Here is a very incomplete list of some of the trips the Eldon have been up to recently.

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Bob Toogood and I

Quick Jaunt down Giants to test Bob's shoulder having not caved since November and the 15hr trip to the far reaches of Torca La Vaca! Met at Wardlow for some chow and headed over to Giants when it started to snow - Nice!

Fairly straight forward trip with no incident bar Bob up to his usual tricks of getting absolutely soaked beyond the need (dropped his gloves in the stream before even entering the cave!) SRT on Garlands  and Bob even took me to somewhere I'd never been before and we stuck high in the crabwalk rather than dropping down which I can highly recommend to anyone to avoid the same ol' trip again. Climbed around out of Garlands rather than back up the rope which was quite fun but not quicker.

Surfaced at midday so a couple of hour trip. Stopped for a brew in Hope after to warm up.

Andy Grotbags Chapman, Miriam, Avelina, Sandy & I

We met in Inglesport at 10am for breakfast and soon departed full crew and parked on the lane at the base of Marble Steps. It still seemed a pleasant day up top and the walk over to the Shakehole was quite nice for a change overheating a tad en route. Andy rigged the first few pitches an we descended with ease skipped along the Upper and Lower main streamways to the junction of Duke Street. Andy went for a quick fettle whilst we regrouped and carried on towards the sump.

Mim and I dumped out SRT kits at the entrance to Skylight passage and after a 10min crawl emerged at a climb down into a nice bollock deep stream passage which soon led to the continuation of the large stream passage beyond the sump also known as Duke Street II which is even more impressive. From the base of the climb up to Jupiter Cavern Mim and I started to head back out whilst the others popped up into said cavern - reported to be "Yeahhh, it's alright" and hearing of Andytours - losing the way following a fixed rope!?

Surfaced into darkness and rain having been under 6hrs or so. Pleasant trip which could not be said for the weather above. Sideways rain, fog giving you a super chill!

Stopped at Bull Pot Farm.

Jams Wood and oneself

Boredom and laziness led us to a trip down Neptune mine on a nice cold winter evening. Parked at Wardlow and had a nice walk down Cressbrook Dale to the entrance which lies just up left from the first wall which crosses the dale. Neither of us has been before and with it only being 348m of mine passage in the guide book it didn't look like being a long trip.

Having stooped up the two right hand passages (going in) the only interesting'ish one being the second which leads to a natural fissure which looks like it's been dug in the past we missed out the short left hand branch and headed to the end. Not wanting to get wet feet Jams refused to venture any further than the first proper pool so I carried on to the end and on the way back climbed up the stopes to some natural passage investigated by Eavis and Harley the other year. This made the whole trip worth it in the end and can recommend it for anyone wanting a mincing trip with some excitement delicately balancing up and down the miners deads.

Retired to The Moon as the Red Lion was shut.




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