Oh dear, I rounded up to the nearest thousand.
I still can’t believe there was water coming down Bar Pot. We got to the sump in Notts Pot without any trouble at all.
I know a week ahead is difficult to forecast accurately, but Saturday looks dry. If that’s the case let’s do it!
An excellent trip.
In that boulder choke I was standing on something I thought was solid, but I had mentioned a loose boulder nearby. Alex asked me which boulder was the loose one and I tapped it with my foot, which caused that boulder and the one I was standing on to slide a worrying distance.
It wasn’t a rubbish day; it was a good day with minor rubbish moments.
I should perhaps point out that there were two other people behind her at the foot of the Bar Pot entrance pitch, we really did try our very best to convince her to come with us (but she was stubborn as a mule) and before leaving we went and told several people in the BPC tent that there was someone struggling in Bar Pot.
I’ve always fancied the Large Pot NFTFH trip to the Temple of Doom. I don’t imagine you’ll ever want to do that now.
Maybe we should introduce an annual prize for best trip report.
I’ve never been in Hunt Pot, so if you fancy a day going up and down it I’m up for that.
This is Dunc’s logbook entry from 2012. It took me a while to find this so I’m posting it here for everyone’s convenience.
12th May 2012 – Pillar Holes
After a brief discussion over food/drink, we decided to opt for Pillar Holes.. Parked up, packed up and slogged up.
Mike rigged 1, ChrisSc 2 and ChrisSh 3. Down, along crawl over fissures to Breakdown Chamber, where we headed back and then along the scrotty crawl that lead to the extensions. Ended at Rift Climbs, Mike headed out for a SRT-athon, I waited for everyone else to go up then assisted by tying bags and helped push them up the climbs.
I headed out as I felt like I wasn’t 100% fit.
From what the other four said, there was in-situ rope going up, short traverse then down a pitch with an in-situ rope, down a choke and drop (with rope) into a passage which became stoop/walk to the head of a 22m pitch,
ChrisSh recounts his experience “I traversed over two easy holes to find no way past a third – they all descended the 22m pitch. I looked around for bolts or spits, didn’t see anything obvious. There were quite a few naturals around, but they’d probably make it quite an awkward get-off.”
At this point everyone headed out and went for a civilised cup of tea and food in Ingleton.
It was an excellent trip; I’m glad I didn’t talk myself out of it. A few extra days of illness were a small price to pay for such a varied day’s caving. Good video Alex, well done with the editing.
Would you recommend it to Bob?
I was looking forward to reading this heroic account of the bold adventurer who got to the sump and back in a Grade 5 cave using his back up light, but instead I’ve been made to sound like a complete vagina. Thanks Alex.
How big was the Aven you found?
The video you put on Facebook looked quite soggy!
Post something there if you like. You have my permission to quote me.