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Mayday Hole 8th August 2021 09 Aug 2021 18:21 #20398

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At 7:30am Pitlamp on UKCaving reported that a cloud burst had left 46mm of rain in his rain gauge in Clapham .  He advised that ‘conditions will be very different underground in the Ingleborough area’.

At 9:30am we set off to the Ingleborough area to do Mayday Hole because it is always dry.  As we drove from Helwith Bridge to Austwick there was 6” of water on the road in several places and the car was creating a bow wave.

It took us 2 hours to find the cave entrance because it is on the opposite side of the path to the one indicated on the CaveMaps.org map but we did get to visit most of the other caves in the area plus a number of digs.

There was a small stream flowing into the cave which followed us all the way to the bottom.  We could tell that is normally a dry cave because many of the bolts have been placed to dangle you through the waterfalls - but did we let that dampen our enthusiasm?  Well yes, we did a bit, but we got to the bottom and got out.

Those present: Dave Chadwick, Paul Magson. 
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Mayday Hole 8th August 2021 09 Aug 2021 19:00 #20399

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What's the trip like? is it worth a newsletter article being a recent addition to the Dales cave list?

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Mayday Hole 8th August 2021 09 Aug 2021 19:48 #20400

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It's an SRT trip, not a caving trip.  In other words it's down, down, down for 6 pitches then up, up, up.
Bit tight in places but Stuart did it with a bigger team in better conditions recently.  He could comment more.
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Mayday Hole 8th August 2021 19 Sep 2021 13:27 #20449

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Agree with Paul, it's a vertical SRT trip.
Our trip report was for 9th May - as near as we could get to Mayday.
We were lucky and managed to sneak in a free trip on the initial ropes diggers before it was Resin anchored. Was very dry when we did it though well worth a look, some nice vertical situations. There is a new rigging guide on the CNCC website. 
Just beware of loose bits because its not been that well travelled. Easy to find just a couple of shakeholes from the track. Grid reference SD 7280 7252  or these days What3words - RACKS.VAULTING.RIBCAGE
That's all you need.
Brilliant write up here by Tim Allen about the work done and pics, if you want to do some armchair caving.
ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=27942.0

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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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Austwick Road
Helwith Bridge
North Yorkshire
BD24 0EH

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