YUCPC Trip History

Here you can see the list of pretty much all the trips YUCPC members have been on over the years. Members can also submit reports which will hopefully help others to avoid problems or just for some inspiration! Use the filters below to view by year or cave.

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Trips & Reports 2011

Saturday December 31st 2011 Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 2 (top) to OFD 3 Members: Jennie Hill,  Mark Sims

Jennie wrote...

Neither Mark or I had been to OFD 3 before so we were both looking forward to an exciting trip after hearing stories of crazy traverses, pole bridges and awkward climbs. Martin had offered to be our guide with the hope to capture a few good photos along the way and having caved with him before I knew we were in good hands. The walk up to top entrance was definitely an incentive to get underground, wet, poor visibility and the... read more

3 photos by Jennie...

Friday December 30th 2011 Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 2 (top) Members: Jennie Hill,  Mark Sims
Thursday December 29th 2011 Llygad Llwchwr 1 Members: Hayley Clamp,  Jennie Hill,  Mark Sims

Jennie wrote...

The description is a bit misleading in terms of locating the entrance, you can easily end up at Llygad Llwchwr 2. After parking on the side of the road climb over the stile and walk straight. To your left there is another gate and stile which you need to go through. This takes you past a shake hole on your left (this is the entrance to LL2). Carry on straight until you hit a path and follow it and the... read more

Thursday December 29th 2011 Llygad Llwchwr 2 Members: Hayley Clamp,  Jennie Hill,  Mark Sims

Jennie wrote...

On our way to Llygad Llwchwr we got chatting to a fellow caver who recommended popping into Llygad Llwchwr 2. This is a relatively new find and has plenty of formations to impress. After our trip in LL we made our way down to the entrance which is located at the bottom of a shake hole. Covered by some corrugated sheets is a short climb down into the stream, nicely supported by scaffold poles. There is no route finding issues here... read more

Wednesday December 28th 2011 Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 2 (Cwm Dwr) Members: Jennie Hill,  Mark Sims
Sunday December 18th 2011 Simpson's Pot - Valley Entrance Members: Andy Hurlbatt,  Sophie Hentschel

Sophie wrote...

Getting up at 6:45am is surely one of the most unpleasant things you could possibly do on a Sunday morning, especially if it’s the first weekend of your well-deserved Christmas holidays. When the alarm rang on that 18th December, I was cursing the person – oh, it was me – who had set the alarm on such an early hour. But then I remembered the reason why: caving with two of my closest friends from ULSA, Kristian and John (who... read more

Andy wrote...

After a fair bit of faff with a hire car, we eventually made it to Kingsdale at about midday. We had a rather fresh change in the snow, before making our way to Valley Entrance to rig the ladder at pitch head into the West Kingsdale Master Cave necessary for the way out. John went first, followed shortly by Kristian, while Sophie and I waited outside for what should have been a 15 minute job. 45 minutes later, noises were... read more

Saturday December 17th 2011 Alum Pot Members: Adam Walmsley,  Jonathan Booth,  Laura Ward,  Luke Brownbridge,  Mark Sims,  Mike Rippon,  Steven Spall

Mark wrote...

Rigging took absolutely ages! When it came to lowering down ladder 7 and ladder 8, the weight was almost taking me off my feet. But it did look pretty impressive. I expected it to be fairly hard to climb a 60 m ladder, but it was much much worse than I was expecting! I have a huge amount of respect for people who did this for all their trips. It was an awesome sight to see ladders stretching out of sight... read more

Jonathan wrote...

Only hardcore 2 because I bailed on the ladders after my hands turned to ice and decided to prussick up the lifeline. I've no idea how people did caves like Alum and Juniper in the 20's and didnt freeze to death

Kevin wrote...

Would wooden ladders have been more comfortable? The Bradford lot were pretty impressed!

Steven wrote...

Get's a 3 for scummyness because it was so cold!

