The usual Tuesday night team of Andy ,lionel and Bill continued with Tow scar which is a grade 3 vertical mudmine with boulders and scaffold. We have dispensed with pub o’clock preferring the Potatoe and bean supper o’clock. Next week pie and pea o’clock. As for the dig . A draftless no hoper with years of vertical mud and boulders to go at. Good potential as of course its in an area where nothing else has been discovered , This … Read More
This week has seen a dogs dinner of the returning trip to Tow scar cave on account of parental responsibilities. There has been no pie and pea o’clock as promised. Talking of Dinner .My attention is now fixed on organising a soiree at the Helwith Bridge .Probabley Jan ,Feb Mar what sort of date would suit you folks and is there any basic interest, When are other commitments ie RRCPC annual dinner.I am aware that the YSS hut is fully … Read More
Tuesday Jan 5th Andy Walsh and Bill Sherrington Tow scar dig currently suspended after examining a 3 ft deep pool of water at the bottom of the shaft. Will need bailing but is it worth it I ask. Could be another end of a draftless waterlogged mud and boulder choked no hoper. At least we tried. Will leave it to fill up further and with the weight of water hopefully it will burst through the now thin crust of mud … Read More
Tow scar pot is not quite yet dead. Despite previous reports of flooding. I recently revisited with a view to tool retrieval and discovered that the pot had drained . Tuesday15th Feb Andy Walsh and Bill Sherrington looking for a project continued downwards through the mud fill. There is now a large boulder to cap and the floor is starting to open a little with more small boulders and less mud than previously current depth about 37 ft. Oh Well … Read More
Somethings going down on Ramsay Island, calling International Rod Rescue. Yes another rod is stuck this time in a boulder in Tow scar pot.Can I borrow another set of rods to extact the bastard.From some kind soul.Perhaps Dave could lend assistance. Then again he could be busy operating a space station or rocket powered? ….FAB. I have a theory ,the evil Latimer empire has struck again with the recent supply of strange red mats he has caused a flurry of … Read More
Just when you thought it was safe to go out in the dark. We have returned with vengance and much fury to the Dig armed with Uncle Bob Makin his landrover and chemicals and drills and generators and hope to sort the place out once and for all. Entrance widened ,spoil removed ,boulders atomised and the only way on is down through ancient fill. To god only knows where? it might crap out or it might lead to some new … Read More
Tuesday 22nd Nov, Andy Walsh , Bob Makin , Bill sherrington After leaving the spot for 2 weeks we returned to empty the water and to continue pulling out blasted spoil. This was easily achieved and progress was rapid . This was ruined by reasonable pub oclock hours being kept, no mad dash here, The plan is to return next Tuesday to make safe one or 2 loose boulders and to install improved hauling system and platform for haulers. Our … Read More
29th Nov. Enter the generator . Enter the drill , big bolts high tensile steel and Andy Walsh with a mattock. Armed once again with the delights of Mr Makins armoury we fettled a new extra heavy duty hauling stance and refurnished the belays . Also laid waste to the remaining loose blocks at the enterance. A bit of shoring required but nothing to compare with the Churns.Then to lets go to work!!!!! Bill
Andy Walsh, Jim Newton, Paul windle , Bill Sherrington, Hugh “it’s hopeless” St Lawrence 3rd December 2005 Enough people turned up to progress the dig about half a metre or so. Started the day by reversing van into Andy’s car in Ingleton. it bounced off. Ignoring this I drove direct to Mason Gill and reversed the van again into an Astra belonging to some nice lady from the Grampian Speleological Club, van bounced , fortunately car not on handbrake which … Read More
Tuesday 6th Dec Andy Walsh , Alan Speight , Bill Sherrington .We dig with neither hope or despair. More buckets removed of the brown stuff and boulders to boot .Alan even said he would be back again . All very encouraging , but do we really care. Andy had ginger beer in the pub whilst we we were regailed by Bob Makin with tales of arrest and diplomacy on the high fells.Bob claims to be soon back to full service … Read More
Thursday 9th December 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Usual stuff, slow progress but definate sound of water falling ahead, but how far?
Simon Latimer, Phil Parker , Alan Speight , Bill Sherrington. Dense fog did not hamper the proceedings and as Phil had his GPS to hand light work was made of dig Location. More water than usual had ponded at the bottom of the shaft quickly bailed to easy boulder removal.Shaft now looking more vadose in nature and starting to narrow at the bottom?
Bill, Not sure if you managed to recover one of these, so just a request to anyone else on here, if they have one of these I can borrow for a few weeks that would be good. Its for temporary use at Kilnsey to make the removal of a boulder in the spring a bit safer! Cheers Chris (Camm)
Hi Chris, visited tow scar to assess the insitu 3ft acro prop. decided that using the enthusiastic walsh technique. It will now need braying out and i’m afraid that the reason for its original placement will not be too happy about it.Big boulder lots of gravity . What we need is a 3ft acro prop to shore up the boulder whilst we hack out the acro from its full cement jacket. If any body out there has a 3ft unextended … Read More