Guest: Rory Parker.
At SWCC we are definitely keen and flexible at short notice. This was going to be a first Craig a Ffynnon trip for Adrian, but due to work commitments, he couldn't make it. Tabitha also had to drop out due to illness. And a too close encounter between a knee and a concrete floor for Claire, thanks to a pair of skates, also almost jeopardised the trip.
|Paul, Stewart and Rory|
But we still had a team eager to go caving so with some slight rearranging, and removing bandaging in Claire's case, we had a first trip into Agen Allwedd for new provisional member Stewart Avey and his friend Rory Parker. It was also going to be Rory's first time underground, so excitement was in the air.
It was a slightly chilly evening as we arrived at Whitewalls. The walk in as it was getting dusk was nice and pretty and took around 25 minutes, plenty of time to warm up those muscles. Given Claire's general inability to open locks on cave gates, Paul was sent ahead with the key.
|Paul at the Aggy entrance|
|Rory's first crawl|
|Stewart testing his traversing skills|
|Some more traversing|
|Rory, Stewart and Claire in Main Passage. Photo: Paul Tarrant.|
|Admiring Selenite crystals|
|The impressive Main Passage (Photo: Brendan Marris)|
All along Stewart and Rory were highly interested in the cave and it was a pleasure to cave with them (though perhaps Stewart's seemingly unending supply of chocolate bars and sweets, may also have had something to do with that...).
By the time we returned to the entrance Stewart and Rory were feeling sufficiently tired after their trip. They had performed very well and are already looking forward to their next trip.
|Rory in a narrow section in the entrance series.|
|A happy new caver|