30th June 2012 - Thomas Howard - sd752723
Tony's northern stag do went well in most respects and there was in fact a caving trip done! Given that there were two DCC members on said trip I thought i'd call it a DCC outing.Me (Tom), Pete Whetham, Paul 'Footleg', Paul Dold, Simon Cornhill, and Tony Radmall (Badger) set off with lots of camera gear, plenty of rope and ourselves to tackle Marilyn to Bar pot but then Pete remembered reading about a fairly snug entrance bit on Bar pot and so we changed it to Small Mammal (The next hole nearer the stile).Having rigged and dropped the first few and fairly snug pitches we reached, mid-pitch, the end of one rope and found a thick blue one tied on to the bottom. This meant that Pete had the pleasure of learning how to pass a knot in a real situation rather than on practice - and yes, it definitely adds a bit of pressure. He also practiced his rebelays, his groaning and awkward stuff. There are plenty of people in the club now who have witnessed and undergone a fairly lengthy photographic session underground now, Pete hadn't (A new concept - never cave with photographers, especially the perfectionists) and so learnt how to be a slave for almost 2 hours whilst I, with ultimate precision got placed under a waterfall with one - See the picture, you'll understand. We then headed down to the Henslers master cave and on to the bottom pitch of Bar, up into Small Mammal. Out in time to join in with the celebrations at Big Jane's barbecue - A pint, and then to get changed!
Below 1: The Excellent photography work of Paul Dold on Niagra Pitch - Gaping Gill.