Simpson's Pot - Valley Entrance Pull Through
Saturday May 30th 2015
Members present: Adam Walmsley, Alistair Rollinson, Dan Boothby, Rachel Findlay
Once inside we really motored, rigging each pitch with a seperate bag to maximise efficiency. This meant even I couldn't slow us down with my rack. It really was a very enjoyable cave, with the short pitches intersected with traverses, short climbs, and rifts. The traverse over the Pit was particularly interesting. This was a wet trip, due to 90% of it being in an active streamway, but we kept moving and stayed comfortable. The duck through the blasted hole was very entertaining, as both me and Ali ended up dunking ourselves, despite Ali shouting "feet first, feet first!" at me!
Slit Pot was the major faff creator. Firstly it is a difficult pitch-head even if rigged, being very thin, and well, slit like. Once Ali was through, had rigged the pull through, and decended, he realised not enough rope had been lowered. So he had to prussik up, rerig and descend again. Rachel and I followed without too much problem, Rachel even describing it as "a piece a' pess". Once Walmslers was also at the bottom he attempted to pull through, but despite all of us pulling it wouldn't budge. After trying twice to shift it, Walmslers ascended, re-rigged the twisted rope once more and came back down. The rope moved so far but still refused to shift. We decided the best course of action was to abandon the rope and move on, as we were getting to within an hour and a half of callout, were getting cold and had a second rope to contiue.
The last third or so went relatively easily, decending down waterfall pitch to reach Kingsdale Master Cave, a very nice streamway that it was a shame we didnt have more time to appreciate. We basically ran through Valley Entrance in a bid to get back in time, and eventually emerged from the tube 40 minutes before callout.
Despite the faff this was a very enjoyable trip. It was fun, short, not knackering and would've been seamless had it not been for Slit Pot. 10/10 would cave again.
PS. Does anyone fancy another trip to Simpsons? Bring a spare empty tackle sack....