Solo. A warm and humid evening, so decided to wear cotton overalls, anticipating the cave would be dry enough…and it was! There are cows in the field with young, and a wary eye was kept on the bull, in truth they hardly noticed me as I strolled up…
After a good nights sleep we headed to Inglesport for a full breakfast to start the day and also to pick up some 60m of club rope.I had chosen a real classic for the day’s play, Alum Pot.
A climber (m,57) fell approximately 10 metres, sustaining shoulder and head injuries, whilst climbing at Robin Proctor’s Scar, Austwick. Team members assisted a Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedic in accessing the casualty, and packaged him for a lower by stretcher down the scree slope below the climb, to a waiting team vehicle. He was then driven to Town Head, Austwick for transfer to the road ambulance and transport to hospital. Volunteer…
Just as team members were clearing away after the Ingleton Gala, a call was received to two walkers (m,f) lost ‘somewhere on Ingleborough’. The Duty Controller was able to speak directly with the walkers via mobile phone, and sent a ‘SARLoc’ message, which gave us their location on our mapping software. The walkers had followed another group onto the limestone pavement, and then lost contact with them in low cloud.…
Whilst providing first aid cover for the Ingleton Fell Race and Gala day, one of the last runners home (m,44) slipped and sustained a fracture to his right lower leg as he descended the grass slope just before the finish line. The casualty was splinted and given pain relief, pending the arrival of Yorkshire Ambulance Service. In addition, several runners were treated for minor cuts and grazes upon completion of…
With Jake and Jonathon. I went along to the end of Merlin’s, reeling in the wire along the way, to start bagging the rocks and gravel. Jonathon and Jake cleared the backlog of spoil from last weekend, along with the bags and rocks that I was loading …
With only Kay and I available for this weekend away I decided to head up to Yorkshire to introduce Kay to a couple of the Yorkshire classics.As it was to be just the two of us we had a leisurely 9am start and arrived in Kingsdale at just before noon …
With Roz. The entrance was wet after a rainy day, rest of the cave was okay, although it is still a little moist in the Tuck Shop. Drilled 6no. holes, plus an extra one for the trimmings, either side of the narrow fissure, aiming to proceed downward…
A large part of the team, were elsewhere this weekend. I was on the Gower Peninsular helping-out with a cave dig there. Therefore, a depleted team attended Hallowe’en Rift. Jake penned the following: “Jonathon & me.
Relief from the current dry spell across the interior of the Middle East is unlikely within the next 10,000 years, results of a new study show, which include information during the last glacial and interglacial periods.
CRO were called out by the organisers of a 3 peaks walk charity event. A participating walker (f 56) aggravated an existing leg condition and was unable to continue her walk. She was treated by event marshals and then evacuated from near Sulber Nick …
Toby Dryden, Chris Epton, Claire Vivian, Jo White.Saturday 1 July.Good weather and great company was had on this weekend. We stayed at the Bryn Conwy bunkhouse, which is right in the centre of Betws-y-Coed and therefore ideally situated for a weekend o…
Once again, plenty has been going on at and around SWCC. We recently had new provisional member, Lucy, spend a week in South Wales for some caving and walking fun. She met many new cavers, saw places she had not visited before in OFD, visited the Neath…
6th July: with Jake, Jonathon, Tav, and that stalwart of the Grampian, Goon. The usual warm trip up to the dig, the difference was the trail of blood left by Goon. At the end, Jake and Jonathon, quickly got on with the digging,
A solo trip. At the current end of Merlin’s, attended to widening the narrow fissure to make for more comfortable digging. 6no. holes, plus an extra one for the trimmings, on either side of the opening.
With Jake, Jonathon and Brockers. Jonathon digging, I was in the Tuck Shop, Brockers at the top of the slope and Jake on the haul and shuttle. After reeling in the wire, I went to the end to look at the damage.
A D of E group was reported to be ‘lost’, with one member of the party (f) having a leg injury. Their own supervisor somehow ascertained their position (within 200m of the road?) and CRO prepared to respond. However the group’s shouts for help were heard by other people who offered to take them to Malham Tarn Field Centre. Volunteer hours: Minimal
A group of six (all m, 16) on a Silver D of E expedition was reported missing in the Whernside area – last known position was approaching the summit ridge at 20.00 on Thursday. As they had tents, sleeping bags and food for two days, this was not treated as a serious emergency, so two CRO members and a Police officer drove around the area, looking for lights.
