A rodding good rescue

Langstrothdale – Friday 18th March. Phil Parker, Richard Bendall…later Dave Ramsey, Bill Sherrington. Excursion to check on Jack Pot, Langstrothdale only to find someone had already blasted the acute bend and the cave nips in ahead. Dejected, wandered about. Lifted a few boulders. Descending rift to streamway. Slight outward draft. Rods out, into action. Third round, pin securely wedged. Dooh! Call out initiated. No response from UWFRA, apparently no dets. Rally race back to Inglesport to inspire rescue party. Dave … Read More

Langstrothdale

Wed 23rd March Phil Parker, Richard Bendall, Steve Warren. Entrance debris cleared. Pickle ran back to the cars and had to be retrieved. Cobble crawl accessed. Bucket service required to improve access area. Streamway appears to split but runs parallel. Last few caps, good echo ahead. Hols now till 3rd April. Get on down. Get Dirty.

Stukbar Pot, Langstrothdale

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Mon 25th April Dave Ramsey, Richard Bendall. Over a month since last visited. Many rounds of caps fired and shuttling back and forth to clear deads out of the entrance. Way ahead now clearly downstream and echo resounding. Thursday 28th April Phil Parker, Richard Bendall, later Dave Ramsey, Bill Sherrington. More capping forward untill Bill and Dave arrived. Wishing to retain their holding in shares of this most promising of prostects and to increase productivity a second entrance was dug. … Read More

Stukbar Pot, Langstrothdale

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Monday 9th May Phil Parker, Richard Bendall, Dave Ramsey, Hugh St. Lawrence. Frist round of caps allowed Dave to peek around the corner. Floor dropped 8 inches, increasing the height of the passage but width only 6 inch. More capping and the corner was negotiated although an immediate left and right bend will slow progress. Decission taken to call in greater fire power and take the lot out in one. Another productive 8hr shift but measured in ft per hour … Read More

Stukbar Pot, Langstrothdale

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Monday 16th May Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. The Big Guns could not make it out at the weekend so Dave and I were left to our own devices to continue capping forward. Eight batteries drained,47 holes and 180 or so caps later we could do nothing more so retired to the George at Hubberholme after another 8 hour shift. Plane sailing for those who can make next Monday!

High turnout predicted for stuk bar pot

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Monday 23 May 2005 Stukbar Pot Dave R, Jim S Returned to continue wher Richard an I left off last week. A slow start when not much progress was made was followed by rapid progress when I switched to using only big caps. (why did small ones work fine last week and not this?) After the last round was fired the larger loose rocks were shifted back to await removal next week, there will also be some chiseling to be … Read More

Stukbar Pot

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Sunday 29th May 2005 Chris Smith, John Clark, Richard Bendall. Having walked over the area yesterday failing to locate Stukbar and “do the job” I showed J&C the way today intending to continue to Hagg Beck Active Sink to help there. Impressed with the progress C&J insisted in contributing, so after one charge and walking up to HBAS to retrieve a longer drill bit and let things clear a little they could not resist and put another 5 holes in … Read More

Stukbar Pot – two new pitches!

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The expected ‘high turnout’ turned out to be Richard, Dave and Hugh! After midweek demolishment by the White Rose bang gang, there was much rock removal to be done as an entree. John and Hooky thankfully turned up to help which made it a lot easier, and after some final capping by Dave a 2 second + drop was announced. Bolts were placed and Dave made the descent of what turned out to be a roomy 25′ pitch which narrowed at the bottom. However, a way … Read More

Stukbar Pot

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Thursday 2nd June Bill Sherrington, Richard Bendall. Persistant rain insufficient to deter the Sherrington appetite. Remarkably, given the amount of water peeing out of the hillside, Stukbar was as good as dry! Even new inlet at top of 2nd pitch only a trickle. Bad start when drill & capping bag accidentally dropped down first pitch narrowly missing William(shaken but not stirred) Sherrington. Rift into chamber capped out and view into bedding continuation was enough to call it a day. Bedding … Read More

Stukbar Pot

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Monday 6th June 2005 Dave Ramsay, Hugh St. Lawrence, Richard Bendall. Access to small chamber enlarged to aid bucket work. Cobbles and mud removed from chamber to reveal smaller roof dome and wide bedding going off. Cobbles removed to gain 10ft in flat out squallour. Return planned so can’t be a write off yet!

