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					                             Masson News
                                                                                         June 2009
Forthcoming Trips

IMPORTANT
Please ring trip leaders to confirm trips are on and to let them know you are going. This is
particularly important for Yorkshire or other long distance trips if you want to avoid a potentially
abortive journey
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Saturday 6 June Merlin and Nickergrove Mines, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire Grade: Easy. Two short easy
caves, oversuit trip, no SRT. Meet in 'Outside' cafe at Calver traffic lights between 9:30-9:45 and then drive up to
usual lay-by in Stoney. Coordinator: Mark Clements. Phone Mark to let him know you are coming 01724 345029 or
Mobile 07796 112110

ADVANCE NOTICE:
Saturday 11 July 2009 DICCAN POT (SRT Grade 5) Sunday trip to be arranged on the weekend
Co-ordinator: Tony Walker Meet Inglesport café, Ingleton 9am to 9.30am for prompt 10am start both days.
Accommodation may be available at the YSS Hostel, Helwith Bridge, but you will need to book yourself, in
advance, by contacting Fiona Weare on hutbookings@yssuk.com or you can ring Fiona on 01274 604706 (e-mail
preferred).

FUTURE YORKSHIRE TRIPS (subject to permit permissions, where applicable)
As for last year, on most weekends only one trip is specified, leaving a second trip to be decided by those
attending. Anyone who wants permit trips arranging should contact me as soon as possible and preferably by e-
mail at: pete.scott@northlincs.gov.uk

