New rigging topos and description


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We?re pleased to publish three new rigging topos and a new cave description on our website:

Scanty Lardos Pot near Halton Gill was a fine recent discovery. It benefits from being by the side of the road, is open access, and now fully anchored. We would love to publish a route description and if you have the knowledge to help us, why not submit a description:

Scanty Lardos Pot details here:

Curtain Pot on Fountains Fell is certainly a remote spot, and must surely fit the northern England top-ten list of hard-to-find potholes. Being an hour walk from Dale Head, you would be right to wonder whether it is worth the effort. We can definitively confirm that it is! Curtain Pot sports 12 short and mostly spacious pitches, climbs, plenty of horizontal development, some good formations, impressive passages, and (shock horror), it isn?t anywhere near as difficult as many of its nearby siblings (Strangle Pot, Hammer Pot etc) which deter many cavers from the area. A trip down Curtain Pot is a fabulous and long adventure and we are delighted to now include a rigging topo AND a route description on our website.

Curtain Pot details here:

Pasture Gill Pot in Langstrothdale was popularised by Mike Cooper?s 'Not For The Faint Hearted' guidebook. This challenging pothole offers a diversity of caving situations and rewards. Anchoring started several years ago, but has recently been completed, and we are pleased to include a rigging topo on our website. A good route description can be found in Mike?s book (although we would be happy to host one too).

Pasture Gill Pot details here:

Thank you to our anchor installer team for their top notch efforts to make these three excellent caves able to be enjoyed on safe anchors.

Photo; The well decorated main passage in Curtain Pot, Fountains Fell (by Gary Douthwaite)
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Well done and thanks to all.

But I have to confess to being a bit bemused as to why Scanty was IC bolted given that the original stainless steel fixings were in pristine condition, would have lasted for years/decades and are often in better positions than the IC's.

When I was last down I rigged from a combination of original and IC.

A brand new cave which has a bad case of bolt-rash already!!

But  brilliant find for all that.  I chose not to follow the fixed ropes at the end because to do so necessitates trampling on some lovely calcite and I was not sure if it was going to lead anywhere.
If nobody is trying to push the cave then these ropes really should come out.  If it is work in progress perhaps a note on the ropes to dissuade general pottering would be good.  Fair enough to cross the calcite for exploration but general visitors should stay off it until we know it is valid to travel over it ???


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We are very grateful to a volunteer who has submitted a route description for Scanty Lardos Pot to accompany the new topo. Details here: