Newsletter - 27 September, 1996
Sam led a trip down Swildons which was jolly wet, although super-keen novice
Dan managed to persuade Sam and I that it would be a good idea to go through
the first sump. It probably was, but we had to run back out of the cave
just to keep warm. Gill and Conor went to do an invalids' trip down GB, but
were foiled by the knackered padlock on the entrance, so they went shopping
in Wells!! Nick and Helen took Bruno and Earl down Longwood August, which
was a little wetter and a lot smaller than Bruno had been led to believe.
We somehow managed to spin out drinking tea and eating dinner until 7.30
which was deemed a respectable time to hit the pub. Everyone had a good
laugh except for poor old Nick who had to sit in the corner watching Helen
and her cousin discussing the state of various people's relationships. Back
at the hut we sat around with some of the Wessex cavers playing with squeeze
machines and various other instruments of torture until about 3am.
The complete lack of enthusiasm (from everyone but Dan) the next morning
was not unexpected and we didn't manage to get over to Eastwater until 1pm.
However it was horribly wet so Gill suggested we do the cave right next door
to the hut - North Hill. NEVER, EVER GO THERE - IT'S COMPLETELY RUBBISH.
After rigging a ladder from an agro-prop balanced across the top of an
artificial concrete shaft, we descended into a miserable, unending flat-out
crawl - but even this had taken 6 years of explosions to create! Bruno and
Conor headed back out, whilst Dan and I continued a bit further in the hope
of finding something interesting. Nope - it's uniformly crap!
Matthew is meet leader for Yorks II so let him know if you want to go - just
to confirm, we are definitely staying in the YSS hut (not camping). If you
want to go to Jeremy's dinner, but you haven't signed up yet then tell him
or Matthew - its about £12 and should be really good.
I am reminded by Nick that we agreed at the AGM to sort out the post of
Training Officer once term had started (i.e. now!). So if an old lag would
be prepared to volunteer for the post, this would be great. It will involve
taking charge of the SRT training sessions, so would need to be someone who
could get into Cambridge at about weekly intervals for a couple of hours on
"I can definitely say I have never been down this road before in my life"
- Matthew. Well you have now, about 8 bloody times!
"Arrr, zees laddar - it smells of sheeet!" - Bruno, climbing a ladder
covered in cow shit.
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