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Thanks to Gen for turning up to one of our more well attended trips.
with a photocopied survey and description we set off. The entrance is
in reasonable condition although it was smaller than when I last went
down. A short traverse was easily passed to an insitu ladder on the
awkward climb down. Taking care not to destroy this homemade fencepost
construction we stepped into the chamber with the 19th century graffiti.
are some unusual formations here, that look remarkably like test tubes
on a plank, not sure what these are. For the record when we visited
they were all approx half full.
A quick check for the description revealed that I had already discarded it.
Gen found it and opted to keep it safer than I had.
on we went in search of Mc Colls rift. Whilst going along a never
ending muddy tube, I was having doubts about this being the way on.
trip here was a few years ago and this feature must have been
automatically deleted from memory.The tube finaly disgorged us into a
place where we could stand up and once again check the description.
description by now was like some old treasure map, the critical bit
having become part of the cave. The way on was upsteam through a low
flat out cobble filled bedding reminiscent of the squeeze bypass in St
Caths. Gen got trough this but I was delayed by what must have been a
sudden lowering of the roof. Some judicious burrowing flat out in water
saw a trench and myself through to the other side. This is not
somewhere to pass in wet weather.
Mc Colls rift followed with some
good mud formations. We took a left turn into crossover passage pausing
at the end to put a short ladder on for the descent into the main
streamway. A quick trip to the upsteam sump followed. there was a
suprising amount of water given how dry the weather had been prior to
the trip.Retracing our steps we had a quick look downstream before
heading out. The reverse journey was uneventful other than needing to
remove my helmet to avoid having to breathe water in the bedding dug
out earlier. We exited to bright sunshine and had sucessfully missed
the World Cup match. I knew there was a good reason today for going