28 February 2010 - Nigel - SK 1486 8259
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Allan decided that one trip to Peak was not enough - and he was right. Seventeen members and friends turned up for the trip on a cold Sunday at the end of February. Although the week before had been wet, the day was dry and water levels in the cave were relatively low. After changing and signing in, we all went into the cave together as far as the junction to Moss Chamber. There, Allan and the hardy ones went off for a trip to Moss Chamber and the rest of us carried on. At Surprise View, the group split again (a bit unevenly but to my advantage as a photographer) and nine went upstream and three went downstream.
The smaller group of Colin, Bill and Nigel went rapidly down to the sump taking a couple of pictures on the way. We had to quickly relearn how to take pictures in cold wet and steamy passages. Bill and Colin demonstrated that the sump contained water by wading in and we then turned round to go to the inlet sump, Far Sump. On the way, we met the other group coming downstream and for some reason, Tony and Colin decided to have a water battle. Colin won - he had a wetsuit on.
Up at Far Sump (which seemed to us to have got farther away now - or is it advancing years), Bill demonstrated the water depth and we turned back. Meeting no one on the way, we decided to head out, ignoring the arrangement to meet the Moss Chamber bunch at the junction, but it was just as well because everyone else had left the cave by now. They ignored us too! Anyway, we met the 'rescuers' in the show cave and soon got out to change.
A short stop in the Wanted followed and we shared a few crisps and chips. Tony shared all of my crisps but then I had emptied a wellie of dirty water over his car so he thought it was reasonable revenge.
A good trip was had by all and many thanks to Allan. For those who are interested, six out of the ten (!) committee members were down there so we could have had a quorate meeting at Squaw Junction.
Below 1: Most of the team at the end of the Five Arches Below 2: The superb main streamway down from Surprise View Below 3: Bill in Far Sump - up to his neck in it Below 4: Nigel enjoying the main stream