Yes, my light unfastened itself from my helmet several times in Bosch Rift. It did worse than that yesterday though – the battery fell off the back.
No, I turned back when I reached a point where I’d need to soak myself to continue, still quite far from the exit. It wasn’t a low airspace or anything, but I was a bit cold and I knew I’d be a lot colder walking down the hill.
I tried soloing Bull Pot a few years ago as well
Yes, I remember it well. As I was back at the car with Alex on Leck Fell after doing the Bye George round trip, you tried to persuade us to drive over to Kingsdale with you to look for ghosts. I’m so sorry I refused.
Did you experience any paranormal [phenomena]?
There were several times when I thought there might be another group behind me, because I could hear what sounded like voices. It was just the sound of running water – I find that running water underground, especially if you’re alone, quite often sounds like people talking in the distance. I suppose some people (the sort who spend all day watching YouTube videos and say they’re doing research, unlike all the sheeple who just believe the mainstream media) might mistake that sort of thing for ghostly voices.
I don’t do much soloing at all. Fun though.
I was a bit apprehensive beforehand, but once underground I felt at ease. I suppose little things like your tackle sack being a bit stuck in a rift are more of a problem when you’re alone, and my light unfastening from my helmet would have been easier to sort out if someone else had been there.
And obviously I like caving with wonderful people. I have no plans to be solo a solo caver.
I remember the cracking sound from my oversuit pocket in Armenia when I realised I’d taken my sunglasses underground.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to a full trip report from today’s Car Retrieval Pot.
P.s. correction it’s called Lord’s Top not Lord Tots, but I like my name for it!
Tot Lord is quite an important figure in the history of Yorkshire caves.
Yes, I meant squeezing past the calcite just above the stream. You have to return to the stream, but it definitely seemed drier to go the way I did.
I was looking at the first hole we tried, thinking this doesn’t look right; but my memory is so terrible I’d had to check the Turbary entrance photo on the CNCC website and was surprised to see that it was a photo of Carol that I had taken.
Can someone write a report of the other bits as well? It would be good to have a record of this for the next journal.
I suppose, now you mention it, that part was a little bit foul.
Did you do this yesterday?
Just to explain how I rigged the hang for the pitch at the end of the first traverse in the Lower Streamway:
The pitch head is a narrowish hole in the floor of the traverse, with P-bolts on either side of the traverse just before the hole and another P-bolt on the right wall after the hole. I rigged a Y-hang from the first bolt on the left and the bolt on the other side of the hole, with a deviation sling from the P-bolt on the right wall before the hole.
Someone from Morley Pothole Club has posted this on ukcaving:
“For anyone interested, our friend was transported to LGI where it was found he had fractured vertebrae and brusing to the leg and ankle. He was discharged later in the evening.”
There were three CRO callouts – Aquamole, Alum (alert only) and Rowten. The rebelay incident was Rowten.
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.
He’s right – it’s been retrieved!