The team were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a report of a walker (f, 53) who had fallen whilst walking near Malham Cove, sustaining a shoulder injury. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was able to land near the casualty and drop off a paramedic, but had to move due to unstable ground. The casualty was packaged and stretchered by team members to a CRO vehicle, and then driven to a…
The team were contacted by North Yorkshire Police regarding 5 walkers (f, 35-40), reported overdue on the descent from Ingleborough. A party of four were quickly ascertained to have arrived in Horton safely, but a lone walker was still not accounted fo…
Researchers have developed a new way of measuring the pressure inside volcanoes, and found that it can be a reliable indicator of future eruptions.
With Roz. Continued to follow/expand the fissure, on the north-side, at the current end of Merlin’s. Seven holes drilled, upping the ante with a change to the ingredients and adding some oomph.
This cave very quickly made my wishlist when I heard about it over 20 years ago. For various reasons, access had traditionally been quite difficult and the opportunity for a visit never came up. I recently decided to join SWCC after many years with some of the other local clubs, and within a few months, I was on a trip to Otter Hole.
With Jake, Tav, Brockers and Jonathon. A rather disappointingly short session, the induced speleogenesis did not have the desired effect and the debris was quickly cleared. There are fractures but too tight to break-out. The narrow gap in the fissure…
|What have the CDG let themselves in for!|
|Rocking the look!|
|Apeks Kit Talk|
|All dressed up and nowhere to go!|
A 5 yr old ‘sprocker’ spaniel fell on rocks and was unable, or unwilling, to move his back legs. The owner requested assistance to get the dog off the hill. A small team responded, and together with a National Park warden, conveyed the dog down to the owners vehicle in Horton, from where the dog was taken for treatment at a local vet. Volunteer hours: 8 *The dog, Benson,…
Trip date: 17th-18th June 2017
Team; Stuart Bennett, Bob Hall, Elaine Hall, Duncan Hornby, Helen Hooper, Andy Jones, Richard Sore and Claire Vivian
Everyone arrived in Yorkshire on the Friday to stay at the excellent Bunkhouse at Hardraw run by the SWCC members Helen and Andy. Duncan managed to break his record of getting to Hardraw now taking no less than 8½ hours to get there…
|Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse in the glorious sunshine.
Whilst having a cheeky pint in the Green Dragon, Richard and Stuart arrived looking just as frazzled from their long drives. With a fairly early start and knackered from driving it did not take too much for everyone to retire!
Saturday – Meregill Hole
The SWCC group split into two groups; the advance party rigging pitches 1 and 2 but going no further and the rest following an hour later to complete the rigging to the bottom. The reason this was done was that Andy had two clients (Ariana and Lee) who were on an improver SRT course. They were improving their skills and a full trip to the very bottom would not have been appropriate. Andy gave Duncan the opportunity to rig pitches 1 and 2 which he jumped at under his watchful eye, dispensing best practise and advice. Bob joined the advance party and went no further than pitch 2 as he was recovering from a shoulder injury.
An excellent description and rigging guide can be found on the CNCC website here.
|Andy and his SRT clients (Ariana and Lee) at Meregill entrance.
|Stunning rays of light in the Mere entrance.
Pitch 1 was relatively easily to rig as it was at the surface, pitch 2 had an “interesting” traverse line that lead to the pitch head. It is high up near the roof and you find yourself desperately trying to jam yourself into any place that will hold you as you attempt to rig.
|Bob arrives at the base of the second pitch.
Whilst waiting at the base of pitch 2, to our surprise 3 Wessex cavers came shooting past and overtook us. Stuart, Claire and Richard arrived and Duncan joined their team. Bob, Andy, Ariana and Lee then returned to the surface. Apparently Andy put them through their paces getting them to repeat some of the skills they were learning, so no rest for the wicked!
Stuart and Richard continued rigging the pitches, made more fiddly with the Wessex rigging in place. Big pitches and several hanging re-belays made for a “lonely” trip until we all gathered at the base of pitch 5. It was at this point the Wessex team blasted past us on their way out…
Aware of time we decided to keep the exploration short. With various options lying ahead Stuart who has visited this cave before announced he had “not been this way” and this was reason enough to give it ago. I now know that if Stuart says “not been this way before” that is reason enough not to go there! A painful hands and knees crawl with SRT kit was not what I wanted! Almost at the point of turning around I could hear Stuart ahead saying he was in a stream way which eventually rejoined the obvious stream way which we had ignored.
|The team (Duncan, Claire, Richard and Stuart) near the base of the 5th and final pitch.|
After our team photo we headed out; again a lonely journey as we strung out waiting for each pitch to clear and people derigging. We de-rigged the pitches we had rigged. I was secretly pleased with this as poor old Richard and Stuart dragged out the heaviest bags from the deepest parts of the system, kudos to them! As I (Duncan) had rigged the 2 pitches at the entrance I was the last out and was welcomed by a glorious sunny evening with spectacular vistas that only chapel-le-dale can offer.
