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County Pot, Mancunian Way Extensions round trip

The poor weather forecast for the weekend combined with the high volume of rain which had been casting a dark shadow over the dales all week forced me to cancel plans first of finishing the Hammer Pot survey and carrying diving gear and secondly of doing Quaking. I was therefore in search of an interesting […]

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Lancaster to Wretched via The Depot and Flashbang Crawl

Fergus and his girlfriend Sarah wanted to come caving so we arranged to meet at the BPC on Saturday evening. After sampling the delights of Large Pot the day before we decided that a high-level traverse of Easegill Caverns would be a suitable way to introduce Sarah to caving, and meet her requested trip criteria […]

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Titan to Peak: Peak Faff

After a quite outrageous fuck-up with the transport, the likelihood of the weekend going ahead was hanging by a thread. Luckily, Shauna, cousin of Higgs-Boson, was willing to drive her parents car for the club and this for the first time ever, with her only being put on the insurance for the sake of enabling […]

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Large Pot to Rift Pot: Attempt #1

After some quality nerding in Liverpool, myself and Lydia returned to Aston St where we rendezvous’d with Louise. After managing to persuade her not to drive to Catterick to visit Lil Tony for an overuit exchange, we headed off toward the dales in the pissing rain. The bins provided, with the man in Kirby politely […]

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Large Pot: My first epic

After a rough nights sleep at the foot of Bobby’s bed, I arrived at chapel in a hazy, blurry state. Ropes, packed; descriptions, printed; helmets, charged (thanks to Alice Smith being organised the night before) – we set off after minimal faff. Once we arrived at Mason Gill, our groups parted ways (the other half […]

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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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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 […]