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RRCPC photographic competition 2022

Thanks go to the Judges Boz & Beardy.

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UK Above Ground

Atmospheric Cullin Ridge

1st. Gwen Tawy.

Banded Demoiselle

2nd. Andy Pringle.

Arnside Sunset

3rd. Chris Hunter.

UK Underground

Descending Tatty Wife

1st. Bill Nix.

“Giles Barker Award”

Ibbeth Peril

2nd. Chris Hunter

Ray in BPOW

3rd. Sam Lieberman.

Abroad Above Ground

1st. Bill Nix.

2nd. Bill Nix. Sunset over Islands No more entries

Abroad Underground

Striations in Rock, Tham Thewada

1st. Bill Nix.

Mana Grotto

2nd. Andy Pringle.

Cave Pearls

3rd. Andy Pringle. Cave Pearls

Pocket Camera

Straws in Shuttleworth Pot

1st. Kristian Brook.

Main drain, Lancaster Hole

2nd. Phil Gillespie.

Wetter than an Otter’s Pocket, White Scar Cave

3rd. Phil Gillespie.


It Gets too Tight

1st. Andy Hall.

Last of the Summer Wine

2nd. Hazel Hewitt.

My Shadow’s Got the Horn

3rd. Andy Pringle.


Best overall photo “Giles Barker Award”. Bill Nix. Dalek Descending Tatham Wife

The event was followed by slide presentation by our President. Thanks Sam

Jim Newton’s 90th Birthday Party & Photographic Competiton

Jim Newton’s 90th Birthday Party & Photographic Competiton

2022 Photographic Competition Rules

  • All entries should be photos taken in the last 12 months and presented in print format on the night.
  • Please remember to give you photo a suitable title or it might not be judged.
  • The categories below are available.
  • A maximum of three entries per category is permitted.
  • Entries will close at 7:30pm

UK Below ground
UK Above ground
Abroad Underground
Abroad Above ground
Pocket Camera Underground print using available lighting

The Giles Barker Award for best overall photograph will be judged by a ballot on the night

There will be a laptop and projector available after the awards to show your photos from the last few years

2021 Photo competition Results

The results of the 2021 competition are shown below. Trophies hopefully were awarded at a summer dinner.  If you have a trophy from last year will you please make arrangements to return it to the Farm as soon as you can.

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UK Above Ground:

3rd Prize

Frost flowers on moss

Sam Leiberman

1st Prize

The road to glory – Toby at Loch an Lòin, Glasnock, Strathcarron

Sam Leiberman

2nd Prize

Wishing on a star

Alex Anderson

UK Underground:

3rd Prize

Coniston Copper Mine

 Alex Anderson

1st Prize & Best Overall Photo

Greensett Cave


2nd Prize

New discovery in Ashery Pot, Applecross


Abroad Above Ground

2nd Prize

Airbrakes deployed

Alex Anderson

1st Prize

Cladera Blanca Lanzarote


3rd Prize

Seascape Lanzarote

Abroad Underground

2nd Prize

Cueva del Covón, Lanzarote


1st Prize

Pete in Som Hein, Myanmar

Fleur Loveridge

3rd Prize

Jameo de la Gente Lanzarote



Humorous Print:

2nd Prize

Silly hat

Toby Speight

1st Prize

Did Someone Say Fish!

Alex Anderson

3rd Prize

Im sure I felt a draft as I was reaching for the Branston Pickle

Jim Newton


Pocket Camera Underground Print:

3rd Prize

Crisp Delph Mine

Colin Jones

1st Prize

Aileen in Gave Pot

Fleur Loveridge

2nd Prize

Breakthrough at Dam Waterfall, Strathcarron

Sam Leiberman


Public Vote for the Giles Barker Trophy:

Thanks to everyone that voted. Result with 52% of the votes cast is the photo of Greensett Cave by Beardy

Ballot Result

Photo Competition 2020 Results

The club’s photo competition was held on 1st February 2020, and the placed photos are displayed below. The overall winner (Giles Barker Trophy) last year was Alex Anderson and as is the rule he came along to judge this year’s competition this year and presented a portfolio of his recent photos. Thanks Alex.