Matt wrote...

Good effort Mark!! Sounds awesome!

Mike wrote...

Alum didn't disappoint as always! Going down Long Churn & Dolly Tubs was good fun, with a few moments to keep it interesting as always (watch those edges next time Laura :p) I only made it about 15m up the ladder (in the waterfall), before my arms got tired, so I decided to use the rope instead, rather than destroy myself any further (maximum credit to Mark, who made it the whole way up). After bailing, I found I actually struggled on... read more

6 photos by Mike...

Sunday December 11th 2011 Nettle Pot to Derbyshire Hall Members: Adam Walmsley,  Alastair Gott,  Caitlin Brumby,  Toby Buxton
Saturday December 10th 2011 Oxlow Cavern Members: Alexander Stelfox,  Andy Hurlbatt,  Eleanor Francis,  Julia Stelfox,  Laurent Michaux,  Louise Bell,  Mike Rippon,  Sam Briscoe,  Sophie Hentschel

Alexander wrote...

We need the change and faff ratings back for trips, this one gets a 4 for change, not the worst, but very unpleasant.

Andy wrote...

I've incorporated Change into Scum, it wouldn't have any otherwise.

Saturday December 10th 2011 Eldon Hole North and South Gully route exhange. Members: Caitlin Brumby,  Gary Douthwaite,  John Singleton,  Karolis Miskinis,  Mark Sims,  Matt Ewles,  Thomas Chatterjee

Caitlin wrote...

Also there was Tom on this trip - but I don't know his last name. Eldon still smells quite nasty at the bottom.

Saturday December 10th 2011 Maskhill Mine Members: Adam Walmsley,  Toby Buxton
Saturday December 10th 2011 Wapping Mine Members: Adam Wilkinson,  Adrian Turner,  Catherine Moody,  Hayley Clamp,  Jennie Hill,  Laura Ward,  Marion Holloway,  Steven Spall
Saturday November 26th 2011 Rowten Pot Members: Adam Walmsley,  Caitlin Brumby,  Sophie Hentschel

Sophie wrote...

One word to sum it up: terrifying! I'm not a big fan of near-death experiences. However, I did enjoy all the way in, because it's just such an impressive setting and you're constantly on the ropes. It was brilliant to try out my shiny new gear whilst doing some more complicated SRT stuff. Perhaps after having 'digested' a bit the shocker of this weekend, I might like to try it again - but only in much better weather conditions! This... read more

Caitlin wrote...

The three of us YUCPC guys headed down the eyehole route after SUSS (I think it was, Tom, Chris, little Peachy and two more freshers?!) expecting a quick-ish trip. I was treating the trip as some good experience for Sophie and a bit of classic Kingsdale fun. Things started to get amusing when Walmsers said ‘ Caitlin, I don’t think I remember how to use my gear’. I wasn’t too sure what to say to him at that point,... read more

Caitlin wrote...

Also, kind words, Sophie :)

Saturday November 26th 2011 County Pot as far as Splash Chamber Members: Catherine Moody,  Mark Sims

Mark wrote...

An interesting trip. We originally went to do Lancaster, but soon found it wasn't really an option since YSS were doing a novice training day there (conveniently coinciding with CHECC...good planning!). Instead we went to pop down County, thinking that given the intermittent rain that Manchester Bypass would be a sensible choice. Easegill Beck had no water flowing as we walked up from Link, and the rain eased as we reached the entrance. It was still nice to get underground though.... read more

Catherine wrote...

