Mendips - 21st/22nd June 03
Jan, clewin, Darryl, Joachim, Jerry, James, Neel, Moritz, Pete
Arrived at the Hunter's in time for a few ales, got the Belfry key from the behind bar and walked back to a once again deserted caving hut. Report and Pics by Jan.
Swildon's - Short Round, via Sump 4 (5hrs)
Jan, clewin, Darryl, Joachim, Neel, Moritz, Pete
Followed the streamway down then climbed upto Tratman's Temple, bailed the Mud Sump very efficiently and until it was almost dry! Pete was not impressed. Continued past Shatter Pot (start of long round) and arrived at start of the Troubles, tried to start the siphon running but it wouldn't work. A rift in the floor was the start of Blue Pencil Passage, a
nasty evil tight as f**k LOVELY crawl quickly leading to a contorted horrible JOYOUS right angle bend, which had to be done feet first and then dropped out a 4m climb into Swildons Four.
Had a look at Sump 3, Sump 4 looked low and horrible, a rope hung down from Cowsh*t Aven (leading out of Priddy Green Sink), we went back the streamway was very nice.
There are FOUR
squalid muddy WARM ducks in the Trouble Series leading eventually to the awkward Birthday Squeeze and The Landing, an excellent slide back into the main streamway, which is Swildons Two. We followed the large streamway until Sump 1, the sump was only about a foot long long due to low water, but long enough! With the only option to go back through countless horrible ducks we all plunged through without, much, hesistation.
We stormed up Swildons One and exited to beautiful sunshine at about 4.30pm.
Would you trust this man to rescue YOU!!
SRT Rescue Training with Andy Sparrow - Split Rock, Milton Hill, nr. Wells
joined by Jerry and James
Directions - Take Old Bristol Rd. South to Wells, turn right down Ash Lane, turn right up Milton Lane.
What we did