Last weekend we joined Rachel and many of her friends in Derbyshire for her mid-year birthday celebrations. (Like the Queen she also has another one later in the year.) As Richard is still injured from his last trip underground he didn’t join us for the journey into Giants Hole Cave. This should have acted as a sort of warning; Richard is very experienced and had managed to break his arm last time out; I was a novice with one other caving trip to my name. Oh well. With Keith and Brendan helping Rachel look after us and Pete and Tish having a lot of underground experience there was no real need to worry……. was there?? The group was made up by myself, Anna, Dalma and Elsie.
The cave had a number of different features; Long winding clefts, a ladder to descend into a large pot, a crawl through the Devil’s widpipe (half full of water) and a crab crawl. Most of the details have merged into one long experience of struggle, water and cold, but strangely it was again, thoroughly enjoyable. And yes Rachel, on Monday I could only paint skirting boards again. Big thanks to Keith and Brendan for looking after us.
Series - Rachel's Rendezvous
- Stanage Rendezvous
- Rachel’s birthday Cave trip