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Ireby 2 – Jupiter Cavern

Ireby 2 – Jupiter Cavern Friday, 22 December 2017 The plan was to try and do a round trip through Ireby 2 via skylight passage and cripple creek. morning delays meant that we didn’t arrive at the cave entrance until about 1pm. An encounter with Shezi and two YSS friends at the first pitch of […]

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Crescent Pot (re)surveying

Crescent Pot (re)surveying Saturday, 18 November 2017 Chaotic planning resulted in me heading up to the Dales on Saturday to do Crescent; despite a lot of effort Becka couldn’t be persuaded by her secondary option of King. I managed to get a last minute a lift with Mike (the person I live with) up to […]

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Hammer Pot Surveying #1

Hammer Pot Surveying #1 Monday, 13 November 2017 Set off from Leeds later than planned due to traffic for George but arrived at Fountains Fell at around midday. The fell was bright and cold though some cloud threatened to the south. After chopping up some old rope to leave in situ for future trips, we […]

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Simpsons pull thru

Simpsons pull thru Wednesday, 8 November 2017 We headed underground at 7.10pm, where Nadia quickly relived herself of the tackle bag. The first pitches were free climbed and the quick succession of longer pitches were rigged by myself, Nadia, Beth and Alice, the latter two practising their rigging. Alice rigged the longer pitch, by joining […]

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Trip to CRO base

Trip to CRO base Sunday, 5 November 2017 14 students stumbled out of Selside and into Clapham to meet Sean Whittle, CRO member and also the man who ran our very successful cavers’ first aid course last February. After a brew, we were shown around the HQ, introduced to the rescue vehicles and practised some […]

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Voldemort Hole pull through out Notts II

Voldemort Hole pull through out Notts II Wednesday, 1 November 2017 After another excellent day poking around, we headed off to Voldemort Hole on the recommendation of Richard Bendall, one of the initial explorers of the cave. He told us that the cave was rigged for a pull-through, and that the Haywagon was spectacular. He […]

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Ribblehead wanderings

Ribblehead wanderings Sunday, 29 October 2017 After a disappointingly tame night at the NPC we got up in good time with the intention to go down Ireby. We packed the ropes and breakfasted fairly efficiently and set off to Masongill lane to discover it was packed with cars. Spying a group walking up the hill […]

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Gaping Gill

Gaping Gill Saturday, 28 October 2017 A chaotic but fun trip had down bar; out small mammal with many freshers. An attempt was made to rig the bar pot alternative (https://www.braemoor.co.uk/caving/route18.shtml) but a 60 m proved too short (by ~7 m) for the route, (rigged from where the route splits off from the main route) […]

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Doing the Double in County Pot

Doing the Double in County Pot Sunday, 22 October 2017 After quite a late and heavy one the night before, Nadia and I awoke feeling pretty shit. We arrived in Inglesport for breakfast, where a veg chili combined with making conversation with Becka and plans with Richard improved the mood considerably. The river at Gargrave […]

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Lost Johns pull-through, out Notts II

Lost Johns pull-through, out Notts II Wednesday, 18 October 2017 After a good day of poking around on Leck Fell, we decided to round off our visit to the area by undertaking what should be a classic trip: pulling through down Lost Johns to exit out of Notts II via the dug connection between Lyle […]