Walking the Dog

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Wed.10/11/04 This is a phrase coined to disguise alternative activities of the underground kind. I leave it to your imagination as to whom it might apply… Anyway, Bill came and walked the dog and Mr.Ramsay had a holiday from Leck Fell and enjoyed the draught and some capping at the new Dowlass dig. Mudminer54 had unfortunately forgotten to charge the batteries fully so play was halted early, though not before being able to get a squint down a narrow rift … Read More

Mudfoot Hole again

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Decided to pass on the pleasures of a womble down County with mudminer69er and instead loaded up for the plod up to Dowlass and a solo capping sess. Draught was misbehaving, coming and going. It would suck all the fumes in and moments later belch them back up the dig again! After a couple of hours it settled down to a steady outwards draught. Methinks this hole is connected with some other hole somewhere, which might explain the ebb and … Read More

Mudfoot Hole again

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Had a trip up on own at weekend ,i think its passable with some widening of shaft top, and boulder 8ft down capped. some rocks i got past boulder rolled downwards fora considerable time.looks good.pete o

Mudfoot progress

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A Saturday afternoon solo capping session almost reduced me to tears – crap rock, holes that didn’t fire, holes that did fire but didn’t do anything… However, the flakey lip of the pitch was finally vanquished. I tried feet first and could just fit, but decided not to descend solo as getting out might be a just not fit!! Tomorrow should gain access, at least to the blockage six feet down. Could do with a bucketeer…? Hugh

Sherrington’s Folly (Mudfoot yet again)

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Bill replied to Saturday’s call for a ‘bucketeer’, so we plodded upto Dowlass again on Sunday, this time in thick mist. Snow melt had turned a dry dig into a bit of a collander, despite the drainage culvert diverting 95% of the water. Undeterred, a further four holes were fired off and then Hugh slipped over the edge and down onto the blockage 5ft below. The hole previously observed to the left is the way on down and an easy … Read More

Mudfoot

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Bill and Andy valiantly forwent the pleasures of Towscar and volunteered to help me remove the naughty flakes so that the pitch could be dropped. A merry hour was spent trying to reduce the top flake to removable size, during which I turned into Raging Bull. In the end I booted it down the rift where it became stuck again 5ft lower down! The big flake then fell off the wall and became jammed again, but sod it, it looked … Read More

Stock pot

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Hugh and Bill gave the pleasures a miss and went prospecting on the Dowlass Moss . The walk up the fell was not hampered by the poor visibility and wind . Hugh with pin point accuracy found the pot with minimal wandering hopelessly lost. Our mission was to prospect in the centre of stockpot , capping a boulder and peering down into continuing rift passage. Boulder 1 was swiftly dispatched , boulder 2 ” gritstone ” was stubborn and absorbed … Read More

Mudfoot is dead – Long live Stock Pot!

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Subject: [mmmmc] Mudfoot is dead – Long live Stock Pot! Date: Mon, Dec 20, 2004, 3:41 pm Went to Mudfoot on Sunday afternoon armed with an FX5. Strong outward draught. Descended to deep point and shone torch down narrow rift. Although stones fall a good distance, there is no discernable widening of any note in the next 10ft and capping would be problematical – rift too narrow to swallow debris, no stacking space, unfeasible to haul out, and drippy, rippy … Read More

Mudfoot is dead – Long live Stock Pot!

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Went to Mudfoot on Sunday afternoon armed with an FX5. Strong outward draught. Descended to deep point and shone torch down narrow rift. Although stones fall a good distance, there is no discernable widening of any note in the next 10ft and capping would be problematical – rift too narrow to swallow debris, no stacking space, unfeasible to haul out, and drippy, rippy confined work space. It’s really better to go somewhere else. And I have just the spot…. Went … Read More

Dowlass update

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The MMMMC (South Ingleborough Branch) were active last week in capping out the rift entrance of Canary Pot to descendable proportions. Messrs. Sherrington, Bendall and St.Lawrence failed to find any 25ft pitch (Northern Caves & NCC Journal….very suspect) and instead stepped down about 8ft into what is optimistically described in said publications as ‘a chamber’. Ahemmm….. A sort of, kind of, possible dig was spied, but after all and sundry, except for Buster (sensible dog), had had a look we … Read More

Dowlass revisited

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As it was a full moon last night (aaar-roooooooo!) a walk up Ingleborough beckoned. Despite scenes and temperatures that would not have been out of place in “Into Thin Air” or “K2, Triumph & Tragedy” (& making me wish I’d taken several extra jumpers, overtrousers, goggles and overmitts) the top was duly staggered to and on descent a quick visit made to Stock Pot. The entrance was quite clear of snow and I hunkered in the porch enjoying the change … Read More

Stock Pot

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Sun 4th Dec – Hugh St.L, Paul Windle (+Bill in spirit) After a day in a draughtless no-hoper, Paul was keen to revisit the hurricane winds of Dowlass Moss! Loaded with scaffolding and tools we plodded up the long march and began work at the bottom of the open pot. Several blocks were capped out of the way and scaffolding then installed to prevent slumping. Unfortunately, we were one piece short, so Paul carried on digging while Hugh ran down … Read More

Stock Pot

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28/1/06 – Pete my-back-hurts O’Neil, Hugh my-elbow-hurts St.Lawrence, Paul there-isn’t-enough-mud-to-call-this-a-dig Windle With Operation Lyle Cavern cancelled for the day, the boys were looking for somewhere else to play. Stock Pot was suggested, but due to tennis elbow I only agreed to go in a supervisory capacity. At least, that was the plan… The oldest and most infirm was naturally given the heaviest load, but glorious sunshine relieved the tedium of the long plod up the hill, and soon Team Dowlass … Read More

