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Offline Pitlamp

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Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« on: March 29, 2021, 03:57:22 pm »
Does anyone out there know when the very first dive was done in Chapel-le-Dale's Hurtle Pot?

The earliest recorded exploration I can find was by Burnley Caving Club members in September 1974 (in CDG Newsletter 34 page 13) but I have a nagging feeling it may have been investigated by CDG members in the 1960s, or maybe even earlier. I'm sure I've read something about this a while ago.

(A significant wave of exploration took place in 1976, by Rob Shackleton of the YSS - but that wasn't the first.)

If anyone can point me at a reference to a dive earlier than 1974 I'd be really grateful.
(It's quite urgent; I'm trying to sort this one for someone else and their a copy date is looming.)

Thanks.


(Mods - I'd be grateful if you'd not transfer this topic to the "Diving" section. I've posted it here because it's very much a question for Dales cavers.)

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2021, 04:09:40 pm »
From the Last Adventure:



Might be worth asking Jonny if he has a reference - but considering he wrote that 32 years ago, he may not remember! Did John Buxton leave any logs?

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2021, 04:27:15 pm »
Small amount of information on John Buxton and Oliver Well's 1950s dives in this interview:

http://caving-library.org.uk/audio/playback-110.html


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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2021, 04:28:46 pm »
Brilliant - I think that sorts me out.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2021, 05:53:52 am »
There was a reference to Hurtle Pot in a Wessex journal of my Dad's dating from the early 1950s. I can't remember if diving was involved. Unfortunately, he chucked them all out, so i can't track it down.

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2021, 07:20:50 am »
They are all online & fully indexed (vols 2 to 10 cover the 1950s):
https://wessex-cave-club.org/about-us/journals/journal-indexes/

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2021, 07:50:46 am »
I misremembered the date - it was 1958-9. There's an article to diving in Hurtle Pot - Volume 5: 59,62

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2021, 07:57:11 am »
Sorry that should have said 50s (Vol 2-5) & 60s (Vol 6-10)

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2021, 08:01:07 am »
Really useful information; thanks!

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2021, 08:46:53 am »
They are all online & fully indexed (vols 2 to 10 cover the 1950s):
https://wessex-cave-club.org/about-us/journals/journal-indexes/

Just as lockdown is easing!   ::)

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2021, 11:50:07 am »
Would love to see the kit on that dive  :)
I dont know where I am going, but will know where I am when I get there.

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2021, 01:34:46 pm »
At the risk of going off topic, there are many full sets of caving club publications available on the net.  Perhaps some keen person would like to compile a set.  The latest I have discovered is the Westminster Speleological Group at:

https://www.wsg.org.uk/online/nl/find.php

a complete set going back to 1950.

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Re: Who first explored Hurtle Pot?
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2021, 09:10:38 pm »
Page 128 of the Wookey book (http://www.sump4.com/wookeybook) recalls that Buxton and Wells dived Hurtle Pot on 20th April 1957, following "a route that Jack Thompson had found earlier when swimming with an aqualung".

 

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