10th and 11th March 2012
We joined CUCC for a Saturday trip, the plan being for Kathryn, Siobahn, Dan and I to head down Knotlow and Olly, Aiora, Anna and Nimrod to go down Hillocks. All being well, we'd meet underground and swap entrances for the return. Owing to a lack of reading abilities in our group we had a bit of a false start when we started rigging the wrong mine shaft. Kathryn was rigging, and her suspicions were aroused when the shaft had the wrong number of bolts at the top, several more rebelays than expected and a very notable lack of floor where she was expecting one 9m down. The incorrect name on the shaft lid was probably also a bit of a giveaway.
Having eventually found the correct entrance in another field (with a the namne 'Knotlow' on the lid) we rigged a nice 9m free hang follwed by another pitch to get to some scrambly horizontal caving. We then made our way towards Waterfall Chamber, with an impressive flooded shaft at the bottom and waited for the Hillocks team to appear. By now Siobahn, who was already a bit ill, was feeling even more rubbish (most of CUCC seemed to have a cold this weekend), so I headed out of Knotlow with her, whilst Kathryn and Dan waited for Olly's group to appear to complete the exchange trip. 4 hrs T/U
Sunday was rescue practice in Oxlow, 4 hrs T/U.