YCC Blog

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...

Marilyn Pot

David Willis | 6 March 2014

An good round trip, the entrance to Marilyn was quite a surprise, nice hefty gate. To say this was my first deviation trip was fairly easy (in the words of Mr Douthwaite - "to be nice and give you the shorter deviation haha"). Bit of loose material at re belay levels....

Marilyn Pot

Gary Douthwaite | 24 February 2014

After two months of constant rain it was hard to find much worth doing that wasn't flooded but we gave Marilyn a go with little knowledge of how wet it got. No problem with the first couple of pitches, a bit drippy but nothing to cause a problem. At the top...

Wrysgan Slate Mine level 6 adit to level 1 adit

David Willis | 19 February 2014

Excellent trip, though i wasn't a fan of the climb up the mining cart winch... don't look down i remember thinking, :-s anyway seeing the gear box and engine for the winch at the top within the housing area and then some outbuildings, wow suddenly things started looking promising. We...

Allt Nan Uamh Stream Cave (Anus)

Matt Ewles | 8 December 2013

After our trip down Rana Hole a few days before, we didn't want to leave Scotland without having experienced two of its other finer caves, so we set off to do ANUS and Uamh an Claonaite in one day. After the long, but pleasant walk up the hill, we reached the...

Boxhead Pot - Lost Johns Pot

John Dale | 23 September 2013

Boxhead to Lost Johns is a cracking through trip, which included the Tate Galleries and the Lyle Cavern series, both hugely remote areas of Lost John's pot during the early 80's. Before the relatively recent discovery of Boxhead pot, a trip to the high level Lyle Cavern and back out...

Wrysgan Slate Mine level 6 adit to level 1 adit

Margot Saher | 19 September 2013

When we were parked for Cwmorthin we saw a beautiful incline on the opposite hill, which seemed to lead into a hole. We figured it would be worth having a look. Laura had been to the top of the incline, and to the quarry she said was behind it, but...

Lancaster Hole - Wretched Rabbit via Double Decker Pot and Main Drain

David Willis | 4 September 2013

Excellent trip for a second cave, no problems with any descending (strangely my favorite part). We headed for the collonades to complete John's video. Eventually when finished, continued through to the minarets and double decker. Once we found the main drain took a break and some munchies, before continuing. Continued up...

Uamh An Claonaite

Gary Douthwaite | 1 September 2013

This classic stream cave definitely beat my expectations! After another bloody long walk up the path from the road and the second hill climb of the day (after investigating ANUS first) we arrived at the quite large shake hole. I was surprised that the altitude was not that much lower...

Lancaster Hole - Wretched Rabbit via Double Decker Pot and Main Drain

Matt Ewles | 14 August 2013

A superb trip as always. We were going to do the usual Lancaster Hole to Wretched Rabbit route via Montague East but we thought we would add interest by going round Double Decker Pot and up the main drain to Oxbow corner instead, which was excellent. Total trip time six...

Coniston Copper Mines (Paddy End / Levers Water mine)

Matt Ewles | 5 August 2013

A splendid weekend in the Lakes and a first class mine trip We were not sure what to expect from the Coniston Copper mines, having struggled to find any good online descriptions, a number of conflicting GPS coordinates and what appeared to be multiple different names for the same mine, and...

Slaughter Stream Cave (to Three Deserts extensions)

Matt Ewles | 17 July 2013

We last visited Slaughter Stream (wet sink) in 2010, doing the classic main streamway trip to Kuwait Passage. This time we were keen to explore the North Western branch of the cave, to The Three Deserts extensions and back via Coal Seam and the main streamway. The following trip report/description may...

Henslers Pot to Henslers Master Cave sump

Matt Ewles | 28 April 2013

We have had a permit for Hensler's Pot up at Gaping Gill for the last two years, but on both occasions the weather has forced a change of plan. However, with the weather looking nice and enthusiasm from three people (myself, Gary, and Philip) the trip was on! There were...

Aquamole Pot

Matt Ewles | 11 March 2013

The weather was looking a bit grim, so we wanted a clean and uncomplicated, and relatively water-resistant SRT trip to start off our weekend staying at the NPC hut near Clapham. Aquamole came to the rescue, and provided an exceptionally efficient and enjoyable trip, and something I was keen to...

Marble Steps Pot

Matt Ewles | 3 September 2012

We wanted a nice simple trip down a classic Yorkshire Pothole, and they don't get much more classic than Marble Steps. We took the Sidewinder route down, which was a pleasant change as I have always taken the classic gully route on my previous visits. Sidewinder provides a slightly more convoluted...

Water Icicle Close Cavern

Matt Ewles | 6 August 2012

We had a great weekend at the Orpheus CC hut in Monyash. On Saturday, Gary, Chuck and I took a walk along Lathkill Dale in some lovely summer sunshine. I had no idea what a pretty valley this was! We found the entrance to Mandale Mine and Lathkill Head Cave, which...

Coast to Coast walk

Matt Ewles | 18 June 2012

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk by camping Not really a caving trip, but this seemed as good a place as any to post our report on our coast to coast walk. We hope that this description may prove very useful to anyone planning the walk as we did (Wainwright route, camping,...