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Robinson's Pot

10-JUN-2006

Thanks to Gen for turning up to one of our more well attended trips.

Armed 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.

There 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.

Moving 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.

My last 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.

The 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 underground.

Chris

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Trip Date: 10th June 2006
Added: 19th June 2006
Reviewer: Chris Camm
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