Dates for 2009 Yorkshire weekends are as follows:
01 August           Cherry Tree Hole
12 September                 Black Shiver
03 October          Meregill
14 November                  TBA
27/28 December               Lost Johns / Notts Pot
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30 Anniversary Weekend
The weekend was a great success and I think everyone had a good time. The weather for Alan‟s bar-b on Friday
night stayed dry, although a little cold. It just meant everyone had to stand as close as they could to the bar-b-q.
There was a fine selection of sausages and burgers sizzling away and Robin with his 18oz rump steak. Those
stopping in the bunkhouses found them to be clean but a little basic and the plumbing was a bit noisy. When
someone flushed the toilet it sounded like a jet plane landing overhead. Jon Scaife renamed them Stalag as he
thought they resembled a German POW camp. I think he went a bit too far when he tried to arrange a digging
team to escape. I suppose once a caver always a caver. On saturday morning Masson members went en mass to
Inglesport café for their cavers breakfast and mug of coffee. After the ritual lard and caffeine fix, people headed off,
most opting for Pete‟s Calf Holes trip, probably the best attended trip for a long while. Ann Soulsby, Roy Rodgers
and Robin Stiffin went to do Hunt Pot, and Alan Alsop, Jim Borrington and I went to do Tatham Wife. Most of the
non cavers of the weekend went for a walk from Clapham to Ingleborough Cave and some on up to Gaping Ghyll.
In the evening we all congregated in the bar, except for Pete Scott who had to go home to pack for his cruise
around the Med and Daz and Andrea who forgot they‟d booked and went to the YSS instead. Although it was a
shame they didn‟t go, Jim Borrington got Pete‟s meal and bunk, and our girls got Daz and Andrea‟s puddings. After
a few drinks we sat down for a meal, then Paul Chandler gave us a slide show of the early years of Masson
featuring many past members. The evenings entertainment was rounded off with a few films from Dave Webb.
For most of us that was it for the evening except for the occupants of Stalag 6 who were awoken in the early hours
by loud banging and screaming. This time it wasn‟t the plumbing and initially they thought it was the Camp
Commandant who had discovered their tunnel. It turned out it was a neighbour from Stalag 5 who, in his drunken
state had got the wrong door and thought Jon was in his bunk. He apparently got quite aggressive before realising
the error of his ways and staggering back to his own room. A few minutes later one of his friends came in, again
looking for his bed and was quickly shown the way out.
The following morning people hung around for a while before going off to do there own thing. Amanda and I went
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for a short walk around Austwick with the girls before heading home. All in all a great weekend and roll on the 40
do. And to cap it all off I even managed to get my hands on THE Masson Anniversary mug, which John Roberts
assured me is the only one in existence, and Amanda got one too???
Mark Clements
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Trip Report Tatham Wife Hole Saturday 10 May 2009
Present: Alan Alsop, Jim Borrington, Mark Clements
The usual meet at Inglesport had a different feel to it this morning as Masson members had taken over the café.
This was all very good until we had to sort who was doing which trip, and how we would get there. Most opted for
Pete‟s Calf Holes trip, but Alan, Jim and I decided to do Tatham Wife. Then we had to get our gear to Jim‟s car;
mine was in Daz and Andrea‟s car; Alan‟s in Mick Biggin‟s I think? After a trek around Ingleton with our gear we got
to Jim‟s car and eventually set off up the road. We parked up on the roadside under Ingleborough and got kitted up
and then set off up the footpath to the cave. The initial section was quite steep but on a reasonable path but then
the gradient eased but the path gradually turned into a trudge across hummacky grass. After about fifty minutes we
found the sink hole entrance and put our SRT kit on and were ready to go caving.
The entrance is down a short scramble into a small chamber which soon leads to and crabwalk type passage,
which then leads to a short drop which I rigged. A little way past this is the proper first pitch, where Alan and I got a
