White flag

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Another meter and a half dug last night. Small cross rift roof solution pocket entered. Can almost stand up! About 22m total now and the passage continues but is full to the roof. More next week hopefully. Met Shaun on the way out. Really nice guy. Get in contact with him. He is keen to go out evenings.

Notts II – Oliver Lloyd Update

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Notts II: Passages above Oliver Llyoyd Aven (Day 2); Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey On the first trip (day 1) we placed a new rope (45m) and noticed a intresting sandy crawl going off from the rift at the top of the pitch. We rigged the pitch using the existing bolts for a traverse and placed two additional bolts at the top to make a ‘Y’ hang, also backed up to one of the original bolts. We used 10mm stainless steel … Read More

Gavel – Sunday’s Activities

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Bill and Dave went to Gavel Pot this Sunday (17th October 2004), we had a jolly good look round, particularly in the area of Glasfurd’s Chamber and Southbound Passage. At the far end of Glasfurd’s Chamber is a duck which might be interesting, also in the upstream section we stopped at a duck which according to the guidebook leads to 9m of larger passage ending in a liquid mud choke. Far more interesting is the South bound passage which ends … Read More

Gavel Pot – Sunday’s Activities

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> Bill and Dave went to Gavel Pot this Sunday (17th October 2004), > > Far more interesting is the South bound passage which ends as a tight rift, > the floor and two walls are of mud, this is a grade one mud mine and might > repay a trip or two digging out the mud at the end. and then there is the tight branch…to quote my digging notebook “far end of tight rift passage in Southbound Passage … Read More

Gavel

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Phil, when did you visit Gavel? What do you remember as the end? We started digging just where a small calcite bridge was, and where there was a chisel left on top. This was just before a right hand bend. We were able to dig the left and right hand walls and the floor simply by using the chisel. Does this fit in with your recollections?

Notts II, Oliver Lloyds Aven

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On Sunday spurred on by Thursday nights exploits ,Dave ,Richard and Bill returned to the most interesting extension to enlarge via capping and move forwards. Dave and Richard enjoyed surveying whilst Bill left to his own devices set about capping the rift. 3 holes drilled and loaded . First charge gave forth sparks , the second punctured a hole in Bills Left hand. Thought to be a consequence of recoil from the rod back firing and Bills vice like grip … Read More

Gavel

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>Phil >when did you visit Gavel? What do you remember as the end? We started >digging just where a small calcite bridge was, and where there was a chisel >left on top. This was just before a right hand bend. We were able to dig the >left and right hand walls and the floor simply by using the chisel. Does >this fit in with your recollections? Years ago, certainly pre ’85. I was in the right-hand branch and it ended … Read More

Pleasures of P Passage

Friday 5th November Dave went in with capping gear while Becka and Julian finished off the surveying. The chamber at the end was enlarged and a start made on the rift. Sunday 7th November Pete Hall and Dave Ramsay. Pete was so efficient at capping that I made the decision to watch and learn while he capped, and hammered at the rock in between capping rounds. After just 8 holes we were through to the end of the rift, at … Read More

Oliver Lloyds Aven History update

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I asked Rupert about this after my visit in 2001. He got as far as the “Pleasures of the Palm” and returned unimpressed. I think he was hoping for something without so much crawling. — In mmmmc@yahoogroups.co.uk, “dave ramsay” <daveramsay@k…> wrote: > According to Pete Hall, the aven was climbed originally by Rupert but I’m not sure what he did at the top. Shortly after Notts II was opened to non divers Pete Hall climbed the aven using the rope … Read More

Oliver Lloyds Aven History update

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According to Pete Hall, the aven was climbed originally by Rupert but I’m not sure what he did at the top. Shortly after Notts II was opened to non divers Pete Hall climbed the aven using the rope left in by Rupert, no one else followed him. Because he was on his own and the others were waiting at the bottom of the aven Pete did not have much time at the top so he only went along the rift, … Read More

White Flag/Daylight Aven

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Wed 10th Nov. Another trip, another meter! However, Bolting continued up Daylight Aven past the point of previous plummett across some rather chossy rock. Sweeny did all the hard work and will now be able to start traversing to see what’s round the corner. Ropes replaced after shock loading and all tidied up. Any info on the dribbly wet route the divers went up to the right of the streamway would be useful? Height, termination etc. Anyone been up there … Read More

Ireby II

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Have recieved a large scale survey of Ireby II. What was not clear on other surveys but you can see on this one is that the passage off Jupiter Cavern heading back over the sump where there is a 25ft pit to be negotiated has an active inlet. From the bottom of the pit, at the base of the rift passage an inlet comes in from the left and appears to have been followed for 30ft or so following the … Read More

Inlet 8

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Just to let you all know that I am digging at inlet 8. I am enjoying it very much and will be spending many a happy hour in the said inlet. Only locals allowed – we do not want any trouble with strangers in such an enclosed spot. You have been warned. Lionel

Pleasures of the palm passage

Sunday 21 November 2004 Pete Hall, Dave Ramsay in attendance (no Neil as he seems to have given in to the light side). We returned to continue where we left off two weeks ago, with Pete capping and me bashing with hammer. It wasn’t long before we had capped our way to the head of the short pitch, where I placed two bolts and dropped the pitch using a ‘Y’ hang. Using a shunt for protection I climbed down the … Read More

Daylight Aven

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Wed 24th Nov 2004-Traverse to farthest limit north from Streamway completed. Absolutely nothing there! Only thing to do is go up and up following diver’s rope but on better rock. White Flag a little longer and load’s a spoil to shift.

Inlet 8

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Pleasant trip to inlet 8. Andy Walsh, Bill Sherrington and me (lionel Rice) continued digging until BAD air stopped play and all that heavy breathing and palpatations were too much to bear. Passage continues. Thank you to the person who left the tray (cave fairies again?)but as the league of gentlemen say – Are you local? The CO2 lingers in the dips in the floor and I have been advised to not dig alone. Be Warned oh yee phantomies. As … Read More

Too Narrow (Echo)Inlet

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Upstream from Showerbath inlet on right hand wall above yellow survey tag(maybe relates to N05 stn 02 or there abouts from survex files)is indeed too tight as indicated on the original survey(J Cordingley) But you know how it is…..just had to check it out. Good echo on Monday(DR,RB) prompted return on Thurs night(RB,JS) and again Sat(RB, JS & Shaun). Passage is upside-down key hole ie. bigger at the bottom. Huge rearguard action exposed true passage dimensions whilst scratting at the … Read More

Notts II, Oliver Lloyds Aven

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On Thursday 28th November, Neil, Dave and Bill visited the top of the aven. Neil and Dave surveyed while bill enlarged and inspected the new find. Bill was most interested in the extension. We surveyed only from the pitch head to the entrance to the extension, this was some of the most awkward surveying I have ever done as in most places the rift is too narrow to hold the compass and clino in a position where it was possible … Read More

Ireby: Adulterers Bypass

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Tony Rooke (CUCC), Neil Pacey Adulterers Bypass lies in roof passages above Rope pitch and was originally explored by the NCC, since then work has been carried out mainly by Pete Hall and various RRCPC people. The passage is heading towards New Rift ends in a tight bedding, with the stream coming out of Adulteres Passage. A visual and vocal connection has been made and the bypass would get you beyond the extremly tight section at the start of Adulterers. … Read More

pleasures of the palm

Wednesday 24th November Dave and Brian survey from the Main stream to the top of the aven, result is that the end of the new discoveries is now closer to Lost John’s. Thursday 25th November Neil and Dave return to the end with a crow bar, we hammer at a boulder blockage until there is enough space to see through into the passage beyond. It is as straight as an arrow and the light from my halogen bulb is not … Read More

Notts II: Pleasures of the Palm

Thursday 25/11/04 Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey A trip to the end of ‘pleasures of the palm’ resulted in the way on being left wide open…. We soon reached the end of last Sunday’s activities and started removing boulders from the rift passage in front. This gained us access round a corner and we were soon able to see the passage ahead, one boulder blocked the way on… With a bit of hammering a squeeze was enlarged above the boulder, we … Read More

Pleasures of the Palm

Sunday 28th November Bill, Dave and Tony Rooke. Returned carrying the 8ft “Proddling Stick” (Patent Pending) and surveyed in to the end. At the end I assembled the Proddling Stick and stuck it in – result – Nothing. I wiggled it about and two football sized boulders fell from the wall but no more would come. I decided it was time to get up close and personal so I called for the crow bar, using this I managed to loosen … Read More

Ireby: Adulterers Bypass

What are the possibilities of taking the roof off? I mean big time. Is there enough room to start a drill hole in the roof and angle it to then allow a 1m bit to be driven forward, maybe with a second to one side? If so, could be resolved in one trip and I have a volunteer to sort it!  

On the Other Hand

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Sunday 12th December Neil and Dave returned to On the Other Hand to cap the draughting tube. A 9 hour trip with very awkward capping in a restricted and damp environment. By the time the batteries had run out I had capped enough to enable further digging in the mud at the end of the passage. Half an hour of quality squalour followed after which we could push a squeeze to see round a corner, we are very encouraged! Beyond … Read More

On the Other Hand

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Hi, very good the draught is blowing into our face which indeed could indicate a surface connection but if this is connected simply to the other dribbly Oliver Lloyd aven (which is big) then why does it squeeze through into on the Other Hand (which is small)? Are we only 28m from Oliver Lloyds? it looks more on my survey, I shall check.

Lost Johns entrance relative to NottsII

Interesting to note:-) The current fix for the survex data on lost John’s entrance is about 56m further north than a GPS reading PP & Me did last year when accuracy to withing 1m in all 3 co-ordinates was achieved. Not saying either one is right or wrong but if you tie in all the Lost john’s stuff to the new GPS point things get even closer! Encougaging or just hypothetical donkey dung?

Ireby: Adulterers Bypass

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I remember the place well having spent many an hour with Pete H. Probably the best way forward is to continue digging the far end, those last few feet seem particlary miserable though. You can always “TIDY” the base camp chamber by moving the boulders round to stay warm when not a the sharp end Paul

On the Other Hand

Hi, Why does the draught follow our dry route and not the route taken by the water? The draft is being drawn in by a a bigger motor to drive it, bigger than the trickling stream on a low gradient you come in on. Water falling down a pitch or a connection to the surface would do it. My guess a pitch, and you are now less than 28m from the other dribbly Oliver Lloyd aven!! Where does the water … Read More

Pleasures of the Palm

Thursday 9th December Dave and Pete succumbed to the pleasures of the Palm while Neil looked at the draughting hole near the end of ‘On the Other Hand’. This report only covers the Pleasures of the Palm. We got to the end carrying capping gear then Pete had a look at the boulders, it was possible to squeeze past the boulders so we did not have to do any capping. Pete trundled a few more boulders and then decided it … Read More

Oliver Lloyds Aven

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Thursday 2nd December Neil and Dave surveyed the upstream passage of Oliver Lloyds Aven, now known as ‘On the Other Hand’. The passage is about 85m long with a 10m aven on the left after about 55m, this aven may continue upwards beyond a small constriction, three bolts required to reach the constriction and see what lies above. Just before the end of the passage, which would require misery pushing, is a small tube which carries a strong draught and … Read More

Ireby: Adulterers Bypass

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>I agree… you could cap the roof, but you would have to start at least 5 metres back from the current end. Also if you take 2 lumphammers, the second person can lower the water, making the end less miserable Neil

Pleasures of the Palm

Wednesday 15th December Dave, Bill and Richard in attendance. We carried in rope and bolts for Thursday nights dropping of the pitch as well as cement, two aluminium bars and capping gear. Bill capped the squeeze at the top of the first drop down while Dave and Richard started to stabilise the gritstone boulders at the start of the first loose section. The squeeze is no more but the gritstone boulders could still do with more work.

Pleasures of the Palm

Thursday 16/12/04 Dave, Hugh, Neil In summary, very wet prussik – could do with more deviations on the back wall of the shaft, or don’t bloody well go there on such a wet day… Pleasures of the Palm seems quite stable now after the efforts of Bill, Richard, Dave, plus the squeeze down the pit is non existent after capping. Started surveying with Hugh while Dave bolted the pitch, surveyed about 10 legs from the climb down with the ‘Y’ … Read More

Pleasures of the Palm

Thursday 16th December Dave, Neil and Hugh StLawrence Wet conditions (much wetter than last night), no way to avoid the water on the big pitch so we were quite damp by the time we arrived at the pitch head. We carried our gear to the end where Neil and Hugh surveyed while I bolted the pitch. Also carried in was a small amount of rope to re-rig the climb down which, when done will free up another 9m of rope. … Read More

Pleasures of the Palm

I got an invite!! Tried to get out of it by running 10miles the night before, but leg wasn’t gammy enough so had to go… Thursday night was a bit squally and main stream was quite fresh. Even fresher was Ollie’s aven which involved 100ft of prussiking under a waterfall despite the deviations. I’d come dressed for a ‘dry trip’ but had obviously been sandbagged – with the state of my Meander, I might as well have been wearing a … Read More

A little light relief

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Sunday 19th December Dave and Neil return to the draughting passage towards the end of ‘On The Other Hand’, another 8 hour trip. I capped forward to the mud bank where we stopped last week, again this took quite some time due to the difficult nature of the capping. When I had done all I could I went to the aven for a P, while Neil attacked the mud and boulders at the end. By the time I returned Neil … Read More

A little light relief

Sunday 19th December It was a toss up between Pleasures of the Palm or A little light relief. A little light relief came first, last week we’d left it with only 4ft to go, with some calcite formations and a black space beyond. After a few rounds of capping, Dave had made fast progress to the end. We took it in turns digging the gritstone boulders out and smashing the calcite formations, Dave took great pleasure in removing the angels … Read More

Pleasure Beach

Again to pleasures of the palm with Dave R and Simon Jobling. I mixed cement to the consistency of Christmas pudding whilst Simon and Dave played with it by means of fingering it into the cracks between boulders. Simon was sprayed by pudding residue . Whilst, on the other hand my thoughts centred onto Thursday night. A difficult pitch head Dave has advised, I truly hope I don’t make a fist of things on our return. Bill

