A Trilogy from Graham
Swinsto Hole: Party:- K. Lewis, M. Woodhouse & G. Leach,
“Is this it, Keith?”, “No!”, “What about over there?”, ““No! */??I@@??,” After locating the hole, we lowered
ourselves into a very cold stream & on to the first pitch which is already laddered.
Down, & into Swinsto’s long crawl which ends in a short drop, a coup1e more
pitches & we arrive at the Main pitch which is broken by a large ledge
halfway down. The belay for the second half of this pitch is a very dubious
looking bolt (Much care exercised here). We pass Turbury Inlet on the right
& down to where the water sinks into a crack, a couple of pitches & the
water is joined again. A further pitch & past Slit Pot aven down the final cascade to arrive at Swinsto
Great Aven. We slip through East Entrance
passage and into the
Stake Pot Series Party:- A. Hall, C. Wilcox & G. Leach,
Across the fell to Lancaster
Hole, after dragging ourselves away from Multicoloured Swap Shop and down the
entrance pitch. Andy tries desperately to lose me in Montague East due to the
fact that he can’t see further than his feet because he’s got the wrong bulb in
his lamp. Stake Pot is eventually reached & we turn right into the Stake
Pot Series. The passage is fairly easy going to Maple Leaf Junction, near there
is a very nice crystal pool (alas damaged) and a narrow upward slit emerges in
Bull Pot of the Witches / Casterton Pot Party:- C. Wilcox G. Leach, R. Stevens, J. Newton & . H. St.Lawrence.
After dragging ourselves away from Multicolour Swap Shop again, we descended Bull Pot, on through the Gour Chamber, through the duck and on to the little hole in the wall. Bob passes the squeeze easily, I pass it after a few minutes grunting & pushing & Chris zooms through. The original dig is abandoned quite quickly & a high level route is investigated. One boulder about a hundredweight is moved out of the way, but there is a much larger one behind it stuck right in the wide part of the keyhole passage. After about an hour, trying different methods of moving it, it is eventually dislodged & it plummets to the floor. The passage is just wide enough for Bob to wriggle into, but he abandons it as too dangerous to tackle alone. Obviously a quest for Andy when his toe gets better.
On coming out of Bull Pot, we meet Jim who wants to go down Casterton Pot. We have a cup of tea while he gets changed and then proceed over to the hole. Jim & I descend the pitch to find that the loose rock has shifted, blocking the way on down. Much rock & loose debris is moved, just in time for Hugh (who has turned up late) to wriggle through. I returned back up the pitch & left them to it -- the only find of the day -- a football!