Lost Marbles to Marble Steps, 8/2/20

Lost Marbles to Marble Steps, 8/2/20

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  • #8237
    Scaife
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    Lost Marbles to the Intestines, 8/2/20

    Lost Marbles cavers: Chris Scaife and X Ritchie
    Sidewinders: Mike Skyrme and Chriss Shaman

    In my copy of Selected Caves, I have “UNCC 2002” scrawled beside the entry for Marble Steps, and that was the last time I had visited this classic pothole. However, as Storm Ciara approached, we had time for one last hurrah before flood waters engulfed the kingdom, so planned an overdue return visit.

    Xaaaaandah and I went down the Lost Marbles entrance, which was highly entertaining. A narrow entrance series with flat out, wet crawls and several junctions brought us to a stemple in a narrow rift, really quite a tight pitch. The Rappeller from Rawtenstall went first, with his Stop on his short cow’s tail. The sound of cracking ribs and puncturing lungs underlined the snugness of the pitch, but once down he told me it looked easy enough as a handline climb. I therefore followed without the awkwardness of donning my SRT kit at the constricted pitch head and without the encumberance of descending gear. Piece of cake.

    The difficulties were over. A few more pitches and easy crawling and we were in the Main Chamber. Mike and Shaman were evidently ahead of us, so we used their ropes all the way down the Intestines. Enjoyable caving with some slightly awkward pitch heads and shapely intermediate passages. We met the others at the foot of the final pitch, then all went out the Sidewinder Route, serendipitously meeting those BPC buggers at the top of Stink Pot. Marvellous.

    #8240
    Xandar
    Moderator

    Only other thing of note, is one of the crabs was well and truly jammed on the short pitch below stink pot. With the same rope used for the pitch below that, I had the time of my life undoing the knot and then re-threading the rope through the knot that often got tangled and lots of swearing ensued.

    #8243
    skyrmy
    Participant

    Only other thing of note, is one of the crabs was well and truly jammed

    You mean the one that one of those BPC whippersnappers managed to undo and send a picture of it, along with some instructions to Chris??

    #8244
    Scaife
    Participant

    He’s right – it’s been retrieved!

    Lefty loosey

    #8245
    skyrmy
    Participant

    He’s right – it’s been retrieved!

    Awww – where the instruction sheet Chris???

    Seeing as you know the whippersnapper, are you going to get him to return it to you?

    #8246
    Xandar
    Moderator

    Yeh, alright rub it in. I seem to recall you were saying Chris that it was the riggers fault for tightening it too much?

    P.s. when doing tight squeezes such as the one above, it’s important to remove the knife that is pressing against your sternum. That is bruised to feck.

    #8247
    Scaife
    Participant

    I’ve asked the whippersnapper to drop it off at Inglesport when he’s next there.

    It breaks my heart that an enjoyable caving trip has been overshadowed by screwgategate, but a half turn towards lefty loosey after righty tightying makes deriggers very happy.

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