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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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