Penyghent Pot. 17th June 1979.
I drove to
Horton in Ribblesdale on Sunday morning calling in on the Penyghent Cafe on the
way for a coffee, then on my way again to Brackenbottom, arriving at 10.45. I
met Pete Muckalt and his wife there and saw that Andy, Keith and some others
had set off. Then Bill Holden, Graham, Paul Seddon and
I set off with Bill and Graham, near the hole we met Keith Lewis and Mark Woodhouse coming back. They said that there had been a rock fall near the entrance and they couldnít get through. It was a very hot day and it is uphill most of the way, I was sweating hard by the time I reached the pot. Bill was having a go at getting through so I took off my wetsuit to cool off.
Bill found a way through and Graham soon followed him, then a young lad named
Dave, a new member. I got kitted up and had a go, after a bit of a struggle I
got through. The others had gone by this time. I soon got to the canal and made
good time with my kneepads on, I reached the first pitch where I met up with
them and went on down it. We had no tackle to carry as the first party had
taken it all.
caught up with them at the top of the 60ft pitch, while I was waiting there
Hugh and Paul caught me up. After about half an hour wait I got down the pitch
and then belayed the young lad down the 70ff. Hugh joined me and belayed me down
the 70ft pitch, it is down a big aven and is roomy and free hanging for the
last 5Oft or so. I traveled alone until I caught up with the party at the top
Graham passed me at the top of
We set off
out using the climb and the traverse instead of the ladder. Hugh pulled up the
ladder and then rolled it up and then we climbed the rope up
After what seemed like two hours Pete and co. returned, we had been getting worried about then but they were alright. I picked up a ladder and a rope after most of the tackle had been hauled up, Dave picked up a ladder and we set off out leaving the two others to get up the two pitches. We made good time out but found the long crawl a bit tiring. When we emerged the sun was low in the sky but it was a beautiful evening with Penyghent bathed in sunshine. Hugh and Paul caught us up just before we were climbing out of the hole. I found it easier coming out of the hole, I think I must have lost a pound or so whilst down there.
I was glad that I had had a good breakfast as I had nothing to eat since except part of a flapjack and a cup of tea at the Penyghent Cafe. The air was warm and we all sat down and had a good rest in the sunshine, the only trouble was the midges were out and biting! We didnít wait for Pete and Co. but set off to Brackenbottom after about fifteen minutes rest. It was 9.45pm when we got back to the cars. We changed and Pete and Co. arrived just as we were leaving.
We drove to the Crown Hotel in Horton for a drink, then leaving Pete to take the tackle back to the farm, set off home.
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