Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Caving in Bull Pot Kingsdale

Summer has temporarily left us, so me and  mate Lee decided to head underground for the day, although with most Yorkshire caves having rivers in them, we were kinda limited, so we settled on the brilliant Bull Pot.

It's pretty much just vertical caving, with fairly tight traverses above big drops leading to freehanging abseils down to the bottom. The pics are a bit rubbish, but it does give you a sense of the size of things down there.

With us doing 4 pitches in total, it took surprisingly little time to get to the bottom.  There isn't a huge amount to see as there is another pitch below us that we didn't do as it was forecast heavy rain and all the water goes essentially down it...not a place to be in the wet!

So back up we went, me finally getting the hang of rope walking after watching Lee shoot up the rope like a rat up a drainpipe.

Now i say there's no wriggling in this cave, but there is a bit of vertical wriggling.  The 'Slot' isn't actually too bad for racing snakes like us and it's hard to picture that there's 50ft of air beneath my feet in this pic!

We then did a whole heap of rescue practice and rope wrestling that i won't bore you with here, needless to say i was knackered by the top!

All in all a brilliant trip, where next...