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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 […]

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Hammer Pot

Hammer Pot Saturday, 23 September 2017 The aim of this trip was to recce the cave for future surveying, and to also take photos/notes on formations at the bottom of the cave for Andrew Hinde’s conservation monitoring project. A later start than planned saw us underground at around 11. Within five minutes Luke had bailed […]

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Penyghent Scaff

Penyghent Scaff Wednesday, 6 September 2017 An excuse was needed for Nathan to avoid applying for jobs so we left Leeds for the day with minimal rain forecast. Arrived at the dump at half 3 and after a quick sandwich we were up the hill and underground at half 4. I dragged around 20kg of […]

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Gaping Gill Jollies and Networking

Gaping Gill Jollies and Networking Saturday, 26 August 2017 A week prior, I had received a message via UKCaving from Dave asking if I was interested in going to Albania as part of a small expedition organised by Dave and Martin ‘Barny’ Barnicott, both former Eldon members. Barny now lives in France and is by […]