On The Other Hand, A Little Light Relief

Monday 27th December 2004 Dave Ramsay, Tony Rooke, Becka Lawson, Dinny Davies, Paul Windle. The team made it as far as Oliver Lloyds Aven before Tony had to depart, feeling unwell due to excessive drinking and lack of sleep at the Prince of Wales,Foxfield. the rest of the team continued, dropping off Paul and Dinny at the first (dry) aven. Dave and Becka continued to the wet aven chamber of A Little Light Relief, we were soon joine dby the … Read More

Pleasures of the Palm

Thursday 30th December Dave Ramsay, Pete Hall An evening trip to cap out a boulder in the area between the first pit and the cemented squeeze, where a possible continuation can be seen (a very small stream appears to enter here in wet conditions). While Pete collected the capping gear I resurveyed four legs in this section as it appeared that one leg was wrong, (after checking my notes this assumption would appear to be correct). After one hole had … Read More

pleasures of the palm

Wednesday 5th January Dave Ramsay, Pete Hall Continuing where we left off last time, enlarging the chamber to enable us to gain access to the possible passage above. Once this was done to our satisfaction Pete started to lever the boulders above, some large flakes peeled off, closely followed by another even larger boulder. The next ones will not move without capping so I capped the two boulders which were partially blocking the way into the chamber, using up the … Read More

On the Other Hand

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Thursday 6th January Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey The Aven is dead! Long live the Aven! We took capping gear up to the first and least promising of the two avens in On the Other Hand, three rounds of caps later and the top of the pitch was wide enough to see up the aven, as expected it was too narrow for further progress and above the narrow section there was no obvious big enlargement. We derigged the pitch and left … Read More

On The Other Hand

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Thursday 13th January Neil Pacey, Dave Ramsay Carry of gear (srt kit, bolts climbing rope etc.) up to the wet aven in the Little Light Relief passage. All accomplished and with the added bonus of placing three bolts by hand which has got us about 10m up the aven and out of the worst of the water. About 3m up is a possible opening although the aven continues above. Next Thursday we intend to carry on hand bolting up the … Read More

On The Other Hand

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Thursday 20th January Neil Pacey, Dave Ramsay We return to carry on the bolting, the cave was quite wet and as usual the cave had shrunk since we last visited it, the distance to the opening is less than 2m with the height gained more like 7m, no bad thing as it was obviously going to be cold for the belayer. I managed to get kitted up first so went up and got the first bolt half drilled before swapping … Read More

Ireby Fell Caverns – Cripple Creek

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Sunday 23rd saw myself Dave and Simon make a return trip back to Cripple Creek. The intention was to concentrate on the upstream dig in Cripple Creek beneath the aven. We took in full capping gear and a set of ‘L’ plates because Dave was giving lessons…. Spent the first hour or two digging the hard calcite out of the way, this gave us enough room to start capping at the far end on both sides and on the LH … Read More

Echo Inlet, Notts II

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Echo Inlet is not dead, Long live Echo Inlet! A reassessment of the fine echo from this alluring inlet upstream right of Showerbath prompted a date with a boulder and a return trip Monday 24th Jan for Richard(also wearing “L” plates) and Mr Ramsay. Bucket service had been hindered by a huge boulder at the entrance. This was sacrificed without ceremony and the intention now is to dig the tube deep and wide enough to comfortably cap out the restriction … Read More

On the Other Hand

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On The Other Hand, A Little Light Relief, Heavenly Joys to The Upper Hand Thursday 27th January Neil Pacey, Pete Hall, Dave Ramsay Placed 3 bolts at the top af the aven, gardened the top and entered the passage, tall, thin rift which went for about 7m to a constriction. While I was hammering at the bottom Pete managed to squeeze through at a higher level. The passage continued tight for another 5m or so when it was almost completely … Read More

Daylight Aven

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Sunday 30th January At long last a return to the delights of crap rock saw Mr Sewell up at the sharp end. Several bolts and a change of wall allowed access to a rising rift. Removal of some stal and passing a narrowing allowed a few feet of further progress at which point it was clear we were about to pop out into the big hidden aven above the streamway but lack of a powerful light meant not much could … Read More

Daylight Aven

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Phil, Can you make sure it is surveyed before you derig please… also can you post the exact GPS co-ordinates of the Notts II entrance and why not send Mr Sewell an invite to MMMMC (send me his e-mail address and i will send him the invite). I’m sure he would be interested in the Ireby trips… Cheers Neil

Daylight Aven

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  Might have to go and buy some surveying gear as Richard’s is rated as “knackered beyond reasonable use”. Ebay here I come! NottII entrance coordinates: don’t recall how long the averaging feature was running but at least 10 minutes in both cases and picking up 5 or 6 satellites. Result 1 – 5/2/04 66670 78306 elevation 313m Result 2 – 10/2/04 66669 78307 elevation 312m Surprisingly close bearing in mind that a series of test readings in my back … Read More

On The Upper Hand

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On The Upper Hand Thursday 3rd February Neil Pacey, Dave Ramsay A quick trip to assess the current end of the passage, Neil at the front battering the end while I batter the squeezes in order to make access easier. Success all round, Neil reckons that progress can be made but capping is the way forward, I hammered the worst squeeze so that instead of having to do a committing head dive it is now possible to pass the worst … Read More

Echo Inlet

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Wed 2nd Feb Richard, Shaun, Phil. Quick 2hr dig to empty the corner ready to drive straight ahead. Planned return Thurs 10th Feb.

Ireby Fell Caverns – Cripple Creek

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Sun 30th Jan, Dave,Simon & Neil We returned to the upstream dig in cripple creek, and spent most of the time capping out the walls and trying to smash the hard calcite floor. Had some success when we managed to break through the floor and dig a hole into about 17 inches of sand. Also built a kitchen in our spare time. Sun 6th Feb Dave, Yassan & Neil Dave continued capping while me and Yassan fitted the kitchen with … Read More

Inlet 5

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Messrs Ramsay, Hall , Pacey.And Sherrington 10th Feb 2005. Holiday trip to squalor now graded at A++ . Retrived steel pole from bitter end. Shit stirring added zest to trip. Dam doing good work by preventing further mud ingress .Mr.Pacey and Mr. Ramsay suitably impressed by enticing sound of streamway ahead.They predict further insertion and shit Stirring to resolve blockage. Meanwhile Mr .Hall explored a new lead further back just after the pretties . Up stream lead ends in drafting … Read More

Ramsay’s Kitchen

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The food fest began with a splendid breakfast at chez Tracey ,with the traditional full belly bulger , extra grubs, no pudding. Washed down with lashings of hot tea and the melted butter drips of the fresh hot crumpet Hot Hugh arrives demanding pole services from Mr Pacey and gets cold shoulder as he is reminded of dig responsibility ettiquette… No trip for you Mr Hugh.. His day is all washed up. In fact similar to mine, as I faced … Read More

Echo inlet, Notts II

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Thurs 17th Feb. Phil, Bill, Richard, also ran Hugh. First stage completed. Roomy tube, access now to narrow rift with big echo. Ready, waiting to be capped. Interesting to note main passage continues round sharp right bend but needs much mud mining. After, pub talk about soft tissue to wipe Bill’s hard drive clean!

Echo inlet, Notts II

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Do you mean Sir Bendal of Kendals magic semi colon passage. As Ricardo said” it has a nice ring to it”. Is exceedingly muddy but not quite A + I would grade this at a solid B as the end is dry and stable. Water ingress could drastically alter the grade off the rectum scale. From: “mudminer007” To: mmmmc@yahoogroups.co.uk Subject: [mmmmc] Echo inlet, Notts II Date: Fri, Feb 18, 2005, 1:46 pm Thurs 17th Feb. Phil, Bill, Richard, also ran … Read More

Pleasures of the palm gaining the upper hand?

Wednesday 16th February Pete Hall, Dave Ramsay Pleasures of the Palm We returned to cap up into the space previously mentioned in reports from the front. A poor start was had when Pete realised that the batteries were not fully charged, two rounds later and most of the rock obstructing progress was on the floor. With just one block jammed in the rift and a large flake seemingly held up by a very small chunk of loose rock it was … Read More

cooking

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yo mud folk, Was intending to join Messers Ramsay, Pacey & co for the next installment of Hell’s Kitchen down Ireby, but the bastards asked me to cover for a colleague on holliday, both saturday and Sunday, cooking Sunday dinner with all trimmings, rather than the classic french cuisine of Monsieur Ramsay…. Decided to stock up with Worscester sauce though to remind me of the mud though. Have a good one. Y.

Cooking

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Ho Mud Folk, Was NOT intending to join Messrs Ramsay, Pacey and Co for the next instalment of Hell’s Kitchen down Ireby, but the bastards asked me to cover for a colleague on holiday. Cooking Sunday dinner with all the trimmings and the classic french cuisine of Monsieur Ramsay…..Decided to stock up with Turtle soup to help me forget about the mud though. No Chance. From: Yassen Roussev To: mmmmc@yahoogroups.co.uk Subject: [mmmmc] cooking Date: Fri, Feb 18, 2005, 8:48 pm … Read More

Echo Inlet, NottsII

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Tues 22nd Feb, Bill, Richard, Andy, Lional. Anoying protuberance on entrance boulder despatched. Canal dug to drain ponded water and start made on capping the narrow rift. Previous down grade by Bill in need of revision. At lease B++ grade squalour. Those interested, please cap away.

Echo Inlet, NottsII

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Echo Inlet really pissed me off . WHY?. Heavy day at work, and Squalor factor upgraded to grade A. Hopefully temporary. Flat out chocolatier capping manouevres in the mire , with extra, extra safe, durable oversized rubber product found in a layby somewhere in Manchester, second hand and defunct capping gear supplied by annonymous donor. Rotating tip and wobbly? Plus the DELAYED arrival of Andy Walsh with the only hammer available along with the extra, extra heavy duty capping mat … Read More

Echo Inlet, NottsII

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Sounds excellent all I have is clean white snow. Not sure whether proper mudminers use litres for measuring mud. These sound much better 1 tun = 2 pipes = 3 puncheons 1 pipe = 1 butt = 2 hogsheads = 4 barrels 1 puncheon = 2 tierces = 84 gallons 1 tierce = 42 gallons 1 barrel = 31.5 gallons quite link puncheons although a good day could be measured in hogsheads Paul

Daylight Aven weekend

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Participants – Fat Sween alias the Woodpecker, Grumpy Old Man Saturday 25th – return to the delights of vertical mud saw the team fully laden with ascending and bolting gear plus a 40m rope. Task 1 – ascend and replace climbing rope on bottom section and srt rope on top section with the 40m rope. Successful. Task 2 – get team and all the gear to the end of the rift entered on last trip includimg placing traverse bolts. After … Read More

Hells Kitchen Vacancies

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Sunday 27th February Visited my kitchen to see how the chefs (Neil, Bill, Ruth) were getting on. Starter didn’t arrive, I was told the chefs ate it all because it was disgusting, I would have liked to have tried it though. Main course was nouilles avec boue, while the boue was pretty much as I would have expected (possibly organic) the noullies were overdone and certainly not ‘Al Dente’. Dessert was gateau de gingembre, pleasant enough washed down with the … Read More

Daylight Aven: the next trip

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Participants – FS, GOM, the computer king Sunday 6th March An earlyish start meant that by 12am we were at the base camp location, 90′ above the streamway, with FS heading up to the top bolt. Four and a half hours later we were back at stream level, disappointed but not totally beaten. FS made it up to roof level, the upwards journey including bolting through calcite on overhanging rock and a couple of free moves. However the roof level … Read More

Inlet 7 ‘On the Upper Hand’

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Thursday 3rd March – Inlet 7 ‘On the Upper Hand’ – N. Pacey, D.Ramsay Returned to the acute bend at the end of ‘On the Upper Hand’, not the easiest of places to get too with capping gear. Dave started capping where we left off last week, it was hoped by the end of this trip we would have shattered the bend into tiny pieces. Unfortunately the bend just wouldn’t give in, we used all of our capping power then … Read More

On the Upper Hand

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On the Upper Hand Thursday 3rd March Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey Again to On the Upper Hand. More capping of the acute bend results in the rock getting thinner but not shattering as we would like. The rock is down to less than 10cm at the edge so it may prove difficult to cap. Space is visible beyond but just how big is difficult to tell. If capping doesn’t work next week then we shall try drilling holes through the … Read More

Echo Inlet

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Thurs 10th March 2005- Jim, Shaun, Richard Forgot capping mat but went all the same. Cleared out more mud from the end and found to our surprise that below the narrow rift is a tube about 2ft in diameter. Having dug this out for 4ft the over hanging walls above will cap out easily. All lovely and clean ready for tablecloth, napkins and silverware!

Notts II

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Sunday 6th March Poppy Passage Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey, Richard Bilton Pretty much as Neil described it! Lets just say the boulder smarted a bit! smalll amount of progress made but I estimate it will take a least two more trips before we get into the enlargement. Went to Bills after the trip to see if there was any chance of mind numbing liquids and antiseptic pink crisps but Bill was too ill so settled for mind enhancing liquids instead. … Read More

On the Upper Hand

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Sunday 13th March Neil Pacey, Dave Ramsay On the Other Hand We returned, slightly tired after the goings on at Jim’s house, to continue from where we left off last time, confident that it would not take three weeks of effort before the next breakthrough. I started but could not make much progress in what is a very constricted area so swapped with Neil who continued to bash the calcite while I assembled the capping gear. When Neil had tired … Read More

Poppy Passage

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Sunday 20th March Poppy Passage Dave Ramsay, Paul Swire Continued capping at the current end. Slow progress made at first but by the end we had enlarged the entrance considerably and Were able to drill 6 or seven holes at a time. The way on looks good and there was a howling draught blowing into our faces. mr Swire was, I believe impressed, and proclaimed it, “a good lead”. I would like to return (actually, I’m desperate) this Sunday but … Read More

On the Upper hand

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Wednesday 16th March On the Upper Hand Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey Surveyed A Little Light Relief to the current end of On the Upper Hand. Current Altitude of the end is 312m which is 11m above On The Other Hand and up to 35m below the surface. We will continue but only on an occasional basis. Next thing to check is what is above the entry to On the Upper Hand, less than 5m up there appears to be another … Read More

Ramsey’s Kitchen

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12th March 2005 Neil Pacey, Tanya Savage, Richard Bendall, Jim Stevenson, Mick, Shaun, Henry Carke. Pre-dinner appetiser called for so off to extend the menu at the restaurant at the end of………the will to live. Good bucket service, excellent company, and a generous serving of hot soup(lacking description) and Fruit Tea beverages. Not one FUCK to be heard from the servery hatch. Two meters progress to definate left hand bend. Out for 6:30 and rush to place pits for anticipated … Read More

Echo Inlet

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Sunday 27th March. Paul Windle ,Bill Sherrington. Paul fresh from previous exploits with piano sized boulders in Notts 2 eagerly accompanied me on a Sunday trip to somewhere less likely to kill him. Echo certainly fits the bill and we carted large and heavy batteries enough for a days exploits. Arriving we were confronted by ponded water for the length of the dig and of a more that adequate depth to create extreme slurry. Nothing for it we needed to … Read More

piano passage

Team Pete Hall, Paul Windle Date March 26 Cave Notts 2 Flogging a dead horse passage may be renamed to Piano passage Up Oliver Lloyds Aven then along to the junction with on the other hand. Taking the left fork there is an interesting wriggle under a rib of rock. Reaching flogging a dead horse passage Pete took first look at the sharp end while I stacked some deads in a cross rift. The walls looked fairly solid but the … Read More

Yorkshires best kept secret!

