OFD is open and was actually quite busy last weekendAs suggested is does flood quite quickly after rain.
Some SWCC member on call out searches used to run up the streamway in shorts and T-shirts!
For many years, shorts were the preferred mode of attire in the OFD streamway. This was before the days of fleece suits and oversuits, when old clothes were standard caver-wear. The thinking was that boiler suits or similar got heavy when wet and didn't keep you warm in the water anyway, so you might as well wear shorts. A former SWCC President is reputed to have tried on a caving oversuit in an outdoor shop and, having decided that it fitted, paid for it and then asked to borrow a pair of scissors. He then proceeded to cut the legs off the suit to make it a 'shorty'. The story may be apocryphal. When I joined SWCC in the mid-1980s there were still a few of the old guard wearing shorts into the cave, but by then it was largely done to play to the curiosity of shocked newbies.
As a matter of sartorial interest in the USA custom made cordura shorts are regularly worn as many caves are warm but you still need hard wearing kit. As far as I am aware nobody imports them.
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