Sunday, 26 October 2014

How not to get lost in Notts II

It is that time of year that the clocks go backwards. This give you the opportunity to stay in bed for an extra hour enjoy the relaxation and emerge feeling refreshed. We however were camping in Yorkshire in a storm at the end of October, we were treated to an extra hour of being cold and miserable lying awake listening to the wind and rain lashing against the tents. We emerged from tents, packed away and headed to Ingleton to meet up with those who had gone home to the comfort of warm beds. We again split up after the tea drinking, a Swistow through trip for the dangly folks and a trip into Notts II for those of the wandering about persuasion. We parked, changed and headed down the very impressive 200ft dug shaft to go for our explore of Notts II. We first headed downstream to the sump before heading upstream and spent a good while taking photos in the main stream and Curry Inlet. With people getting very cold stood around taking photos we headed out stopping off to take photos of the very impressive column in the top of the keyhole passage. This required tip toeing on muddy ledges high up and was completed by Mark and Jess, before we headed out.

Notts Pot II - Curry Inlet
Mike in Curry Inlet - Notts II - photo Mark Burkey

Notts Pot II - Main Streamway
Jess in the Main Streamway - Notts II - photo Mark Burkey

Notts Pot II - Main Streamway
Mike in the Main Streamway - photo Brendan Marris

Notts Pot II - Main Streamway
Mike in the Main Streamway - photo Brendan Marris

Notts Pot II - Main Streamway
Lucy in the Main Streamway - photo Brendan Marris

Notts Pot II - Above the Main Streamway
Jess in the keyhole above the Main Streamway - photo Mark Burkey

On the way out Mark led the way up the climb followed by Mike, Lucy, Jess and then Brendan. Half way up the scaffolded shaft I was surprised to see a light below me, I shouted down assuming there must be another group in the cave, and was surprised when Lucy called up saying she had got lost in the dug shaft and both Jess and myself had passed her unknown.

Present: Mark Burkey, Jess Burkey, Mike Bonner, Lucy Collins and Brendan Marris

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