Alex did the judging

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Andy Pringle has had issues uploading his photos

UK Underground

Scanty Lardos Pot Ann Summers Passage

1st. Bill Nix
Crack Pot 2nd. Andy Pringle

Sam in Big Rift, Wretched Rabbit

3rd. Ray Duffy

UK above ground

Crag Hill & Casterton Fell

1st. Andy Hall
Red Deer Stag 2nd. Andy Pringle

Cwm Idwal Slabs

3rd. Chris Hunter

Abroad underground

Deep pool traversing.. Ret Dung Khur, Meghalaya.

1st. Bill Nix

Ailwee Cascade, Doolin Cave, Rep of Ireland

2nd. Bill Nix
Jiuero 2, Cantabria 3rd. Andy Pringle

Abroad Above ground

Lake Annecy, France

1st. Sam Leiberman
Mother & calf Sperm whale diving 2nd. Andy Pringle

Entrance to Little Tiger temple cave. Krabi, Thailand.

3rd. Bill Nix

Pocket camera prints

Traverse in Alum Pot

1st. Chris Hunter1

Self Portrait, County Pot

2nd. Andy Hall

Crystal Palace, BPOW

3rd.  Andy Hall

Best overall underground photo (Gile Barker Award) was decided by public vote on the night. The winner (Bill Nix) gets to judge next year’s competition. His photo is the one taken in Meghalaya.

The opportunity for members to show photos from the last year’s holidays or caving trips on the big screen after the end of the competition was not so successful as Ray’s digital projector developed a fault and the images were split into bits as can be seen from the screenshot below.

Andy Hall

Rollerball dig

 Ray, Sam and others have been digging here for a while on Thursday evenings
On Sat Oct 12th before the club auction party we arranged a club digging meet here. The situation is that the digging itself is easy in a stooping height passage with easily dug sand, cobbles and gravel and a good draft. However all the spoil has to be bagged up and hauled out through about 30ft of steep passage to the surface as there is no stacking space left in the cave. Some people worked on the surface and we were able to rotate diggers around so they were not stuck in one place for several hours with a morning and afternoon shift. Snacks and drinks were provided and some 20 people took part. A great day out. Thanks for your help. We might organise a repeat in the new year here or at Casserole Pot.

Photography Competition 2019

Photographic Competition 2019 Results:

An excellent turnout for the Photographic Competition on 12th January with some fantastic photographs on display. The judge this year was George (Boz) Bosnyak who in giving his verdict praised the vast improvement of entries. This year saw two changes to the format with the inclusion of Pocket Camera shots and voting for the premier award, the Giles Barker Award, being decided by public vote. Congratulations are due to all the winners and placed photos and a big vote of thanks to all who took part.

Thanks also to Boz for judging and Ray and Andy for making the arrangements. After the formal competition was over we were entertained to a viewing of members various trips both at home and abroad.

Trophies will be awarded at the Annual Dinner in March. If you have a trophy from last year will you please make arrangements to get it to Bullpot Farm or Andy Hall a.s.a.p, so that the engraving of winners names can be done before the presentation. Winners listed here

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UK Underground:

1st. Stream Passage Pot – Alex Anderson
2nd. Missile Silo – Alex Anderson
3rd. Boreham Cave – Paul Swire

UK Above Ground:

1st. Reach for the Stars – Alex Anderson
2nd. Handa Island, Sutherland – Sam Lieberman
3rd. Bullpot Bonfire Night – Bill Nix


Abroad Underground:

1st. Kendal Mint Cake Passage, Big Matt Calf Hole, Matienzo. Paul Swire
2nd. Aven de Malaval – Paul Swire
3rd. Stals in Lek Lek – Bill Nix

Abroad Above Ground:

1st. Scula Punta, Peru – Paul Swire
2nd. Antarctica – Hannah Walker

3rd. Heron and Catch – Andy Pringle

Humorous Print:

1st. Starkers Self Portrait – Alan Martin
2nd. Valley Entrance – Sue Osborne
3rd. Steve’s Twin – Alan Martin

Pocket Camera Print:

1st. Self Portrait Victoria CaveSam Lieberman
2nd. Eccentrics, Stream Passage Pot – Sam Lieberman

3rd. Mushroom Passage – Andy Hall

Public Vote for the Giles Barker Trophy:

Stream Passage Pot – Alex Anderson

Farm BBQ

FARM BBQ A great turn out for the BBQ last weekend in glorious weather when we able to partake of great food and drink and enjoy the redesigned rear garden. It was very pleasing to see so many older members returning to enjoy the evening. Thanks to Martin as usual for the arrangements.

