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Doom and gloom in the weather forecast did not
materialise, in fact, the day dawned bright with a little cloud and
cleared to a brilliant clear day with a cold, cold, wind chilling the
fingers of the four who turned out for an excellent day’s caving.
Nigel, Jan, Ian and the writer met by Yordas and, after donning
numerous layers appropriate for a cold wet day, headed for Jingling
Cave. Water levels had dropped considerably from previous days so the
greater problem was icy cold water. The cascade in Jingling ensured
everyone got a good dose down respective necks. The exit to Rowten Pot
was examined with trepidation due to the vastly greater stream
encountered from Rowten Cave, and due to extremely greasy rock walls.
Retreating, and leaving the climb out to the open pot for a better day,
exit was made by way of the low wet duck in Rowten Cave and out to the
surface. This bit ensured that any parts that may have been kept dry
were well and truly dampened.
The second venue for the day was a through free
climb of the Yordas circuit but on encountering a thundering cascade on
the 9m Chapter House waterfall, a rapid retreat was in order. On
examination, out in the gorge, the team was saved complete ignominy as
the stream sink entry was amenable for a 10m round trip down the lower
dry rift and out via the very wet upper entry.
Trip Date: 14th January 2007
Added: 16th January 2007
Reviewer: Steve Warren
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