Previous Trips

Hurnel Moss Pot 12 June 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-29



  Louise, Chris and myself signed up for the Hurnel Moss pot trip, with the main event, the Poseidon pitch, billed as being one of the finest pitches of its type in the county. We had originally graded this as a moderate trip, the guide shows a couple of traverses, the 55m Poseidon pitch split by a ledge mid way down, along with some short entrance pitches and short pitch at the base, the only difficult part seemed to be finding the entrance, we should be in and out in a couple of hours.

Diccan Pot 4th June 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-15

A number of planned attempts of Diccan Pot via the club programme have been unsuccessful due to wet weather, although Chris and I had a recent successful unscheduled trip when a spell of dry weather was taken advantage of. So with Diccan on the club programme again, I was forecasting weather more suitable for the club Kayaking section, however this did not materialise, and Richard, John G and myself were blessed with fairly low water levels.

Gaping Gill, Wades Flood Entrance

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-06-15

Planning to take advantage of the Bradford Clubs winch meet, and use the pre rigged entrances, four of us, Louise, Richard, John G and myself planned to head down Wades Flood Entrance and visit the floodlit main chamber.


Louise on Wades entrance pitch


Illusion Pot, East Kingsdale – 14 May 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-05-16

The weather was settled so the trip went ahead as planned despite a rather pessimistic  Met Office forecast; present were Elaine, Karen, Richard, Adrian and Bob S.  We quickly located the entrance shaft which is about 25m deep and comprises of concrete man hole sections and iron ladders which quickly arrives at the stream way.  The way on is a mixture of walking, stooping and flat out crawling through a muddy section.  On reaching the low section of passage which is sometimes a duck we found it empty apart from liquid mud about 6 inches deep.

Gaping Gill Dihedral - Saturday 16th April 2011

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-25

Dihedral routeWe finally got to do this trip, after several postponements due to inclement weather. Conditions were dry – about 4mm of rain the preceding Tuesday was all we'd had for a week.

Bob and I met in Bernie's for a fine breakfast, then off to Clapham to the cave.

It was pleasantly cool for the walk up, and we arrived around 12 to find our way in.

Two Classics in one Week

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-25

A spell of dry weather allowed Chris and I to do two classic SRT cave trips in one week. Recent attempts on Gaping Gill Main Shaft Dihedral route and Diccan Pot had been thwarted by wet weather; both of these trips need settled conditions due to fairly large stream ways/water falls that are active in both these caves. For me both these trips have been ones to aspire to for some years, both require a degree of technical competence and confidence in SRT techniques, these are not places to be faffing around on the rope!

Richmond Day 9th April - Visit to Crackpot Cave

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-04-10

Following a pleasant morning at the Station drinking coffee and chatting to people about caving, a trip to Crackpot Cave in Swaledale took place.  Joining me was Katey (who had done some caving in the past), Adrian, John (first trip underground) and David (one previous trip with SOC).  The weather was fabulous, so the getting changed bit and walk down the hill to the cave entrance was most enjoyable.  Once everyone was ready we entered the small chamber and then crawled down into Kneewrecker Passage; after a few minutes on our hands and knees we were soon in the master cave.  A gentle wande

Caves of Birkwith

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-03-13

On Sunday 13th March Richard was joined by Bob E, Bob S, Nick, Chris, Peter and Louise for his  Caves of Birkwith trip.  The plan was to visit Old Ing and Birkwith Caves and the through trip from Calf Holes to Browgill.  

Penyghent Pot

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2011-03-07

Chris Sharman joined me for my Penyghent Pot trip at the CPC hut (Ivy Cottage) in Horton on the Sunday morning. Over a cup of tea, we discussed whether the trip was viable (given the rain/snow that had fallen the previous day) and packed tackle bags. We called in at the Penyghent Cafe to get a weather report. It was going to stay cold and windy but – most importantly - without the threat of a thaw.

Tatham Wife Hole

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-11-27

Initially Bob and Nick were coming, but Bob succumbed to the lure of the snow, and then Nick was poorly. Fortunately Jude and Johnny were doing the trip with Earby Pothole Club, and invited us to join them and use their tackle. Very fine tackle it was too: eight 25’ ladders, 3 dozen or so MRs, a couple of belays, two trusty 50m lifelines and one spreader. The trusty lifelines were apparently vintage 1990 – Earby are clearly very careful with their money.