We got back to the cars, quickly changed, Bob had been a trooper and waited for us, then a mad dash back to Hawes for food. We were joined by Jo White and the rest of the evening was spent in the Green Dragon in Hardraw talking about Richard’s pants, a topic that just kept on giving…
Sunday – Roaring Hole
A rigging guide can be found on the CNCC website here.
Due to time constraints Sunday had to be a short trip and Roaring Hole in Chapel-le-dale fitted the bill. We said our goodbyes at Hardraw and headed over to park up and change. The weather was glorious and was promising to be a scorcher.
Stuart came over but the weather was just too good to get him underground, so only Duncan, Claire and Richard entered Roaring Hole.
The entrance is within a section of limestone paving just off the main track.
|Duncan, Richard and Claire at the entrance of Roaring Hole.
At the car we had re-evaluated what we planned to do and with time against Duncan and Claire we decided to just do the first pitch and get as far as we could before turning around.
|Looking out or Roaring Hole – saying goodbye to the sunlight.|
|Duncan installing rigging at the first pitch.|
The first pitch is a nice friendly pitch with easy access, no desperate hanging rebelays as in Meregill the day before.
|Duncan about to descend the first pitch.|
There is a wide ledge for the second half of the first pitch which allowed us to take a few action shots.
|Claire descending the second part of pitch 1, Richard in background.|
We continued our exploration passing through boulder chokes seemingly held up by rusting scaffolding poles.
|Duncan near some pretties.|
We passed through a few damp patches and finally arrived at Masons Chamber where a rather tight and awkward squeeze into more boulder choke had to be passed. No problem for Claire, a bit more worrisome for Richard and I!
|Richard in the squeeze out of Mason’s Chamber.|
We eventually got to what we believe is Slab Climb which would have required using a bit of kit to get down safely. This turned out to be a suitable turn around point.
We retraced our tracks and exited into scorching sunshine.
|Ingleborough in the sunshine.|
We said our goodbyes and then Duncan and Claire made a dash for Newbury so Claire could catch her connecting train. Richard met up with Jo and they visited Mistral to pick up some data loggers.
An analysis of stalagmite records from White Moon Cave in the Santa Cruz Mountains shows that 8200 years ago the California coast underwent 150 years of exceptionally wet and stormy weather. This is the first high resolution record of how the Holocene …
I was on the Gower Peninsula this weekend with John Cooper (The Lost Caves of Gower Project). Others, though kept up the fight, here follows Tav’s report: “Jake digging, Tav in the Tuck Shop, John ‘Tarantella’ Riley on the slope and Brockers on haul…
15th June 2017: Jake, Tav, Duncan P, Pete Bolt and Max Fisher. Continuation of the slope engineering. Tav, Pete and Max with a combined effort in spoil removal, Duncan and me were hauling it away. Jake was in control of spoil dispersal management. …
With Roz. A warm walk up to the cave entrance, and the clegs are back. At the current end of Merlin’s, I drilled 6no. holes either side of a narrow fissure that appears to lead north and downwards. An extra hole was utilised for the trimmings.
