The day I didnít go to Dale Head
Party:-††††† J. Newton, G. Leach, C. Wilcox & H. Sefton.
tea in bed, poor Andy must be sickening. After the usual insults that accompany
my breakfast, (has not anybody
ever seen a baked bean omelet before.) I decided that
with the very inclement weather, Iíd rather go up to Jimsí dig than go to Dale
Head. So I enlisted the help of Chris & Mark (Bruce).
Last to arrive at the farm is Jim, who canít resist the temptation of a nice, easy digging trip. There was some talk of phantoms coming along, but I didnít see any. Exit the rest who are off to Dale Head.
When we got to County
entrance we found the gill running but took no notice. We moved quickly down to
the first pitch to find it laddered the hard way, so we put ours down the easy
way. When we reached Poetic Justice we found a party from Crewe who were, doing
an exchange to
The dig was as unpleasant as
ever and several hours later we decided to call it a day. (Odd name for a
passage) On descending the climb from the dig, ďBruceĒ, puts his foot in a
billabong, trips over his tucker bag & twisted his didgery-doo,
also managing to lose his boot in the process. On the way back we found Thackerayís
much wetter than when we came in, (Above the waist in places
) a lot of low wet ways being impassable. At Stop Pot water was coming
out of Depot, which I am told is quite unusual. The water at Eureka Junction
was thigh-deep & just beginning to run along the crawl to Pierces Passage.
Pierces Passage was a raging torrent, & after a few yards of chest deep
water, we find the Crewe crew that have come through
The going was easier once
past Trident inlet & P.J. pitch was soon reached. This had quite a bit of
water coming down it making the bottom six feet of ladder a little wet. I went
up first & lifelined a couple of people up, while Jim made a harness for
the girl. Jim free climbed the pitch (must have been wet) & we gave the
girl a good pull up the ladder and quickly got her through the crawl & down
the other side.
The spout in Spout Hall looked desperate so we bypassed it, but the Showerbath was quite unavoidable. We traversed round the climb out of Broadway as a sizeable waterfall was coming down it, almost hitting the opposite wall. Chris who was bringing another member of the party out, left him with us at the first pitch, and went back to show the others the various bypasses. County pitch was also wet but with a good. lifeline, the girl seemed to find it much easier than the P.J. pitch. We had, however, great difficulty getting her up the entrance climbs, the last one being bypassed, which was just as well, as there was a raging torrent coming down it. The two we were bringing out seemed very glad to see daylight again.
Walking back across the fell, the weather decided to blast our faces with hailstones driven by high winds, but all in all the trip was very enjoyable, too bad you other lads missed it.