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elow is copies of two previous reports, only now available for release. Other reports will no doubt follow. Hi Dave. I wrote up my account last night ( no alcohol involved, maybe some adrenaline!) and this is what i came up with. Please feel free to edit as i may have got some of the cave passageway names incorrect. I’m glad Neil is able to come and thanks for letting me come again. If you feel a little bad about … Read More

A torrid time with The Incredibles

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Sunday 3/4/05 Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald, Neil Pacey, Bill Sherrington, Simon Jobling Oliver Lloyd Aven – On the Other Hand – Heavenly Joys – The Incredibles Finally, after some sleepless nights we returned to find out what was at the bottom of the pitch head we had arrived at the previous Thursday, the secret had been kept so none of the other three knew what to expect. I arrived first at the head of the pitch and started to garden … Read More

The Incredibles

Sunday 3rd April Oliver Lloyd – The Incredibles Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald, Neil Pacey, Bill Sherrington, Simon Jobling And so 3 days later and here I am. This time as well as Dave and myself, Neil, Simon and Bill have joined us – all of them unaware of what lies beneath! Into the rift pasage at the top of Oliver Lloyd Aven – I’m sure it wasn’t as tight as this last time! Ah, but now I carry a b****** … Read More

Its Incredible but True .

Sunday 3rd April.Ruth ,Simon ,Dave ,Neil, Bill Be at Cowan bridge car park at 18.15 hours ,be ready, hinted the cheeky Mr Ramsay. Ready ,dressed in wetsuit and wellies I stepped out of my van and Mr Pacey pissed him self. “Its Mr Incredible “, he hilariously observed . And from that comment onwards I knew we were on one of those Pacey and Ramsay specialist trips of the superhero kind. Use but one vehicle ..and what else should we … Read More

Ireby

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Thursday 14th April 2005 Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey, Ruth McDonald Ireby Fell Caverns A return to check on the rope situation and look round for this seasons summer projects. Ropes: Ding, Dong, Bell Rope has been stolen together with all of the alloy MR’s except two which I had to remove using a spanner, the hanger which we used to create a dry rebelay on the Bell pitch is still there. Pussy pitch is still rigged, complete with hanger and … Read More

Stolen streamway

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Sunday 17th April Ruth McDonald, Dave Ramsay (with porterage by Bill Sherrington) The Glory Holes – Stolen Streamway? A trip with Ruth to begin capping the first lead spotted during our recent inspection of the left hand branch of the Glory Holes, combined with a tourist trip to the bottom (the rope on rope pitch is still present). Not much to report, we capped out the roof untill we had run out of battery power (this did not take long … Read More

Re: Stolen streamway

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Very interested to hear of your fruited tea cake with marzipan centre. Onwards to Bratworst highway and Sauerkraut Junction! —– Original Message —– From: dave ramsay To: mmmmc Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2005 8:39 PM Subject: [mmmmc] Stolen streamway Sunday 17th April Ruth McDonald, Dave Ramsay (with porterage by Bill Sherrington) The Glory Holes – Stolen Streamway? A trip with Ruth to begin capping the first lead spotted during our recent inspection of the left hand branch of the Glory … Read More

Glory Hole Update

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Ireby Fell Cavern – Glory Holes Update Sunday 8th May – Glory Holes (Three-in-One), Dave, Ruth, Bill & Neil. We had the following plan for our grand day out in Ireby… 1) Climb the aven in the LH branch previously entered by Dave & Hugh. 2) Cap the tight stream way inlet in the LH branch previously pushed by myself. 3) Return to Ramsay’s Kitchen and continue digging. We split into two teams; Bill and myself went to climb the … Read More

The kitchen

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Sunday 22nd May Bill S, Simon J and Dave R Ireby Fell Caverns, Upstream cripple creek Dave and simon place the bolt at the top of the Best A Man Can Get then join Bill for sand removal. 60 Buckets later we left having made some progress. We still keep popping up into rifts where there is a draught. Dave

True Grit

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Wednesday 1st June Neil Pacey, Dave Ramsay Ireby Fell Caverns – True Grit WOW! More info to follow when time permits. Dave

Glory Holes – True Grit

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Ireby Fell Caverns – Glory Holes Updates Thursday 19th May – Dave & Neil This week we continued capping the squeeze at the end of the tight crawl in the left hand branch of the Glory Holes. Dave drilled and fired two or three rounds. This destroyed the first squeeze and enabled him to move towards what looks like a small chamber. Conditions here can only be described as extreme. I waited and ferreted behind, lying in the streamway, freezing; … Read More

Oliver Lloyd aven

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Thursday 7th July The Incredibles Ruth McDonald, Bill Sherrington and Dave Ramsay We returned to the Chamber found at the end of ‘On the Other Hand’ with the intention of dropping the pitch at the far end so as to make access easier for subsequent trips. The ‘Pitch head’ was found to consist of masses of very loose boulders resting on who knows what (only from below would it be possible to see). These boulders, in turn, probably have some … Read More

Cripple Creek

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Sunday 3rd July Ireby Fell Caverns, Cripple Creek Dave Ramsay, Paul Windle and Bill Sherrington A return to the end to dye test the stream which dissappears below Womacks chamber to see if it is the same stream which is seen later on in the cave. ……………… Yes it is! But why does the draught flow out from where it dissapears but not strongly into where it reappears? An inspection was made of the calcite ramp at the far end … Read More

Los Incredibles

Hola. 7.00 pm Spent the evening in the Incredibles with Dave and Ruth. They snaked off through the rift leaving me to plod behind . All was working well if not a little slowly in the rift and stream crawl. Got through to the heavenly Joys pitch without comfort. Ascended pitch nearing the first ledge I pulled up on the solid rock to ease progress away from the dangerous looking boulders. Solid wall turned out to be fractured and a … Read More

Cripple Creek

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Neil and Paul’s trips to Cripple Creek the Final Calcite Choke. Sunday 28 August My first digging trip into Cripple Creek. Trip to work on the calcite blockage. Taking in lots of kit, capping set shiny new long chisel and a lump hammer plus lead acid battery and drill. Started work drilling holes in the calcite after a twelve hour trip we had made little progress. Even 2 caps placed in the rock above the calcite failed to do any … Read More

Cripple Creek trips calcite capping trips 4 and 5

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September 10, 2005 Saturday Cripple Creek Paul Neil More capping another 12 hour trip with not much progress. September 12, 2005 Monday Cripple Creek Paul Neil Sent Neil to the sharp end to some digging while I removed the noble at the entrance to the tube. Which we where going to remove 5 weeks ago. Whilst doing this I chiseled of a rock which landed on my head breaking my lamp and creating a cut which bled every where. Nurse … Read More

Daylight Aven

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Saturday 17th September Messrs Sewell, Cole, Parker and Clarke. The omens being propitious – ie there was a day when we were all able to be available – battle recommenced. Up at roof level is a long way up, there is some nasty loose rock, there are loads of calcite flows in the way and the walls all overhang so progress was slow but the high point now has a relatively bomb-proof hang point and a start has been made … Read More

Cripple Creek

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Cripple creek September 17, 2005 Saturday Sam Allshorn ULSA Tom ULSA Paul Slightly delayed start due cam belt on Neil’s van expiring. Replacement team found in the café and caps eventually arrived. Continued capping very squalid progress to the end of the tunnel. Passage now turns left again and the top is flat calcite. September 19, 2005 Monday Dave Paul Returned to the dig and reduced the water level. Dave managed to drill up into the calcite roof and there … Read More

Daylight Aven

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Saturday 24th September The “down to the bare bones” team – Messrs Sewell and Parker Setting off down at 11ish, by 1pm I was established in a hanging belay at the head of the aven. Very pretty – calcite, white flows and some nice straws several feet in length. The recess that had tempted us up to this location has a sloping flow that might be sitting on mud/debris suggesting there might be a passage behind it, equally at the … Read More

Proddling the Void

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September 18, 2005 Sunday Down stream Cirpple creek Neil and PaulThe last trip for some time so we had to decided if it was worth continuing. Last week was a little negative. Started chiseling and capping up through the roof but we where unable to get the right angle and where not able to make much progress. Then noticed a small hole in the roof on our left. This was an old gour pool and the side around the hole … Read More

The Incredibles

Monday 31st October 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. The trip that should have taken place last week! Objectives, to de-rig traverse line from around the Incredibles chamber, re-group at the col, trundle dodgy boulders and bolt up from the col. All done and………. thirty meters of muddy phreatic rift passage found at the top. An efficient bit of bolting by Dave with occassional knee trembling moments got us to the roof level. A passage could be seen heading off behing … Read More

Notts II Daylight Aven

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Sunday 30th October Sewell and Parker After the interuption of trips to Scotland, Austria and other places we were back on a (very) rainy day. The trip upstream was in normal water levels but kitting up in the streamway was enlivened by a substantial increase in water flow and draught from above. Some time later we were ensconsed at the last trip’s termination point and yet again I was enjoying the delights of a hanging belay. Two bolts later we … Read More

The Incredibles

Monday 7th November 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Paul Windle. Objectives today were to carry in rope to replace some rigging, survey, cap open the 6m down pitch found last week and find 150m of well decorated passage all after a hearty Inglesport breakfast! We didn’t manage to do all of this so victims please to Dave for Sunday!

The Incredibles

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Monday 7th November The Incredibles Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Paul Windle Aims for the trip were as follows; to survey the passage found last week, to cap open the top of the pitch found last week, to put a rope of the correct length on the pitch climbed last week and to gain the bouldery ledge on the other side of The Incredibles. So, in we plodded with drill, batteries, capping gear, survey gear, the ‘light of truth’ and three … Read More

The Incredibles

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Sunday 13th November 2005 Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald, Richard Bendall, Hugh StLawrence (Plus Chris Cam and Bob Mackin On’t Surface) More rope carried in plus photo gear, survey gear Molephones and tape. Dave, Hugh and Ruth surveyed while Richard played withthe Molephone. Then Hugh and Ruth did the photoshoot while Dave and Richard taped off the formations. An 8 to 9 hour trip with all objectives achieved. Monday 14th November Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Woody A dodgy start when questioned … Read More

Inlet 7

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Monday 21st November 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Not wanting to jeopardize future visits, following last weeks unfortunate meeting, we decided to leave caving gear in the cars and walk the hill GPSing “interesting holes” and the Radio location points for Haywagon. Of particular interest was a possible drafting hole near one of the RLP which according to survex could be as little a 5m above a known location underground. This short distance may be further reduced from below! Later, … Read More

Ramsay ‘s, Kitchen now called Bernice’s Cafe

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Sunday 27th Nov S. jobling > B. Sherrington with new , fresh victims Bernice and Geoff Beaumont Attended Kitchen with fresh brew making equiptment and Tunnock’s. Pulled out enough buckets to reveal a new void in the roof , further progress is forwards and downwards . Mud still continues to give off petrol fumes. Simon also threw his tackle sack down a tight rift causing difficult retrival. Bernice seemed to enjoy herself and as the dig progressed a familiar cafe … Read More

The Incredibles

Monday 5th December 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Aby Clark, Garry Rhodes. Picked up a couple of Inglesport Cafe hitch hikers willing to carry batteries. They thoroughly enjoyed the trip but left early. 5 hours later we met them sat in their van unable to bet back on the bit of tarmac road, wheels spinning in the mud verge! Continued bolting up Ill Bill Aven. At the top ahead a phreatic tube lead to a gritstone cobble choke after 4m … Read More

The Incredibles

Monday 12th December 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Chris Camm. Bolting around the top of the Incredibles completed. At Northern end hands & knees size phreatic passage heads off on about 300deg. Mostly filled with cobbles and mud, 7m in terminates at limestone block roof collapse. Further radio location work undertaken.

The Incredibles, The Other Side

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Monday 19th December 2005 Dave Ramsay, Dominic Hoare A semi tourist trip, after tourism the first port of call was the inlet on the left of the right hand branch of Haywagon passage. A few minutes of battering and I was able to squeeze through into a small chamber with no way out except a too tight slit up into an aven? After exiting the squeeze I looked back above the squeeze, a calcite ramp ran up to where there … Read More

Pacey’s Pincers what a right pair of Bastards?.

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Bill, I hope to be part of the mini riot at the nice orderly queue to join you for a trip down this pleasantness. Need a wetsuit, and yes another fucking vehicle after my car was stolen by a bastard recovery truck last month. see you all soon. Y.

Pacey’s Pincers what a right pair of Bastards?.

