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Notts Pot 12th Dec. 2020 27 Jan 2021 10:54 #20247

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Never wrote up the last meet weekend of the year 2020 and it seems so long ago, we were still in tier 2 back then so all was done properly, even had a risk assessment and everything, socially distanced by a pitch length, wearing gloves and balaclavas and gargling bleach later with our substantial meal.What might have been a first for the year of 2020, we actually did the trip which was on the calendar. The 12th of December saw a team of 3 hardy souls from the YSS venture out onto a blustery and caver crowded Leck Fell to descend Notts Pot by Adamsons route and the fine pitch of Birthday Pot, there followed some fine rigging by Rich of the 'tri hang' dropping us down from the traverse leading via the next ascending traverse onto the penultimate pitch to the lower streamway which was very impressive, the last tiny pitch to the sump was definately not a place to linger so having bounced down seperatley in turn, we were soon retreating from the maelstrom.
After a steady trip out it was quite still on the surface and a more pleasant 'change' than earlier had been.
5 hours of caving plus the walk each way meant we had earned our tea at the Helly - suitably attired in Christmas jumpers.Those along Rich Rae, Stu Weston and some van dwelling fella.

The new Gleistein got used, as did my new cows tails which had been due for replacement for quite some time.
It seemed a very tiring trip, possibly due to not being cave fit anymore, possibly having reached an age where I had been for a flu jab the day before, either way when we are allowed to return to our beloved passtime bear in mind that it will be a whole lot harder than you remember it being - so start with an easy trip and build up.

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There are many club organised caving weekends, with a mixture of easy and difficult caving.  Over the past few years we have given lots of people the opportunity to experience caving with our "Try Caving" events.  These are quite popular and quite a few people have subsequently joined the club. We have YSS members caving most weekends so it is easy for new cavers to tag onto the easier caving trips and find people to help with more training.


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