Friday 28 December 2007

27th Dec 2007 - Wilf Taylors Passage

A wet dismal evening saw us tramping over the moors to Lancaster hole, our original plan for a Lancaster Hole to Wretched Rabbit Passage changed due to possible flood waters. We decided to go and look at Wilf Taylors Passage, and the Montague West area. However reaching Lancaster hole we were held up for a long time by a slow ascending group - 3 cavers of which two were young novices. After about 40 minutes we heard the leader shout down to the the slowly ascending last member who was having problems of some kind: "Take your time" - that was the last thing we wanted to hear! Almost hypothermic we eventually made it in. Were the photos worth the wait? Let us know!

Saturday 22 December 2007

20th Dec 2007 - Lost Johns

This trip started with John and his lost long Johns. Then direct to Lost Johns, before John got lost in Lost Johns (with Alistair). Ground was still frozen from previous week, so virtually no water in the cave. Good turn out, Phil, Alistair, John and Tom. A few good photos again in the main shaft (mud pot?). Alistair can you name pitches?

Saturday 15 December 2007

14th Dec 2007 - Link Pot & Easy Street

A long trip , but worth it for the great photos we got. A very cold night outside the cave, and warm air from the caves created a thick freezing fog for our return walk, blocking out what had been a great display of shooting stars.

Easy Street is certainly a great bit of passage way, and not visited very often, it's only the second time I've been there, and even some TNC members have still not been there! (Bruce!)

The photo of Alistair on the main Serendipity pitch really gets the atmosphere of the place. Click here for a full screen slide show. Click here for some sumptuous sump sounds!

Alistair on Serendipity pitch

Friday 14 December 2007

13th Dec 2007 - Digging in France

Keep up the good work. Its inspiring.

The only hole I'm in is the one in the garden for drains i'm putting in and I'm racing against the arrival of winter.

Also I should give up with GPS. Dick led me directly to Notts in the middle of the gritstone! OR take a shovel!



After making a concrete lintel I tested its strength by tunneling underneath and pushing on until I hit a solid wall. The draft goes off both to my right and left, even upwards. Next I need to fire off about 20 charges [in one volley] to clear a bit more space.

Half a metre of snow to wade through is slowing the approach time. Oh to the days of rain in the dales. At least you only get wet, rather than stuck....

Paul Mackrill

Saturday 8 December 2007

7th Dec 2007 - Lancaster Hole

Some more pretty pictures taken down Lancaster hole on this trip, some experimentation with flashes worked out very well as you can see by the slideshow below. You can click on any picture to go to larger sized versions. Or click here for a full screen slideshow!

Thursday 6 December 2007

6th Dec 2007 - Where's Dale Barn gone?

Where's our cave gone?

On Thursday night we went to take some pictures in Dale Barn Cave in Chapel-le-Dale.

We found where we thought it was and it wasn't there.

We looked around for a bit more and still couldn't find it.

We drove further down the valley and looked again, finding ourselves in the place we thought it was first time round.

The cave though still wasn't there.

We really hope we're wrong but we've got the feeling that someone's filled it in.

The real irony of this is that if this is the case you'll now have to dive through from Illusion, the cave they dug down into to prevent you having to dive through from Dale Barn.

If you have seen this cave please could you let us know as we quite liked it.

Friday 30 November 2007

29th Nov 2007 - Jingling Hole

5th trip of the season, this time a "fluffy" trip for John to get back into SRT and also experiment with multi flash photos on big pitches.

Despite being a surface pitch getting onto the skinny 10mm rope direct from the tree is always gripping. John decided he needs two new bits of gear, a breaking carabiner and a foot jammer (after trialling mine), so technically speaking he needs a "slower downer" and a "faster upper". I wonder if "T'inglesport" have those?

The images above consist of 5 layered images each, quite a good effect.

Friday 23 November 2007

22nd Nov 2007 - Bull Pot of the Witches

Alistair's flashes worked a treat in the Gour Chambers

Full Team Turn Out - Even Emma plus mother! No I'm not going to make any cheap mother in law jokes

Cave frog at bottom of entrance climb

Wednesday 21 November 2007

21st Nov 2007 - TNC down under

TNC meet in NZ. Stafford's Cave, which we found on the Aorere goldmine trail. We explored it to where it became a crawl. Pretty cave with beautiful white formations and glow worms! The photos of the large chamber are Ballroom Cave about ten minutes away from Stafford's, we are told the miners used to hold dances in it.

See some pictures here

Sunday 18 November 2007

15th Nov 2007 - Tatham Wife Hole

Starting down pitch 2

Our third trip of the season saw us heading steeply uphill from a layby on the Chapel-le-Dale road, just north of the White Scar show caves. Passing through old quarry levels it feels as though the summit of Ingleborough must be close by before the ground levels and the search for the deep shake hole containing the cave begins. Fortunately a GPS makes this process much easier, but it is easy to see why many cavers have become lost in poor visibility.

The entrance in the bottom of the shake hole leads into a beautiful streamway before a short pitch, which could be free climbed. Descending this you begin to realise that this is no place to be in wet weather.
Carrying along the streamway again brings you to the first real pitch of about 8m with a deviation. Arriving at the bottom of the pitch its possible to rig the second pitch almost immediately. Once again we were glad that there was hardly any water flowing along the streamway, otherwise this would be a very wet pitch.

Friday 9 November 2007

8th Nov 2007 - Ireby Fell Cavern

Second trip of the 2007/8 TNC season again to Ireby Fell Cavern.

Down new Bubbles route courtesy of the Misty Mountain Mud Miners. Then onto the terminal sump, some sump pumping and looking around the dig above Whirlpool Chamber.

whirlpool chamber

Ireby Fell Cavern Sump with in-situ pumping gear

Saturday 3 November 2007

1st Nov 2007 - Ireby Fell Cavern

First trip of season to Ireby Fell Cavern - Alistair, Tom and Paul Makrill
Explored some interesting sump pumping equipment!