Boggart's Roaring Holes
Saturday November 19th 2016
Members present: Andrew Vick, Catherine Moody, Rachel Findlay, Toby Buxton
The squeeze to Loose Tooth Pitch caused some entertainment for all. I believe this is where, on a previous occasion, Mark dropped his helmet down the pitch; Sandy nearly did the same, whereas my long cowstail was handily long enough that I could clip it to my helmet to avoid a recurrence while pushing the helmet ahead. However, I did need help from Rachel when my little side bag got me nice and wedged - after being unclipped it got abandoned for later retrieval. Some scary acrobatics are required to extract yourself from the squeeze while not falling down the next pitch but thankfully it was easier than it looked.
At the bottom of The Terminator, huddled in the narrow rift, there was no room for Rachel so we sent her straight back up again, to be shortly overtaken so she could help Toby de-rig. Several sections of the cave have been blasted and are somewhat awkward to negotiate uphill, especially with a bag, but nevertheless we made steady progress and reached the surface around 4 to 4.5 hours after leaving - a significant and welcome improvement on the "at least 6-8 hours" suggested by NFTFH. I guess not having to use spits makes things a bit quicker. After prusicking up through hail/snow, I emerged to find Sandy and Andy doing a jig in the dark. I joined them in their silent disco to attempt to keep warm in the snowstorm while waiting for Tobes and Findles to catch up. Thankfully the white stuff hadn't been too heavy and we were able to retrace our footprints back to the cars. Another one ticked off the list. I'm glad to have done it but it wasn't especially inspiring so I'm not sure I'll necessarily be rushing back.