1st April 2012 - Nigel Dibben - SK16106460
We met up with Paul Lydon (OCC) in the café at Monyash and drove all the way to Water Icicle as the track was so dry. Paul kindly provided a rope as none of us had brought one! The trip in was quite quick with the 30m entrance pitch followed by a short walking passage to the breakthrough point. Here, Paul led and opened up the gate at the top of the fixed ladder climb. The passage beyond is similar to the entrance passage but in better condition because of the protection from the gate. It is very old cave, over a million years old, and part of a system that is no longer related to ‘modern’ features such as Lathkill Dale. At the end, we looked at a couple of digs. On the way back to the gate, we went off to the side through a second breakthrough point in Cherty-Two passage and on pasty a pit in the floor to another dig. There stills seems to be potential in the cave.
On the way out, we looked briefly at the rift which is thought to have been the miners’ original entrance. Then it was a case of plodding back up the entrance pitch to sunlight and cold wind.
Good trip even if it is not all that long. On the trip were Nigel, Allan, Pete W and John S. Thanks to Paul for leading and lending the rope.
Below 1: John and Pete before we start - rare Derbyshire weather Below 2: In the new passage - typical shape and size Below 3: John at the top of the Elevator Below 4: The group at the bottom of the entrance pitch