Ireby 0.5

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More visits, more holes, hundreds of caps. Mearly tokens of our affections. The courting is over as she begins to open up. Such persuasion.

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 25th February 2008 Dave Ramsay, Emma Martindale, Richard Bendall; Adam,Jim Stevenson (Breakfasteer). Adam, with bruised ribs from Saturday’s exploits in Rift, turned back at the second squeeze curtailing the intended capping trip. Remaining team continued to Pitch 6 to traverse high and bolt out over 6&7 where space beckened. Several spits but only 2 hangers lead to creative approach by rigging/derigging/rigging etc but opposite side reached safely. Narrow passage and short climb down and two squeezes popped out in … Read More

Ireby 0.5 – Blue Monday Chamber

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Plan was to cap open entrance more as last time we left it a bit of a thrutch. Had everythiung to hand except firing pin so job scuppered. Couple of hours therefore spent moving boulders and mud, hammering calcite in an effort to reduce the slope of the debris cone obscuring the hopedfor continuing rift. Surprisingly, we got an outward blowing draft through a fist sized hole hinting that indeed there was a rift to be chased.

Ireby 0.5 – Blue Monday Chamber

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Friday 22nd February 2008 Richard Mercer, Richard Bendall. Return to sort out entrance. 4 holes suitably placed opened up the top part of the entrance and decission to leave the lower bedding in place to aid free climb out. If you can’t get through this bit you won’t get through the next squeeze! Plenty of battery power remaining so on into Blue Monday Chamber and 6 holes saw off the large offending boulders in the debris slope allowing more hammering … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 11th February 2008 Emma Martindale, Richard Bendall. Dave Ramsay(Breakfast boy only) Surveyed Lost Elephant pitch and rift beyond which becomes too narrow. This is heading back under Pitch 6 and the bedding crawl between pitch 5 and 6. Dry weather so took opportunity to go up the Pilchard through No Mean Feat to batter calcite constriction at top of climb up where previously big echo and draft were detected. Eventually, opening just large enough for EM to insert up … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 4th February 2008 Dave Ramsay, Emma Martindale, Richard Bendall. Surveyed Rumbling Hole(guide book route) to head of lower pitches. Moderate flow tumbling down the entrance from Rumbling Beck Cave but all seen disappearing into the floor just inside the cave. Thus we believe this to be the source of the Bruised Pilchard Aven water. A bit of boulder rearranging failed to find the way on through the floor. Perhaps worth another poke when it is dry and the drain … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 28th January 2007 Emma Martindale, Jim Stevenson, Richard Bendall. Dave Ramsay. DR dropped survey kit and batteries but would not be joining in today due to suspected trapped nerve in neck. So Team Peugeot convoy headed to Leck Fell. Sadly lost Jim at head of blasphemy, but he must have successfully exited as we did not find him on our way out! Return to 14th January’s escapades where RB reclimbed and placed bolts allowing EM to join him at … Read More

Ireby Fell Caverns – Blue Monday

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Monday 21st January 2008 – Blue Monday Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Jim Stevenson, Emma Martindale. Notwithstanding the horrendous weather, flood after flood after flood on the A65, it just happened to be Blue Monday. A doubtful team met at Inglesport café for 10am with the rain continuing to fall. Jim announced he was just there for a coffee before driving to Sleets Gill to witness the torrent no doubt gushing out and away down the hill. 12 noon came and … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 14th January 2008 Brian Judd, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Denis Bushell, Jim Stevenson. Talking of pirates, Brian walked into the café. Not that Brian is a pirate. Rather he walked in as the word pirate reverberated around the room. So we had a new victim for the day. Unfortunately as Denis lost a rack last week in Deaths Head he elected to solo in search of Treasure. And the (now greying) Black Beard of Mewith declined again but provided … Read More

Death’s Head

Monday 7th January 2008 Emma Martindale, Denis Bushel, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. RB continuing back problems prompted changes to plan. Not wanting to be caught the wrong side of a squeeze or tight pitch head, Rumbling was off and Deaths Head a suitable replacement. DR & DB set off rigging down the main route but swinging into the chimney that ultimately connects to the bottom of the big pitch. Meanwhile RB & EM bagged molehills, keen to secrete an ice-lolly! … Read More

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