A walker (m,70) was reported to have collapsed on the path from Gordale Bridge to Cawden Flatts. With no phone signal, the caller returned to Malham to call for help and to collect the village defibrillator, because the patient was believed to have stopped breathing. When the first CRO members arrived, the paramedics from the North West Air Ambulance were monitoring the now-conscious patient …
With Nick, Tav, Jake, Matt, Brockers and Jonathon. Brockers and Jonathan went off to the end to clear the debris and fill bags, after reeling in the wire. Matt was in the Tuck Shop, Jake at the top of the slope and I was on the haul and shuttle. Nick…
Over the last few months I’ve been collecting a few bits of retired equipment from stores checks and ‘isolation’ bins with a view to looking at loss of strength due to wear. Nothing here constitutes a scientific test and this … Continue reading →
Mr Marris has been absent for a while having moved a little further afield so we were chuffed to have him on a photographic trip in to St. Cuthberts hole this weekend.Martin Grass was to take us in and a couple of trainee leaders (Luke and Ollie) would…
BCRA 2017 Field Meeting: Caves and Karst of the Gower Peninsula, Wales. 19-21 May 2017. A personal account. The Salt House, Port Eynon. Friday afternoon. Walk: Pilton Green (NGR SS 4465 8710) via Long Hole Cliff, along the coast path back to…
8th June 2017: with Jake, Nick and Tav. After some recent torrential rain, it was a relief to find that there wasn’t any water running into the dig. We had a brief discussion about how best to proceed, as the dig gets ever deeper. The decision was…
Just a quick write-up here as a more detailed report will appear in the Newsletter. The 3-4 June weekend saw 14 people either new to caving, or SWCC, come and visit the club and go underground with current club members.Morning briefing before heading u…
With Roz. Some induced rapid speleogenesis required, 6no. holes drilled at the current end of Merlin’s, on the right-hand side, where there is a small gap over a calcited (?) blockage. Some of the holes were a bit awkward, especially with the longer …
A farmer reported one of his sheep had fallen down the 20m pitch at the entrance to Calf Holes, and was concerned as water levels appeared to be rising due to the heavy rain. A small team attended to find the stream into the pot in flood. An inspection was made of accessible areas of the pitch, but no sign of the sheep could be found.
With Jake, Nick, Tav, Jonathon, Matt, and Alex too! Although Alex went off to do his own thing for a while he joined us later to haul-out a few bags. Nick, Tav and Matt headed up to the end to start filling and stashing bags in the Tuck Shop, Jake, …
A pot-holer reported that a sheep had fallen down Fluted Hole and appeared uninjured, but was too heavy for him to rescue, alone. A small team went up onto Newby Moss, extricating the sheep from 18m down in what turned out to be Rosebay Pot
Two Three Peaks walkers (both f, 25) reported themselves lost and benighted, while descending from Ingleborough to Horton in Ribblesdale. CRO members soon found them and escorted them down to Horton.
1st June 2017: with Roz, Brockers, Nick Tav and Duncan. It was a fine evening, warm and sunny, there were grumbling’s like “too nice to go underground”. These were ignored and off we went. At the dig, Brockers picked-up where he had left-off
During incident no 36, a caver (m 60) suffered from chest pains whilst at the foot of Gaping Gill where he was helping to manage winch descents of the cave. He rode to the surface in the winch chair where his condition was assessed and stabilized by a Bradford Pothole Club member and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The casualty was carried by stretcher to the air ambulance that had returned from…
CRO were called to support Bradford Pothole Club (BPC) with the rescue of a young person from Sand Cavern in Gaping Gill. The casualty had descended into the main chamber of Gaping Gill via the BPC winch and was exploring further cave passages with his father when he fell and injured his hip. The casualty was attended to by BPC members and extracted by BPC and CRO from Sand Cavern back to…
CRO were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to help attend to a walker with an injured ankle on Ingleton waterfalls walk. Though the ambulance was quickly cancelled by the casualty, the first CRO member on scene was able to give assistance. Volunteer hours: 3
With Roz and Buster (the dog). Forty bags cleared-out from the entrance and emptied onto the spoil heap, left the rocks for the weekend. The farmer, out with his dogs, came up to the cave for a chat.
Team: Jen Baxter, Lisa Boore, Nigel Jones, Paul Tarrant, Dan Thorne, Claire VivianA spell of hot, dry weather made us think about doing a trip that would cool us down. Little Neath fitted the bill. It was Nigel’s first visit to the cave and he was impr…
North Wales Mines Weekend. Anglesey. 13-14 May.
Team: Bill Buxton, Graham Christian, Brian Clipstone, Howard Dare, Peter Dennis, Kevin Diffey, Andy Dobson, Dave Dobson, Spencer Drew, Andy Freem, Antonia Freem, Mark Hampson, Barbara Lane, Fred Levett, Malcolm Lloyd, Harvey Lomas, Dave Mullin, Angie Peacock, Allan Richardson, Claire Vivian.
