Mid-week Caving by Jack Upsall

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Christmas Pot

Jack, Fay, Bob Reilly, Adele, Chris Curry (Moldywarps)

Gentle, though long, walk up in mist and fog straight to the entrance. Chris and I went in rigging. With 5 re-belays on the first pitch, we were able to keep everyone moving to the next obstacle – an awkward slot and a constricted-take off.

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More re-belays and down to the junction with Grange Rigg. An impressive bit of passage.

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Some bouldery stuff and the final 2 pitches into the next chamber – or what I call the “last” chamber, having never had much wish to go through the Drainpipe to the end.

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We were all of one mind, so Chris, Adele and I set off out, with Bob and Fay heroically de-rigging. Smoothly and efficiently out, though a sobering moment when a small rock I had dislodged dropped down past Bob hitting Fay below. No damage, but a reminder that care is always needed.

And just that walk back…

3 hours, and as Adele says, “a cracking trip”.

(All photos by Adele Ward)

Jack Upsall

Mid-week trips continue at more of less monthly intervals – if you are interested in coming along, do get in touch:

mjupsall@btinternet.com

07837 276798