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Swarth Gill Hole

Swarth Gill Hole, September 19, 2015

Denis Bushell, Ian, Jane

Beautiful bright sunny day, met at Kettlewell 10.30. Had breakfast then set off for Grassington the back route to avoid the (WW2) re-enactment day. All roads through village closed. Parked as for Fossil Pot. Ian, knowing it was a long walk, had brought his rucksack and would change at location. Jane and I walked up in wellies and gear which took its toll in sweat. 

Difficulty in locating entrance and all for giving up when Ian shouted “I have found it”. Moving boulders to look down rift shaft we dislodged a monster which jammed in the shaft. I volunteered to drop down and place slings around said problem. Ian and Jane would haul up, I would guide two metres down. Usual happened: slings slipped on extraction boulder. Decided against and went on its descent to the bottom ignoring my efforts to stop it. I picked up a damaged knee and hands feeling like a self-harmer. The only hauling off the day was Ian and Jane extracting myself from the entrance shaft due to my knee not functioning correctly. We decided to reconvene in two weeks. Covering entrance shaft we set off back down to the war torn zone of Grassington with all its Yanks.

Great trip,


Trip Date: 19th September 2015
Added: 27th October 2015
Reviewer: Denis Bushell
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