Wednesday Caving by Jack Upsall

Wednesday 22nd March

Lost John’s: Dome / Sink Chamber

Jack, Denis, Phil

A trip to a less-often visited corner of Lost John’s. A rather more conventional approach to filling tackle bags this time – rope 1 then 2 then 3 then 4 then 5 then 6 (see 15th November 2017 for the results of a less orthodox approach.) Not surprisingly, this made for efficient rigging straight to the bottom of Dome, ignoring the deviation into Dome Junction.

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And a short pitch into Shale Cavern – new ground even for Denis who’d only ever visited our destination, Sink Chamber, by way of the wet route. An impressive band of shale.

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Denis admiring the Shale

Final rope down into Sink Chamber to meet the water pouring down from the Monastery route – turn left, and straight into the frothy sump pool – which Denis then discovered to be quite deep!

Just the uphill bit left; but the great thing about Lost John’s is that you and the tackle come out clean!

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Which we did, after 3 or so hours spent underground. Another good trip.