28th June 2023 - Kelly Garrett
We all arrived at 18.30 and got suited and booted for our adventure. We made our way through the farm to the first pitch head of Rowter Hole.
Olly, Sarah and Yvonne got to work rigging 2 lines down the first impressive 69-meter pitch. Jane very cleverly apprehended OllyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s car keys and hid them under a rock to avoid having to do such a big pitch twice but unfortunately stung both her hands on nettles! Jane soldiered on *regardless* and we began to make our descent.
What a surprise it was to me how bouncy the rope was! Fun - fun - fun!
Once I arrived at the bottom, out came the UV torch and we obsessed over glowing rocks and discovered persistent luminescence! Ooo, ahhh, wow! was the convo for quite some time as we waited for everyone to finish their descent.
We went onwards through the abyss to the gin Shaft where Jane and Sarah decided to wait for us Olly, Yvonne and myself proceeded down 13 meters of the gin shaft to the boulder choke were Olly decided to wait not surprising I just about got my 5ft 2Ã¢â‚¬Â and a bit self through the crack me and Yvonne carried on through the bolder choke to the badger rift which was our intended destination. As it was an evening trip, we didn't have time for the full exploration of this vast system.
I was quite happy, as this was on my dad's bucket list and at the time of writing his list, the extensions had not yet been found, so happy in the knowledge I'd completed up to where he would have got.
We headed back to the others, Jane and Sarah had started to make their way up so it wasn't long before I started the long accent back up the 69 meter pitch. Well 20 minutes or so..
Once we were all out, we played around trying to spell dcc with our bodies for the end of the night group photo. Other than Olly forgetting all about the car keys Jane had carefully placed under the stone, and doing the walk of shame! All in all, a fabulous place especially if you have a UV torch hahaha!
Top trip guys thanks to everyone it was great to tick another one off the list.
Below 1: Top of Rowter showing the capped shaft Below 2: We all attempt to shape ourselves to the letters of the DCC Below 3: Looking up the shaft from the re-belay Below 4: Kelly and Yvonne enjoy the calcite formations under UV light.
Type of entry: Caving