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 Digs: New Langstrothdale sumps

Member Newsjoshuatree writes "
New sumps in Langstrothdale.

Herculean efforts by White Rose diggers, particularly Chris and John, have opened up new passages above Langstroth Pot, in the form of Compass Pot and Hagg Beck Sink, both of which open up after desperately tight entrance passages and then end in sumps.

After getting to the end of these in late 2008, I resolved to check out the sumps in the long dry summer of 2009 (in my dreams).

With Compass being too tight for a safe dive, I reckoned pumping might be in order and with no obvious place for the water, I decided to take a half-ton dumpy bag as a reservoir, with polythene sheeting for a liner.  Together with Steve’s pump and hoses, this lot was dragged in with help from Chris, John and Simon over a couple of days and I attempted to shift some water.  Unfortunately, the passage is so constricted here that I couldn’t move the pump handle and had to give up after a frustrating hour of lying flat-out in the sump.

The bag was left behind and I will give it another go with a modified handle in a dry spell to see if the level does drop to allow a duck through.

The tortuous Grade V caving of Hagg Beck Sink is not the most tempting of diving carries and with only John available to help with the job it took 2 trips in with the gear.   Unfortunately I lost a lot of air from the single 3 l cylinder I was using for this exploratory dive when I bashed the tap as I pushed it along the gnarly crawl.  The noise of the releasing gas certainly gave John a bit of a shock as he forged on ahead!

At this point I must make note of the fact that there are only 2 people who should not complain about the dimensions of this cave.  Their initials are CS and JC – they made it!

On the second trip in with my semi-dry in a bag, I made the change beside the sump and got kitted up, complete with the line reel we had fashioned from bits of junk from John’s van, loaded with 30 m of 5 mm hawser.

I was hoping for clear water, but the pool was cloudy and my hopes of a Sleets Gill-type sump were soon dashed, finding the wall to be solid close to the entry point.  A final look around the far side of the pool found me dropping down and down to about 5 m depth, such that John couldn’t see my lights, although I could make out a tantalising dark continuation ahead.

Rising to check my air, I found that there was no safe margin left and I had a chilly change back into my normal wetsuit for the trip out.  Again, a dry spell would be a bonus, but the potential is there for sure and I’ll be back. 

Thanks to Chris and John in particular for all their efforts in this area.


Posted by jarvis on Thursday, December 03 @ 12:57:27 GMT (6008 reads)
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 Digs: Compass Pot Goes A Bit More

Elation turned to disappointment on Saturday 1st December. John Clarke and Chris Smith finally got out of the meandering passage that contained many acute bends.

Posted by jarvis on Thursday, December 13 @ 13:28:51 GMT (8047 reads)
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 Digs: Robin Pot - The End?

DigsThe squeeze was eventually enlarged by Chris and John and they entered a chamber, unfortunately they couldn't see anything for the fumes!

Posted by jarvis on Friday, June 01 @ 12:23:43 BST (10128 reads)
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 Digs: New Goyden Nidderdale

Digsdigscaves writes "
Last night a joint WRPC/BSD digging team dug out the remaining boulders blocking the way on.

Sterling work was carried out by Russ Brookes who was in the middle of the choke whilst dropping the last of the boulders that could be coaxed down the shaft.

The new pot consists of a climb down through an unstable boulder choke into a small chamber (void) formed by collapse of the choke. The roof and walls are boulders and mud of dubious stability. The floor of the chamber now opens directly onto the top of a mined shaft which drops into South Avens in New Goyden. The shaft has abundant remains of miners shot holes on both sides.

Chris Fox descended into the known cave before carefully returning. The next few trips here will be to install some shoring to secure the choke. Until this is complete, anyone visiting should avoid touching the walls or roof in the chamber as that may bring the whole lot down.

It would appear from this that New Goyden is yet another cave first explored by T'owd man.



Posted by jarvis on Thursday, May 31 @ 15:03:46 BST (10914 reads)
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 Digs: New Goyden Pot Nidderdale

Digsdigscaves writes "
Having been driven out of Wharfedale by a return to near normal water levels a few trips into Black Sheep Diggers land were undertaken.

During the first(Sat 12th May), to radiolocate an aven in the caravan trail series of New Goyden Pot.

The aven was found a short distance from the expected place. Whilst waiting for the return of the divers, an examination of the local geology looking for faults and old mine workings was undertaken.

A likely looking spot was prodded at by Chris Fox. After 40 minutes a draughting hole was uncovered. This was then left until the following Thursday.

More work was then carried out until a large rock reduced the size of the workings.

Finding ourselves dimensionally challenged we adjourned to the pub.

A return was planned over the joint WRPC/BSD weekend.(19/20 May 07)
A small team of BSD and WRPC did put in an appearance on Sat and having treated the offending boulder to 3 rounds of caps work continued apace. The hole is now eight foot deep and even has a solid wall, only one though.

More work to follow probably this Thursday afternoon/evening and maybe Sat depending how it looks/goes.



Posted by jarvis on Tuesday, May 22 @ 23:12:59 BST (9107 reads)
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