First of all, thanks to Allan for organising this! We stayed at the Anglesey Outdoor Centre, the weather was amazing and it was Brian’s 70th birthday. All this provided the perfect backdrop for a weekend filled with mine exploration and good company.
|Anglesey Outdoor Centre|
Saturday we all arrived bright and early at the Parys Mountain carpark. Three members of the Parys Underground Group (PUG) had kindly agreed to take us all in to the mine – no mean feat with almost 20 people wating to go underground! We divided in to 3 groups, one group would do Parys-Mona, the second would do Mona-Parys and the third would explore the upper levels of Parys. I did the Mona to Parys trip and it was a goond one. This was a pretty active trip with a couple of ladders, hand-lined climbs, crawls and wading through water. And plenty to see in the form of Copper Sulphate crystals, snotites, snotite curtains and Bronze Age workings.
|The team muster at the entrance to Parys mine|
|The Great Opencast|
|Bill, Howard, Malcolm and Harvey near a very acidic pool (Photo: Barbara Lane)|
|Interesting formations. (Photo: Barbara Lane)|
|Copper Sulphate crystals|
|Some of the team in Parys Mountain (Photo: Barbara Lane)|
|Spencer on the summit of Parys Mountain|
Trip time: 4 hours.
The afternoon saw us head off to the coast for some exploration. Several of us went to South Stack to look at the lighthouse. It was then time to help Brian celebrate his birthday! How many people can see they had their birthday meal in a yurt with 20 of their friends!
|Angie and Claire near South Stack lighthouse (photo: Barbara Lane)|
|Happy Birthday Brian! (Photo: Angie Peacock)|
Road trip to Llandudno and the Great Orme! The morning saw us head in to Ty Gwyn mine, which was right on the seafront. We had some very strange looks from people as we were standing there in caving kit and then disappeared down a manhole in the middle of the promenade! Members of the Great Orme Exploration Society were generous with their time and helped us out by leading trips, or providing advice and a survey. This was a nice short trip, around 1 1/2 hours. Plenty of artifacts to look at and mud to stomp about in.
|Getting ready to enter the mine.|
Ty Gwyn was first opened in 1835 and during its working life produced over £100,000 worth of copper. It finally closed in 1853 after many years of continuous flooding. Copper still lies below sea level there and is perhaps awating a future mining enterprise.
|Cleaning up in the sea after Ty Gwyn (Photo: Angie Peacock)|
Following this trip, the groups split in two. Some of us headed home and others went on to visit the Roman Shaft on top of the Great Orme and enjoy ice cream in the sun.
|Getting ready to go! (Photo: Angie Peacock)|
|Angie getting comfortable before the abseil.|
|Fred on his way underground.|
Thanks to members of the Parys Underground Group and the Great Orme Exploration Society for giving up their time and arranging trips for us.
Blind cavefish typically have skulls that bend slightly to the left. A study suggests this orientation might help them find food as they navigate in a perpetual counter-clockwise direction around a cave.
An 11-year old Labradoodle dog was reported to be exhausted on a walk between Clapham and Horton in Ribblesdale. A team vehicle, with four members on board, was sent to assist. With some coaxing, ‘Sydney’ tottered on to within a short distance of a decent vehicle track. He was carried to the team vehicle and transported to Clapham for a drink and feed. That left two people to set off…
A Three Peaks walker (f,24) slipped or tripped, sustaining an ankle injury. One of her companions back-tracked about 500m to where two CRO members were staffing a checkpoint on the annual ‘CRO Challenge’ event. A team vehicle was sent, pain relief administered and the ankle splinted, before all were taken to meet an ambulance at Horton in Ribblesdale. Volunteer hours: 6
18th May 2017: with Jake, Tav, Jonathon, Dunc P, Matt and Mandy Voysey. Me and Jake made our way to the dig, the rest of the team tarried awhile to admire the scenery. At the dig, Jake and I started to dig,
With Roz. At the current end of Merlin’s, following the south-west leading gap, drilled 6no. hole in the floor, to continue the expansion. Struggled to drill the holes at first but, a squirt of WD40 solved that issue.
I did get to smell what the air ‘really’ smells like. That and much, much more.
The trip wasn’t easy, but it was bloody brilliant. And I got the inspiration for half a novel out of it (the other bit is set on a mountain), even if I did get some of the caving terminology wrong.
|Sarah and Charlie the start of their adventure|
1) A sense of humour helps
And you have to have one to take a neurotic writer and her gung-ho husband under the earth for five hours. It was a big ask, especially as I had zero caving or climbing experience (I have a condition commonly known as laziness), and Charlie is at the other end of the scale – he has no fear.
Keith, Brendan and Mark told us exactly what to bring, were endlessly patient, and at no point, not once, did they ever lose their cool. Brendan even took a photograph of us balancing on a pipe on top of a churning pool, which took a great deal of setting up and generosity.