little confused as we had assumed that the previous short drop would be called the first pitch, but it wasn‟t. After a
few minutes head scratching we worked it out and carried on.
The real first pitch is a short traverse to a Y hang, which I rigged then down a metre or so to a deviation, then down
about 10m to the floor. From here you go down a slope a few metres then belay of a rock pillar, to a traverse and Y
hang for the second pitch, which is similar in height to the first. There is another deviation a short way down, to
avoid the worst of the waterfall. The next section is a long passageway which soon becomes a crawl, with one
tightish section which you have to negotiate on your side then crawl down through a narrow slot. After this it
becomes a bit easier with a few scrambles then the third pitch is reached. This starts the same as the previous two
pitches, Y hang to a deviation, and a short abseil to the base of a waterfall. Then from here, around a corner to a
narrow sloping fault where you belay off a rock trapped in the crack. It‟s a little tight getting into the slot at the top
and then awkward to descend as you cannot lean back enough on the rope. You end up rattling down between the
two walls all the way to the bottom.
Another narrow passage leads past a few more scrambles, then to the duck.
Alan went through first and I waited until he was out before taking the plunge. Deep breath, into the water then
duck under the low section and crawl out the other side. Once out it‟s a short walk to the final pitch, a short drop
with a deviation above a waterfall to the bottom. It is possible to crawl along the passageway at the bottom up to a
sump, but I only went a short way before turning back. After a mars bar and a drink we head out, Alan then Jim,
with me de-rigging. On the way out Jim has a small problem on the third pitch when his footloop gets stuck in his
Pantin but he soon gets it sorted and the rest of the way out goes without a hitch. Another good trip and I was
definitely ready for the meal at The Dalesbidge Centre in the evening.


Trip Report Hunt Pot Saturday 9th May 2009
Present: Ann Soulsby, Robin Stiffin, Roy Rodgers.
The YSS had permits for Little Hull, Hunt and Shrapnel Pots. Ann and I, being members, had thought we might tag
along with them but there were no other takers so with Robin there were just 3 cavers trudging up the track from
Horton. There had been quite a lot of rain the previous week (although it was dry on the day) and with Little Hull‟s
reputation we thought the other 2 offered the best bet – at least we would see almost straight away what we were
up against in the way of water. None of us had done either cave before and we were hoping to do both.
The river didn‟t look too bad so, having spotted the Hunt Pot DMMs on the far side we went down into the shake
hole, identifying Shrapnel Pot on the way past.
The initial belay is to hangers in 2 big surface boulders then over the edge to a Y-hang a couple of metres down.
After that it is single free-hanging rebelays all the way (4 or 5 of them).
About half way down the water hits a ledge with a pool and then falls down the line the rope must take. A couple of
rebelays moving out across the wall above the waterfall offer a (limited) choice of hang and I had been advised that
the further of the 2 would give the dryer descent. Looking down from it things didn‟t look too bad.
Several hours later, warm, dry and part-way down my second pint I mused that, while looking down a pitch often
gives maximum visual impact, if you want to know how wet you are likely to get in a waterfall you really need to
examine it from the front, side, back, below. Anywhere, in fact, other than from directly above.
So it was 3 very wet cavers who arrived at the bottom, looked up at the climb to the connection with Shrapnel and
set off back up the rope for a second soaking, with Ann derigging.
It had started to rain when we got out so we decided to leave Shrapnel for another day.
70 metres of rope with 9 krabs does the whole cave and there is no horizontal stuff. A bit like a clean Eldon Hole
with added water but no smell. No Damocles Rift either but an exchange with Shrapnel Pot might make up for that.
I hope we can do that one day, perhaps even as a Sunday trip as the walk up is only about 45 minutes.
Definitely one for a dry day though!
Roy

