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Meander Cave

Meander Cave Saturday, 9 July 2011 Montenegro Expo July 2011. The main objective of this expo was to dive in the terminal sump of PT4 at around 450m depth (discovered last year by Mike B and co). Sadly, after a few days rigging and taking dive gear to the sump, this lead died almost immediately […]

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Poachers Cave (Ogof Hen Ffynnonau)

Poachers Cave (Ogof Hen Ffynnonau) Thursday, 20 January 2011 A quick after-work trip to this North Wales “Novice Classic” – only an hours drive from Manchester. We both expected this to be a short 20min trip, but were pleasantly surprised by the extent and interesting nature of this cave, which invloves a bit of muddy […]

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Marble Sink

Marble Sink Saturday, 6 February 2010 Marble Sink is a fearsome and serious pothole, not to be confused with a bathroom fixture – this is how the guidebook description should start… As the weather was a lot nicer than we expected, our rainy day options were abandoned and I somehow without much effort managed to […]

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Sleets Gill Cave

Sleets Gill Cave Saturday, 19 September 2009 The weather had been fine all week, so a quick trip down Sleets Gill was in order(I’ve wanted to do it for a while but have always been thwarted by the weather). The sky was becoming more overcast but still looked fine and no rain forecast so we […]

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Langstroth Pull-Through

Langstroth Pull-Through Saturday, 4 April 2009 This trip has been on my and Toms tick list for quite a while so we jumped at the chance when Dinny and Dave invited us along at Bernies. When I say jumped it was more like nervously agreed as we’ve both had fairly scary previous experiences with free-diving, […]

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Yokenthwaite Pot

Yokenthwaite Pot Saturday, 4 April 2009 Having done the Langstroth through trip and with plenty of afternoon left over, we decided to make it a double-tick day. Dinny and Dave blobbed and went back to fester in Bernies (although they did really want to do Yokenthwaite – honest). So Tom and me changed out of […]

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Asopladeru La Texa – Day 4 – Aven extensions and exit

Asopladeru La Texa – Day 4 – Aven extensions and exit Friday, 18 July 2008 We got up bright and early (well early at least) on this final day of our camping trip, in order to fit everything in. The plan was to first re-ascend the aven, photograph the formations above, then continue through and […]

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Asopladeru La Texa – Day 3 – Phreatic labyrinth

Asopladeru La Texa – Day 3 – Phreatic labyrinth Thursday, 17 July 2008 On the Thursday morning, Tony and Steve prepared for their long prussic out (I was originally supposed to go with them but managed to wangle another night underground). More rope, rigging gear, chorizo, cheese and toilet roll was ordered over morning comms. […]

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Asopladeru La Texa – Day 2 – Upper Streamway extensions

Asopladeru La Texa – Day 2 – Upper Streamway extensions Wednesday, 16 July 2008 I awoke at the Sala Osten camp as fresh as a daisy, ready for another adventure filled day. Tony Seddon was also at camp – he’d been diving the downstream sump in the upper streamway – reached via 40m or so […]

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Asopladeru La Texa – Day 1 – Entrance and aven climb

Asopladeru La Texa – Day 1 – Entrance and aven climb Tuesday, 15 July 2008 I was exceptionally fortunate to wangle my way onto this 4 day pushing trip down a system of 1060m total depth. This was within a day of my being at expedition surface camp, after doing no portering or hard work, […]