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“Sunday Jan 15th Dave { I couldnt find another victim }Ramsay, Bill{ The hapless Victim } Sherrington.Destination the far end of Poppy Pasage to continue with capping project in what can be described as an interesting looking lead in an area likely to connect with Notts Pot. The mission to make the trip Bill gauge by re excavating the Poppy Passage and various widening antics. Everything worked swimmingly on the way in ,which included extended hours of floundering in the … Read More

Poppy Passage, passage beyond pleasure

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Sunday 15th January 2005 Poppy Passage Dave R, Bill S As previously mentioned we enlarged the ducks and capped at the end, the way on appears to be a small passage which turns to the right. Sunday 22nd January 2005 Poppy Passage Dave R, Ruth McDonald Bills epic of last week coupled with his mid week wetsuit epic meant that I banned him from joining us as a Neofleece would snag just as easy in the pincers but would refuse … Read More

Daylight Aven

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Sunday 22nd January Messrs Sewell and Parker Intent – to follow the divers’ rope up the wet way and see whats what. Result – (unfortunately) successful Up into the “round-the-corner” section of Daylight Aven entered on the last trip, along the rift passage and there was the divers’ next rope. After some bouncing on said rope S said his prayers and headed upwards with a new rope in tow. The top reached, without problem except for a wetting, S rigged … Read More

Incredibles – Not

Monday 19th Jan 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Computer now running again so can report! Intended trip to incredibles but some numpty forgot his SRT kit so had a session in White Flag. Anyone not been, well it is opposite the entrance to Passchendaele when you climb up from streamway and turn left. Don,t! Leap across to the right and follow to end where you can dig as much as you please. Spoil goes into the streamway back at junction. … Read More

Incredibles

Thursday 19th January 2006 Dave Ramsay, Jim Stevenson, Chris 9Ingletonian)?, Richard Bendall Sorry last posting should have been mon 16th not 19th. that was today. Pole needed at end of Incredibles in anticipation of capping out roof collapse in passage heading generally in Lost Johns direction. So, start of emmense task of ferrying in pole and ultimately transporting to the top of Imcredibles began. Young lad Chris who we “rescued” from overdue Simpsons trip(see old report)agreed to settle his obligation … Read More

Incredibles

Monday 23rd January 2006 Dave Ramsay, Jim Stevenson, Richard Bendall All pole hauled up Olly Lloyds then Jim departed. Some then taken throught rift and crawls to base of Heavenly Joys. Having lost the will to live and attempt more return runs we aborted.

Incredibles

Monday 30th January 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Jim for Inglesport breakfast only!! Delayed start as call to meet Chris Camm in Long Preston to off load some clips. Another bu**er of a day wrestling with pole but at least some now where it needs to be.

Count Lazlo Strog

Thursday 2 February 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Count Lazlo Stroganoffs Aven Continuing from previous we continued upwards bolting the head of pitches with 10mm stainless steel thrubolts and installing a ‘new’ rope (Black Marlow, used once) until the rope ran out at the bottom ofr a small aven of about 3m height. A bolt was installed at the top of this in readyness for our next visit. the way on is through a short bedding into another (larger) aven, … Read More

Lazlo’s Aven

Dave and Richard, Rich Gerrish and I had a go at this several years ago during the initial bash on Notts II in 2001. From where you’ve reached, the rest is a draughty flat out crawl with one or two standing places. The side passage shown is a small blind aven. Towards the end there is a wet gloopy section which we drained and a final standing sized chamber beyond. The draught comes from a narrow descending rift where it … Read More

Lazlo’s Aven

Beardy and someone else (?) also had a look at a rift which goes off somewhere above the first rebelay (ascending). Seem to remember reading of a lightless epic, but not sure what they found. Being lightless, maybe nothing! Hugh  

Daylight Aven

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Saturday 4th February 2006 Phil, Sweeney, Steve Warren A surveying and de-rigging trip – facing upstream we surveyed up the left hand side, through the rift to the main aven and down through the hole in the roof to the start point at stream level. The rope up the left hand side and through the rift was removed. Then back up through the hole and across the dodgy traverse/climb to the base of the aven proper to survey back from … Read More

Count Lazlo Stroganov

Count Lazlo Stroganov’s Aven Monday 13th March 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall After much dithering work has finally started! Buckets, ropes, hammer and crowbar carried to the end together with capping gear and 5 batteries. (forgot to take a chisel). Once at the end we lowered the duck slightly, in doing this I dropped the crowbar down a thin, 1m deep rift. Fortunately I was able to enlarge this by hand (soft calcite) and reach the bar which had had … Read More

Count Lazlo

Monday 20th March 2006 Count Lazlo Stroganov Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Our Final?visit before Richard departed for New Zealand. We started to rip out the floor as per Richards idea but after half a metre of depth gained the water started to pond rather badly so we capped out the rift instead. This was successful in that we gained forward as well as downward progress. The next visit will have to start by removing the capping debris and then it … Read More

Ireby Fell Caverns

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Monday 24th April 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Not even being able to function as a human-being yesterday with a cold, jet lad and massive post wedding hangover why did I commit to this type of trip? Fat boy could not get through first serious squeeze so hour spent battering and eventually I popped through. Too the end where quite obviously characteristics tell cave is indeed the continued extension of the Glory Holes. Too Dave’s “must see” dig site where … Read More

Lost Johns

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Sunday 23rd April 2006 Lost Johns – Lyle Cavern High Level passage Tim Allen, Dave Ramsay Previously we had spent two Sundays battering at calcite and had managed to make some 10 inches of progress but at least we now had solid rock to cap. (there had been three previous trips with Tim and others in attendance). Capping soon gained access to a small chamber that had a few formations, the way on was a smal gap over calcite into … Read More

Rubble , Bubble , Toil and Trouble

Announcing previously enjoyed cave as new entrance series in Ireby fell caverns is excavated. Simon Jobling and Bill Sherrington given going lead by Andy Walsh and Jack Pickup . We scooped up a connection between the pit in the entrance series above Red Climbinmg rope announces the arrival at the head of a 25 ft pitch{ most probably chamber of Dark sound. Climbs named as above thanks to Mr Bubbles and his mild greenness coating the passage in fairy goodness.The … Read More

Rubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

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Whilst Messrs Pickup/Walsh examined the head of Ding pitch and carried on the cement routine Messrs Parker/Speight had a look at the new series. Very nice – an entertaining way to keep out of the ways of the hordes. On the way back from the pitch head the (straight ahead) inlet was examined and led to definite possibilities. Through the initial rift led into a small chamber and to the left was a gritstone run-in ending at a small vertical … Read More

Passage of Dark Slime

A small active sink between the Chamber of Dark Sound and the connection point with the normal route down Ireby was spotted during one of the many trips to rig Bubbles Route. Thursday 11th May 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall After rigging the pitch we started to dig, easy digging with an echo ahead which is now noticeably closer. While I stayed in the crawl, Richard ran around into all the nooks and crannies of The Chamber of Dark Sound … Read More

Passage of Dark Slime

Thursday 18th May 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Chris ?, Dom?. Disturbed to see quite alot of water comming in to PoDS under the righthand wall from the main Ireby stream passage. A bit of rearrangement of the water course all but turned off the water to allow Dave a wallow. At LH corner another inlet enters from right from main streamway causing puddle. Excellent decission taken to dig back towards entrance and leave forward progress to when it’s a … Read More

Lost Johns

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As many of you know I have Lost Johns rigged so that I can gain quick access to the Lyle caverns choke dig. Anyone is free to use these ropes as long as they don’t complain and obviously do so at there own risk. It was pointed out to me yesterday that there had been some discussion about them on the UK caving web site forum. I think some people had fears that they had been in for ages and … Read More

Passage of Dark Slime

Thursday 25th May 2005 Passage of Dark Slime Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Pete Hall More slow progress. The roof pendants were capped out allowing easier digging and the floor was dug out forward untill the water drained. Ahead was just too tight but left the roof tube continues much larger. more capping required to enable easier access to the roof tube. Dave

Passage of Dark Slime

Passage of Dark Slime Sunday 29th May 2005 Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald, Paul Windle Capped out roof pendants to allow access to roof tube and dug out spoil at start of the roof tube, removing many buckets of muck. It looked like one more trip of just digging, floowed by more capping and more digging etc. before real progress could be made, but…. Monday 30th May Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall I went in first and dug till I was tired, … Read More

Passage of Dark Slime

Thursday 1st June 2005 Dave, Richard and Ruth After taking out the awkward bend at the end of the roof tube we capped open the thin bit ahead, this led to a small enlargement with an inlet on the right and a sump on the left. Monday 5th June Dave, Richard Dye tested the sump while digging in North East Inlet Right hand branch. Ater 5 hours the stream appeared green from the inlet 30m downstream so Passage of Dark … Read More

Lost Johns

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Chaps Have now derigged lost johns. Thanks Dave and co for detackling battleaxe and beyond. Worth noting is the Lyle Caverns pitch has been rebolted and the rope replaced. Also the handline climb up to the base of the pitch improved. All the rubbish and old rope from this area has been taken out – and the cider bottles found at the entrance yesterday! I think Beardy has the five pitches route still rigged too. Tim

Ireby Fell

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Sunday 16th July 2006 Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald Ramsay’s Kitchen All mouldy food and rusty cookers removed. Inspected end and section where passage turns left. It’s my opinion that best place to continue is where passage turns left, by capping into draughting rift Foot of bubbles route checked out ‘frozen’ cascade between bubbles and overshadow. This is blind as had been found out previously by MUSS although Richard thinks that he can see space of possible passage above, best bet … Read More

mud Muppeting again

More muppets required for this weekend. mud guarenteed passages well maybe but only after mud. Lazlo’s aven 2 weeks agro resulted in measurable progress with mabe another long and a short trip to complete past the tight section. one or two minor problems on the way in like ripping the cable out of my lamp resulted in atrip almost complety in the dark for me. Struggling up the pithyces with heavy tacke sacks we eventyually reached the end. Pete connected … Read More

Bruno Kranski’s sinking sump

Tues 29th August Andy Walsh Bill sherrington. Visit to start lowering said rising sump. Thing was it had sunk down to a low level and allowed me to get into it further than ever it however just kept going down and may be quite extensive . weather conditions on surface at this time being very wet Notts2 streamway high. Sump must have sunk from summer drought and has not as yet filled up. WHY?. No realistic way to dig out … Read More

Bruno Kranski’s sinking sump and other such locations

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>only real possibility is to pump it out with motorised pump supplied by >phil parker. So the bilge pump arrived, pipe was obtained and a test made a satisfactory attempt at flooding Mr Speight’s garage. The battery pack is heavy!! 4th September Parker and Speight Intention to get the rig to the sump was foiled by leaving Alan’s helmet and lamp sitting on his garden wall. Pump and pipe got to Mincemeat Aven. 7th September Parker and Speight Helmet and … Read More

Bruno Kranskis

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hi all those interested Bruno Kranskis survey data as follows ;Bruno Kranskis sump survey 18/09/06 *calibrate compass 0.00 102 101 04.40 058.0 +32.0 103 102 03.10 077.0 +07.0 103 104 03.80 176.0 -10.0 ;lowest point of roof of ex sump 105 104 03.20 017.0 -35.0 029 105 01.20 358.0 -60.0 ;stn029 marked on wall

Inlet 14 Notts II

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Rescaled into the inlet, pushed to the end and noted the strong inward draught. Monday 25th September Started digging, created some very squalid conditions. Thursday 28th September Continued as above, have decided that full wetsuits are required in order to remain comfortable. So far about 5m of progress has been made. Monday 2nd October Once more unto the breach. About 10m of progress made, despite frequent collapses of banking entombing the diggers! Addition of water would help to make the … Read More

Inlet 14 – Notts II

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Monday 9th October 2006 Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey, Richard Bendall. Thinking we needed more water adding to the slurry in Inlet 14 and spotting a possible supply about 25m downstream from Inlet 13 we bolted up to a very muddy alcove(could be dug)with a tiny trickle of water entering. Leaving it rigged we went downstream to Inlet 14 and installed a ropeladder for easy access. God answered our prayers for more water but we got more than we bargained for. … Read More

Notts II pumpy sumpy in Gour Inlet

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Monday 25th September Parker, Speight + important guest Tony Seddon Sump pool not at highest level. Tony layed the pipe through the sump and down the shaft beyond, then returned. Alan and Phil connected up the gubbins and started the pump,then we sat and chatted. Air space in around an hour and three quarters, water all removed in less than another three-quarters of an hour. TS and PHP went for a look beyond the shaft, stopping at a low point … Read More

Ireby Fell, Whirlpool chamber inlet

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Ireby Fell, Whirlpool chamber inlet Thursday 12th October Dave R, Dom Hoare Rebolted the climb up into the inlet, no more rub points and hopefully easy to get off the rope at the pitch head. Since my recent visit surveying with Ruth, all of the wooded sections had sprouted the most marvellous collection of mushrooms! All of these were removed as best we could and buried in sand at the bottom of the pitch (at bit more work burying the … Read More

Inlet 14

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Monday 9th October Notts II, Inlet 14 Dave R, Rich B, Neil Pacey After checking out a small dribble immediately downstream of inlet 13 (completely mud chocked) we moved on to inlet 14 armed with a standard mud miners rope ladder to save carrying SRT kit on future trips. The hoped for water had arrived, during the previous week the water in the passage had definitely flowed but this had filled most of the recent gains very nearly to the … Read More

Notts II.II & Inlet 17

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Monday 16th October 2006 Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey, Richard Bendall. Surveyed from Green Tape tag down stream, up Kleine Scheideg, over Notts II.II and upstream Inlet 17. As final act Dave floated off into the sump pool passing an “ear in water” duck onto a small air bell. More digging to lower the sump required!

Inlet 5 new passage

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Earby contingent and Bill a keen team of squalor addicts announce new cave in Inlet 5. More details to follow from Simon Latimer when he gets an invite to the Blog. Survey to be completed this weekend but inital data already on survex.h is a .trends south from end of inlet surey ends at sump downstream and upstrem a waterfall has been scaled to tight rift passage.Digging at this poin trevealed the usual upwards boulder choke.

Notts II – Gour Inlet

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Monday 16th October – Parker, Seddon, Speight Alan set the siphon going in the late morning, he and Phil returned late afternoon and completed the siphoning then went for a look see. About 180 feet of passage beyond the sump, mainly of a phreatic rifty nature with mud floor. Several holes down through the mud were easily traversed plus one delightful short low wet section. The general passage direction appeared to be a little west of south with several short … Read More

Inlet 17 Notts II Rick Stantons original dive report.

