Previous Trips

Derbyshire Weekend

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-09-25

Bob, Chris, JohnW, Dave Burnett, Danny, Nick Procter

After much planning by Bob we headed down to Castleton independently. Bob got there early, I got there around 7, and we waited for Nick and Danny. I'd forgotten my sleeping bag, but my idiocy was eclipsed by Danny, who got as far as Chesterfield before realising he'd forgotten his SRT kit, and persuading Nick to take him home again for it.



Ireby Fell Caverns

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-21

Following a meet up in Berni`s, where the breakfast was better than normal and nearly up to Inglesports high standards, John Gardner, Chris and myself headed up to Leck Fell for the trip down Ireby Fell Caverns.Ireby has long been a favourite of mine with some nice pitches and fine passages, however on this trip we planned to visit an area of the cave, Duke Street II, which until fairly recently could only be accessed by cave divers through an underwater sump.

Canyon de Tramouillon

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2010-08-09

Canyonning was one of the aims of the Canoe-section-organised trip to the French Alps in summer 2010, although we were unable to tempt any regular caving section members to join us, or we might have managed a few more. Paddling actually took up most of our days, but we did get a flavour for the character of the canyonning trips with one sunny canyon towards the end of the holiday. Westies have done one easy canyon in the area several times previously with no more than canoeing gear and throwlines. We'll be back for more !

Jingling Pot

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-08

A rather depleted crew of two, just Jim and myself, had a trip down Jingling pot, which neither of us had visited before.

Jim is fairly new to SRT rope work, and Jingling would be a good trip to push him a bit further and develop his skills. However, learning new techniques at the top of a 140ft pitch is not the best way to do things, so we had a couple of hours on the Inglesport climbing wall before hand where the delights of a “free hang re-belay” were learnt , with some ease, by Jim.

Ibbeth Peril

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-07-24

Jeff Clegg, Geoff Usher, and me.

Met up at the Stone Close Cafe in Dent (I was late, sorry). Had a cup of tea, then off to Ibbeth Peril.

I was my usual organised self – must try to remember wetsocks & fleece next time – it's a bit chilly in just an oversuit, although it did have a good layer of Otter Hole mud on it for insulation. Fortunately Jeff's local, and knows the cave very well. We ambled downstream a little way from the car park, then Jeff started digging his way through a huge mound of flood debris to the entrance – I'd never have found it.

Black Shiver

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-06-13

The forecast Saturday night - possible thunder storms - did not sound too promising for going down Black Shiver the next day. After a bit of debate on the forum, we (Bob, Chris and I) agreed to meet at Bernies at 10 o'clock Sunday morning and decide then whether it was a goer or not. Thankfully, the forecast Sunday morning - light rain/drizzle with rain coming in later

in the day - sounded much more promising and the rain was light and patchy in Ingleton so the trip was on.

Leck Fell; Notts 2

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-03-06

Me, Nick, John G, Bob E, Richard & Adrian
A fairly brisk tea & cake at Bernies while Adrian bought some wellies, and off to the cave for an earlyish start. Quite pleasant changing on Leck Fell – almost sunny. Had a little look around for a new entrance John knew of, but we didn't manage to find it.

Kingsdale; Aven Pot

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-12-13

The programme showed ‘Kingsdale SRT Moderate’. Considerable discussion followed and we settled on a Simpson’s pull-through. The variation to add spice was to try to find the Great Aven route (none of us had been that way before and unknowns always add interest to pull-through trips). Nobody else was in a hurry to get changed, so unusually I was first ready & thus headed into Valley Entrance to rig the pitch out of the Master Cave.


Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-11-07

Malham Barn was a very good base, if a little too hot. Thanks to James for organising the weekend. A pity more cavers didn't come.

Paul did a lot of thinking about this trip, and many caves were mentioned – Pikedaw Calamine Caverns, Outsleets Beck, Gorbeck Cave, Ftfagos Pot, Wizard's Cavern, Attermire, Victoria.

Easegill Hydrology

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-10-04

John G and I met in Bernies with a few ideas and a selection of ropes in the car. I’d been carefully studying various web sites for the previous few days, trying to anticipate how much rain was likely to fall overnight prior to the trip. There was reasonable consistency at around 3mm.