Wednesday, 20 October 2010

CUCC Novice Meet - Peak District

16th-17th October 2010
A new term at Cambridge and a host of new freshers keen to try caving. Kathryn and I headed across to Castleton to meet them and help scare them off.

Caves attempted:

Carlswark Cavern

Estimated time underground:
  • Cast of thousands
We met up with CUCC's early contingent in Castleton in the afternoon. Amazingly they all wanted to go caving so we headed down towards Stoney Middleton in convoy to have a quick bimble in Calrswark. After climbing down the ladder in Eyam shaft we spent a pleasant couple of hours underground, doing a slightly different route from the last time I was there, involving more crawling and wetness that I was expecting. We then headed out of Gin entrance with the novices.

P8 (Jackpot)

Estimated time underground:
  • Kathryn
  • Tony
  • Nial
  • 4 novices
It wasn't the earliest of nights on Saturday evening. In fact after a protracted beer-fuelled squeeze machine competition, the results of are still imprinted on my pelvis, we went to bed after some people would normally get up. Nevertheless, we managed to drag ourselves out of bed at 8am on Sunday and had an excellent trip down P8 in relatively low water levels.

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