Barry out caving again and nice to have Aggie joining us.

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Re: Online Logbook 2009
« Reply #49 on: May 07, 2009, 09:27:36 pm »
Drunkards Hole
Wednesday 6th May 2009

Martin, Alun, Keith, Dani

I was aiming for a record-breaking fourth week of dry pants after a caving trip, but sadly it was not to be.  A trundle down Drunkards to the muddy squalor of the dig soon put paid to that.  The delights of the cave seen, we had a quick poke around some of the other offshoots on our way back out.  Much grunting and swearing ensued as we squeezed our way back up the rift and back out into daylight.  A gentle introductory trip to the cave for Alun and Keith and a reminder why I haven't been back there for a while.

 

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