My proving trip to be a Cuthbert's leader turned out to be not exactly how I expected it to be. For my proving trip I am meant to lead a tourist trip including by-pass passage and a few other side routes but as the lads from WAYA specifically asked for a September Series trip I had to lead them there having never been there before. I led as far as the September Series boulder ruckle from where Chris Castle took over. This Is a spectacular corner of the cave with excellent white formations. Hopefully I will be able to get a key.
Caving: Halcombe Quarry (10-Feb-01)
622:00 cumulative hours
More diving practise on a miserably wet day. We collected all the kit from the CDG store and headed over to the quarry where we then had to cart it all over the fences and down to the water. Mike was experimenting with a new dry-suit and it turned out to be exceedingly good. We were using MRO high pressure sevens with 4 litre bail out bottles. I had problem obtaining neutral buoyancy has I sank to the bottom when I first got in. After taking some weight off I was still negatively buoyant but not as much. We spent about an hour underwater in total only surfacing a couple of times to see where we were. All good confidence practise.
Diving: Halcombe Quarry (10-Feb-01)
Halcombe Quarry, Mendip
01:01 dive time hours
Lots of training skills and building of confidence underwater.