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Dave R and Rich B requested this… Information from CDG NL94 Jan 1990. Notts Pot dive (undated). Divers were Rick Stanton, Paul Whybro and Chris Jowett. The bit in inverted comments is straight from the CDG NL, the rest is a summary of the Inlet 17 bits. Due to murkey conditions in Sump 3 Rick Stanton decided to look at the clear undived inlet (17) sump. “This was easily passed after about a 20m dive to a low airspace canal … Read More

Inlet 17

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Thursday 19th October 2006. Neil Pacey, Richard Bendall, later Dave Ramsay. Up to White Flag to collect shovels etc. Surveyed and basically closed this dig down. Finished survey legs down to sump 2 and Inlet 17 down stream to Notts III. With 3 shovels, pick axe and bar, good progress made digging channel up to Inlet 17 sump. Will need re-digging as banks collapse and silt washes in but prospects look good for further lowering of the sump. Water levels … Read More

Notts II

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Thursday 26th October 2006 Dave Ramday, Neil Pacey, Richard Bendall Needed to try out ebay purchase 8M 80mm through bolts so Neil put two in at Inlet 13 Junction to look up and over a ledge. Unfortunately only to confirm an alcove. But hay, the bolts work! If anyone needs some, ask. Went to look at Jimlet, upstream of Inlet7, not promising so surveyed back to Dome tag.

Notts 2 inlet 5

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Downstream sump now pushed by Jason Mallinson . Sump has very low visibility and the dive proved that it was not just a simple duck. No feasible passage has been passed in what has been described as a downward descending tube. Posiible solution maybe to bail the sump back in drought conditions. On this subject of conditions our exit was only possible via the by pass dig near dome inlet. The Canyon beingdangerous an impassible

Ireby Fell Cavern, Whirlpool Chamber Dig

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Sunday 29th October Whirlpool Chamber, Ireby Fell Dave R, Ruth McD, Tim Allen Drag tray, Ropes and rubble sacks installed and two hours of digging and stacking gained 5m of progress. Now 2m away from lsat survey station and 20m from current bitter end. More rubble sacks required. Dave

Inlet 5 new passage

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Hello all, Thanks to Richard Bendle for the invite to this group. I am pleased add further details re: inlet 5 extention. The extention is currently 250+ metres long and of large proportions, typicly 3 metres wide by 4 metres high and carries a small stream which at present is not thought to enter the Notts 2 streamway. From the breakthrough point at the mud duck a short crawl intersects a large trunk passage with the said stream. Upstream leads … Read More

Inlet 14 – Notts II

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Thursday 2nd November 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Started the capping to take out the floor, reducing the barriedr to pushing porridge glupe bacck from the front which has a nice pool in it now. Monday 6th November 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Continued capping the floor and have it to a stage we are happy with to continue digging the front and hopefully also increasing the washing out effect when the inlet becomes more active. A quick wallow in … Read More

Death By Chocolate

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Thursday 9th Nov Pete Hall, Richard Bendal, Dave ramsay, Neil Pacey, Bill Sherrington. 5 go wild in t’other side of inlet 5, evening trip to grab the remaining glories to be had in the new extension. Upstream the usual proddling in boulders in the usual places resulted in the same comments as made previously by the Latimers. “This trunk passage should not end like this its too big.” No grabbing to be had here then except that of the long … Read More

Whirl pool Chamber

Sunday 12 Nov. Ruth Mc Donald , Neil Pacey , Dave ramsay , Bill Sherrington. Paid a visit to inspect new works to start my tokens for this project and progress the mud mining operations on a few more meters. Looks like an excellent long term project with options to establish our new head quaters in Duke street cavern. Possibility of overnight digging looming . And in time access to Duke street 2 without bottled air.

Whirlpool Chamber Dig

Monday 13th November 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Another 2-3m progress and a nice piece of stacking if I say so myself! Definately need to get another drag tray or two in to aid removal further back or even out and down the pitch. Hard work for just 2 but if we can keep a rolling team approach we will all see progress and keep up the momentum. It’ll go, just needs the dedication and effort.

Inlet 14 – Notts II

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Thursday 16th November 2006 Dave Ramsay, Neil Pacey, Richard Bendall. Fully neoprened up, further ground was gained by bicycling in the squidgy mud, liquifying it and dredging it back out. Estimated as 15- 20m beyond the original limit, progress has certainly been made easier with the floor capped out last visit. Draft not descerned but we were all hooded up. Roll on next visit!

Whirlpool chamber

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Ireby Fell Caverns, Whirlpool Chamber Sunday 12th November Dave R, Bill S, Ruth McD, Neil P Two more ropes taken for with second drag tray when we get one. 4ish metres of progress made. Monday 13th November Dave R, Rich B Rope for lowering bags down pitch and 28 bags and one trowel taken in. A few more metres of progress made. Current stock is 3 trowels (1 nearly broken), 28 unused bags and 15 plus used bags, two ropes … Read More

Ill Bill Aven

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Monday 20th November 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Trip to Ill Bill Aven to proddle ascending choke. Good progress made, up about 3m with space above. Good draft rising, probably to the surface. Shoring required but looking good.

Ireby Fell Cavern – Whirlpool Chamber

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Ireby Fell Whirlpool Chamber dig Sunday 19th November Dave R, Ruth McD, Neil Pacey Tim Allen, Hugh StLawrence Another few metres dug out and fine cakes provided by Tim. Sunday 26th November Some turned up but not me, see separate report by someone! Monday 27th November Dave R, Rich B, Emma Martindale 70ish bags removed about 15 went to a final resting place at the bottom of the pitch. We are just short of the first cross rift. Dave

Ireby Fell Cavern – Whirlpool Chamber

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Sun 26 November Tony R, Neil P, Stuart B and Petr ? (Hungarian bod of Bill’s he made in the lab) Impressed by the staircases above and below the entrance. Bubbles pitches also preferable to old route. Removed some sand from the ‘front’. I think i can say its the only civilized dig i have ever been to! Tony Rooke

Re: Ireby Fell Cavern – Whirlpool Chamber

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Sun 26 November Tony R, Neil P, Stuart B and Petr ? (Hungarian bod of Bill’s he made in the lab) Impressed by the staircases above and below the entrance. Bubbles pitches also preferable to old route. Removed some sand from the ‘front’. I think i can say its the only civilized dig i have ever been to! Tony Rooke

Wet Wanderings

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Monday 4th December 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall A mucky day after heavy overnight rain. Wandered from Lost Johns car park to Witches Cave GPSing the odd hole on the way. Eye hole looks interesting. A good rummage in whitches found nowt new, then on to Whittle Cave. A good flow out of the cave and return planned.

Eye Hole

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Thursday 7th December 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Another filthy night! Wandered to Eye Hole, rigged ladder and descended southern entrance. Released some dye in northern entrance where good stream was sinking. 10 mins later good positive through to South entrance at current deepest point. Digging prospects look good. Too early for a pint so drove to pick up scaffold and returned to dump in Eye Hole. Only then were we happy it was time for a pint!

Bubbles

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Monday 12th Dec, Andy walsh, Bill Sherrington. Pleasnt walk acros the mire to put in a bag of cement in the top of Bubbles route. Mission accomplished then Andy did a little bit of proddling ,bringing out more looseness. More solid rock now appearing at the top of bubbles.

Whittle Cave & Eye hole

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Monday 11th December 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Another wet day, very wet day! Whittle Cave Much hesitation before gingerly traversing river bank to get to Whittle. More hesitation whilst stareing at the amount of water issuing from the cave before getting capping gear out. Good progress 3m forward before battery power went. A bit of “easy going” ahead for another 2m before turning right but needs to be lower water conditions for entry. Eye Hole Scaffold and planks taken … Read More

Eye Hole

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Monday 18th December 2006 Dave Ramsay, Emma Martindale, Richard Bendall. After a quick trip to Ill Bill, relocated to top car park and carried more pole and clips to Eye Hole. Dug a bit then installed third scaff frame lower down. Continued walling up and backfilling frames. Finally free climbed out of the most northern entrance. A bit green and mossy but may prove to be a good route, no rigging required, or the addition of an Andy Walsh signal … Read More

Sunday 18th December – Whirlpool Dig – Ireby Fell

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Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald, Simon Jobling, Bill Sherrington, Hungarian Pete (briefly), Neil Pacey. Started off with six but arrived at the dig with five. The Hungarian had retreated after a brief episode of being stuck at the start of Bubbles Route. He decided to take a sharp exit, “I am leaving the cave”. Made good progress with five, but a team of six would be more efficient, the final tally was 6.1m away from the final flag. Lots of bags … Read More

Saturday 23rd December – Cripple creek – Ireby Fell

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Saturday 23rd December – Cripple creek – Ireby Fell George North, Neil Pacey Made good progress down to the ‘Arse end of Ireby Fell’,carrying just two batteries and drill. Capped off the roof at the far end first, then the left hand wall, successful capping this week, no rods getting stuck. This made the opening into the void a lot easier. On closer inspection the ‘void’ is a step up in the passage, can’t quite get both shoulders into it. … Read More

The End is Nigh

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Saturday 30th December 2006 Ireby Fell Caverns Whirlpool Chamber Dig Dave R, Ruth McD, Neil P, Martin Holroyd, Becka Lawson, Julian Todd, Sam and Mike (ULSA), Simon Jobling, Mark Middleton, Richard Bilton (I think that’s all). Martin Dived thru to the other side while we all dug. The other side exists, but it is nearly full with sand/mud, about 12ft up the passage. 3.75m to go. Dave

Cripple Creek

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Cripple Creek – Saturday 6th Jan George North, James Carlisle, Neil Pacey Left the van at around 11.00am and arrived at the mudface at 2.00pm, enjoyable trip in. James investigated the dig, while me and George set the rest of the kit up. Concentrated on capping the roof and the left hand wall, encountered difficulties with capping due to the thinness of the roof, couple of inches of rock with calcite next to it. Perservered untill either fumes or general … Read More

Notts 2 Inlet 5 ravernus kift

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After 2 months of at lease twice weekly trips, enough calcite has now been removed from the echoing inlet in the stand up chamder in inlet 5, (after the wet crawls and before the new bit) to allow access to a small chamber. Although large enough to stand up in, this is a disapointing end to a promisimg lead as the only way on is compleatly blocked by calcite. Intentions are now to concentrate on the boulder filled aven around … Read More

Notts 2 Inlet 5 ravernus kift

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GEAR TEST. On said Inlet five trips the DeWalt 24w cordless Drill has been employed with good effect on a few of the trips. It drills holes , deep ones quicklly, in calcite. However the de walt drill is shite as is the de walt Warranty. I hardly used the thing , a little bit of mud gets in and the thing fucks up and guess what the drill is sealed with special screws for which you need a special … Read More

Whirlpool Chamber, Ireby Fell

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Sunday 14th Jan Ireby Fell Caverns, Whirlpool Chamber Dig Dave R, Ruth McD Just the two of us made the trip which saw us reach the 2m to go mark before we started pushing by removing just enough spoil to make awkward progress, result,the cave is now longer by 2m. Unfortunately there is a lot of spoil in bags which needs pulling back. In future visits it will be possible for one person to push while others advance the main … Read More

Duke Street Syphon

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Earby Pothole Club have commenced project to potentially drain the Ireby Duke street to Ireby 2 sump. So far a dam has been built at East Inlet to take water down through Bolton extensions . I understand a return trip is planned for this Saturday or Sunday.

Notts II Gour Inlet and AFH

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Have not bothered with trip reports ’cause, on the whole, it would have been too embarrassing as in no particular order: Pump worked but water did not lower because the pipe was not attached to the pump, probably because Tony kicked the pipe on the way through to dive in the Pit. Syphon worked but stopped with 9″ of air-space and then started to fill – syphon pipe had been put down a different hole and probably got stuck only … Read More

SLDC

Short Long Drop Cave History Monday 12th Feb After being flushed out of Bumbling Hole we decided to see which way the entrance draught was flowing (inwards). 10m “upstream” from the entrance, but still under the cliff, Richard spotted an overly tight rift where an enlargement was visible about 4m down. As the known cave runs away from this area and as we had some time on our hands, we decided to dig out the rift where it appeared larger. … Read More

Inlet 5 Desecration

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On a trip to tape off all fomations and mud banks in the new extension to inlet 5. It was noted that the formations en-route had been well and truly messed up and the long straw which reached from ceiling to floor is no more! While the breakages cannot be repaired and could be expected the mud could be cleaned off with squirty bottles and water from the inlet at the end before the muddy descent to the new extensions. … Read More

Inlet 5 Desecration

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That’s appalling. And damn…I was planning a trip to photograph inlet 5 (the nice part!….or what was the nice part) I’m up for attempting a clean up, yes….take my camera at same time before the trashers return. Hopefully there is still something of value to record? The Dark Lord

Bubbles route – a side diversion

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Back in the dim and distant days of last year: T “Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 13:40:13 +0100 On the way back from the pitch head the (straight ahead) inlet was examined and led to definite possibilities. Through the initial rift led into a small chamber…..to the right and appearing to take the draught was a pair of small tubes……t’other having smallish stones and mud and might just be large enough to get through (without capping) to what looks like … Read More

Bubbles side diversion

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Tuesday 24th April Mercer and Parker A lot of water coming down the streamway but the dam system soon cleared the way for entry to Bubbles route. Unfortunately not only was the expected small stream running through the small chamber but both the dug passage and the side passage had small streams running. Lying at the junction of three streams whilst capping, not to mention the cold strong draught, meant that we didn’t stay in for long. —

Ireby Fell Caverns – Cripple Creek (First Banging Trip)

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Sunday 06 May 2007 Phil Rowsell (MadPhil), Emms, Simon Crornhill, Neil Pacey After our camping trip down in Daren, Phil volunterred his services to come up north and help out with our dig in Cripple Creek. On the Friday night he sorted out what was required with the help of xxxx. After picking up the stuff from xxxx on Sunday morning we made an efficient trip down Bubbles Route, leaving the cars at around 11.00. A brief stop in the … Read More