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Friday evening, 8 May.
          Arrived at The Dalesbridge Centre on Friday evening after having had a session bouldering at The
Climbingworks in Sheffield. It had rained on my way through the Peaks so I couldn‟t do Burbage North like I‟d
wanted. Ah well, had a good stretch anyway.
     Bought a nice steak - unusual for me – but it was really nice after it had been on the Barbeque and gathered
quite a bit of attention, “ Oooh, that looks nice Robin” in a „Are you going to share‟ it kind of way. I was kind and
gave some to Dave Webb who seemed particularly interested. Found a bunk spare in Mick Biggin and Alistair‟s
room.
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Hull Pot, Sat 9 May
Those attending: Roy Rodgers, Ann Soulsby and Robin Stiffin.
Quite a lot of people opted for the Calf Holes trip this morning, but Ann and Roger had planned to go up the Pen-y-
Ghent path and do either or both of 2 pot holes – Hunt Pot and Shrapnel Pot – so always up for a change of
scenery and finding out that Hunt Pot was an entrance that I‟d previously walked past, examined and fancied
descending, decided to go as well. Besides the 40-45 min walk which added quite a lot to the trip time, Hunt Pot
itself is really just a short SRT trip albeit quite technical and not without difficulty due to abbing down a waterfall and
getting wet. The entrance is a slot shaped opening with a stream going in over the edge at one end, but Roy
anchored to the large boulder and made his way over the edge on one short piece of rope, and then did the rest in
one long 60m length. Basically it went a short bit to the first re-belay, longish pitch, medium pitch across a ledge to
a hanging re-belay, and then 3 short-ish re-belays to the final hang which went down through the waterfall, which it
needn‟t as the first one could have avoided it and we could have kept quite dry on the 30m or so down to the
bottom. Waterfalls can be quite an aesthetically pleasing feature of caves when one can view them whilst staying
dry but getting wet in them aint quite so nice. But, it was quite a head rush prussicking back up the waterfall as all I
could see was the small pool of light from my head torch shining on my top jammer every time it came into view
and lots of really heavy rain, which thundered down on my helmet for maybe 15m or so on the way up. It made the
rest of the day cold, which the wind and rain did its best to exacerbate. Ann made loads of noises de-rigging on the
way up, chiefly because the maillions were a bit stuck and hard to undo sometimes. Whilst Roy sheltered from the
wind as best he could and I kept a concerned (fussy) eye on the rope, Ann thankfully emerged from the depths and
we then unanimously opted for a return to home base and a well earned cuppa in Inglesport café. I had far too
large a piece of cake and spoiled my evening dinner. But it was a weekend of being gorged on allsorts…..
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Alum Pot, Sunday 10 May
Those attending: Roy Rodgers, Bob Hetherington, Daz and Andrea Leake, Ann Soulsby, Jim Borrington and Robin
Stiffin.
Having said goodbyes, getting my milk and deciding on caving again instead of climbing, continued the glut by
opting to follow 6 others keeners down into the long apprehended and amazing ALUM POT. Aah….. what beatific
(cavers) vision…….
  After the usual starting place for breaky, and biffing around getting dry gear out of the YSS drying room (thanks
Roy, you‟re a star) we all drove over to the Alum/Diccan car park/lane and got changed in readiness for one of THE
must do trips in Yorkshire. Met quite a few of the „Masson Elders‟ at the fenced off Pot entrance whose smiling
benediction sent us on our way, (or perhaps it was Friday nights bit of steak) ….. and we happily split into 2 groups
so that an exchange trip could ensue. Roy, Jim and myself went up to the Long Churn entrance whilst Daz rigged
the main shaft route, with Andrea Ann and Bob following down. I took a few photos and then followed Roy and Jim;
luckily just managing to see them disappearing down the uppermost hole. Following on after a few more snaps I
had to shout for a few directions as not having been before I didn‟t know the way, but chiefly it was downstream,
step across a few pools (Oops, bit of a swim), down a handline (with stop) and oops again as we bump into a group
being laddered up and down so that they could see the amazing view from the midway window. We had to rig the
second choice descent as their ladder was anchored to out first choice bolts, but no worry as probably both are
much the same, with maybe the second choice being slightly more awkward as it bumbles down the end of a
chimney instead of getting a clear hang down into the stream bed. But notwithstanding, we soon cleared their well
led but obviously young and green caving, so that we could look out upon the awesome vision of a well watered
Alum Pot. I could imagine the place being a lot more wetter than it was today, Roy said there was quite a bit of
water coming down through Diccan Pot, but in real flood conditions I expect the place could be a real maelstrom.
Alum has chiefly two streams entering its main chamber space - one from each end – so there was quite a bit of
spray around further down. As Roy rigged the pitch from the window down to the ledge, I could see, and took a few
snaps of Ann and Andrea finishing the descending party down the main shaft route. Jim followed on and I then took
some video of them going past the deviation after they‟d got over the bridge - a massive great pillar of rock that
has fallen over at mid depth (video on the website soon-ish). This takes a Y-hang which allows you to descend to
the bottom of the main shaft. As I was just about catching them up Bob came up the rope so he could get out early.
So I had to wait until I could abseil into the well lit waters below. I met the others and swapping awe inspired
comments…. Far out… awesome place… etc etc. Roy then sort of led me on down to the sump past where the
waters from Diccan Pot joins the conjoining waters by way of quite a powerful waterfall. Dont get stuck in THAT
one when the water‟s high! We explored down to the sump, noticing the height of the foam up the rocks and were
glad we weren‟t in the place yesterday or the day before. Most of the salient point now explored we thrutched back
through the side passage-y bit we‟d come down and made out way back to the daylit main shaft. By this time all of
the Leake party had made their way up, and were well on their way along the ledge up and out de-rigging the Long
Churn route. Jim went up first, and after a quick discussion Roy left me to de-rig, which I quite enjoyed. Its nice to
contribute properly. By the time I‟d managed to get all the karibiners undone and got off the top, we‟d found out that
somebody from another group had dislocated their shoulder in Long Churn / The Cheese Press area, so Roy went
to have a help and all the emergency services started turning up. I did hear one “Oow” when somebody was
making their way from the landrover to the ambulance, but at least they‟d got out safely thank goodness. (The only
other down point was that Andrea must have found out how to use some plastic device, or if you want any further
details you‟ll have to ask her anyway). Me, I was last to get changed (as usual?), and we opted not to meet up for
drinks etc as it was home time really. It was happy goodbyes, and thanks for a great weekend all round.
Robin Stiffin.
Calf Holes Trip Photos

