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 Trips: 'Thanks' from Oz - Ric Webber

Trips and Meets

Hi Ian, Faye, Leif and Dennis,

My apologies for the late letter of thanks for 'Hosting' me and for taking me through both Diccan and Alum Pot.

The caves were [for me] definitely challenging, as they say 'anything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger', Diccan has the longest series of pitches that i have ever had to pass, and dealing with the noise of the water, the cold and the physicality of the cave was at times almost overwhelming and made for some 'interesting moments', I apologise to you Dennis for re-rigging the 'Short redirect' on the second last pitch before the sump, I was buggered and just couldn't get it at the time, now i have had time to think about it I would have done it differently, but at the time i just couldn't put it together. 

The exit up Alum was spectacular! I took far more time than i should have taking photos of the bridge, the Long Churn window, and the view and was very upset when I found they were all out of focus except for a few 'not so bad ones', the climb out was exhausting but very rewarding, in all this trip is now my bench mark by which I will rate other caves. [time to visit 'Tassie' I think!] 

I would like to say 'thank you Ian' for rigging, It was impressive watching you lead the way, you made it 'look' extremely easy! and for making 'almost' every pitch easy for me to pass! also a big thank you to Dennis for your patience and words of advice along the way, Faye and Leif: thank you both for choosing and rigging such a beautifully challenging exit pitch, It will stick in my mind for ages.

I didn't get on any caving trips the next day so my wife and I did the touristy thing and visited Malham Cove, saw the nesting peregrines, then Gordale Scar where I chatted with a couple of Aussies from south of Sydney who were on a climbing holiday around Europe. 

On the Monday we did the Gaping Gill winch meet. My wife had never been in a wild cave anywhere, and had never been on a winch 300ft above a cavern before either, so i was surprised that she lapped it up and spent ages poking around the cave. We didn't get to leave the main cavern but it has whetted my appetite to return and have a proper look around!

So again my thanks for a great introduction to UK Caving, I hope that in the future I might be able to do the same for any of you here in Oz, although the caves here on the mainland might be very tame in comparison! what ever happens you can contact me by email or through the club: http://bmsc.caves.org.au/ I hope to make your acquaintance again in the future, Safe caving.

Kind regards Ric Webber


Posted by jarvis on Thursday, July 10 @ 12:02:03 BST (1890 reads)
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 Trips: Cliff Force update 03/06/2012

Trips and MeetsContrary to reports in the caving virtual world, this cave is not blocked and is in pretty much the same state as my last visit (April 2010), when I cleared the rockfall in the entrance.  Some loose blocks are present, but avoidable with care.  Shame the mud isn’t!

Posted by jarvis on Thursday, July 05 @ 13:44:32 BST (3264 reads)
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 Trips: Leck and Casterton Fells

Trips and Meets
Unauthorised access to Leck and Casterton Fells is becoming a problem, especially Leck Fell and Shuttleworth Pot. These unauthorised access issues are hampering the negotiations with the land agent and to date I have not received the new agreement for Leck Fell. If your club or group is going to have a peek down Shuttleworth Pot please discourage them from visiting Leck and Casterton unless they have a permit. Shuttleworth permits are available for the next period (July-March), and give me a chance to sort out the problems.

 
Les Sykes
CNCC secretary/access officer
www.cncc.org.uk

Posted by Jarvis on Wednesday, February 09 @ 08:53:06 GMT (5214 reads)
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 Trips: Dale Head Pot entrance

Trips and Meetsphilp writes "As Ian (Cummins) wrote "....many people think its entrance is still collapsed...." but it is not, courtesy of the work of Mike Cooper and Dalek during the production of "Not for the Faint-Hearted". More recently - Sunday 4th November - a team of four started work on stabilisation of the Dig Climb. The day went well, lots of scaffold being cut to length (the delights of an angle grinder as opposed to the horrors of the hacksaw blade) and fitted in place. One more day should see the work complete. "

Posted by jarvis on Wednesday, November 07 @ 10:41:59 GMT (8820 reads)
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 Trips: Nidderdale Caving Weekend 19/20th May

Trips and Meetscaddy writes "Due to unforseen geological circumstances, the Nidderdale weekend in conjunction with the Black Sheep Diggers has been postponed.

New weekend dates to be confirmed.

Watch the website Meets List for future timing.

Caddy"

Posted by jarvis on Tuesday, May 15 @ 19:10:23 BST (11677 reads)
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