Ireby Fell Caverns Whirlpool Chamber

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Ireby Fell caverns – Whirlpool Chamber Sunday 13th May Dave, Ruth & Neil. Main purpose of trip was to dig out and enlarge diiging stations. This should give us more space to stack bags without having to pull them all the way back by hand. By the end of the shift things looked good, can now use the tray to pull back from station to station, with stacking space for plenty of bags. May still need to enlarge the station … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 5th November 2007 Emma Martindale, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Slow cafe start joined by Jim for coffee but a bad back and cricked neck rendered him useless for the ferrying in of tackle ready to bolt the aven inlet. Hopes for help were short lived when Abby and Garry Rhodes sat with us but could not be persuaded to join in; rather do Swinstow! (Really, if anyone can make a Monday we’d love to see you. Or even swap … Read More

Cripple Creek – 2nd Banging Trip

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Mon 27th August 2007 Cripple Creek – Phil Rowswell, Emms, Neil Ireby II – Simon Cornhill Phil had sorted out the bang with xxxx and was set on a second banging trip to take part on the Monday of the bank holiday. Simon and Beardy had previously dived the sump and climbed the ropes up into Jupiter cavern, from there they found the pit and rigged a travers across the other side into the passage which is belived to be … Read More

Sat Sep 15, Cripple Creek – Blissful Ignorance

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Sat Sep 15, Cripple Creek – Blissful Ignorance George North, Tom Clayton, Neil Pacey Time Underground 10hrs. Another trip to the ‘Arse end of Ireby’, this time to clear out the bang debris from the second banging trip. Arrived and the good news was all of the slabs had gone off, this left us with a mountain of spoil to clear. Several hours later the job was done. The blast had removed all the calcite and the rock pillar which … Read More

Sat Sep 15, Cripple Creek – Blissful Ignorance

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Yep, I’m now much more optimistic about the prospects of success! It’s still not looking as though a breakthrough is going to come easily, but at least we’re now making good progress in a proper passage. It’s a shame that the dig has become much more squalid, but hopefully we can drain the water somehow. It could be interesting to take some joss-sticks down to check that there really is a draught. I also think we should take something more … Read More

Cripple Creek – Saturday 25th Sept 2007

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Cripple Creek, Saturday 25th Sept 2007, Paul Windle, Neil Pacey. Paul wanted to top up his shares this week, so we had two choices. Attempt to pump out the sump in fairly heavy water conditions or return to Criple Creek and try and improve the current digging conditions. We opted for Cripple Creek and got off to a fairly efficient start (missed out on a 2nd pint of tea). Paul was in extra thick furry (best) plus two oversuits and … Read More

Cripple Creek – Saturday 25th Sept 2007

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Hello Niel, Jim Newton here,we’ve just been clearing out Ron Blisses garage & lo & behold, what should be there but a 1 foot 6 inch chisel. I took it home & sharpened it up. If you want it call round its yours. Best of luck with the dig, Jim

Lazlo’s Pot Radiolocation – Notts II – Sat 6 Oct 2007

Surface Team: Chris Camm, Hugh St. Lawrence, Andy Walsh, Phil Parker U/G Team: Paul Windle, Pete Hall. Pete & Paul Made their way to the inlet off the top passage above Lazlo’s Avens arriving in 1 hour 15 mins. Meanwhile Hugh and Andy started digging and capping along a bedding in the Pot at a depth of about 3m. Chris and Phil set up the surface molephone set. On setting up the U/G molephone at survey station N06.a1, voice contact … Read More

Cripple Creek – Blissful Ignorance (Sat 30th Sept & Sat 13th Oct)

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Cripple Creek – Blissful Ignorance (Sat 30th Sept). George North, Neil Pacey Just a quick resume on a trip from the other week. The previous week myself and Paul W cleared out the trench and generally improved the working conditions of the dig. We also made some progress digging the calcite at the end. This week we concentrated on removing the calcite, the 3″ think layer was getting the better of us, but with some strategic long chisel work and … Read More

Gour Inlet & into the “Parallel Universe”

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Just as a reminder we first passed the Gour inlet sump by pumping in September 25th 2006 & after much prating about & other digs decided to get our arse into gear in August 2007. so hear goes.MMMMC -( last of the summer wine digging team) Trip Tuesday evening 21st August – Team Alan Speight & young Andy Walsh. Trip to the perched sump to Start up the siphon. Trip Wednesday 22nd August – team Rich Mercer,Alan Speight & young … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 8th October 2007 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Time to act on a theory so Rumbling Hole got our attention. Part way down entrance pitch, Dave swung across and began bolting the traverse on the Eastern fault wall to where an interesting hole was found. A further drop and swing to the Western fault wall confirmed the offset across the fault of about 8ft down thrown to the west. Here, two interesting holes were found. Thursday 11th October 2007 Dave … Read More

Gour Inlet & into the “Parallel Universe”

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Monday 3rd September 2007 Jim Stephenson, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, (Janet Packwood & Alan Martin? Inglesport breakfast, suckers out for a trip!) We conceeded to the repeated harrassment from AW and went with original team member, Jim Stevenson, first non-diver through the sump, intending to survey. Met Janet & Alan over breakfast who decided to come along. JS went ahead with Janet to check sump levels and apply pump if necessary, but turned out not to be needed. DR & … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Thursday 18th October Dave R, Rich B, Neil P, Ruth McD Ruth and I took pictures while Neil and Richard went to cap out the pitch head. We arrived just as the first set of three holes were being fired. Three more holes and the pitch head was declared just passable. Neil descended while Richard packed up the bag and began to make his way out with the drill and two batteries. Ruth and I joined Neil down the pitch. … Read More

Gour Inlet & into the “Parallel Universe”

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Monday 17th September 2007 Richard Mercer, Ken Wood?, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Various trips by others in the intervening fortnight and the measured scaff bars had almost made their way in! Hence, agreed plan was to finish survey and cap out boulders at head of rift pitch. DR & RB set off first and began surveying from the yellow tag in main stream way at the foot of the climb up into Gour Inlet. RM & KW caught us up … Read More

count strog aven

Paul windle , James Carlise Another capping session at the end. We had hoped for a break through but the rift is just to narrow for another 6 foot and now filled with rubble from the capping. Good progress so hopefully the next trip? Stacking the deads gets more interesting. Climb up wall of deads. lob boulder into rift hopfully reaching a hole or catch boulder on its way back down. Good new is the boulders nolonger rain down on … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 22nd October An eagerly awaited Monday finally arrives and Ruth and Emma joined Richard and me. Together we carried in drill, batteries, bolts and ropes of 15, 12 and 7m. Pitch 3 was re-rigged using the 12m rope so freeing up the 22m rope for hoped for bigger pitches below. I started to bolt pitch 4a with assistance from Emma while Richard and Ruth looked at the small passage opposite pitch 3. This led to a dig-able section, where, … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 22nd October 2007 Emma Martindale, Ruth McDonald, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Photo shoot of entrance pitch and traverse line, plus drill, batteries and more rope ferried in. RB & RMcD climbed up 5m from base of Pitch 3 to bedding noted on last visit, pushed 9m to narrowing but largeness beyond (No draft). Meanwhile, DR & EM rigged pitch 4(9m)[One elephant] followed immediately by Pitch 5. Alternative pitch series 4b climbed by RB 5m, 2m tight and then traversed … Read More

Blissful Ignorance – 27/10/07

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Cripple Creek – Blissful Ignorance (Sat 27th October). Neil Pacey, George North. We managed to get underground before 10am for another light and fast digging trip at the arse end of Ireby. On the way in it was noted that the shrimp in the pool at the start of Turtle Crawl has multiplied. There are now two, or possibly three shrimps! Once at the front we made steady progress through the sand and calcite layers for another 3m or so. … Read More

Rumbling

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Monday 29th October Richard and I were joined by Richard Mercer and Lugger (who unfortunately got rather psyched by the entrance pitch and went for an early bath, pity as I think he would have enjoyed the rest of the trip). I re-rigged the entrance traverse (again) before we set off down the pot. We halted at the head of the fourth pitch to collect the stashed gear and then continued down, installing a deviation for the fourth and substituting … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 29th October 2007 Richard Mercer, Lugger, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall??.later Ruth McDonald. Team began surveying in whilst DR tweaked the rigging. Unfortunately lost Lugger at second rebelay on entrance pitch. Surveying and beastie ID therefore cancelled in favour of pushing deeper. Arrived at Pitch 6 to rumbling sound in the distance not heard on previous visit. Pitch 6(6m) quickly rigged and descended. At base, back under pitch, crawl of 10m to stepped Pitch 7b, of 2m and 4m(not descended), … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Thursday 1st november 2007 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Bird Aven RB mostly spent the evening spray lashed with a rope around his waiste. DR made upward progress of 10m with another 4m to go. What’s at the top is unclear but heading to the surface maybe only 10m away.

Rumbling Hole

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Thursday 1st November 2007 Rumbling Hole – Bird Aven (or should it be called Dead Bird Aven?) Dave R, Rich B For some reason, we only appear to have 4 hangers, can’t think where they have all gone! This meant that when I had placed 4 thru bolts I would have to switch to standard spit type hangers. This was my first mistake, the second mistake was in thinking that the aven wasn’t very high and therefore wouldn’t need many … Read More

Count Strogs Aven Notts 2

Team Paul James Tom Arrived at the cafe to discover the team had grown by 50 %. (next time I will have a spare battery charged up to take advantage of such things). Set of from the cafe and sufferd helmet failure before the entrance followed two lamp failures on the entrance climb. The battery worked well doing 19 holes before fade. Made steady progress towards the low wet bedding into which we hopped to break through. The bedding looks … Read More

Ireby

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heard a rumour that an attempt to pump the sump in Ireby was to take place this weekend. If true this would be a good opportunity for dry cavers to have a crack at the Whirlpool’s arse. I can’t make it this weekend but it seems a good idea for those involved to get together for a push, bringing the cripple creek round trip a bit closer. good luck

Ireby Sump & Duke Street 2

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To assist in the continued safe exploration of the three Counties system and Ireby round trip I am now advised the Ireby sump 1 liquids will be removed on Saturday 10th Nov and subsequently replaced with fresh air vapours. In the past the sump has stayed open for more than 48 hrs .Anyone caving Saturday and Sunday should be able to pass the sump area unhindered by breathing difficulties and continue into Duke street 2. All this weather permitting of … Read More

Rumbling hole

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Thursday 8th November 2007 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Completed bolting Dead Bird Aven and left rigged. From y-hang knot to floor 13m but at one point in the otherwise blind aven a boulder filled rift rises a further 3m. Clearly heading for the surface, anyone interested in radio locating the aven or digging up from below get in contact. Dribbly inlets are all too tight to follow. A fine shaft and a little bit pretty at the top, worthy of … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Thursday 1st November Dave, Richard Made a start on bolting up Dead Bird Aven, it is bigger than we thought and ran out of battery power at about 10m with another 4m to go to roof level. There appears to be a short passage about 2m further up the aven, next visit will get us there. Monday 5th November Dave, Richard and Emma We carried drill and rope to the bottom of pitch 7 with a view to start bolting … Read More

Ireby Sump

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Waters removed after a huge effort , a few scary moments enjoyed . If it doesn’t rain heavily it should stay open.Dive Line freed from silt. Blue pipe not leaking too much all seemed to work well.New more robust dam will be needed in future pumping missions and on the basis of co operation to ensure dry route over sump. “There was plenty of oxygen but it was still connected to its hydrogen atoms.” Glup.

Death by chocolate in Inlet 14

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Inlet 14 – Notts II, Friday 9th November. George North and James Carlisle. Had heard great things about Inlet 14 in Notts II and was delighted when Dave, Neil and Richard kindly offered to subcontract their dig out to me for a bit. Being busy at the the weekend meant that an evening trip was necessary, so I spent the week frantically checking the weather forecast for the best night to arrange a trip. Friday was forecast to be a … Read More

Death by chocolate in Inlet 14

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Excellent report, but you are mad! Did Dave not explain the bit where having wriggled and kicked forward a meter or two we would dredge the orifice penitrating chocolate out as a bow wave behind the shoulders thus leaving it a bit clearer for the next person and so on and so on. To boldly go the distance you did and not get trapped behind a slumped mud bank your mental capacity for distraction over perdicament is truely praiseworthy. With … Read More

Ireby – Blissful Ignorance, 10/11/07

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Ireby – Blissful Ignorance, 10/11/07 Neil Pacey, Tom Clayton and George North Tom and I met Neil at the water treatment works slightly after 9.30, due to the irresistable lure of a cooked breakfast. Once there things went smoothly and we were underground by 10.30ish. Progress as far as the lounge was slightly slowed by a mystery package that I was carrying, although I feel that this was worth the bother. The shrimp at the start of Turtle Crawl was … Read More

Ireby, Whirlpool Chamber

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Sunday 11th November Dave R, Ruth McD Half the team failed to materialise due to various reasons (drink?). When we got to the sump, it was indeed, a sump so we started pumping until the end tube began sucking in air. A look at the sump revealed that it was now open as a very low airspace duck. With just two of us and time running out it was not likely that we could gain sufficient airspace and still go … Read More

Death by chocolate in Inlet 14

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Great to hear inlet 14 is being worked. I remember bolting upto it shortly after the breakthrough in Committee was made. I understand now why we were so reluctant to push it any further at the time, sounds horrifiic! All the Dales digging news is making me seriously homesick so I am going to retaliate by telling you about China. Dong Ba and Qikeng Dong have been connected so the total depth in the system is now 1014m or something … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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I am writing this report in a completely knackered state, I think I may be suffering from a severely bruised pilchard! Monday 12th November Dave, Richard, Emma We assembled at the cafe where I sorted through my collection of four Stops to see if I could get one working model from the wreckage. At the entrance I was re-rigging the traverse when I heard Richard exclaim that he had just noticed that his Stop was in a worse state than … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 12th November 2007 Emma Martindale, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. It was intended to be a shorter trip as EM needed to be out for 6pm. That sounded good to me, with my caving credits running a bit low, early home would get me a few tokens. As well as a dead bobbin I’ll be replacing my harness next week. The leg loop is half cut through! Swapping the traverse line over on the way in as it had become … Read More

Gour Inlet & into the “Parallel Universe”

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Some catch-up with reports by RM: Date: Tuesday 11th September 2007 Team: Ken Wood, Richard Mercer This was mainly a tourist trip for Richard to see what had been found. Ken stayed in the passage to the NW of the ladder but Richard had a good look around. The climbing rope that had been used for the traverse in the rift was replaced with static rope, taken back to clean water beyond the sump and washed. A traverse line was … Read More

Gour Inlet & into the “Parallel Universe”

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Some more catch-up: Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 Richard Bendal and Dave Ramsey Passage in end aven: Can’t understand pump. Sat for 20 mins believing pump was lowering sump water but in the end gave up! Continued all the same. Knotted hand line in situe off one stainless steel bolt. Calcite blockage ahead. Only had short drill bit for bolting but used remaining battery power to start capping holes. Echo and rising passage ahead, beyond calcite. Dug at this and … Read More

Gour Inlet and the Parallel Universe

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Report by RM Date: Sunday 14th October 2007 Team: Phil Parker, Richard Mercer RM was stuck into the lead role to fit an SRT rope onto the bolts installed during the previous trip. Mr P tested the rope, totally messing up his SRT gear in the process – that mud is sticky!!. After that it was RM’s turn for glory and he climbed up to the high-level passage that follows the line of the rift. Unfortunately this terminated after about … Read More

Inlet 14 – Apology and Thanks

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As you may or may not be aware, last night I had a proverbial ‘epic’ in Inlet 14 and as a result I came *very* close to not getting back out alive. Although I eventually managed to extricate myself from my predicament, this was not before cave rescue had been called and a lot of people needlessly dragged out of bed. All this because I failed to listen to the sage advice I’d received during the previous week (from Dave … Read More

Inlet 14 – Apology and Thanks

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The good news is you are out and reflective. As we drove off the hill last night at about 9:45 and saw your two cars parked up I did share a thought for you and wondered how you had got on. Thinking there would be an updated report I could access at work in the morning I didn’t expect this. But you’re out and that’s the main thing. Full accounts can wait but I bet there’s a tale to tell.

