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Caving Quotes
« on: June 10, 2021, 11:24:01 am »
I saw this topic on a Facebook group and have unashamedly stolen it for UKC because I thought it was really interesting but being Facebook it's a bit international.

What is your favourite quote from a well known caver, caving publication or similar?

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Re: Caving Quotes
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2021, 11:57:23 am »
How about: "That aven's so high it's sticking out above projected moor level!".

(Said of Titan, on the day it was found, 1st Jan 1999.)

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Re: Caving Quotes
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2021, 12:04:18 pm »
"The Devil is a Gentleman" Bob Davies 11th December 1955 (at 5am after narrowly surviving his dive to Chamber 13 in Wookey Hole)

He went back into the cave (diving) later that day to recover kit that had been abandoned!  :o

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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2021, 12:47:33 pm »

"This cavern is in our parish, and you have no right to be here at all" - Thomas Hardy from Our exploits at West Poley

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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2021, 01:02:43 pm »
"If yer weren't hard, you shouldn't 'ave come!"

Ken Pearce (allegedly) in the Berger, some time in the 60s - and by a lot of other cavers since then. (The story goes that someone had very politely asked if Ken would mind awfully if he removed his foot from that person's hand which he was standing on. Or that might relate to a different quote of Ken's: "If there's one thing I can't stand, it's caving with soft people.")

(There may be a few folk on this forum who were actually there and could verify some of the above.)

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2021, 02:05:02 pm »
‘Caving is like banging your head against a brick wall, f***ing great when you stop’

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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2021, 02:09:05 pm »
"Until this afternoon, whatever lies round that bend has been as remote as the headwaters of the Amazon, as remote as the last uncharted Himalayan peak. Man has set foot on the moon, but here no scientific equipment has ever probed, no satellite has ever scanned. Yet this is England, on a September afternoon, quarter of a mile from the layby where you left the car and half an hour's drive from home.

You are about to enter the unknown..."

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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2021, 02:14:29 pm »
Northern Caves

"This book is intended as guidance for the wise, not the obedience of fools"

I've pinched that quote a lot over the past year.

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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2021, 02:15:26 pm »
Overheard on a cave rescue: ‘You’re not supposed to say, “The patient looks a bit peaky” when said patient is awake and within hearing range’.

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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2021, 02:18:58 pm »
"Why do you do this for fun?" My wife on one of the rare occasions she agreed to go into a cave (we left the cave after that and went to pick blackberries in the sunshine).

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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2021, 02:26:25 pm »
Coleridge wasn't a caver as far as I know, but how often have his words been used? - "...where Alph the sacred river ran, through caverns measureless to man, down to a sunless sea."

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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2021, 02:38:33 pm »
"You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

Michael Caine in The Draenen Job.

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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2021, 02:39:54 pm »
In late 1979 cave diving was once again allowed in Peak Cavern, after about a 10 year hiatus when the previous generation of CDG members had fallen out with the Custodian at the time. We have Jerry Murland and the late John Beck to thank for brokering the new access arrangements. There then followed a period of intense exploratory effort which led to some very important breakthroughs. In the April 1980 Cave Diving Group Newsletter, Oliver Lloyd wrote:

"Peak Cavern is like a bottle of fizz, that has been kept stoppered for 10 years. Now that the cork has been taken out, the results are sparkling."

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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2021, 02:42:17 pm »
. . . and another one from the late, great, Oliver Lloyd:

"People can only call you a ruddy fool when you've failed - and we haven't!"

These words were uttered after receiving critical comments about the first free diving trip to Swildons 9.

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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2021, 02:53:20 pm »
From a policeman we once bumped into post-trip: "It's dark, is it safe to go caving a night time?"
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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2021, 03:01:27 pm »
'But you aren't meant to need a lifeline on a 20foot ladder'

'You aren't meant to fall off the bugger either'
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2021, 03:13:07 pm »
From Jim Eyre's - The Easegill System

"Within seconds, the loose sods were pulled up and a howling draught blew soil into the air and George Cornes into cave history"

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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2021, 03:30:46 pm »
The older I get......The better I was!

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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2021, 03:33:02 pm »
"If you every want to see daylight again, you'll follow me now."

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Re: Caving Quotes
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2021, 04:37:48 pm »
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A door, once opened, may be stepped through in either direction.

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Re: Caving Quotes
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2021, 05:10:18 pm »
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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2021, 05:14:21 pm »
It's certain to go, on the next session . . . .

(Often heard when a dig's running short of willing bodies.   ;) )

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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2021, 05:36:46 pm »
From a policeman we once bumped into post-trip: "It's dark, is it safe to go caving a night time?"

Erm! NO.

When some over-enthusiastic type takes the wrong direction out of Ireby Fell entrance on a dark and snowy winter's evening, luckily kindly farmer drove some back to collect the cars, a few miles I think, don't imagine he was deeply impressed though.

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« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2021, 05:42:31 pm »
It's certain to go, on the next session . . . .

(Often heard when a dig's running short of willing bodies.   ;) )

On that theme 'it's practically wide open', is a running phrase of digs with Badlad, Franklin et al.
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2021, 05:44:56 pm »
Erm! NO.

When some over-enthusiastic type takes the wrong direction out of Ireby Fell entrance on a dark and snowy winter's evening, luckily kindly farmer drove some back to collect the cars, a few miles I think, don't imagine he was deeply impressed though.

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