Depth through thought
OUCC News 10th May 2000
Volume 10, Number 6
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Surfing the net and came across an account of the club trip down Spectacle Pot which brought back happy memories and I am sure you would have appreciated Dodd's pitch in all its "prime-evil" glory, when I was a first class nutter until the loss of a knee cap put an end to my insanity. Best wishes.
Ged Dodd of the infamous Black Rose Pothole Club
Yorkshire this weekend is ON: we'll be staying at Greenclose. Please e-mail
me to let me know you're coming, if you are and haven't already. Anyone for a
trip down Washfold?
In case you hadn't noticed, we're going to Spain. <bullshit mode> Are you into caverns measureless, unbelievably beautiful virgin stream passage /or squalid digging 800m underground? Or perhaps sun, mountains and great company? Would you like to be the first to float round the much-bullshitted-about Catheter Canal Corner (2/7's current upstream limit) and stomp up the next 6km of passage, or knock the last rock out of Egbert to reveal the way down towards the short free-diveable sump at the bottom of the world's fifth deepest cave? </bullshit mode> Then read on...
It was caving but it certainly wasn't Yorkshire. The trip started with a walk along the golden sands where we (myself, Natalie from Australia and Sally from New Zealand) were accosted by a guy dressed only in swimming trunks asking how to get to the cave. We gave him directions explaining that he'd probably need at least a torch. We were well equipped, wearing beach sandals and with 2 torches between us (but no working batteries!). The cave is only short but we wasted no time in getting lost and finding a dead end, oops, I mean potential dig site. The others had never done any caving before although Sally's grandfather had been involved in a lot of early Yorkshire exploration - it's a small world. We eventually found the way on up a bamboo ladder which creaked impressively. Two more ladders later and we were through although the missing rungs on the last ladder did provide an extra obstacle. The fun was not over, however, because the exit from the cave is a 15m abseil onto a ledge which is still 50m above the main beach with fantastic views.
We wasted the rest of the day by climbing in the sun until it set turning the
sea and sky all sorts of golds, oranges, reds greens purples and blues. After
this we retired to the beachside bar for the traditional after trip cocktails?!