A few weeks
ago I was making the morning brew at the farm when the phone rang, it turned
cut to be a visiting Canadian caver who was touring the world and wanted to
know if he could stay at Bullpot farm and possibly go caving with us. Anyone
who has travelled from
Chris turned cut to be good value for money and saw a great deal of the Easegill-Lancaster-Link-Pippikin system, our generosity was repaid by the names of some caving contacts in N.America for us to use, should we visit.
He left this valuable entry in the log book for us.
As requested: A
Very 8iased Guide to the Caves of
Ontario - c.200 caves only 10 of which are over 100 metres long and you can only stand up in a few of those! Null said.
What is worth seeing:
Close to the Edge: 800ft shaft way up north, to be avoided unless you are prepared to dodge refrigerator sized blocks of ice falling past you while on rope.
Rats Nest: horizontal maze type system 3-4km long,
very well decorated - 5 minutes from the road and 15 minutes from
Glory ‘Ole: spectacular entrance doline (especially if the trees are still standing - doubtful), large long main passage leads to vertical bottom section with seven pitches in beautiful passage. Very sporting only bottomed twice. (not a hard trip though small party (2) is preferable)
Treasure Arch System: nearby Glory ‘Ole and possibly connected, good through trip possible if separate parties enter Treasure (3 pitches) and Arch (7 pitches) and exchange.
Minigill: not quite as big as its namesake but good none the less.
vertical passages, if connected may be deepest in
This is the area with the biggest potential ie. if you want a holiday with guaranteed success in exploring virgin cave in a spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific go to the Clayaquot Plateau.
Who to contact:
For stuff on
the island and in finding other caves contact Steve Grundy,
I won’t be
back for a few years but when I do I look forward to extending some good hospitality
I’ve received here to anyone who wants to see what
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