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Croesor Rhosydd

Matt Ewles | 21 July 2010

Report edited and updated following return trip in November 2011 Croesor Rhosydd - what an exciting adventure this was! Sunday morning was not a pleasant one - heavy rain and winds pummelled the tent all night, and by morning, visibility was low and the weather was atrocious! This had not been forecasted...

Hurnel Moss Pot

Matt Ewles | 11 July 2010

A very enjoyable trip down Hurnel Moss on a swelteringly warm spring day! I've been wanting to do Hurnel Moss for years, as it is one of the Yorkshire classics that I had yet to tick off my caving wish-list. I was expecting a good vertical adventure and I wasn't...

Dan-yr-Ogof

Nicola Gover | 8 July 2010

I've been wanting to do this cave for a very long time, but never got picked out of the (unsurprisingly) massive hat. Yey for weekends with small numbers of people! Bit of a sleepless night the night before as I hadn't used my new phone alarm before and was paranoid...

Ogof Carno to Whale Chamber

Tash Durham | 7 July 2010

Having not caved for a year Ogof Cano was a fairly harsh reintroduction, including plenty of flat-out crawling, stomping and climbing not to mention incredible amounts of mud! Even with a slightly faded caving memory it felt like a very distinctive system (of which we only scratched the surface!). The entrance...

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (Top entrance - Selenite Tunnel - Main Streamway)

Gary Douthwaite | 7 July 2010

OFD is always fun but not sure I'll ever get used to the navigation around Top entrance! We left the leading up to Nikki but still managed to go around in circles several times before finding the way to Maypole Inlet. Not that I would have done any better and...

Ogof Carno to Whale Chamber

Gary Douthwaite | 7 July 2010

Carno, a cave I'd been looking forward to for ages, did not disappoint. It has to be the most unusual and interesting trip I've ever been on and I would recommend it to anyone. A good mixture of interest, easy and hard bits and a dash of excitement. Parking right on...

Ogof Draenen (Gilwern Passage to Hearts of Olden Glory Streamway)

Gary Douthwaite | 7 July 2010

Not really feeling like *another* Draenen round trip we decided to investigate another area - Strawberry Passage - or so we thought! With low water, the entrance was rather more pleasant than on previous trips with only a small amount of water going down the slot above the scaffolding. Still managed to get...

Ogof Draenen (Gilwern Passage to Hearts of Olden Glory Streamway)

Matt Ewles | 4 July 2010

A little bit of a mistake in this trip, which was originally intended to be Strawberry Passage! We headed down at midday via the pitch bypass to Cairn Junction. Looking at the survey (of which we only had a very small scale copy) it appeared that Strawberry Passage headed off to...

Dale Head Pot

Matt Ewles | 20 June 2010

We had a short but enjoyable trip down Dale Head Pot on Saturday. The cave is very easy to find, and the obvious entrance shaft can be rigged from metal stakes and a single bolt rebelay just over the edge (hidden by foliage). The bottom of the 5m shaft is horrible,...

Coolagh River Cave

Matt Ewles | 6 June 2010

It was interesting to take a trip down Coolagh River cave again, as it was amazing how well I remembered certain parts from four years ago, and how badly I remembered others! It was a lovely sunny day, we parked on the verge at the crossroads and walked down the road...

Cullaun Five

Catherine Moody | 4 June 2010

I'm fairly sure the Selected Caves description for this cave was written by a very short person, as we very much disagreed with the statements of "walking-sized" canyons. The cave caused quite a bit of back-ache and was relatively uninspiring until near the end where we found some very impressive...

Coolagh River Cave

Catherine Moody | 3 June 2010

Fantastic trip! A rather unpleasantly wet entrance followed by some mildly difficult traversing (for me anyway) led to some scrotty bedding plane crawls and canals to avoid the pitch at the end of Gour Passage. Definitely would not have wanted to be in there if there was any chance of rain....

Doolin River Cave to Fisherstreet Pot

Catherine Moody | 3 June 2010

A cracking cave to start off the weekend... Matt and Gary left early to pre-rig Fisherstreet Pot whilst the rest of us got ready at a leisurely pace. On their return we did a couple of shuttle runs and after a couple of wrong turnings we all made it to...

Doolin River Cave to Fisherstreet Pot

Matt Ewles | 3 June 2010

A thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing trip down a magnificent cave! After efficient pre-rigging of Fisherstreet Pot and a check of the water level (air space was approximately 50-60cm, far more than stated in the guide), we were underground before midday on a lovely warm morning, and soon making progress through the...

Birks Fell Cave

Matt Ewles | 9 May 2010

Another excellent trip to Birks Fell! After an early start in Buckden, we were underground by 11:30am. The cave is very easy to find - simply follow the tack up past Redmire Farm, and then after going through the gates, come off the path and follow the wall on the right...

Penyghent Pot

Matt Ewles | 25 April 2010

Fantastic and efficient trip down Penyghent! Staying at the YSS hut on Friday night (thanks to Rich and Nikki for catering), we made a hungover early start and were up at Brackenbottom by 9am, and at the entrance by 9:45am!!! I have never even seen a cave entrance this early in...

Hurnel Moss Pot

Chad Bullivant | 20 April 2010

A cracking trip down Hurnel moss :) The weather was beautiful, which meant that it was a little warm on the long walk up. We came across what may have turned out to be Grey Wife hole first (?) thinking that was our pot - alas no. So more walking, but...

Hunter's Scar Jet Mine

Gary Douthwaite | 5 April 2010

Promised so much, but delivered so little. Reports on this mine looked good, however the reality was rather different. After meeting up in Great Ayton, we all headed up towards Captain Cook's Monument and after the third stop, found the right car park! An easy walk up the forestry track followed...

Tatham Wife Hole

Matt Ewles | 28 March 2010

A pleasant and uncomplicated trip down Tatty Wife. Parking at the quarry layby, we headed straight up the hillside and towards the scar of the Tatham Wife Fault, in line with the lower slope of Ingleborough where the shakehole is found at the far end of the scar (my first...

Boxhead Pot - Lost Johns Pot

Mark Sims | 8 February 2010

Matt & Gary arrived 10 minutes early, and amazingly I was already packed and ready to go. After a diversion back to their house (!) to pick up the rest of the descriptions, we were on our way to the Dales. Bernies was reached 20 mins ahead of schedule, and...