Stukbar Pot

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6th June. Party enters cave. Dave descends first pitch, Hugh about to descend when…. Richard, dismally: “Damn, I’ve got no hammer – I’ve got everything else except the hammer”. Hugh, valiantly: “Oh well, I’ve got one in my car, I’ll go out and get it if you like”. Richard, thoughtfully: “There may be one at the bottom….but I’m not sure, I just can’t remember”. Dave, distantly: “Better safe than sorry, get the spare one”. Hugh shuffles back past Richard, exits … Read More

Stukbar Pot

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Ha ha ha ha ha ha ah…. ———- From: “mudminer54” To: mmmmc@yahoogroups.co.uk Subject: [mmmmc] Stukbar Pot Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2005, 2:43 am 6th June. Party enters cave. Dave descends first pitch, Hugh about to descend when…. Richard, dismally: “Damn, I’ve got no hammer – I’ve got everything else except the hammer”. Hugh, valiantly: “Oh well, I’ve got one in my car, I’ll go out and get it if you like”. Richard, thoughtfully: “There may be one at the bottom….but … Read More

Stukbar Pot

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Monday 13th June Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Not the easiest start with a mother of all hangovers from Mr Jim’s Sunday night when at about 2pm, the whiskey came out. Stupidity if ever I saw stupidity, staggering around with a tumbler of the finest 40year old malt after a few litres of taste bud numbing red. Well, Dave picked me up and with Inglesport breakfast on board headed, slowly, to the sunshine valley. A white bag of bones accompanied Dave … Read More

Stukbar Pot

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Monday 27th June 2005 Dave Ramsay, Phil Parker, Richard Bendall. Final trip to tie up outstanding business. Survey completed, more photo’s taken, ropes, tackle and digging paraphenalia removed. Stukbar is dead, long live Stukbar Pot. Well, maybe return to cap drafting rift but no urgency. Thanks everyone, on to pastures new(or old)!

Crook Gill Pot

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Monday 13th June 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall The date should have given it away! Crook Gill Pot survived the winter floods with minimal cobble inwash but entrance needs proper cementing job and landscaping. Looks good for a return. Off for a jolly walk to distant memory pot on hill. Got there only to be perplexed as did not fit momory. No sharp black Lst flakes and splashy water. Oh no! Instead…… open 10m(est) pitch, no anchorage so where were … Read More

Knucklebone Pot

Thursday 15th June 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Returning to verify true identity, STR route placed and eager progress made along stream passage, crawling/flat out and some cobble digging to point where passage becomes tight and acute left hand bend. Guestimated length on exit 40m, somewhat more than the guide book 27m! Had we just extended it? What ever we will next visit, 2m easy capping to corner and open beyond. Good stream, drafting inward, another Odmire?

Knucklebone Pot

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Speedy research from BPC reveals that we have almost certainly extended cave as previously known. One trip was made where they stated that “sump no longer present and small extension made past several tight bends to where the way on was too tight”. Sump? What Sump? Ican only guess that it was a lot wetter when the Craven visited and that some blockage which is no longer present was causing the water to back up. Need to check with The … Read More

Knucklebone Pot

Monday 19th June 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall A little overnight rain and drizzle in the morning but things looked ok. Approach to bend enlarged and almost able to wriggle round but not quite. A few more holes and we’ll pass it no problem. Ahead oxbow joins from left and passage regains caveable dimensions. Draft today out. Just as we drained the last battery water levels percieved to have increased a tiny margin suggesting a time delay of several hours. … Read More

