Hunter's hole - a faffy trip & last deviation failure

My friends and I (Isaac, Ioan, me) were planning a Rhino Rift trip yesterday- a plan that was mildly derailed by our fearless leader forgetting that we would need a key for that (if someone knows how to get one do let me know..!) so we decided to jump down Hunter's Hole instead so as to not waste the day. Said day being well past noon now (morning was spent having a slow breakfast and trying to cut a rope in deeply unprofessional ways) we were not the first to get there, so we had a nap in the grass waiting for a group of five happy cavers to emerge.

We made our way down- I went last- and nothing of note seemed to occur until I reached the bottom and was confronted by exclamations of "argh, you missed the last deviation!" I exclaimed back that I did nothing of the sort, and Ioan before me must have forgotten to clip it back in, but he was very sure that he had not. Some confusion was felt all around until Isaac spotted the deviation in question by my feet, on the rope, on the floor. It appeared to have.. come off the wall between Ioan and I descending.

We had a slightly fearful laugh- mostly grateful it was just a deviation rather than a rebelay!! though it was still an issue, some bad rope rub had to be navigated. Upon inspection, the nut had come off the bolt. Bolt, hanger, and nut were all in perfect condition, it must have simply come undone with use. Therefore, upon ascent, Isaac took it upon himself to put the deviation back in place, and all was well. A nice little trip, I saw my first bat-in-cave of the season- a lesser horseshoe- and we look forward to reattempting rhino with proper planning soon. Moral of the story: checking that bolts are actually done up is never an excessive luxury!!!
 

andrewmcleod

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Rhino Rift is Charterhouse, so same process as getting a GB key (was the little paper things and the 50p charge if you aren't a member of a Charterhouse club; different key to GB but Charterhouse clubs e.g. BEC, Wessex etc. should have both).

Which route was this? (as there are three routes). I presume not the 'main' route as the deviations on the topo for that route are, AFAIK, completely imaginary (I used a knotted sling jammed in a crack).
 
thanks, that's helpful!

I wasn't rigging it and we were kind of onsighting the bolts rather than checking the topo too closely, but we had a rebelay on a ledge around 4m from the 2nd pitchhead, followed by two deviations, to drop you down to where you can see the muddy digs at the bottom.
Both deviations had a bolt&hanger with in situ tat on, the 1st had an in situ krab as well- nearby rock had deep grooves from previous deviation-free descents I presume.
 
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Ali M

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Rhino Rift is Charterhouse, so same process as getting a GB key (was the little paper things and the 50p charge if you aren't a member of a Charterhouse club; different key to GB but Charterhouse clubs e.g. BEC, Wessex etc. should have both).

Which route was this? (as there are three routes). I presume not the 'main' route as the deviations on the topo for that route are, AFAIK, completely imaginary (I used a knotted sling jammed in a crack).
The permit system has changed. They are now issued online and are free. https://permits.charterhouse-caving-company.ltd.uk/
Keys are available from the main caving clubs.
 
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