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FOR SALE

FOR SALE:
Club Badges, T-shirts, Journals, Easegill Surveys

All are now all available at the farm. Save the postage & buy yours now.

Any committee member will be happy to serve you. Display in back room at Farm

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. m.wilkinson@btinternet.com

Archaeology in Caves in the Yorkshire Dales

All members are invited to the meeting below. Bring along your friends as well.

If you intend to come please let me know so we have some idea of numbers. We may need a bigger venue.
On 5th March at 7:30 pm at Bullpot Farm Nigel Steel (see below) from DigVentures will be giving a talk on cave archaeology.The project he is involved in is called ‘Under the Uplands’, Digventures are in the process of digitally archiving the artefacts and documents from the excavations in the 1870’s in Victoria Cave (Atermire Scar) and elsewhere and place it into a digital museum that will be accessible for all online. Some of the artefacts will be in 3D enabling users to zoom in and have a look at every detail.  The group aim to teach cavers how to take the images using photogrammetry, this will also be applied underground to take images of archaeological features and artefacts as well as the cave walls and passages.
In order to promote the rescue of archaeology when cavers uncover bone or artefacts they are developing a ‘Digital tool kit’. This will give online information regarding contacts, steps to take and the process that the informed will take with the archaeology.
In August 2016 the project will be excavating the entrance of a previously unexcavated cave, Hagg’s Brow Cave, near Victoria Cave and Nigel will explain a little more about this at the talk.
Nigel Steel B.Sc.. Community Archaeologist

After a career change and archaeological degree at Bradford University Nigel now works as a professional archaeologist in several commercial archaeology units around the north of England. His love of caves began when he was 14 whilst on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, and he joined the Y. S. S. in the early 1990s and is a member of the British Cave Research Association, Nigel’s mission is to bring cave archaeology back into the limelight and generate a longstanding relationship between archaeologists and the caving community.

Website: http://digventures.com/under-the-uplands/

If you intend to come please let me know so we have some idea of numbers. We may need a bigger venue.

Andy Hall

BCRA Events

See link for BCRA Events

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 www.bcra.org.uk/dales These are “The Caves of Ingleborough” and “The Caves of Wharfedale”.

http://bcra.org.uk/index.html#events

Ingleborough webcam

Ingleborough webcam

Ingleborough webcam link

http://www.ingleboroughwebcam.co.uk/index.php

Images are captured every 60 seconds during daylight hours, the 12 noon image from each day can be found in the archive section.
Check out the timelapse movies created each day. Some of the most interesting sequences can be found in the showcase.

Weather in the Dales & BPF

Weather in the Dales & BPF

MET Office weather link

Ease Gill weather

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Remember:

Weather in the Dales can change dramatically in a very short time. It may be fine when you go underground but it could start raining heavily whilst you are underground.
Check the forecast before you go caving!

Ease Gill Caverns Sheet 4 survey

Sheet 4 now published

The fourth and final part of the Ease Gill Caverns Survey “Top Sink to Holbeck Junction” is now published and represents the culmination of of years of work by the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club. The survey is drawn by Ray Duffy.
This A1 sheet is produced in two colours and includes the Wretched Rabbit entrance series, Pool Sink, The Borehole and Boundary Pot plus all of the minor entrances in the area.
Its accompaning A4 size 32 page companion guide has detailed descriptions of the area covered plus information on Conservation, History, Access and the background to its publication.

Copies are available at “Bernies” and “Inglesport” in Ingleton and also direct from the club by sending a cheque made payable to RRCPC to:-
7 Broadacre,
Caton,
Lancaster.
LA2 9NF

Price:  Folded survey + Companion Guide –  £.7.50  (plus £1 p/p)

Copies of Sheets 1, 2 and 3  (covering Lancaster Hole and County Pot towards Holbeck Junction) are also still available as well as the enlarged edition of the Trident Series.
Contact the club for further details or collect from the above caving retail outlet

Three Counties breakthrough

Press Release. 8th November 2011

Breakthrough connection unites counties in UK’s longest cave system.