They are exactly the kind of people I would want by my side in a zombie apocalypse. And they’re also what my brother would call ‘as funny as fuck.’
|Sarah negotiating the Letterbox|
2) Claustrophobia was the least of my worries
In one of Keith’s Cwm Dwr videos there’s a moment where Mark gets stuck in a pipe (I can’t tell you exactly where on the vid it is – I have only managed to watch it once). Those few seconds of footage made The Descent look like Bambi and gave me nightmares. This trepidation was fuelled by Capetonian friends who, on learning I was going down a big hole, all had horror stories about people getting stuck in the notorious Cango Caves, trapped in a funnel for hours with nothing to look at except an American tourist’s giant arse.
But when I was actually underground, the squeeze bits were my favourite – I loved every second of corkscrewing our way through a boulder choke and scrabbling along a squeeze the height of a microwave. And I didn’t experience one second of claustrophobia. I put this down to the head-lamps, which were far brighter than I expected, and the fact I was being shepherded by the best in the business.
I’ll put my hands up and say that I fudged this in the book and made it a thousand times scarier than it actually is. (I’m a horror writer – if I don’t tap into people’s fears then I’ve failed). But I have told everyone I’ve met since writing the novel that claustrophobia really isn’t an issue and was the least of my worries.
And when I say it was the least of my worries, see below.
|Sarah on the Diver’s pitch|
|Sarah said it was more frightening than being held up by four armed men and being attacked by lions|
3) Screaming doesn’t help
There was one point (shortly after we were posted through the letterbox) where I had to be winched over and down what looked to me to be a bloody great sheer cliff (and what everyone else termed a ‘small ledge’). I did have a bit of a cry on the way down (especially when I realised Keith was filming me). Keith, Brendan and Mark lowered me down inch by inch, never once losing patience or calling me out for being pathetic. Charlie showed me up and crawled down there like a monkey.
I did things on that trip I never thought I would do: reaching for a chain and dangling backwards over the unforgiving stone floor; being shoved up a slippery pipe; being hauled across the yawning maw of a plummeting ravine (more a crevice, but still). And although I couldn’t have been further out of my comfort zone (and admittedly had a bit of a meltdown) I never once felt unsafe.
|An expression of pure enjoyment|
4) Leave it to the experts
At one stage I remember looking up and seeing Mark scooting up a rock face like Spiderman, and then peering down at us from what seemed to be a huge height. I still have no clue how he got up there.
Charlie practically had to be held back bodily from having a go at this. As Keith had just explained to me in detail how difficult it was to get an injured person out of a cave (and we’d passed a crevice in which a young woman had been trapped for hours), we wisely dissuaded him.
|Glad to be out|
5) Sometimes you can depend on the kindness of strangers
But most importantly, that the people who make up the caving community are generous, funny and pretty much unshakable.
Keith, Mark and Brendan have a cameo in the book as the rescuers who show up and risk their lives to pluck Simon out of his fictional cave when he runs into trouble (inspired by Keith telling me that only cavers can rescue cavers). I thought this was fitting, as I could picture them doing that.
Thank you, Dudley Caving Club. The novel couldn’t have been written without you.
You all rock (no pun intended)
A Short Video from the Trip
Two Three Peaks walkers (f,36; f,26) reported themselves lost and exhausted on the descent from Ingleborough, towards Horton in Ribblesdale. A small team of CRO members made a rapid search of the suspected area, soon found the ‘missing’ pair and accompanied them, painfully slowly, to a member’s car, waiting near the walking route. Volunteer hours: 12
Two cavers descended Simpson’s Pot, intent on a ‘pull-through’ trip to Valley Entrance. One (m, 59) was unable to pass the constriction at the bottom of Slit Pot and was unaware of, or unable to climb up to the alternative way on. He remained there, while his companion went out for help. A CRO team went in from Valley Entrance, climbed above the caver and helped him to by-pass the…
11th May 2017: with Jake, Nick, Tav, Duncan, Roz, Roger Haskett, Dave King and Ray Deasy. Roz took Roger up to chamber 20, Tav took Dave and Ray for a tour around, the rest of us headed up to the dig at the top of 20. At the dig, Nick and Duncan r…
A caver (m, 47) slipped at the middle entrance to Long Churn and, in saving himself from a more severe fall, put out his arm, which caused him to dislocate a shoulder. He then walked up to the upper entrance, hoping that rest would aid recovery. The pain worsened, so he rang for help. The first CRO member on scene assessed the injury, then began assisting the casualty down the…