Miraculous Visitation

There I was staggering from one deep snow drift to the next on a lonely and spectacular Snowbound Sunday spotholing trip . My faithful dog friend was sent scouting in front ,on the descent from Lead mine moss to Crina bottoms . We had spied a lone rambler looking wind blown, lost and blurry in the dusk . Buster was sent to sniff out the apparition and in the deep snow I moved closer to the pointy yellow hatted fellow … Read More

Stock Pot

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Let down by his dark lordship who had been tempted to break himself further in “Wharfes” dale. A small team of squalor mongers set off to widen enterance rift to allow Bill guage ingress and bucket egress. Mission half completed when drill failure stopped play. Team included Barrows finest Mr Pringle and Simon Jobling ;return planned with fresh drill to finish job then onwards to removing floor.

Stock Pot

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Bill Sherrington and Simon Jobling The Dewalt boys have been busy at Stock. The tight rift leading down to the digging area has slowly been enlarged and after a series of capping trips by Dewalt shareholders (including a certain Pringle) is ready for the passage of largish bags and buckets. The digging is now ready to continue into the floor at the last chamber. A team of three as a minimum is still needed to remove waste to the surface … Read More

Roger lover of the chocolate starfish

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24th June Roger by name and by nature, Jobling, St Lawrence , Sherrington , Pringle , DEwalt, STOCKPOT DOWLAS Moss: Its amazing Pringle has been out filthed by tales by Roger and his taste in DVDs of an explicit and sexual nature. After Roger’s “confessions in the Shake hole” we now know that he is even more seedy than Barrow’s newest resident. Pringle, ever the shy retiring type announced that Roger must certainly be a lover of the Chocolate Starfish. … Read More

Stock Pot

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1st July 2006 Simon Jobling, Roger Procter, Paul Windle Good day out, progress of about 3-4 foot in a downwards direction. The pot consists of a rift going down for 4 metres, landing on a mud bank, way on is a constricted squeeze in to a small chamber now about 3- 4 metres deep. Floor needs further digging with capping required to move large boulders and mud/cobbles needing bucketing out. Progress steady and forever hopeful, seems to be openings at … Read More

Canary Pot Dowlass Moss

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Simon J Bill Dark Lord St Lawrence Roger Proctor After a return from Stock on Sat 1st July spotted this likely looking hole in the dry valley. Had a look in and considered it worthwhile to revisit. Tuesday 4th July Roger Hugh , Bill and myself climbed down . Bill and Hugh went to look at Clino Pot after poo baaing Canary whilst Roger and I kept at work at the far corner of a boulder floored chamber. After about … Read More

Canary Pot

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Wed 19th, Bill S, Roger P, Hugh St.L Bill and Hugh had made a Tuesday night (10pm!) carry to drop poles at entrance. However, team still difficult to galvanise due to corking weather. Roger spurned caving altogether and stayed on surface dreaming of vodka shorts. Wicked. Down below, two cavers were united with four scaffold tubes and two large bags of gear in a limited space, but by doing a slow foxtrot and hanging stuff on the ladder work was … Read More

Canary Pot

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The Canary’s still not singing, although a little bit of chirping has been heard. Careful scaffolding and capping culminated on Sunday 10th Sept with Tim Allen and Hugh gaining access to the 8ft drop. Regrettably, one wall of this rift is comprised of several large blocks peeling off! However, there’s the possibility of some stacking space at the bottom so capping seems to be the way to go. Still draughts well and will surely sing with enough practice and persuasion. … Read More

Canary Pot

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Dark Lord, Starfish and the Bling All prepared for a long trip overnight with suitable refreshhments and other goodies. Began by arranging scaffolding and cutting bar and rebar ready for placing. The lord was busy drilling holes ready for rebar when the drill packed in !!! We tried to place bar without rebar and got a few pieces located and I went into the danger zone and began digging down. The small chamber is unstable with large boulders sticking out … Read More

Canary Pot

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Friday 6/10/06 – Bling, Clownfoot & Dark Lord After a short trip last week, returned with a vengeance to vanquish the big boulder. Roger cleared the loose rubble and then Hugh went down and placed scaff to hold up a pillar which looked like wall but wasn’t. All tidily done Simon was then let loose with the capping rods, but after several rounds it was still there. Hugh went down and finished the job, eventually levering the last 4ft chunk … Read More

Canary Pot

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Sat 4th and Mon 6th Nov – Hugh, Simon, Bill, Roger Much efficient bucketing on Sat almost filled the upstairs hopper – it’s just about possible to step off the hopper and straight into the exit passage, the pitch is virtually no more! Said bucketing also revealed one or several drops/voids below the sharp end, but several rounds of frenzied capping neatly blocked the way on. Galvanised by the prospect of a breakthrough, the full team turned out on Monday … Read More

Stock Pot

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During recent freezing weather i paid a visit to Stock pot previously enjoyed last summer . The enterance is a unique twin adjacent affair giving scope for adventure on the high seas. I noted that the rift enterance we previously cappaed has returned to draughting really well with clouds of condensing warm air puffing out in quite an impressive way. i descended rift to previous capping face in tight rift revealled that the draught is indeed returned with vengance. Intention … Read More