Knucklebone Pot

Thursday 22nd June 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Short trip to survey. Previous rain brought worries but no need as constant flow would suggest not influenced by local showers. Survey completed to start of capped out section. Decided to try negotiating bend, and slipped throught no problems. 4m to right hand bend and another 4m to acute left hand bend. Ahead passage caveable with 2 large blocks fallen from roof. Bend needs capping out. Draft out. Finished by walking down … Read More

Wharfedale Jollies

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Monday 26th June 2006 Dave Ramday, Brian Judd, Richard Bendall…. later Chris Camm. Tempted by a call to arms from Brian Judd to come see recently collapsed pot near Lancliffe, at lease 5 m deep, we packed all concievable gear not knowing what to expect. Turned out 3m deep rift had parrellel shaft down 7.3m but narrow and choked at the base, no draft so covered and walked away. Next to Fox Scar Sink where permission had been sought for … Read More

Fox Scar Sink

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Monday 3rd July 2006 Dave Ramsay, Brian Judd, Richard Bendall later Chris Camm maybe can’t remember. Visits by various others Fri & Sun continued the downward progress. Excellent day. Comfortably down to level reached by The Craven (-5m) but we now have the advantage. Capping out side of narrow mud/cobble filled shaft allows floor to be dug so it’s all downward progress.

Fox Scar Sink

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Thursay 6th July 2006 Dave Ramsay, Brian Judd, Chris Camm, Richard Bendall. Capping going so well will need 2xdrills next visit to rest one while using the other. Setting off 6 holes at a time so quickly the drill has no time to cool before we need to use it again. Rock transportation aided by wheelbarrow, although running repair with foot pump carried out, a drop of oil needed next time to maintain smooth running. Patio area coming on nicely. … Read More

Fox Scar Sink

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Thursday 29th June not July as previously stated 2006 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Chris Camm. More capping out flake in middle of rift and rock removal to the patio.

Fox Scar Sink

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Thursay 6th July 2006 Dave Ramsay, Brian Judd, Chris Camm, Richard Bendall. Capping going so well will need 2xdrills next visit to rest one while using the other. Setting off 6 holes at a time so quickly the drill has no time to cool before we need to use it again. Rock transportation aided by wheelbarrow, although running repair with foot pump carried out, a drop of oil needed next time to maintain smooth running. Patio area coming on nicely. … Read More

Fox Scar Sink

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Saturday 8th July 2006 Brian & Chris Judd, Chris Camm, Richard Bendall…later Rick Stanton & Chris and Jason Malinson + really savage looking German Shepherd (the dog)not to be confused with most of the local inhabitants. Steady downward progress. Capping lessons for allunsundry. Sunday 9th July 2006 Brian Judd, Chris Camm, Richard Bendall..later Rick Stanton & Chris. Steady downward progress. Apparently it helps on this dig if you are called Chris or Richard, you only shout once and two or … Read More

Link Pot and Fox Scar Sink

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Sunday 20th July 2006 Link Pot Rose Tinted Passage Paul Windle, Dave R and Ruth McDonald revisited this dig and plan to start again odd the occaisional Sunday at a slightly different point. Monday 28th Fox Scar Sink Simon Jobling, Dave Ramsay A visit to show Simon the delights of Wharfedale gained a further half metre of progress, only 10 to go. Tuesday 29th A walk to Green Laids Pot to inspect the recent collapse, work urgently needs to be … Read More

What the divers say!

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Black Keld – Saturday 22nd July 2006 Rick Stanton, Martin Soliman(sump 5 only), Possibly John Voalantham or maybe Phil Howson can’t remember! Sump 9, 50m, passed to 200m dry with 4-5m cascade to Sump 10. Bit of searching but think they have the way on.

Fox Scar

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Monday Oct 2nd A flying evening visit to bag up mud and see if everything was safe. (it was) Looking at the bottom of the dig; there’s about a foot of mud on the left side, a foot of rock in the middle and a 4 inch crack on the right. Now the mud has been dug out, another capping session should see the shaft proceeding down pleasantly. There’s been a fair amount of water going down the shaft but … Read More

Robin Pot, Langstrathdale

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Gibson, Parker, Ryder As the Compass Pot shaft excavation had been bypassed by the streamway banging team we went for a look at a small shakehole further up the track leading to Littondale. At the bottom of the shakehole the start of a hole looked through a small gap to the bottom of an adjacent steep short shaft. At the bottom of this a rift could be seen, partially floored with run-in debris and perhaps with enough room for a … Read More

Robin Pot, Langstrathdale

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Monday 5th February. Alan Speight, Phil Parker Finally got back to this intriguing site and started capping along the rift. Good day terminated by the sun dropping behind the adjacent ridge and the temperature dropping sharply.

