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Irish Student Caving Forum 2018

I had only heard good things about this event, so was pretty stoked up about finally being able to attend. I had sneakily registered as a speaker, so was entitled to a luxury bunk, good times. Drove up with Frawley on Friday and was soon well into the boozing and catching up with familiar UK […]

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Irish caving part 1: Pollnagollum and Pollballyally

I’m sure these are spelt wrong, but this is my very limited experience of Clare caving. Headed down with Hugh to meet Arantxa, her family and professional Spanish canyoning friends. Up at a reasonable time the next morning and then onwards to Pollnagollum, the proclaimed longest cave in Ireland. We were to cave with Arantxa’s […]

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Meregill CHECC Chairperson Yorkshire constituency visit

After a night of merriment and feasting at Bramley Speleo Mansion, which also nearly featured strip poker between Brendan and Fergus, myself and Brendan awoke early-ish to faff ahead of the days caving, with Brendan heading to some easy caves with his friends from Burnley and myself and Big Great Botch heading to Chapel-le-Dale so […]

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South Wales 2018: probably the best weekend away for some it

South Wales 2018: probably the best weekend away for some it Thursday, 25 January 2018 – Monday, 29 January 2018 Departed Dublin at around 9pm, then 4 hours later driving commenced from Emi and Rocky, who put in a great effort to get us to SWCC for 4:45am. After around 4 hours sleep I awoke […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

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New Pasture Cave surveyed

New Pasture Cave surveyed Sunday, 24 September 2017 We had been meant to go digging in Penyghent again with Sam Allshorn, but Isaac was unwell so parental duties were called upon. This meant we needed a way of avoiding laddermeet, and we decided to try out paperless surveying with George’s new PDA to see if […]