Got home without getting pulled over
Sounds impressively wet. Did you look at the exit?
I must say I never intended to take my car keys underground
Oops. A bit of a recurring theme here – a similar dropping of keys down a narrow rift in La Scialet, near Berger…
Shouldn’t mock though, I managed to take my phone caving in my undersuit leg pocket the other day. Fortunately it survived the damp and the battering.
The real comedy didn’t get a mention – that was the intrepid Mr Scaif going in to rig the first pitch, and saying “It doesn’t go – is this really Turbary Pot?”
It wasn’t – the real Turbary Pot was about 50m further along on the other side of Turbary Road, with P hangers and a metal disc saying “Turbary”.
Don’t know what we’d found first – it was a body sized hole in the rock, and doesn’t seem to appear in the book.
a very refreshing nap it was too – though possibly not as refreshing as the Caseker Gill streamway.
Does seem like I’ve got porkier since France – too much eating out and not enough exercise.
The Dow end of the through trip seemed quite tight and strenuous.
Whoop: no real beer. Nuff said.
Isn’t that normal for you Don?
No, I’m good, and I think I probably swallowed some – otoh I have a fairly robust digestion
Yes, properly knackered after this.
And at the time, advice for the future was simply “Don’t do Cripple Creek in reverse.” – it really is quite a bit harder the other way round – especially when you get lost and add some more strenuous hours …
Glad you had a good trip.
A fine trip.
The deviation wasn’t that bad – was only the sheath gone – the core looked fine.
You forgot to mention how shitty it was Don 🤢
1st was a traverse/protection to a Y hang, pretty much as it’s shown on the topo? The first section isn’t really vertical enough to abseil/prusik.
The ‘guy called Mark’ was from MCG. Both he and I were frozen and bored after waiting on the loose and crumbly traverse over the 80m pitch while Alex did all the bolting. We spent 3 hours or so down there I think, of which around 10 minutes was actual caving. I should have learnt – I’d had a very similar trip the day before.
Yes, it was really sharp in the bottom section. Not 15-20 minutes though – just felt long because it never really got to hands and knees.
If I were ever to do it again (which I won’t) a ladder would be nice for the bottom, to save taking srt gear through the miserable crawl.
Still, quite a nice trip, in parts.
I’m surprised our fail rate is that high Don – is that just the two of us?