Robin Pot

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Friday 23rd February Richard Gibson, Phil Parker, Phil Ryder, Alan Speight Both ways into the chamber had slumped so plenty of mud and stone removal followed by floor lowering and removal from the rift of some of the capping debris from the last trip. Removal of a section of buttress means that the object of desire – hole downwards – is now in view.

Robin Pot

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Wednesday 14th March Gibson and Ryder (part-time), Parker and Speight (the 100% boys) Phil R went elsewhere for some landscaping work whilst Richard was stuffed down to the front end to clear thr debris from the bang boys visit. There was not much but there now being a little more room he was able to dig spoil and run-in from the floor of the rift whilst Alan and Phil moved it up to the surface. Eventually he opened up another … Read More

Robin Pot

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Thursday 22nd March ’07 Gibson, Parker, Ryder A time limited trip saw us digging out the floor at the furthest point forward in the rift. Attempts to pass the first squeeze were thwarted by a large stone that eventually ended up too far in to be recovered. There was a lot of water around the dale and water could be heard running beneath us. Saturday 24th March ’07 Clark, Parker, Rhodes, Smith We capped the sides of the rift and … Read More

Robin Pot

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Wednesday 14th March Gibson and Ryder (part-time), Parker and Speight (the 100% boys) Phil R went elsewhere for some landscaping work whilst Richard was stuffed down to the front end to clear thr debris from the bang boys visit. There was not much but there now being a little more room he was able to dig spoil and run-in from the floor of the rift whilst Alan and Phil moved it up to the surface. Eventually he opened up another … Read More

Robin Pot

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Saturday 31st March Parker, surface support from Phil Ryder Spent a couple of hours capping. 3rd April Speight, Parker Three and a half hours of all-out capping plus hammer and chisel work. Part of the left-hand side wall is laid in thin layers and responds quite well to a good whack. 7th April Smith and Clark They had enough drill power left after going down Compass Pot to drill and bang one and a half holes in the right-hand wall. … Read More

Robin Pot

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Wednesday 18th April Ryder, Parker, Gibson A visit to the doctors’ surgery plus the Ryder needing to get away early meant a short visit. Removal ofthe debris from the last visit was followed by a “round the clock” set of holes for capping. Resulting debris removed and Gibbo sent in with hammer and chisels to take advantage of the resulting cracks and weaknesses. After a few minutes, as he was becoming extremely excited at the possibilty of getting into the … Read More

Robin Pot

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Thursday 26th April Gibson, Parker, Ryder The Saturday visitors had removed some of the right hand wall so we started with rubble removal and floor digging out. Then we went over to a mixture of capping and hammer and chisel with the result that eventually we could more or less get into the waiting widening. Unfortunately the way on into the now obvious chamber was too narrow for immediate entry and will have to wait for next week.

Robin Pot – Optimists 0 Pessimists 1

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Monday 30th April Mercer, Parker Alias Smith and Clarke had done the business on Saturday so some squirming and wriggling got us into a 20′ high and 6′ wide aven. Unfortunately the way onwards has not deviated from the line of the entrance rift and has degenerated into a low bedding. This suggests that it is going to a small resurgence about 50 yards away so all action suspended until there is enough water for a meaningful dye test. You … Read More

Dow Cave

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Has someone been digging the duck in Dow Cave ?. On my latest trip a couple of weeks ago, the water had dropped a good foot compared to my last trip in 79.

Dow Cave

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I think it’s a combination of nature and the passage of cavers wearing it down. Don’t know of anyone deliberately digging it out.