Considering the breadth of different types of cave passage that you pass through en-route, from dry fossil phreatic (and wet phreatic) to active streamway, through mines and back into cave again, that one trip can count as three or four 'regular' trips - it really has it all. The only issue is 'who goes back to get the ropes afterwards?' There are occasionally people around who actually enjoy this sort of thing (see above), so don't despair. Though as a precaution to avoid the rope-jamming issue, put any surplus rope that's lying on the floor in a bag, or at least a bundle, and tie it up just off the floor
Is there anywhere in Castleton area where someone could hire a caving oversuit? I know you can in the Dales but Google is coming up short when I search Derbyshire. I'm not sure my trusty screwfix boiler suit is going to be quite up to the job for wet caving!
If you plan to stay at the TSG Chapel in Castleton, then we might be able to hire you a club suit if we have a suitable size one.
I showed him a few sample pages, mainly of Longcliffe, so we'll see! But it was good to meet someone new, to be honest, and just dive straight into it - literally, in the case of Speedwell. The lack of pulsing at Whirlpool was very interesting, as it's been up and down like a yoyo all week - 50cm change every ten mins, roughly. But yesterday nothing - we stuck it out at the Bung for a while watching the level over the concrete lip, but it never changed, and it should have - I suspect the siphons are temporarily overwhelmed with Main Rising out of action.Incidentally Tom, going the other way with a full bag of rope is really the best way to experience its joys, followed by a climb up Block Hall - next time?
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