Rumbling Hole

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Thursday 15 the November 2007 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. A fettling trip more than anything, placing additional bolts on the traverse line. Not much of a spectator sport so I busied myself filling a bin bag with compost from the left hand passage at the end of the traverse line. By the time Dave was done the passage had progressed another 2m or so and I had glimpsed a passage to the left that we were going to intercept straight … Read More

Rumbling Hole and Compost Passage

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Thursday 15th November Rumbling Hole and Compost Passage Dave, Richard It had been noticed that the first bolt of the traverse was working loose. This was because of the two differing pulls it was receiving (one from the traverse line and one from the tension line) so it had been decided to put in an extra bolt to rectify this and also to put in a line of bolts between the existing bolts so that the spacing was sensible. While … Read More

Inlet 14 – Apology and Thanks

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Good effort James, both on pushing through and more so on getting yourself together and out! Sounds like the tale could be a good one! And one to rival Colin Boothroyd in P5. Titled perhaps “How I was Stuck, entombed etc. (see Descent issue for correct recycled title) and got myself out” Want to join us in Rumbling next week? Dave

Gour Inlet – Parallel Universe

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Thursday 6-11-2007 Gour Inlet – Parallel Universe Team Phil Parker, Richard Mercer Objectives were to bring Tony Seddon’s ladders to the main streamway – Phil has been nagging him about continuing the diving and firstly he wants to swap his ladders – push the low passage, reached via the climb/traverse from the window, then carry out a smoke test in the same area. During the Wednesday Alan took a visiting Alaskan for a trip into Notts II and whilst in … Read More

Parallel Universe – Oh Bother It chamber

Friday 16th November 2007 Mercer and Parker AS had a pass for the day but as he withdrew his labour on the Thursday evening presumeably the pass had been withdrawn. The trip was a no-no as on the way in PP started to feel somewhat off-colour and cold – bloody Warfarin – so termination point was close to the Window. Plus point was that the ladder/sling needed to overcome RM’s muddy climb got that far towards it’s goal. Friday 23rd … Read More

Brown trousers time in Inlet 14

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Inlet 14, Notts II – George, Jude, James. Thursday 15th November. Arrived on the fell to discover that the Knee-Pad Fairy had paid a visit, depositing a brand-spanking-new pair of shiny red knee-pads behind the wall. George and Jude arrived soon afterwards, bringing with them a newly constructed drag-tray to bail the inlet. We were underground around 8pm and soon reached the start of the misery, ready to take the plunge. This moment had been running through my head all … Read More

Rancid Chocolate Fondues

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Monday 19th November Rancid Chocolate Fondue Passage Dave, Richard Just the two of us so we surveyed from the entrance to the bottom of pitch 5 to link to where we had previously surveyed, we now have a completed straight line survey of all the new stuff. On the way in I had a look at the passage leading off from partway down Squeezy Pitch (pitch 3, or should this be re-named Blasphemy 2). There is a drop ahead, as … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 19th November 2007 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. A trip to survey and take a couple of ropes in to swap with the gritty ones! Six hours and fifty or so stations and we had linked into the last survey station at the bottom of Pitch 5. We should now have the straight line, entrance to sump complete, and only the alternative pitches and side passages left to survey. And anything else we might find! This left a little time … Read More

Dead Bobbin Roof Tunnel – pitch after pitch after pitch

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Wednesday 21st November Roof Tunnel Dave, Ruth Started to dig the roof tunnel reached from the bottom of pitch 3 (should be renamed Blasphemy 2), difficult digging but managed to clear some space. There is a definite pitch ahead and possibly horizontal development at the pitch head level. The way forward is to cap out the large boulders in the floor and possibly also the side of the rift. This is just possible as an evening trip but I estimate … Read More

Compost Passage

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Rumbling Hole – Compost Passage 22nd November Dave, Richard More bags of compost removed, then some capping at the end which got us through to the enlargement. This was short lived as the passage immediately cuts down and gets narrow. Dave

Return to Inlet 14

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24/11/07 – Inlet 14 James Carlisle, Tom Clayton and George North Having been let off the hook on a trip to Cripple Creek (Neil was called in to fix a problem at work) we decided to take another look at Inlet 14, maybe do some digging, and recover my back-up light. Water levels in the streamway were entertainingly high and we were a bit suprised to see a waterfall cascading out of the entrance to Inlet 14. Once at the … Read More

Return to Inlet 14

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Yes, the amount of water in there was a complete surprise. It was a veritable torrent! Btw, I should reiterate that we are now approaching the Inlet 14 problem from a ‘safety first’ point of view and the intention isn’t to push back to the chamber at the far end in one go like last time. Lots of trips, lots of bailing/siphoning and lots of dredging are anticipated. This will hopefully make passage through to the far side much more … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 26th November 2007 Dave Ramsay, Emma Martindale, Richard Bendall. DR was left with capping gear to dig the roof tunnel accessed by a short climb up from the base of Profanity, Pitch 3. EM & RB continued with the aim to push passage 15m up the big aven between Pitches 7 and 8. A slump had occurred at the entrance to Chocolate Fondue so a short time was spent clearing this and releasing the flood pulse. This passage is … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Roof Tunnel Dead Bobbin – Roof Tunnel 26th November Dave, Richard, Emma Richard and Emma went to push the passage 15m up The Bruised Pilchard while I made a start on capping the Roof Tunnel. A comedy session ensued, shit batteries meant that in order to maximise drill power I could only fire two holes at a time, the safety goggles were broken on the way in so fun was had balancing these on my nose and worse still, the … Read More

Parallel Universe – Oh Bother It area.

Tuesday 27th November 2007 Mercer and Parker Mr Walsh having found something else to do at the last minute this was another Mercer/Parker duopoly. Way in obstructed for 95 minutes by pumping of fairly full static sump leading to major shivering by our dynamic duo. After that forward to the Window where the imminent ladder installation became fact. This followed by dragging of tackle bags through the odd tight bits until we reached Richard’s high level phreatic tube. Long legs … Read More

Gour Inlet & Another Forlorn Hope

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Thursday 29th November 2007 Richard Mercer, Phil Parker Notts II 1 Richard/Phil 1 Gour Inlet sump was cleared on Tuesday, yes some rain in the meantime but it shouldn’t be too full so we’ll wear Hybrids/Neofleeces and go through with minimum air-space. Ha, fat hope! All three AW “keep the water out of the sump” constructions were leaking with a steady flow into the sump pool which was fuller than on Tuesday. After 45 minutes Phil was getting cold and … Read More

Deaths Head Hole

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Thursday 29th november 2007 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Surveyed from entrance and through East Passage to sump. Good flow still from sump, which is only 40m in a straight line and same horizon as Chocolate Fondue in Rumbling Hole, Dead Bobbin Route.

Ireby – Blissful Ignorance, 02/12/07

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Attachments : 02/12/07 – Blissful Ignorance, Cripple Creek Neil Pacey, Tom Clayton and George North. We met up at the relatively early time of 9.30 for more fun at ‘the arse end of Ireby’. Torrential rain nearly put an early end to the trip, but having not been down to the dig for three weeks we decided that we needed to get on with it. Fortunately the rain stopped as we were walking over the fell. After inspecting the dam … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 3rd December 2007 Dom, Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. General wetness over the last few days helped decide objectives for the day. Dom joined us for breakfast and was keen to conquer his demons having aborted a trip last week at Reluctance Crawl. We loaded him up with a rope to take in and set off. At the base of Profanity we parted ways. Dom dropped off the rope and continued down the cave whilst DR &RB dragged gear through … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Thursday 13th December 2007 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Potential sink for Bruised Pilchard Aven received small dose of seasonal colour at 18:30. Alternative course of water could be to Short Drop. Coal Hole surveyed down to Canals Inlet where most of the Short Drop water enters. Also included small new bit upstream just below the entrance. The new bit, all 10+m, reaches Ebola Chamber, a disgusting red stained stinky mud run in but interestingly a tight, sharp clean washed rift … Read More

Notts II Gour Inlet – action and thieves

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Thursday 13th December Richard Mercer, Ken Wood Trip in to start the syphon. At the sump they discovered that the SRT kit left hanging on the battery box bolt two weeks before had vanished. Also disappeared from view was Tony Seddon’s pair of neoprene gloves which had been at the start of Gour Inlet. Spoke to Tony and he had not moved them, im addition he mentioned the fact that his harness set had “done a runner” from the sump … Read More

Notts II – “Oh Bother It” area

Monday `7th December Richard Mercer, Phil Parker Inspired by all the “Bucket” posts we dared to again face the mud and squalour of our favourite exploration area. Tackle to carry in plus the ageing process and a bit of looking around meant a steady two hour trip to Oh Bother It. The bad news was that whilst I put on a dry base layer Richard climbed up for a look into the “walking size high-level rift continuation”. It pinched in … Read More

’tis time to unite, bruvers

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The season of goodwill is upon us bruvers and I’m hoping to enlist support for a weekend long assault on the Whirlpool dig in Ireby two? This is a sand filled, crawling sized tube estimated to be only 20m away from the Whirlpool chamber passage in Ireby one. Digging from the Ireby two side is easy and significant progress could be made over a weekend if access could be maintained through the sump. It might even go. The whole operation … Read More

Rumbling Hole

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Monday 17th December 2007 Dave Ramsay, Emma Martindale, Richard Bendall. What a team we could have had! Dom, Jim and Denis Bushel sat around the table for breakfast. Sadly it was not to be and only the “stale warts” got underground. Ambitious plans to continue up the Pilchard, drop the two pitches previously seen and survey back were trimmed given the tortuous nature of the bit of passage to get to the drops. So we ditched the Pilchard. Good job … Read More

MODERATION of MMMMC

Dear Moderators and site owners. Regarding the recent request to work together to sort out Ireby Whirl pool Chamber. It would be helpful if my contacts were offered the choice of access to MMMMC to assist in exploration and the co ordination of the efforts that will be required from all of us . Can one of you contact me to discuss this so that I might give you the email details. Kind Regards

MODERATION of MMMMC

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Let’s get this diggers railroad back on the tracks. We have a great opportunity to forge an easy new route to Ireby two if we all work together, it should be great fun too and a fine end to the year. This is what it was all about in the first place. Please can the moderators do the necessary – this thing is going to happen. More on planning later, all offers of help are noted, thanks Tim A

Blowing Bubbles in Inlet 14

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26/12/07 – Inlet 14 (Shit Creek), Notts II. James and George Seeming as the weather was nice and dry there was only really one choice of location for a Boxing Day dredging session. Unfortunately the water level in the canal was an inch or two higher today than on our previous visits – this meant that after about 25m further progress became unwise as the water started to lap around our eyes. Not wanting either a repeat perfomance of a … Read More

Christmas Creek – Blissful Ignorance (Sun 23rd Dec)

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Cripple Creek – Blissful Ignorance (Sun 23rd Dec) George North, Neil Pacey – Cripple Creek Simon Cornhill – Ireby II Plan for the day was for Simon to dive through and start digging from the Ireby II Side, while myself and George go down Cripple Creek to see if we can get a vocal connection from the end of Blissful Ignorance. We decided to take a drill and two batteries to have a go at ‘peppering’ the calcite at the … Read More

Ireby this weekend

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We have been doing the following: Yesterday (Wednesday) we recovered 3 pumps from Hurnell Moss pot, and spent today repairing and renewing them. We plan to install them at the sump tommorrow (Friday). The aim of Friday trip is 3 fold. Firstly to transport extra kit to the sump, then to set up a super-efficiant pumping system,and finaly to build a bomb proof dam, ready for the weekend. In light of Dave’s report it seems that conditions are not currently … Read More

Back to the Parallel Universe – will it never end?

