Saturday November 12th 2016
Members present: Adam Walmsley, Adrian Turner, Asher Caswell, David Willis, Jean-luc Heath, Joseph Smith, Joshua Young, Martin Albacete
We eventually made it to Alum, and split ourselves up between the NW and SE routes. This was my first time rigging on a trip, and the perilous drop made the experience no less stressful, but to make up for it the normally fantastic descent was made even more epic (and wet!) by the surging waterfalls. I was quickly joined by Jean-Luc, then Asher, and Walmslers arrived from the other route, who speedily rigged the final pitch and he and the freshers headed down. I was then joined by Martin, David and finally Joe, who gave a wonderful show in his disastrous attempts to stay dry. Unfortunately Ade had decided against descending after seeing his rope dropping straight into the surging waterfall.
After their brief adventure to the sump, the first people began the long prussik out. Some found the climb significantly easier than others (more practice on the long prussik is in order!) but all were agreed that at least it was better than staying in the spray. The cold ensured an efficient change and by 16:00 we were all on our way to the glorious buffet & beer that awaited us at the 35th anniversary celebrations. Walmslers gave an accurate estimate of a 4:1 caving to faff ratio, but it was overall a nice and light, yet enjoyable day out.
Other YUCPC reports on Alum Pot
- Long Churn - Alum Pot by Alistair Rollinson
- Alum Pot - Long Churn Dolly Tubs Exchange by Jonathan Booth
- Alum Pot by Mike Rippon
- Alum Pot by Mark Sims
- Alum Pot - 12th Dec 2010 by Jonathan Booth
- Long Churn / Alum Pot by Imogen Shepherd
- Long Churn / Alum Pot - 05 Apr 2008 by Adam Wilkinson
- Alum Pot - 03 Dec 2005 by Aimee Chalmers