Red wall chamber – Pippikin, Thurs 1st November Sam Lieberman & Andy Whitney Ray & I have been working recently to close a gap in the survey on the major loop between Dusty Junction and Ratbag Inlet, and noticed in passing a likely looking lead in the roof of Red wall chamber. Mr Whitney had sneaked out of retirement for the evening (just as well since Ray dropped out with a code id de dose at the last minute) so … Read More
Me, Andrew L, Simon W, Bill S, Dave Gledhil, Simon L The party set off towards mistral and enjoyed a riveting conversation about plastic. Also discussed the hot topic, “Can you really re-cycle plastic?” Narrowly avoided death by boredom and got on with the job in hand. Made our way to Cross Hall and gingerly inserted ourselves into the choked boulders. An hours boulder shifting made steady progress leaving a couple of larger items in need of removal. Two snappers … Read More
I am looking for data on the relative positons of Cross Hall and the passages downstream of waterfall chamber in Pip. I hav’n’t seen a survey. Any help appricated. Simon
Simon W, Me. Last weekend. Another trip to cross hall. Snappers making light work of the obstacle. Good progress made. Enjoyed a cracking piece of flapjack mid dig. I took some vimto to wash it down with. Foggy walk back to the farm. Return planned. Johnny L.
Sun 27th. Simon W. Latimers 2&3 Another snappy trip, a bit more rock removed. The Vimto stash has grown although we all left with Vimto lips. Vimto is an anagram of vomit – and motiv. This week it was the latter. Simon W.
Just got home from BGH (Burnley General Hospital). To explain; towards the end of Sunday’s trip at the above mentioned dig I decided to do a bit of “dig site maintenance”, so set about re- arranging the limestone “rockery” to make more space. Swift progress was made until my left ring finger was pinned against the wall by a muddy boulder. Within 3 nanoseconds a blood blister the size of a pea sat at the left side of my fingernail. … Read More
Feb 2. Simon W, Me Despite my gammy finger, I went digging. Simon kindly offered to take the heavy tacklebag (for once). Once in Cross Hall we surveyed in through the boulder choke to the dig. Simon, Where’s the survey???? Similar script to last trip. 6 snappers deployed. Very good progress. We had some Rocky caramel biscuits washed down with more vimto. Only enough vimto in there to sustain one more trip. Return planned next weekend. Johnny
Excess ear wax and cotton wool buds. A problem that needed a visit to casualty. Not BGH for me but Lancaster General Infirmary. ( Its closer!) “You’ve got an ear infection, probably caused by sticking cotton wool buds in you ear. I’ll prescribe a course of anti biotic and some pain killers. Then, go to your local doctors in a weeks time and ask them to syringe your ear” said the out of hours doctor. And so, that’s why I … Read More
I’m glad you asked about the survey. I have crunched the numbers on the survey and I can tell you that the vertical distance from the belay boulder to the floor of the dig is 24.1m and the horizontal distance is 6.3m in the direction of Waterfall Chamber. There isn’t much point drawing a survey of a pile of boulders but that’s where the survey is, Johnny. Now a note on the matter of the very easily overlooked danger of … Read More
Does it draught? That is the question. “It will be blowing a gale, and what’s more by 4 o’clock to-night the draught will reverse”, I confidently predicted as we walked across the fell .Well, upon our arrival we found the Mistral to be blowing out . I was surprised. You see last week the draught in Mistral was sucking in, and I fully expected to see the same. But no, the draught had defiantly reversed.! “Lets see what’s happening at … Read More
Sunday 10th Feb 2008 Bill Sherrington ,Andy Latimer It was pantomime practice in Ingleton this morning its Treasure island this year. “Oh yes it is!” This draught you could see yesterday, what colour was it?. Today’s draught was sucking inwards. It was quite strong at first and me and Andy didn’t argue about it then for next six hours, Oh no senior ,we were quite relaxed , any idiot could tell that there was a strong draught. It sounds more … Read More
It was far more Pantomine getting Bill to leave the cafe! He was in a right mood. “Can we just set off”, I repeatidly begged! “Shall we just have some more tea” Was Bill’s stuck record answer! Eventually at 10.40 am we left the establishment, Bill & co went digging, I went for a walk. Only an idiot would go digging on a day like today!! Let’s unite hombres for the Grand Day Out II! Johnny