Alan Martin, Steve Warren, Peter Benn,
Genevieve Thompson, Frank Longwill, Gary Rhodes and Abby Clarke
1 ladder / lifeline - it was
decided that because of the water levels inside the cave we would only get as
far as the cascades so wouldn’t require all ?6 ladders.
Lovely April weather…
Bit of everything in this cave; hands and
knees crawling, flat out crawling over pebbles, canal crawling, flat out
crawling through water, walking, traversing, climbing, squeezing. Debris on the roof reminding us that this
cave is not one to do when the weather is changeable…
and Abby set off on their own after the first pitch. The way on was not hard to follow – just like
the survey – a straight line. The
passage ended in a choke so we split up to find the way through which was
conspicuously signposted with a big arrow and the word IN above it which we all
managed to miss…Lovely grottos in roof and impressive
Nice rift passage with some squeezes
through boulders and traversing to avoid water.
Lovely climb down cascade pitch and descent down small cascades
Got back to first pitch intending to climb
ladder but encountered strong words from Mr President: “you’re not using the ladder, climb the
waterfall!” which we faithfully did.
On returning to the car park the sky was
blue, the sunlight warming. Some
military ……was screaming directions to a marching ceremony in the church
grounds – presumably to some hard of hearing individuals. Just got out of our over-suits when a big
black cloud opened its sluice gates and it hailed and poured for fifteen
minutes. We were glad we got out of the
cave when we did.