I spent some time trying to climb up within the central chamber (above the passage that goes to another section of the cave) but it became too dodgy. Once the rest of my group had finished getting through the Kidney Squeeze and the other team had finished their descent, we conversed for a little while and then again separated to ascend out of the cave. This highlighted to me that a harness with a low attachment point is not very effective when you don’t have a Croll – oh well, extra fitness for me!
Once both teams were out we walked back to the cars and headed off to do a B4-B5 trip. There where a few climbs before we went down to the B4-5 extension where Bill gave us a narration of the rescue he attended the previous weekend.
Back at camp (I ended up walking as I didn’t have a change of cloths) we took over the indoor eating area and enjoyed hot meals (and hot showers).
I tried sleeping outside, but at some point during the night retreated to the back of the car after being awoken be some light rain – I should have under the shelter as I later found Tom had done.
Sun 23 – Grill Cave and Vertical Training
On Sunday we where joined by my Dad and Michael. After talking to some cavers it turned out the CO_2 wasn’t leaving us many options. We decided to do a short trip into Grill cave so everyone could have a ‘CO_2 experience’ (the first for many people). We headed in and Bill claimed he could already detect the CO_2 at the horizontal ladder. David and I headed down whilst the others went over. I could soon feel the effects. Once we had rendezvoused we spent some time playing around with a lighter trying to get a floating flame – see previous trip.
We went down a small slide head first and then exited the cave. David an I climbed out through an alternate daylight hole near the main entrance/exit.
We then headed to a practice cliff near B4-5 for some SRT practice.
It was an early finish and I got a lift back with my parents to enjoy another early train trip to work the next morning.
Tom’s ‘Trip Report’