Boxing Day Walk

Its December and of course you will want to come along to our annual Boxing Day Walk in the Lakes. Its traditional, having taken place every year for over 50 years. This year we will meet at Elterwater in the car park on the north side of the common. (Not the pay and display car park in the village) Grid Ref. SD328052 . Meet at 10.45 for a 11am start

Several walks available for all abilities but Sandra will be aiming for Loughrigg summit then down to the tarn and back up through a lovely arbortorium with

fantastic large trees. It’s a social occasion and we always head to Foxfield on the coast for food and real ale at the Prince of Wales pub to round off the day. All welcome! See you there. Sandra Wilkinson.

BCRA Events

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Caves & Karst of the Yorkshire Dales: Volume 2.

The first chapter of Volume 2, Caves of Ingleborough, is now on the BCRA website where it is available as a PDF download. BCRA Members will need to use the User-ID and access code given on your membership card. Non-members can purchase an ID. Other chapters of the Yorkshire Dales book will follow during the next two years, as and when they are prepared; the next one will be Caves of Wharfedale and Littondale. A printed volume will be published when all the chapters are completed, and the target date for that is late 2015.

Two further chapters of the Caves and Karst of Yorkshire are    now    available    to    download    from These are “The Caves of Ingleborough” and “The Caves of Wharfedale”.

Summer 2011 trip to Chartreuse

Grotte du Guiers Vif resurgence cave

The summer trip was a great success, only spoiled by our club President breaking his ankle in two places while on a Trou Du Glaz to Grotte du Guiers Mort through trip. He was able with the help of other Red Rose members to get himself out of the cave and was hospitalised in Grenoble for a week where he had surgery on his leg. He has now returned home via Geneva airport and Easyjet!

Members did quite a lot of caving including several through trips on the Dent du Croll system, trips to Guiers Vif system and other minor caves.

There will be a slideshow evening at Bullpot Farm on Sat 15th Oct at 8pm. All members are invited. Please bring only 40 or so slides each to give everyone a chance to show their photos.

At least three separate parties did the Trou du Glaz to Guiers Mort 300 metre deep through trip. The “A” team did the 600m deep P40 to Guiers Mort through trip. Although the article in a recent Descent and information from Petzl employees stated that the exposed path round the southern

Sam Leiberman about to descend Lantern Pitch2

edge of the Dent du Crolles was too dangerous to use we found this was not the case and with care it was possible to get to both Grotte Annette and Grotte Chavalier. This meant that two separate parties did the Trou du Glaz to Grotte Annette through trip, which takes you right under the Dent du Crolles massif from one side to the other. This is a fine trip with plenty of entertainment including traverses, up and down pitches, boulder chokes, large passages and even some crawling. A number of members thought this was the best trip of the holiday.

A variety of Via Ferrata in Grenoble and Chartreuse and canyons were also tackled along with some spectacular walking in the Chartreuse mountains. Lots of family excursions were also undertaken. Some photos will appear below.

While we were there it was Sandra Wilkinson’s birthday so Mel arranged a party and most people who were there turned up at some stage.

Most members managed a visit to the Saint Christophe le Grotte show caves. This is an historic site with two fine show caves, a walk along a Sardinian Way roman road, a roman bridge and visitor’s centre. The road was the main route between Lyon and Turin until a tunnel was built through the mountain in the Nineteenth Century.

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Sandra's birthday party

Ray gets taken off to hospital!

A welcome beer after a walk up Cirque St Mer

Last group to leave the campsite

Ray's leg after the operation!

Visiting time at the hospital!

Club members on Grotte Annette thru trip

Heather and Paul in Gallerie 43

Slug in main passage of Grotte Chavalier

Grotte St Christophe show cave