                                                                     Masson members L to R; Andrea Leake,
                                                                     Daz Leake, Ray Marsh, Russell Hallam,
                                                                     Mark Taylor, Jon Scaife, Pete Scott, Bob
                                                                     Hetherington and Steve Swales.




    Masson members queuing at the top of Calf
    Holes for Pete‟s trip;




                                                                       with so many people attending, he made
                                                                       them queue behind a gate to stop them
                                                                       from falling down the entrance pitch.




    There are more pictures from the Calf Holes trip on the website at www.massoncavers.com.
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    Also if anyone else has any photos of the 30 weekend they would like to share, they can send them to me at
    markclements@ntlworld.com I will try to include them in the newsletter
New Associate Member
Lisa Wootton
68 Bocking Lane
Beaucheif
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S8 7BH
Mobile: 0787 6570897
Email: cave_monkey@hotmail.co.uk

New Email Address: Andy Beardmore -andy.beardmore@ntlworld.com
Meetings
Masson Committee Meeting
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7.30pm Tuesday 14 July 2009
Rose & Crown, Barlborough

Derbyshire Caving Association (DCA)
Further information regarding DCA online at www.thedca.org.uk

British Caving Association (BCA)
Information about BCA also online at www.british-caving.org.uk

British Cave Research Association (BCRA)
Information about BCRA online at www.bcra.org.uk/news/

DCRO Events

                                  DERBYSHIRE CAVE RESCUE ORGANISATION
 MONTH     DATE     DAY     TIME       EVENT TYPE            EVENT                                VENUE
 JUN         2      TUE     19.30   TRAINING
 JUN         7      SUN     09.00   FUND RAISING & PR STREET COLLECTION                  CASTLETON
                                                      EMERGENCY SERVICES                 PAVILION GARDENS,
 JUN         14     SUN     09.00   FUND RAISING & PR
                                                      OPEN DAY                           BUXTON
 JUL         4      SAT     10.00   TRAINING
                                                                                         MINERS STANDARD,
 JUL         4      SAT     17.00    SOCIAL                 BARBEQUE
                                                                                         WINSTER
 JUL         19     SUN     12.00    FUND RAISING & PR      HELP AT FELL RACE            GREAT HUCKLOW
 AUG         12     WED     19.30    TRAINING




                          CLIFFHANGER - The outdoor event for outdoor people!
           Millhouses Park, Sheffield - Saturday 11th /Sunday 12th July 2009. 10.30am - 6.30pm.
Cliffhanger is one of the UK's largest outdoor outdoor-pursuits festivals, based in one of Sheffield's biggest
                                                    green spaces.
 A taster of activities planned; Caving display, Mobile Climbing walls, Kayaking, Kite flying, Film & Lecture
                                           marquee, plus lots, lots, more!!
                           For full details, please visit website: www.cliff-hanger.co.uk
Also, see two page report of DCA at "Cliffhanger - 2008" in The Derbyshire Caver No.129 (The newsletter of
                                        the Derbyshire Caving Association).

 Footnote: Paul Chandler (Co-ordinator for 2009 DCA 'Caving display') is looking for assistance from fellow
                                      Masson Caving Group members.
             A request has also been placed in next PDMHS Newsletter, due out in April 2009.
                Contact Paul - Tel: 01246-220773 or Email: paulchandler3@btinternet.com '




                               URGENT TO ALL USERS OF BRIDGE 75

  Due to a rock fall at Bridge 75, abseil point above the footpath is not to be used until further notice.
                                           Thanks Chris Pownall
                                   Peak District National Park Authority
Bagshawe Cavern: Far Drought Sump pushed another 60m
Report From: John Taylor, Date: 14/03/2009.
Published: 05/05/2009.

On the 28th February 2009 divers John Taylor and Simon Cornhill launched the first dive into Far Drought
Sump in Bagshawe Cavern‟s Lower Series. Although not a great distance from surface this sump lies beyond
three sumps and some arduous passage which requires John and Simon to enter Sump 1 of Bagshawe
Resurgence Cave each with one 300bar 4l cylinder and one 200bar 6l cylinder, they then dive through to
Downstream Sump 2b base whilst preserving as much air as possible in the 4‟s and ditch one 6l cylinder
before progressing through Straight Street Sump where the other 6l cylinder is deposited in Straight Street
along with one set of equipment. The divers then share the carry of the remaining set of equipment and the
two 300bar 4‟s to Far Drought Sump. So far the team have launched five such trips and have laid 80m of line
into the erstwhile unexplored sump. Surveying has revealed that 20m of this has been laid in passage already
surveyed in drought conditions but that still leaves a total of 60m of new, sizeable, passage which at present
shows no sign of closing down.



                                                                               John Taylor kitting up at dive
                                                                                base, Far Drought Sump,
                                                                                    Bagshawe Cavern.
                                                                             Photo: Simon Cornhill. April 2009




                                                                             John Taylor entering Far Drought
                                                                                Sump, Bagshawe Cavern.
                                                                             Photo: Simon Cornhill. April 2009

				
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