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Hammer Pot, Water Butt Sump Dives Part 1

An attempt was made in the final days of 2018 to begin the project to dive Hammer Pot’s most recently discovered sump, the Water Butt, found in 2007, but unfortunately water levels were too high for us to want to try and pass Sludge Crawl (less than 10cm airspace in the small bit and most […]

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NYE Easegill Romper and Bro Talk Symposium

Due to a late night wreaking havoc and watching Mike think up schoolboy japes to play around the farm, we had a very leisurely start the next morning. After watching everyone else leave the hut to either go caving or walking, we decided that we couldn’t be those people who just sat around talking shit […]

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Hammer Pot, one last one last trip

One last trip. There’s just a few bits that need doing. We should probably just get it done. One. Last. Trip… There had been discussion between myself and George for some weeks about the need to tie up the Hammer Pot survey while he still had the will to return to the place. We were […]

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Langcliffe Wire Sessions #1

Ever since my last trip into Langcliffe last May I had been meaning to return to have a more thorough look around without the distraction of malnutrition. Peachey had been on a rescue practice in there in the summer and was suitably upset at the amount of litter remaining in the cave from the 1972 […]

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CRO Extended Cavers List Rescue Practice

Flew back from Jordan in the AM, airport faff then on the Tube to Burlington House, Picadilly, to attend a conference on Water Sustainability with the ever-delightful Lydia Leather. Bus to Leeds, late as usual. Arrived at 1am, at the Fenton at around half 1. Good crowd still there and excellent to be back in […]

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Prods Pot and Noise Festival

Peachey and Rachel had come to Ireland for a wee visit and a history lesson, and at the weekend we decided we should show face in Fermanagh and do some caving. We recruited my work colleague, Benedicte, along the way and set off from Dublin on a windy Friday afternoon. This soon became a wind […]

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Martian Caves

What do you get when you mix an Australian space enthusiast and documentary maker with a British chemist and caver, a space cave science documentary apparently. For those of you who don’t know James, he’s an exchange student from Perth who runs a YouTube channel called Atomic Frontier. As for me, I’m a postgraduate chemical engineering student at the […]

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Trapdoor

Having made noises about caving the previous week it was decided we’d have to go caving so Luke and I got the ropes from chapel so we were locked in. After an early (ish) start, beating Mike out of the house we managed to avoid most of the morning traffic and arrived at the lay-by […]

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Notts 2 – Gour Inlet (Inlet 15) – Parallel Universe (vol 3)

After two previous trips we were hoping to finish all of the surveying this trip, I got the train out from Leeds and everything was unexpectedly efficient considering Becka had to drive to Ingleton to pick Emma up, and then Bentham to pick me up; neither of which are particularly en-route from Bullpot Farm to […]

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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 […]