26th December 2007 Richard Mercer, Alan Speight A trip to the Gour Inlet sump to syphon water, however the sump was still open from last week – later Alan established that the rainfall had been 4mm (?) for the week which explains that. Two ropes were left for the following day’s trip. 27th December 2007 Richard Mercer, Phil Parker, guest gear carrier James Carlisle What a lovely wet day, bound to be plenty of stream sounds from below us in … Read More

Ireby two weekend

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Hi All With the horrendous rain over the last few days water levels are fairly high. After consulting with the pumping team, who have been down Ireby today (very wet), we think it prudent to postpone the event for 24 hours. The forcast from saturday teatime onwards is dry so hopefully the worst will run through quickly and pumping can start in earnest on sunday morning. The pumping team is meeting at 10am Sunday where you park for Ireby on … Read More

Ireby dig Sunday

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All welcome I think the gist of this event is now going to be – ‘the more the merrier’. It’s difficult to guage the level of pumping difficulty at this stage but hopefully the rains will stop by the end of the day and the worst will flow through overnight. We can only go and see. At the moment the teams are; Sunday: The four man pumping team are heading in at 10am. A five man NCC team will follow … Read More

Ireby two to Ireby one

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What a grand day out it was. 35 or more people turned up throughout the day. The sump was pumped out in record time – just over an hour I think – and was completely dried up by the end of the day. Some 12m were dug out of the whirlpool dig with up to eight people digging at one time. Several folk disappeared off to the cripple creek end and were still there when I left. The bad news … Read More

Ireby

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We went again. Bill was there first and had been pumping for around 15 minutes when we arrived at the sump. After five more minutes I went for a look and it was almost dry, by the time I had collected my gear and re-inserted myself it WAS completely dry. Digging commenced in a disorganised fashion! after a while Bill got us organised and went to collect another drag tray. After about 3 – 4 hours we had gained 5m … Read More

Ireby two to Ireby one

Would it not be possible to create an airspace above the sump using capping or more large scale chemical persuasion. The working conditions seem to be very comfortable especially with a totally dry sump. Teams could work from either end towards each other in terms of capping. The pipe work would have to be protected if larger scale methods were used, could this be done with sand bags in a similar design to the dam? This may just be a … Read More

Ireby II – Cripple Creek, Sunday 30th dec

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Ireby II – Cripple Creek Simon Cornhill + 5, Tanya Savage, Neil Pacey This was part of the Ireby II ‘Grand Day Out’ trip. We met up with Simon and his associated crew from Preston in Duke Street II and headed off up the pitches in Escalator Rift and the route into Jupiter cavern. The ropes are less than ideal and could do with rerigging and bolting if this is to be used as a trade route on a regular … Read More

Ireby II – Cripple Creek, Sunday 30th dec

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Indeed thanks to all who attended, I’m afraid I didn’t recognise half the folk who turned out so can take little credit in the end. What a dream it would be for this spirit of co-operation to spread to other projects via the pages of the mud miners. Tim

Re: Ireby two to Ireby one

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Hi, In the history of the Ireby sump at least one attempt was made on taking the roof off but the explosives failed to go off. At least that’s my understanding. Another attempt to lower the sump involved placing explosives in a line in the sand bank the Ireby II side to create a channel. Again I understand the explosives failed so watch out if anyone decided to dig in the sand bank. Although a long time ago and much … Read More

Ireby

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Saturday 5TH JAN. Tim And Jane Allen. Have derigged ropes from Ding, Dong, Bell & Well. Fairly wet conditions. Dam full and overflowing into frothy sump. Dam at East Inlet has two leaks about the size of a tap each coming out about half way up. Not sure if this is normal – may need a repair. Despite my best attempts at being pessimistic those who I have spoken to are still keen to continue. How about we have another … Read More

Tumbleweed passage – Ireby

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Greetings, Well done to all those who assisted in the pumping out and subsequent digging in Ireby Fell Cavern over the New Year Weekend! Cracking day out Grommet! The Ireby United Sump Busters are doing it again! Can you (Tim) Get the digging sorted?? (Dave R says Bill S got them organised last trip. Maybe liase with him.) Weather permitting we are thinking about 16th/17th Feb. Johnny p.s – Feel free to fix any leaks re. east inlet

Sat 5th Jan Death by Burning Rubber Chamber

Notts2 Greentape inlet extensions, Andrew latimer, Johnny Latimer, Bill Sherrington. An interesting sales trip to Green Tape inlet to sell future excursions. After a few oohs and aahs at the winner goer leads , satisfied and customers enjoyed the furthest extremity of the Greentape inlet extensions in the Chamber I nearly choked to death in the Dark Lord and Bill Sherrington burn rubber goods escapade 4 or so years ago. This time i had brought the directors and company executives … Read More

Tumbleweed passage – Ireby

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Hi Johnny, Your main dam now leaks quite a bit from the left hand edge and underneath the right hand side. We built a second dam in front and this was filling about every two – five minutes. The ropes that were on the escalator rift are now on on the upstream side of the sump. Not sure if anyone owns them, if not they could be used for drag trays.

Cripple Creek, Sun 6th Jan 2008

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Cripple Creek – George North, Neil Pacey Ireby II – Simon Cornhill, Paul Swire, Sam Allshorn, Tom Baker, Arthur Vause, Diane Arthurs, Neil McCallum Following on from last weeks `Grand day out’… With the smell of chicken soup and the discovery of the blue earplug in Ireby II, the plan was to try and establish some sort of smoke or sound connection. The test equipment consisted of nine plumbers smoke pellets, a £3.99 penny whistle and two bottles of 29p … Read More

Sat 5th Jan Death by Burning Rubber Chamber

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Hi, I believe the aven was scaled by Mick Van Gulik, Simon Fenna and other members of the Fyled mountaineering club. If I remember correctly they said there was no way on at the top or it closed down completely. They also dug in the same area, it was just an oxbow! Dave

Dead Bobbin

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Sunday 6th Jan 2008 Dave R, Ruth McD, Richard Bilton Surveyed the alternative route to pitch 8, about 15 m of passage ending at an inlet passage (too tight) and a pitch down of 7m to a ledge which is about 3m above the floor. We also removed the drill from the cave as it was rather wet, en route to the surface I traversed above Rifty Pitch, drilled a thread and placed a bolt to start climbing up to … Read More

PU – another call for a diver

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Gour Inlet 6th January 2007 Richard M went in, loaded with a washing bowl (patience, you’ll find out), to set the syphon going. Parallel Universe – Darkness Visible area 7th January 2007 Richard Mercer, Phil Parker Despite the syphoning of the previous day the sump was full enough for us to set the syphon going again whilst we carried on with the trip, loads augmented by the bowl. Once at Oh Bother It Richard tried to engineer a washing point … 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

Ireby sump removal

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I understand that last week when the sump was pumped out it took 4 and a half hours. I would like to know who was the first person to the sump and some data on the site please. Was east inlet overflowing? Was east inlet leaking? Was there any water ponded behind the dam when you first arrived and if so how deep was it. It took us 1 hour and 10 minuites to break the sump on the weekend … Read More

Ireby sump removal

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East inlet was not over flowing, I didn’t notice any leaks but a close inspection was not conducted. There was a very small trickle going towards the Ireby I/II dam but I don’t think that it was pooling. I wasn’t part of the sump pumping effort as I dived through first, so as not to delay making contact with the Cripple Creek team. However I believe that the pumping itself didn’t create a problem, it was the rate that the … Read More

Ireby sump removal

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Hi Simon, Apologies for not asking to use your pumping gear, I will ask in future. The east inlet dam was not leaking although it was only half full and there was no more water flowing along Duke Street than on the weekend of mass digging. There was no ponded water behind the dam when we arrived. When pumping started it was noticed that the dam was leaking a fair bit so a second dam was built in front of … Read More

Cripple Creek – 13/01/08

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13/01/08 – Cripple Creek (Pacey’s Patio) Dave R, Ruth M, Neil P and George N. The day didn’t start too well for me when I turned up at the cave and realised that I’d left my furry suit at home. I thought that this would get me out of another CC trip but (un)fortunately Dave lent me his spare (and holey) one that he had back at his house. The start of the trip was therefore slightly delayed but I … 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

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

Count strog last trip Again

Team Tom James Paul Another productive trip in that we pushed forward another body length after removing the nodules. Unfortunatly at the end of the tight vertivcal slot is a tight beding and making the transition seems impossible without further re-engineering so a few more trips will be required. the draft is howling though. Paul

Inlet 5 – Waterfall

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Mick Nunwick was asking me what happened up the roof inlet of the inlet 5 stuff in Notts 2. You know the one, the source of the water just upstream from where you enter the big stuff. Am I right in thinking you maypoled into it? I don’t think he wanted to do anything to it but was intrigued as he couldn’t see any bolts!  

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

Inlet 5 – Waterfall

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Inlet 5 waterfall thing. We did maypole this straight after the breakthrough. Once you get clear of the falling water it’s a meandering rift which quickly closes down to a flat out crawl. The water comes from a number of really small inlets which is a bit dissapointing. Had it been worth a push we would have bolted it.

Cripple Creek – Sun 27th Jan

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Cripple Creek (Sun 27th Jan) George North, Ruth McDonald, Tanya Savage, Neil Pacey – Cripple Creek Simon Cornhill – Ireby II This week the plan was to cap out the left wall on the Cripple Creek side and for Simon to continue drilling and chisselling the calcilte on the Ireby II side. Unfortunately Dave couln’t make it due to a suspect trapped nerve, but Tanya and Ruth were keen to help carry in some extra batteries. All went well on … Read More

Gour Inlet 30-01-2008

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Gour Inlet 30-01-2008 Team: Andy Walsh, Richard Mercer A quick trip to start the permanent siphon. Used pump and existing siphon to drain sump to the point that a crossing could be made without total immersion. Cunning plan was to use the pump to fill the new pipe with water which would remove the need to disinstal the pipe and drag it back into the sump to fill. Richard rigged a rope and descended the rift to the outlet end … 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

More incompetance at Gour Inlet sump

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Notts II Gour Inlet 6th Feb 2008 Richard Mercer (dozen or so other KCC members doing tourist trip) After leaving the new self starting siphon pipe loosely attached last week I returned to fit another bracket at the outlet end. So, of course, the sump was full – presumably the new pipe had sagged so low that the water kept on running until the inlet came clear of the sump surface and broke the siphon. I set the old siphon … 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

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

Cripple Creek, Monday 25th Feb

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Cripple Creek, Monday 25th Feb George North, Phil Roswell, Simon Cornhill, Neil Pacey Phil had to hang on to get the bang from Bob, while Simon and myself made our way down Cripple Creek. George and Phil joined us just before the bottom making quick progress of 1 1/2 hours from the cars. Spent some time chisselling before Phil banged it. Due to very strong draft blowing from Ireby II, we had no choice but to suffer the fumes and … Read More

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 Whirlpool

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Saturday 6th December. Becka Lawson, Dave Harley, Robbie Shone, Mandy Foo and me. Not wishing to make excuses we parked the car where it slid off the road and crunched our way up the fell. This was to be a bag hauling trip only with no attempt made on the end. According to Robbie, who counts such things, we moved 138 bags, many several times. This is the total of bags left in the dig at present. Some of these … Read More

Ireby Whirlpool

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Great news. That means the survey must have been pretty close too. Next weekend for the final breakthrough then? Who said shifting sand was tedious? Tim

Ireby Skylight breakthrough

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Morning Mudminers, I’ve been asking Sam and Mike about this, and the attached item from Mike explains how this (rather unexpectedly) came about. Not with the sort of Channel Tunnel handshakes and champagne event, more ‘at least we won’t have to go back out through Cripple Creek’..! With numerous 10-14 hrs bag-hauling sessions in Skylight behind them no-one can doubt that they’ve put in more than their share of graft. It also reflects well on the survey – with two … Read More

Notts II – Gour Inlet

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Notts II – Gour Inlet 9-12-08 Alan Speight, Richard Mercer The morning trip to start the siphon found the sump only a few inches higher than when we had left it a week before. There are three possible explanations for this ? 1) Very little water flowed into the sump. Possible but not very likely given the snowmelt on the preceding Sunday/Monday. 2) Someone had been in since the last rainfall and siphoned the sump. Possible. 3) The sump had … Read More

Ireby conntection

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Mike and Sam with Ian, Liz, Tim, Geoff, Mick and one other who’s name i don’t know helped for a bit. Another 10 hours of digging and bagging the tight connection. Most of the tight bit has been moved 10m down the passage and all in bags and the low bit is now only 6-7m. Sam

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.

Grand Day Out Anniversary

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Ho Ho Ho Folks, As the day after Boxing Day is almost a year to the day since the first GDO does anybody fancy (weather permitting) a festve fun trip into Ireby to retrive all the pumping equipment ie. bags, pipes, drain rods, foot valves, filters, polythene sheeting, vimto bottles (empty) etc etc. It would have been cracking to co-incide this Anniversary / gear removal trip with the whirlpool dig breakthrough as it was so close! But that’s been done … Read More

Thank you to the bag draggers

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Thank you to who ever dragged the bags to the Ireby 2 streamway. Another 11 hour trip for Mike and I whilst Tom jacked it in and left early probably due to my moaning. More bags have been filled and the remain constriction has been moved down the passage some more. The connection is how hands and knees not a flat out grovel. Johnny if you don’t get all the bags out to either end could you leave the drag … Read More

Notts II – PU

18th & 22nd December 2008 Messrs Mercer and Parker Back to the squalid “delights” of the left-hand side of PU, finally starting an attack on the calcite blocked inlet in the final chamber/aven. Of course getting there is muddy and wet, so once there cold and misery for the non-active gimmer is quick to set in, thus capping sessions are being limited to a couple of hours but progress is being made. However the view through the enlarged hole suggests … Read More

Ireby

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Hi All, Ruth and I did the Ireby round yesterday Saturday, points to note for interested/concerned parties. Ramsay’s kitchen was closed down on health grounds, a drag tray was left at the Turtle crawl/ Cripple creek junction. The aven is still rigged, so we left a rope at the bottom to leave in place of the rope ladder and Neils rope. Mike Coopers water bottle was removed and will be at Inglesport for collection soon. The tuck shop was also … Read More

Ireby 2

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Sunday – Tim, Mick, Geoff & Dave Frink chamber – re-rigged the rope on the pitch up to Frink. Bolted the aven marked on the survey going up from upper Frinks. To get to the aven is a 20ft uphill squeeze, now with rope attached. Aven ascends 40ft to boulder blocking the way on. A squeeze past this leads to ‘four man’ chamber. From here passage leads for 50ft to draughting choke. All left rigged for anyone who wants a … Read More