News from 2024

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Newsletter 151

Sun, Feb 18 2024

The latest club newsletter is available to read.

Odin Mine

Sat, Feb 10 2024

Five people underground at Odin Mine today, Plus Steve Knox, who was out walking and met up with us at the start and the end of our trip. Castleton and the surrounding area was packed with people on what was a miserable day, weather wise. We made our way down to the Cartgate chamber, admiring the mud and the dry stone ceilings along the way. As a result of this trip, we've made a change to the Odin mine rigging topo rope length for the traverse for the 2nd (up) pitch from 25m to 16m.

Eyam Dale House Cave Rigging Topo

Tue, Feb 6 2024

Eyam Dale House Cave rigging topo. Changed the Derbyshire key symbol to key, or code required symbol, following changes to access for this cave.

Sidetrack and Convenience Caves

Sun, Jan 28 2024

A visit to Sidetrack Cave, followed by Convenience Cave, in Eldon Quarry today for squeezes of varying lengths, leading to well decorated passages beyond.

Dan Badderley in Convenience Cave. Photo © Grace Chu 2024

Dan Badderley in Convenience Cave. Photo © Grace Chu 2024

Bottle Pot Added to the Rigging Guide

Tue, Jan 16 2024

On Sunday, three club members were guests on a trip to Bottle Pot in the Upper Dove catchment. A short, but fun cave, with fine "Yorkshire" style pitches, descending to horizontal passages of Derbyshire mud. Notes were taken, sketches made and ropes measured. A rigging topo for this trip has been added to the Rigging Guide.

P8 and Mine Exploration

Mon, Jan 8 2024

Seven members underground in a wet P8 on Sunday. Another two explored old mine workings elsewhere.

Rigging Guide

Wed, Jan 3 2024

Some minor changes to the rigging guide topo for Longcliffe Mine. Added the resin anchor for a backup at the entrance. In addition to the padlock key to open the lid, it is a good idea to have a Derbyshire key, AKA a large adjustable spanner, to help open and close the latch from the outside.

2024 is the 30th anniversary year of the very first CCPC Rigging Guide. A scan of the first edition is available to view, for those that are interested. Much has changed. Thefts from caver's cars while underground have thankfully declined. Many cavers still had to be convinced that resin anchors were reliable and safe. There have been new discoveries and major extensions, along with new and improved routes in existing caves and mines. Vertical caving in Derbyshire has come a long way.


Heather Simpson and Rob Nevitt in Cae Coch Sulfur Mine, North Wales. 
	The colours are real. Photo © Gaz McShee. April 2023.

Heather Simpson and Rob Nevitt in Cae Coch Sulfur Mine, North Wales. The colours are real. Photo © Gaz McShee. April 2023.