Bea Goford, Mike Alderton, Tim Lamberton, Martin Groves
638:00 cumulative hours
The BEC meeting passed quite quickly considering the current Foot and Mouth situation and after the compulsory visit of student bars in Cardiff we headed over to Dragon to meet Lump Saturday morning. We were expecting high water levels because of the amount of continuous rain recently and so headed into the showcave to look at the lakes before getting changed. The river was high but we decided to go get changed and try and get through the lakes. We were planning to dive the first mazeways sump so we were carrying a lot of diving cylinders and kit so getting through the lakes in high water levels was some what strenuous. After finding a suitable (dry) place to stop we reflected on what we had just done and as it was raining when we entered decided that the lakes could quite easily sump so we headed back out to even heavier rain. Probably a wise decision - they don't happen that often.
Caving: Cathedral Cave (07-Apr-01)
Mike Alderton, Martin Groves
639:30 cumulative hours
After our abortive trip into DYO we headed round to Cathedral Cave/Tunnel Cave where we were going to dive the divers sump again. Lump went in first with a line reel to extend the existing line up into the airbell. Mike and I followed shortly after, leaving behind all the tourists that had crowded round to watch. At the airbell I met up with Lump who headed back to get more weight so I did the latter part of the dive in crystal clear water not needing to hold the line at all. Mike followed using his body-boarding fins hence being a complete silt monster. We dekitted in the water then headed off down the dry passage. We were soon going through some rather unstable boulder chokes and once at the end of this loose passage heard lump shouting for us to return rather quickly. Quickly wasn't an option but when we reached him we found he had been trapped by some falling boulders. Mike moved back down the passage to avoid knocking more rocks down and set about moving the boulders off of Lump. The TV sized boulders were moved to a precarious position on the side of more boulders and we were all able to exit leaving the hanging death behind. The return dive went smoothly albeit in zero viz.
Diving: Cathedral Cave (07-Apr-01)
Martin Groves, Mike Alderton
Cathedral Cave, South Wales
01:00 dive time hours
Continued line up into airbell. Caving beyond the sump was not very productive, with boulders collapsing on Martin.