This was the second time in the space of a few months that I'd witnessed a flood pulse in County Pot. Slightly less scary given that I knew more-or-less what to expect, and that we would be able to exit safely (even if it meant waiting a while for water levels to retreat), but nevertheless a sobering experience. Given the amount of water on the way down to Spout Hall, I mentioned to Mark that we may find it a bit... read more

Monday November 21st 2011 New Goyden Pot Members: Mark Sims,  Toby Buxton
Sunday November 20th 2011 County Pot - Wretched Rabbit Members: Alexander Stelfox,  Andy Hurlbatt,  George Bunyan,  Laurent Michaux,  Louise Bell
Sunday November 20th 2011 Bull Pot of the Witches to Gour Chamber followed by SRT routec Members: Alastair Gott,  Catherine Moody,  Eleanor Francis,  Luke Brownbridge,  Sam Briscoe
Sunday November 20th 2011 County Pot Ignorance is Bliss round trip Members: Caitlin Brumby,  Catherine Peake,  Henry Bird,  Mark Sims

5 photos by Mark...

Saturday November 19th 2011 Lancaster Hole Round Trip Members: Andy Hurlbatt,  Kate Mason,  Mark Sims,  Sam Briscoe

6 photos by Mark...

Saturday November 19th 2011 Lancaster Hole round trip via Oxbow Corner and Double Decker Pot Members: Eleanor Francis,  Gary Douthwaite,  Laurent Michaux,  Matt Ewles
Saturday November 19th 2011 Wretched Rabbit - Lancaster Hole via the Main Drain Members: Catherine Moody,  Jonathan Booth,  Karim Shokraee,  Theresa Holesovsky

Catherine wrote...

Dropped into the main drain at Stake Pot; back up at Fall Pot. Splashy splashy! :)

Saturday November 19th 2011 County Pot - Lancaster Hole Members: Alexander Stelfox,  Caitlin Brumby,  Catherine Peake,  George Bunyan,  Henry Bird
Saturday November 19th 2011 County Pot The round trip via poetic justice Members: Adam Walmsley,  Alastair Gott,  Gemma Stevens,  Luke Brownbridge
Sunday November 13th 2011 Jingling Pot Members: Adam Hughes,  Justin Byrne,  Mark Sims,  Thomas Crashley,  Toby Buxton
Sunday November 13th 2011 Hillocks Mine (with a finger in Knotlow) Members: Alexander Stelfox,  Catherine Peake,  Christopher Jones,  Henry Bird,  Sophie Hentschel

Christopher wrote...

Knotlow wasn't the same the second time through, no idea why

Chad wrote...

was it coz of the finger?

Sophie wrote...

I really enjoyed my first trip with some of the YUCPC lot! And am very pleased that they are really fun and friendly. Also, I was surprised about our group's efficiency: meeting early, leaving almost on time, and not too much of faffing and waiting around :p Alex let me de-rig the last pitch on the way back, which I really appreciated, and he's a good teacher. Thanks again! I've never been to a mine before, only natural caves, and... read more

Saturday November 12th 2011 Peak Cavern Members: Alastair Gott,  Alyssa Scott,  Andy Hurlbatt,  Christina Cartaciano,  Kevin Francis,  Phillip Mcdermott
Saturday November 12th 2011 County Pot Round trip via Stop Pot Members: Catherine Moody,  George Bunyan,  Marianne Log,  Theresa Holesovsky
Sunday October 30th 2011 Valley Entrance Members: Alexander Stelfox,  Jai Harrison,  Louise Bell,  Sam Frost
Sunday October 30th 2011 Giants Hole Round trip Members: Caitlin Brumby,  Gary Douthwaite,  Katharina Thanner,  Laura Macdougall,  Matt Ewles,  Rose Wilson,  Sam Jones
Saturday October 29th 2011 Giants Hole Members: Charlie Rowland,  Jonathan Booth,  Russell Whiting,  Steven Spall

Jonathan wrote...

We planned to do the round trip the other way round, but turn back at the windpipe and just explore. The dificult bit was finding where in the crabwalk to climb up, heres some advice: The guidbook says the climb up is 40m into the crabwalk, we found this was a lot futher, the first chance to climb up is probably at least 100m in. There are loads of options to climb up, the rift can be climbed pretty much anywhere.... read more