Old Ing sumps
A brief trip was in order having been down Quaking Pot twice in 8 days (only once by choice) and this trip proved to be a very enjoyable half hour. With a late start, we were up at a deserted Birkwith for about 3 pm, changing into wetsuits in the pleasant sunshine and with a couple of weights each, we made the short walk to Old Ing.
With no water in the initial cobbled section, we had a dip in the first deep pool to get water warming up inside all the usual crevices and soon arrived at the sump pool. After a couple of minutes of kitting up with hoods and masks, we were ready and Simon set off first for the easy dive to the next airbell. Pulling through to follow, I found myself in a not-too-large airspace and in rather deep water – so deep in fact that I couldn’t get my feet on the bottom and had to hang off the belayed rope whilst Simon occupied a small footledge by the next dive point.
It’s important to note that the white rope is the one to follow, whilst the Red Rope anchored in the same airbell is not a free dive! The second dive is only short, but requires a depth of about 2 metres to be gained before a short pull through into the following airspace. Simon was soon gone and with a minimum of fuss he was through and pulling for me to follow. Enjoying the trip so far, I had a quick breath and pulled down, viewing the arch to be traversed and was soon rising up the other side – fantastic!
Emerging in the deep, cold water of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, I was greeted by Simon, as he sat on a flake, enthusing about the sight of my light rising from the gloom! After a chilly bit of breaststroking down the canal, the streamway was reached and eschewing the fixed lines, more swimming and traversing was performed to reach the Dismal Hill shaft. A quick climb up, made a bit pumpy by having a weight belt, and we were out after a nice sharp hit of a trip – brilliant!