Other Sites and Blogs

We can’t hope to bring you every story, but there are plenty of caving and mining blogs out there you can browse at your leisure! Have a read through some of the best! If you know of a blog you’d like us to add to this page please let us know!

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16th February 2017

With Roz and Tav. The plan was to clear the rock debris created by Tuesday evening's effort. On the way up to the current end of Merlin's, I reeled in the wire and left it high, dry and out of the way. Tuesday's rock engineering had the required eff ...
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14th February 2017

My funny valentines! Solo. A mild evening, with some low cloud, as I walked up to Hallowe'en Rift, I caught sight of a bat in the light from my torch, flying low across the field. ...
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Hardcore at Hardraw….

It was a great weekend, everyone enjoyed themselves doing some challenging trips ...
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Callow Drove

12th February: Along Callow Drove. I had planned to walk on Axbridge Hill, but on arrival at Shute Shelve car park, an abandonment of cars left by a group of "ramblers" meant there was no safe place to park, so a change of venue was required. Par ...
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Incident 9/2017 – Feb 12th Sun. 11.43 – Pen y ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

In wintery conditions, a walker (f, 42) slipped on ice descending from the summit, and sustained a fracture to her right tibia and fibula. The casualty was attended to by team casualty carers, given pain relief and splinted before being carried on a st ...
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11th February 2017

With Tav, Nick, Jonathon and Matt. I was ready for the surface duties but, Tav opted for that position, on the grounds that he had dug on Thursday evening. I did the haul and shuttle again, Jonathon was at the top of the slope, Matt at the bottom, clearing away ...
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9th February 2017

With Tav, Jake and Nick. Tav, back after missing a few sessions due to work commitments, upfront digging, Jake clearing the bags and loading the skip to Nick at the top of the slope. I was on the haul and shuttle, stacking the bags in the entrance, r ...
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You have to work for these formations!

We drove over to the MCG hut and met up with Peter Bennett who was to be our guide into Upper Flood Swallet. I had been forewarned that this was not a trip for beginners due to the arduous nature of the trip and extensive formations. Over a cup of tea Peter declared we just might be crazy enough to do it… ...
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Incident 8/2017 – Jan 29th Sun. 15.36 – Little Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A walker (m,28), wearing trainers, slipped on snow or ice when beginning to descend from Little Ingleborough towards Gaping Gill and sustained a suspected shoulder dislocation. As CRO members made their way up to him, his companions assisted him to descend a little way down, very slowly and in considerable pain. He was given pain relief and stretchered (partly sledged, partly carried) down to a team Land Rover, below Trow… ...
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Incident 7/2017 – Jan 24th Tue. 14.58 – Malham, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue

The team were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a walker (f) with a medical condition near the river from Malham Cove. The ambulance crew were able to easily access the casualty, and the team were, therefore, stood down whilst still ...
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Smitham Chimney and Wurt Pit

5th February 2017: Walked up through Harptree combe towards Garrow Bottom. Passing the aqueduct, built c.1840's, on the way. The weather, low cloud but, quite mild. From Garrow Bottom followed a feint path, up the bank and through the woods to Sm ...
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4th February 2017

With Nick, Jonathon, Matt and Jake. While I headed off to the end of Merlin's, the rest of the team set about clearing the 40 bags plus rocks left from Tuesday evening. At Merlin's, the rock barring progress was reduced to smaller, manageable piece ...
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31st January 2017

With Jake. I couldn't believe it, stung by a wasp in January. I had decided to retrieve a long unused oversuit from the horsebox. When getting ready to put it on, I noticed a wasp on the cabin floor, then another was seen, and as I slid my arm into ...
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Incident 8/2017 – Jan 29th Sun. 15.36 – Little Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A walker (m,28), wearing trainers, slipped on snow or ice when beginning to descend from Little Ingleborough towards Gaping Gill and sustained a suspected shoulder dislocation. As CRO members made their way up to him, his companions assisted him to descend a little way down, very slowly and in considerable pain. He was given pain relief and stretchered (partly sledged, partly carried) down to a team Land Rover, below Trow… ...
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Incident 7/2017 – Jan 24th Tue. 14.58 – Malham, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

The team were called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with a walker (f) with a medical condition near the river from Malham Cove. The ambulance crew were able to easily access the casualty, and the team were, therefore, stood down whilst still ...
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Piney Sleight and Cheddar Gorge

29th January 2017: Not the best weather, donned the wet gear and set off up the hill to Charterhouse. Walked from Velvet Bottom, towards Longwood, then over to Piney Sleight. Over the years stone has been cleared from fields and now fills small d ...
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28th January 2017

With Jake, Jonathon, Matt and Nick. Jake was at the sharp end, filling bags and shifting rocks, Jonathon clearing away. I was positioned at the top of the slope, loading skips to Matt, on the haul and shuttle. Nick was on the surface but, also helpe ...
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Potholing – Where Big Men Get Into Small Holes

The Dudley visit Eldon Hole in Derbyshire. With apologies to the Fast Show circa 1993 from which we stole the script, to the Buttered Badger Potholing Club, and to women cavers who everyone knows are equal to or if not better than their male counterparts.

This is a work of fiction and the Buttered Badgers mentioned bear no relationship to the actual Buttered Badgers. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s fevered imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

The video was taken on 13th November 2016.


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