CUCC and SUCC joint weekend. The best trip on was the Short Round so I decided to do that again. Water levels were fairly high, and had been for quite some time, so the Mud Sump was almost sumped. We bailed this for about 1/2 hour until there was sufficient airspace for us all to get through. We made our way to the greasy chimney where Jodie (who had only been on a few trips previous) decided he didn't want to continue. Tim and Daryl carried on while Jodie and I went back to the Mud Sump and bailed it further. We then went for a quick trip to the landing, through sump 1, before heading for the surface.
Caving: Lamb Leer (16-Nov-02)
Mike Alderton, Ben
Lamb Leer Cavern
1,148:15 cumulative hours
A spur of the moment trip as Mike had scoped out where the entrance was after coming back from climbing at Goblin Coombe, it was also a very dark and foggy night. Ideal conditions for doing a cave that has been denied access for many years. Due to the prior recce we found the entrance immediately despite appalling visibility. The entrance was rigged and we were soon in the cave. The first impressive sight was "The Beehive", an outstanding and very large stal formation. Shortly from here was an amazing false floor, 0.3m thick, and about 1.5m from the floor. After this there was the final abseil into an impressively large, calcite covered chamber. What made it more interesting was that the rope was rigged of some very old scaffolding and winch system form the mining days. In the chamber we explored a side passage leading to a few short ladder climbs and eventually to a chamber, where there were inscriptions in the wall by Balch. Back at the main chamber we climbed a 12m very old decaying ladder with rungs missing, at the top we were overcome with very high co2 levels so we returned. The whole of the lower series was high in co2 so we decided to exit. A very impressive trip, definitely on one do.
Caving: St Cuthberts (17-Nov-02)
Daryl (SUCC), Tim, Phil Tedder
1,150:45 cumulative hours
A standard tourist trip to gour hall. Due to the recent high water levels the stream had undermined the dam just before gour hall. This dam no longer works and consequently needs repairing.