Lancaster Hole August 21 2011
Lancaster Hole is always a surprise to the newcomer, dropping from an innocuous hole in the moor into a vast series of caverns. Had the leader been properly equipped for a descent, life might have been easier; having to borrow Ian's Petzl was a poor start.
Whatever, the Colonnades are always good to see and in somewhat cleaner state than at one time thanks to cleaning work by RRCPC members and others. Unfortunately there is little sign of the stunning 'moon-milk' formations and crystalline floors which I recalled from my first visit when dinosaurs still roamed these fells.
Whilst pointing out routes to Sand Caverns and the Graveyard the team set off down Kath's Way and Bill Taylor's Passage on the way for Fall Pot. The very treacherous nature of the mud plastered passages reminded all to take great care around the holes dropping down to the lower levels.
Some time was spent pottering about the approaches to Fall Pot but having left SRT gear at the bottom of the entrance shaft, it was not deemed safe to proceed too far. All were well impressed with the magnificent dimensions of Lancaster particularly at the brief glimpse of the bits to come on on the next visit, hopefully a through trip to Easegill.
But if you came out of Lancaster hole plastered in mud then the following meet at White Scar Cave would be a good opportunity to get a good clean up, in 'Swift's Lake'!
Thanks to Ian, Geoff, Matt, Chris and Emma for travelling to this distant location and making for an excellent day's caving.