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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ah…. ———- From: “mudminer54” To: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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)!