Monday, 10 October 2011

Summer Shenanigans and Autumn Antics

Some furtlings in various caves over the August-September period.

28th August - Flood Resurgence Number 2
Whilst visiting Toby, we had a trip in their exciting new find in Applecross (which is really very pretty in places). Our visit (also with Richard) coincided with BBC Alba filming a short piece for their local news program in Gallic, so we helped carry some gear in. You could just about see us getting changed in the background on TV, and there was a fine shot of Kathryn's back underground. Since then, life has been a whirlwind of agents, film premieres and fashionable London cocktail parties, but I think we've managed to stay pretty grounded. About 4 hours TU. Toby took some photos of the trip.

17th September and 5th October
Trips to Peak Cavern and Bagshawe (DCRO training). Total 6hrs TU

8th and 9th October Chris' Birthday Caving in SWales
Cracking weekend at the Croydon Hut in Ystradfellte (which isn't pronounced that way). Somewhat bemused to see my Austria article from Speleology a couple of years back pinned to the notice board, so I left an autograph on it...
Saturday saw some nice easy, wet caving in Bridge Cave, White Lady Cave and Town Drain (aptly named) and Porth yr Ogof (and Little Neath for some).
On Sunday Kathryn, Nial, Jess, Bela, Djuke and I went to see some pretties in Draenen - very nice indeed. Total 5 hrs TU

13th and 16th October - Peak District Caving
Kathryn and I spent an hour and a half in Bagshawe Cavern, in our first proper mid-week, after-work caving trip - a very satisfying thing to be able to do! We had a look at most of what you can see that isn't gated off: the streamway, the Glory Hole and the Lower Series.
The following Sunday an excellent 4 hours was spent down P8 with CUCC novices. It was wetter than I had seen it previously, with a huge foamy head on top of the sump pool, but my gear has never been so clean as a result!

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