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Out Sleets Beck Pot
I've had two attempts in here before and both times been let down by partners....cascade pot being the limit on both occasions.
So about 4 months ago this went on my 'to solo list'.
Due to owning only a 90m & 50m rope and lotsa ladder, on the last two occasions I've taken in two 10m ladders for cascade pot and the 50m for deluge, but instead of farting about wi ladders I decided to buy 30m a rope (cheap ass marmot stuff) in Ingleton before hand and SRT the lot.
Spent some time dredging out the stream of large stones on arrival (for those who ain't been the cave entrance lies at beck level) the forecast was stable but those peaks seem to make there own weather at times.
The initial short pitches are fairly trivial affairs and can both be down climbed, it would be advisable for larger folk to install knotted hand ropes or something for the return journey.
Rigging the first pitch (cascade pot) was fun, the shaft been about 15-18metres high cylindrincal 25' diameter, it can be rigged dry via a bolt traverse roof channel, there's also a deviation about 1/3 way down, it's a really photogenic shaft especially when LED lighting is reflected off the ripples in the plunge pool.
From the base the way on degenerates into a pleasant wet crawl with shingle floor, the pools were home to many white trout, seen a tonne of these recently. After a stretch of pleasant streamway deluge pot was reached, on first aquaintance the pitch makes quite an impressions been a very abrupt cut in the wall perpendicular to the passage, again this is an airy pitch and opens out into another fine spectacular cylindrical shaft, rigging begins again in the roof and a choice of deviations exists on the way down, due to low water conditions I rigged this fairly close to the waterfall, any rise in water may well of caused problems and possibly mean't rigging something on floor of shaft to divert rope away on the return journey...but I was confident it wasn't gonna rain.
Very fine streamway continued till the first wet bits, from what I've heard this is a fairly notorious section 'stories of flailing arms and legs are rife' but it really wasn't that bad...a gradual descent into a neck deep pool reaches a tight rift, one must rise outta the water....best to use arm bars then a traverse is made to a short duck, due to low water conditions, I hardly noticed this but even when high it's only short been a few feet 'a brief dunk'.
The next section I recognised from the front cover of northern caves(wharfedale) an inverted elliptical rift and heavily scalloped an absolute pleasure! some twists and turns, spacious chambers, short downclimbs and a quite unstable fractured section in a really tall rift, the tall rift was a comfort and a possible safe haven in times of unexpected high water conditions.
Seesaw passage was a tad confusing to begin with especially on the return journey, not long after the end was reached, spent a little time scoping out the short sections of slightly higher level passages which I found to be a little eerie.
Supposedly the resurgence is within a few feet of the end, it would make a swell through trip if a breakthrough to the surface was forged.....but personally I prefer to reach the bottom feeling a long way from home and the return journey in mind.
The return journey went without a hitch in all the trip took 4-5 hours, a jolly fun satisfying day out.....SI-B
Trip Date: 4th August 2006
Added: 7th August 2006
Reviewer: Simon Beck
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