Mendips Meet, 17-18 Nov
Team: Bill Buxton, Celestine Crabbe, Andy Freem, Antonia Freem, Duncan Hornby, Stephen Johnson, George Linnane, Sanita Lustika, Phill Thomas, Claire Vivian, Clive Westlake. With Miri and Duncan Simey in support.
This was the last official club away meet of the year and with over 10 members taking part, it was well-attended. It also meant we needed to run caving trips side-by-side as there were too many people for one group. Friday saw the obligatory visit to the Hunters for a quick pint and catch-up.
|The team getting ready to enter Swildon's Hole|
|George showing his love of caving ladders|
|Sanita and Stephen shortly before Sump 1|
The way up to Black Hole Series involved an acrobatic manoeuvre up a climb and then a bold step across, you guessed it, a black hole.
|Antonia showing how the climb should be done.|
|Clive and George at the Black Hole.|
Then very soon we were at the Black Hole itself. Clive went first across this and made it look easy. The rest of us were then ably belayed across from both sides by both Clive and Phill. It was an intimidating step, but everyone felt safe on the rope.
|The bold step.|
|Antonia in a well decorated section.|
|Phill admiring the formations.|
Trip time: 5 hours.
|The team emerging successfully.|
|Enjoying a meal at the Vic.|
Once again two different trips evolved today. Trip 1 was a visit to Sandford Levy and trip 2 was a Bath Swallet-Rod's Pot through trip.
|The Sandford Levy team.|
|Duncan climbing out of the Bear Pit in Rod's Pot.|