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Wretched Rabbit quick update
« on: December 21, 2021, 08:06:04 pm »
We are aware that it has been some time since we first reported the issues at Wretched Rabbit:



See the original full story here: https://cncc.org.uk/news/20210404-wretched-rabbit-closed

Since then, we have strongly discouraged visitors from using the Wretched Rabbit entrance to Ease Gill Caverns, and we have closed this as an option on the online booking system, such is the nature of the instability at the entrance.

We have heard that the timbers placed to block the entrance (not by CNCC) have been removed suggesting groups have been using the entrance. While it is encouraging that there has been no significant new rockfall since the previous clearing sessions, we are informed that the entire cliff above the entrance, and the roof slabs within the entrance remain in a perilous state. For this reason we continue to advise against use of Wretched Rabbit entrance, particularly as freeze-thaw fracturing is likely to make the situation worse over coming months.

We have been informed that the scope of remedial work is quite large (i.e. this isn't just a case of a few sessions of work).

We understand that a group will be presenting a plan to the January 15th CNCC Committee meeting, and of course, CNCC will no doubt do everything possible to expedite and assist the works to make this much-valued entrance to the system safe again. In the meantime, this remains an excellent opportunity to brush up on your navigation through County Pot instead (Manchester Bypass, Upper Trident route, or the classic Poetic Justice), or even Boundary Pot in dry conditions, the latter offering a spectacular tackle-free route into the system. Descriptions for both can be found on our website.

We hope to bring you more news early next year.

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Offline Badlad

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Re: Wretched Rabbit quick update
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2021, 09:12:00 am »
What you need is an access officer  ;)

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Re: Wretched Rabbit quick update
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2021, 09:57:32 am »
Yep, I have learnt the county part of the system quite well and even found the high level bypass route to poetic justice pitch via ignorance is bliss, that was a fun trip I had never done that bit before in the system. If you really want to avoid using SRT of any kind except for the entrance pitch and don't want to go via Manchester bypass this is another fun way. Though I imagine it's hard to spot coming the other way. Doing the Ignereince is Bliss, up Stop and out via Manchester bypass makes for an entertaining round trip.

I still think the best thing to do with this ent is to dig an alternative way in as I know there is a grit stone blockage very close to the surface, which may make a more stable way in. (inlet on left, just below last climb that goes up hill).
Anything I say is represents my own opinion and not that of a any club/organisation that I am a member of (unless its good of course)

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Re: Wretched Rabbit quick update
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2021, 10:43:42 am »
If you really want to avoid using SRT of any kind except for the entrance pitch and don't want to go via Manchester bypass this is another fun way. Though I imagine it's hard to spot coming the other way.

It is actually easier to find it from the far end, where there are no confusing junctions.

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Re: Wretched Rabbit quick update
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2022, 04:44:36 pm »
Red Rose members and CNCC have the matter in hand and will be working at the site in the spring.
We will keep people updated
RRCPC:-)

 

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