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Ario by Brendan Hall

Ario by Brendan Hall Saturday, 5 July 2014 Ario Rant Day 1 Snowcastle: On my first day at ario I took a trip down Xitu (the main cave of interest during the trip) we spent a few hours searching for one of the most amazing places I had ever seen. A relatively large chamber filled […]

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Grotta Donini

Grotta Donini Saturday, 21 June 2014 This was recommended by Lyndon as an excellent little through trip in Sardinia. It is effectively an underground canyon, that takes the water for, and runs parallel to, Codula Orbisi (a classic Sardinian canyon ‘ itself dry at this time of year). There was a little confusion over the […]

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Manchester Hole ‘“ Church Pot

Manchester Hole ‘ Church Pot Saturday, 21 June 2014 A bit after 10, Chris, Shezi, Sophia and I set off from Leeds towards Nidderdale. The traffic was a lot worse than usual as a result of the cricket. We stopped off at a shop for food for later. We checked the reservoir at Scar House. […]

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Su Palu (Disneyland)

Su Palu (Disneyland) Thursday, 19 June 2014 A few days after Su Bentu we were off for our next big tick ‘ Su Palu to Disneyland. Again we used the Beardy cave description text message support service – cheers dude. (Im not sure how we would ever get any caving done without Beardy!) So we […]

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Su Bentu (Grandissima Frana)

Su Bentu (Grandissima Frana) Tuesday, 17 June 2014 After some much needed rest after a stressful and arduous trip across the Selvagio Blu, Noel and I headed off for our first caving trip in Sardinia ‘ a pleasant stomp into Su Bentu. After lots of consideration of current water levels we decided upon the high […]

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Trapdoor Pot

Trapdoor Pot Saturday, 7 June 2014 A trip to Penyghent was planned for this day, but the forecast was appalling so we had to abandon the plan for the second time this year. Trapdoor was suggested which seemed like a reasonable idea. We woke up on the morning of the trip in the YSS hut. […]

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Rubicera to Mortero De Astrana

Rubicera to Mortero De Astrana Friday, 30 May 2014 Id wanted to do this classic traverse for a few years, and Julia had promised to take me while back, so it was a nice bonus to be able to fit it in on the back end of the Gandara Traverse. This trip is just one […]

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The Gandara Traverse

The Gandara Traverse Sunday, 25 May 2014 – Saturday, 31 May 2014 It was 4am on Wednesday 28th May when Julia entered the bunkhouse to announce the Rio Viscoso had been located in the Gandara side of the Gandara System. The through-trip could now commence! Only two days previous Holly, Noel and Mark had entered […]

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Washfold Pot

Washfold Pot Saturday, 17 May 2014 An excellent forecast allowed us to visit this pothole. We set off from York at about 8.30 and had breakfast at the Penyghent Caf. It was a very hot and sunny day so we sat outside. Horton was full of tourists and Maz overheard one trip leader lecturing their […]

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Mistral to Pip

Mistral to Pip Wednesday, 7 May 2014 A reluctant afternoon start; where all considered bailing (Rob did) saw us reach the farm in time for tea; ‘disappointing’ pesto (with tasty pasta/veg) was consumed and we were on our way. A longish walk saw us arrive at the entrance to Mistral with the climb down. Pressed […]