Stream Passage Pot to Corkys - 23/05/2015

Written by Jon Pemberton.

Too Bobgood, Grave Deadhill & I

Not one to turn down pre-rigged potholes, after some grub in Inglesport we had a long plod up the flanks of Ingleborough to the Winch meet. After blowing off... a few youth's on the way up, we eventually decided to head down Stream passage pot as I'd not bee down before. Being ill prepared we'd find our way to the main chamber and make things up as we went along.

We quickly kitted up on surface when Bob suddenly shouted up his lamp had failed, Using Dave's spare we were quickly down the entrance pitches and enjoying the classic "Yorkshire pitches" nice and clean for a change. at the bottom of the last pitch is when I realised I have actually been down here before but still unsure of who I was with? - Any takers? (Too much time with Bob). After some regular faffing we eventually found somewhere we recognised in the system (Main chamber) and stopped to clean our now rank kit! A few mins watching the winch then a climb up to mud chamber and beyond, we though about exiting via Bar pot but found that a club had just finished rigging Corkys - Fantastic as we were stood right at the bottom of the rope!

Corkys is quite a novelty entrance with not much point as it has been pretty much mined out in the higher level passages to not gain much cave, more of a collectors piece. A nice big 40m pitch followed by a fair few short tight pitches/pitch heads and one rather long flat out crawl "Nemesis". This proved not to be a favourable entrance for my two compadres with one not wanting a strenuous trip and the other two caving trips back from a 2yr break with a broken back! I rather enjoyed it.

A long walk back down to Clapham and we were in the Bridge by 9pm followed by copious amounts of ale.