YCC Blog

Ogof Draenen to Dogleg Series

Matt Ewles | 17 July 2017

After numerous trips to the far reaches of Ogof Draenen over the last few years (including one to Medusa's Children, one to the Geryon, and one to War of the Worlds and Sandero Luminosa at the opposite end of the cave), we were on the lookout for new places to...

Jenga Pot Conservation Day - April 2016

Gary Douthwaite | 10 April 2017

After 10 years of digs around Jenga Pot, a rather large collection of tools, drag buckets and other digging paraphernalia had accumulated. The thought of "we’ll come back to that dig" had been common practice as it is in so many digs but sadly other projects had taken over so...

Ireby Fell Caverns

Matt Ewles | 28 March 2017

A fine and uncomplicated trip down to Duke Street to work up a thirst for the new year NPC celebrations at Greenclose which York had been very kindly invited to join in with. Gary took some cracking photos. Another group from YUCPC did the Cripple Creek round trip too which...

Rowten Pot

Matt Ewles | 28 March 2017

It wasn't just wet... it was REALLY wet... white water down Kingsdale Beck. John turned up, snorting about how there was no way we were getting down Rowten today... but having descended Rowten several times in similar conditions I was rather more confident that the Eyehole/Flyover route would be passable. Progress underground...

Alum Pot - Long Churn

Matt Ewles | 28 March 2017

The planned trip for today was Brown Hill Pot, but the weather forecast from 2pm was a little concerning and we didn't know how Brown Hill responded, so we stuck with a much safer option to do a quick Alum Pot to Long Churn exchange, aiming to be out before...

County Pot - Pool Sink

Matt Ewles | 28 March 2017

A rather late start due to the prior CNCC meeting, but we assembled at Bull Pot Farm at 1:30pm intent on a very efficient exchange between Pool Sink and County Pot. It was Old Farts (Me, Gary, Ade, Fleur) going down County and the younger contingent (Rachel, Josh, Toby) down...

Bogg Hall Cave - Diving "The Font"

John Dale | 22 September 2016

After waiting for well over two years for a suitable opportunity to arrive, Adrian Hall decided; at very short notice, to take advantage of excellent weather conditions to dive The Font for the second time. Adrian Hall, Richard Wilsdon (who attempted the dive in 1982) and myself got ready and...

Doolin River Cave (St Catherines to Fisherstreet Pot)

Matt Ewles | 29 June 2016

Without a doubt the premium trip in County Clare and one of the finest river caves anywhere in the British Isles/Ireland. Doolin River Cave is a splendid river passage which commences at St Catherine's on the outskirts of Doolin and ends a few miles away at Fisherstreet Pot, a pothole amongst...

Sea Kayaking at Galway Bay

Matt Ewles | 29 June 2016

We had arranged for the Doolin Caves and Cliffs sea kayak tour on the Monday however, the strong winds meant this got pushed back to Wednesday and deferred to the Galway Bay tour instead. Nonetheless it was an excellent half day out, paddling around the shallow waters around Galway Bay...

Cullaun One

Matt Ewles | 29 June 2016

Having visited Cullaun One exactly ten years ago and turned around at the first ladder pitch I was keen to return and this time complete the round trip at the end. Cullaun One is rather tricky to find, the entrance being in a forest clearing far from any paths. Head up...

Faurnarooska Cave

Matt Ewles | 29 June 2016

After our flooded off attempt at this cave at the start of the week we were keen to return. The cave is found by parking at the start of the track leading north east at M138046 on Irish OS map 51. This is best reached by heading north on the main...

Faurnarooska Cave

Matt Ewles | 29 June 2016

Our first trip of our week in Ireland and what a way to start the week. The rain (as forecast) was absolutely lashing down. It had been all night, and it was also blowing a small gale. Not a good day at all! Still, encouraged by the guidebook which said...

Hillocks Mine

David Willis | 25 June 2016

What a superb short Sunday trip before a drive back home, as we knew the trip wasn't too long we didn't rush, but we got up to the entrance and ones first thoughts shining the torch directly down the shaft makes you immediately think 58 meters.... really, however getting into...

South Llyn-y-Pandy / Rhyd Alyn Mine

Jerry Gibbs | 21 August 2015

Naga Naga, Double Death Bombs It was an earlyish start for some of the Teesside contingents but I was fashionably late. By early, I mean it was supposed to be a 10 o’clock start which is not really that early; however when I woke that morning I found I had been blessed...

Out Sleets Beck Pot

Matt Ewles | 9 June 2015

Out Sleets Beck has been on my wish list for several years so it was nice to finally have a day dry enough to go and do it! After meeting John at the parking area (where the track goes off along the south edge of Penyghent Gill, as described by Selected...

FOUL Pot

Gary Douthwaite | 22 May 2015

FOUL has been on my list of caves for some time after YUCPC members did it a couple of years ago. Following my newly found dislike for caves in "the black book" (Not for the Faint Hearted), I was keen to be sure that it wasn't going to be 5 hours...

The Joys of a Toblerone

Jerry Gibbs | 12 January 2015

This was a joint caving club trip to the heart of Welsh Wales, I mention Welsh Wales just in case anyone gets confused with us spending a weekend in Camilla, the duchess of, or the other Wales like Geppetto did when he was searching for Pinocchio – ah whales, yes,...

Slate Mines on Levers Moss, Coniston

Jerry Gibbs | 9 December 2014

A weekend in Coniston – trapped in a vortex of wee My plan for the weekend was to join up with a group of similarly minded individuals as we explored the Coniston copper mines from the Levers water level to the Hospital level on the Saturday and have a look around...

Hunt Pot

Gary Douthwaite | 19 May 2014

Following an entertaining mine trip the day before, this was the ideal Sunday potter! The original plan was for Hunt Pot but as it was such a nice day we started off by abseiling down into the magnificent hole of Hull Pot. Watched by a great number of walkers we managed...

Juniper Gulf

David Willis | 23 March 2014

Juniper Gulf was very good, though very scary, entering the pitch was good, though one of the team tried to throw a tackle sack at someone else... in the most southerly sense of the word (not "below") but a bit more colourful! entering the cave was good and looking down the...