Daily Mail Link

At 4.30pm on Sunday 6th November 2011 two dedicated teams of cave explorers broke through the final gap after 140m of tunnelling between the Lost Johns and Notts Pot caves in the Yorkshire Dales region of the country. The breakthrough was the final piece in a jigsaw which makes reality of the much postulated “Three Counties Cave System”. It is now possible for the experienced (and very hard) caver to go underground in Cumbria, travel below Lancashire and emerge in Yorkshire.

This is the culmination of 50 years patient but persistent exploration of the huge network of caves that lie beneath the moorlands just to the north-east of the attractive town of Kirkby Lonsdale.  The combined total of the new cave system is estimated to be around 100km long and the longest in Great Britain.

The existence of the mega system was first proposed by Dave Brook of the University of Leeds Speleological Association in 1968.  Since that time many different groups of cavers have striven to ‘join the dots’ between the known caves beneath Gragareth and Casterton fells.  Gradually individual caves were explored and extended and with each passing decade new connections were made.  Finally only one connection remained which has taken the last two years to pass.  And this is not the end, as although the system fulfils the dream of connecting the cave through the three counties, there are many possibilities for extending the cave much further into Yorkshire.

“That last 140m has been one of the hardest to complete, burrowing through an horrendous fault zone of broken rock. This sort of digging is not for the faint hearted, commercial miners would have nightmares”, said local caver Tim Allen, “and we have certainly had a few close shaves.  I was trapped under a collapsed boulder the size of a piano and only saved by a swift move with my crowbar.  We named that spot the ‘Piano Bar’ after that incident.   There have been a few minor injuries over the years, bashes to the face and crushed and blackened fingers, but we work as carefully as we can.  Normally we have the lead diggers tunnelling at the face supported by others moving scaffolding up, and rock and mud out.”

“Come rain or shine we have spent our Thursday nights mining away into the small hours”, said Joe Giblin of the Preston Posse of cave diggers.

“Lying flat out in liquid mud with my outstretched hand I thought this is a similar but far less glamorous moment than the famous Channel Tunnel handshake,” said Pete Hall of the Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club.

“It’s been my job to make the route safe as the diggers progress”, said veteran caver Andy Walsh, “I can’t begin to tell you how much scaffold and cement I’ve carried down that cave, and the job isn’t finished yet”.

After three years of slow progress through the huge collapse zone, a voice connection was finally established on Thursday 3rd November, and the cavers knew they were close to success. Strong teams gathered on Sunday 6th November for the final push.

“First we heard voices, then we saw a light. After a few hours we managed to pass a crowbar through the small hole, and soon after that we shook hands with the team on the other side.  Eventually we could pass through.  It was a fantastic moment.” said Hugh St Lawrence.

“Finding the right direction has not been easy”, said Frank Pearson from Preston, “We have used laser survey techniques, magnetic field radio location, followed the draught and eventually heard each other.  But in the end we were spot on.”

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Drystone Walling Day

Another successful drystone walling day was held on Saturday 15th October. We completed a rebuild of the outside wall of the farm backgarden next to the stream. This was mostly done by members some of whom had not done this sort of work before. Although the event had been widelt advertised to other clubs and quite a bit of interest shown only a few non-members did attend and training was given by Mel and Sam. The weather held and it was a bight sunny day. Click on photos below for larger versions.

Before we began

hard at work

halfway through

Finished job

BCRA Cave Archaeology Group

The Cave Archaeology Group (CAG) is BCRA’s newest Special Interest Group, launched in October 2011 to promote interest and understanding of archaeology in and around caves. The Group’s target ‘audience’ are members of the caving community, who regularly visit or explore caves and who are in an ideal position to identify archaeological or paleontological material within cave environments. The creation of CAG has come about following the achievements of the Upland Caves Network -a discussion group of experts and interested parties drawn from various areas of discipline within cave research. The UCN was given a finite two-year lifespan and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The group hopes to enlist support and interest from anyone who spends leisure or professional time in caves, or who require a ‘first stop’ point of contact for advice, information, or other help with finds of potential archaeological material in caves. It is hoped that group
activities will be developed over time to include guided site visits, lectures, and the dissemination of information on cave archaeology
projects. The success of CAG will depend largely on the level of interest and support shown by those with an interest in cave
archaeology, who are also invited to come forward with their own suggestions regarding the development of the group.