Kids today, hey. I've no idea. How would you find out? The best way to learn pitch rigging from scratch is to go to the less frequented UK caves and mines, or best of all to go on expedition and explore new stuff. We don't need a resergence of the bolt rash of past decades. Lots of decision making required on the best natural anchors to use and where to locate a bolt.How many people only do srt on provided topos? Are we losing skill of improvising belays or working out where they'd like an anchor to locate the spit?
On a trip where you’re never off the ropes - Pack a rope that’s too short every now and then to spice things up, then they’ll have to think out of the box if they “must” get to the bottom
That's just what I did once in Lost Johns - packed a 50m rope for Mud/Centipede instead of 60m. At the time, I just thought I'd f'd up through not having my specs on when selecting a rope at the club store, and reading that '5' as a '6'.On a trip where you’re never off the ropes - Pack a rope that’s too short every now and then to spice things up, then they’ll have to think out of the box if they “must” get to the bottom
As a student caver. I am quite happy to have nice P bolts around, as they make rigging for SRT much easier and quicker than having to bring your own spit bolts and hangers (I was involved in an srt trip where the rigging involved removing a spit or two from the traverse line so the deviation could be rigged) .One of the other innovations leading to a loss of skill is the invention of LED lights. Nowadays, you can see so far away down the cave that the skills of peering into the darkness, putting your face within 3 inches of a bolt in order to see it, and making sure your fx3 belt mounted battery doesn't hit the roof has been lost.
Perhaps it would be good if we could get a cave where student clubs can get the full caving experience of descending on hemp ladders in tweed with a sackcloth containing a tallowfat candle and some honey butties?