After a very wet week up on Mendip and torrential rain on Friday afternoon Bean and I decided to have a trip down to sump 1. Going down was entertaining to say the least, we arrived at sump 1 rather damp but very clean. Bean described the water level as very high/in flood.
Going back was harder than i thought it was going to be, some of the climbs were very tricky due to the volume of water hitting you. Nailor knee pads were a bad idea, acting like sails on a boat, forcing my legs back down the climbs, almost lost a welly too. Hand of god (bean) got me over the edge of one of the climbs, then pushed me over another where I was being forced back down. Eventually we made it out - by my fingernails I think. First beer in the Hunters didnt touch the side, or the second come to think of it. Was great to see it in conditions like that, but I will vote for a little less water next time.
Muscles in my legs were severely strained lifting them against the force of the water on the climbs - its Monday afternoon and I can hardly get up and down the stairs.
Swildon's is indeed superb in flood provided (of course) water levels are falling and you really know the cave well. Well done on getting it right and having a very memorable trip , Mr. Finch. Casual readers of this report, beware though, as it's also potentially lethal.