Present:- Leader Denis Bushell – Lee Smith, Paul Beardy Swire (RRCPC), Adele Ward.
Arrived at Langstrothdale to be greeted by Adele’s beaming smile and legend Paul Beardy Swire plus Lee Smith. We all had a good catch up before heading to the hole.
It seemed to be a long walk to the entrance, Beardy eventually finding it after a long detour. We had parked at the wrong dry valley which had led to the confusion.
Adele rigged the entrance with Beardy’s help, and we all de-kitted in the chamber below. Our plan was to take photos at Heartbreak Ridge, on the upstream part of the system past White Rose Chamber.
Beardy had a state of the art camera, flashes and lens, my waterproof was no match.
Photo session over we started back out. I get a chance to use my camera in a small chamber with crystals and white flowstone walls. Who needs extra flashes?
Whilst kitting up for ascent at the foot of the entrance, I realised I had been a dickhead and forgot my foot jammer. I wanted to free climb out but the rest of the team would not hear of it and lowered me a jammer.
All out to a sunny, sharp, winters day in the beautiful surroundings of Wharfedale. De-kitted and started back down to our cars. Beardy and Lee Smith out of sight quickly. I think they thought it was Coopers Hill and the Cheese Race.
Meanwhile Adele’s constant chatter made a perfect end to the day.
(Thanks to Paul Beardy Swire for allowing the use of his photos).