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Compass Pot - Langstrothdale

Compass Pot - Langstrothdale by Phil Ryder

Length c150m Depth c20m

Still to be surveyed if some thin person is daft enough to volunteer!

After a long campaign started in 2006, sinking a 9 metre deep scaffolded entrance shaft, a tight, twisting stream passage was eventually entered. Then followed an even longer campaign blasting along this passage, John Clarke and Chris Smith finally dropping down two small climbs into a section of well decorated passage that ended abruptly in another sump. The White Rose seem to be experts at finding them!

The end has been looked at several times by Ian Cummings and Simon Beck. The sump is a 30cm high bedding and is constricted by a slope of cobbles at the start.

Ian and Simon have attempted to pump out the flooded bedding but could not get enough space to move the manual gusher pump handle. They have also pushed drain rods through to try and measure its length. As Ian stated they met a bend/ blockage/ up dip after around 5m. Ian still fancies an attempt to squeeze through the bedding with a mini bottle if the conditions become right. The cave has great potential if the flooded bedding can be passed, it is thought to be an inlet into Langstroth Pot, possibly Goat Inlet, which is some distance away.

Trip Date: 1st February 2014
Added: 16th June 2014
Reviewer: Phil Ryder
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