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Offline langcliffe

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Mud Hall, Gaping Gill - The traditional way
« on: May 16, 2020, 03:43:27 pm »
This is an interesting photograph. It shows a caver descending into Mud Hall in Gaping Gill before the BPC created the traverse in 1981. It was necessary to descend to the col, and then hang a 50' ladder down the steep mud wall on the right, before slogging your way up 80' of loose choss to reach the other side. I remember the CPC used to hang a rope ladder down there on their winch meets in the late 1960s.

Because of this obstacle, the classic Bar -> Hensler's -> Mud Hall -> Main Chamber >- T-Junction -> Bar circular tour  was not really a feasible option for a day trip.

The last time I was down there (late February), the traverse was impassable.

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Re: Mud Hall, Gaping Gill - The traditional way
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 05:19:23 pm »
In case it's of interest, the 1969 CPC Journal has a rather fine photograph of Mud Hall taken from the far side, on the left hand side of the centrefold. The ladder can just be seen (well, I can see it in the journal if I put my bestest glasses on, at least!). Images of Mud Hall aren't that common; it's quite a big chamber.

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Re: Mud Hall, Gaping Gill - The traditional way
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 05:31:25 pm »
In case it's of interest, the 1969 CPC Journal has a rather fine photograph of Mud Hall taken from the far side, on the left hand side of the centrefold. The ladder can just be seen (well, I can see it in the journal if I put my bestest glasses on, at least!).

It took a few minutes, but I eventually found it! That's a fine photograph.

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Re: Mud Hall, Gaping Gill - The traditional way
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2020, 07:55:12 pm »
Here's a snap taken on the last day of 2017:


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Re: Mud Hall, Gaping Gill - The traditional way
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2020, 09:35:58 am »

The last time I was down there (late February), the traverse was impassable.

blinks :(

another collapse ???

i assumes you is refering to a feb 2020 trip - yes ?

i visited mudhall as a guest of the CPC winch meat [ 2019 ] - and apart from my lack of faith in the pickets driven into mus banks - it was fine

so whats happened now please ?


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Re: Mud Hall, Gaping Gill - The traditional way
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2020, 09:53:33 am »

The last time I was down there (late February), the traverse was impassable.
so whats happened now please ?

I think it's the same place as the previous problem where there is a sandy gully perched above. There has been a collapse from above which has covered the traverse for a few metres - about three metres if I remember correctly. The material is obviously loose and at an angle, so I wasn't going to put my weight on it. Greybeard (as of this forum) was with me, and he had a closer look.

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Re: Mud Hall, Gaping Gill - The traditional way
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2020, 10:10:27 am »
Yes the collapse was just about the same spot as last time, quite close to the eastern end where there was a sandy scrabble before.  It has covered the rope, very loose and you are still above a serious drop.
We thought the BPC winch meet this month would be an ideal time to sort it out but ..........

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Re: Mud Hall, Gaping Gill - The traditional way
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2020, 09:19:12 pm »

 

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