- AYGILL CAVERNS - NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS -
On the 8th August a team of five Red Rose members completed work on the choke beneath the 1st pitch (Traverse Pitch). Further walling of the hole in the floor stabilsed loose material and now allows a simple descent of 2m into a solid rift and the continuing crawl to the 2nd pitch.
** Descend this hole with care as it is still overhung by some very large boulders **. We believe these are pinned in an arch and should be secure, but make your own evaluation and descend with the normal caution you would take with descents through chokes.
With the main gill outside the cave in flood after heavy rain, the new dam was thoroughly tested. On the whole this has proved very successful, and only a very small stream was finding its way into the cave and down the crawl to the 2nd pitch. Under the conditions this made the pitch a little splashy but nothing to write home about. However, the main stream at the bottom of the pitch was impassable and the whole cave was reverberating to the thunderous roar of water bombing down The Cascades. So while entry to the cave is achieveable, a trip under these conditions is not at all sensible.
Many thanks to all the Red Rose members who volunteered their time to reopen the cave. A large team built a substantial new dam in a day, and then a smaller team took over the digging and engineering underground. A special thank you to Alan Speight (YSS) for his explosives contribution.
Pics show the walled hole beneath the 1st pitch, and main Aygill stream on 8 Aug. (pics by Chris Hunter)