Wednesday 17 July 2013

Sludge Pit Hole, Priddy, Mendip.

When:  17 July 2013  19.00 – 21.15 pm.
Where: Sludge Pit Hole, Priddy, Mendip.
Who:    Darren T, Rich T. A Sparrow, C Castle, N Denis, T Denning-Kendle and S Tidey.

This was the first time most of us had visited this cave as there has been no access for the past twenty odd years.  Andy and Chris have been down before as they have been caving for donkeys years. There has been a number of access restrictions placed on the cave, such as an admission fee and peoples names put in a visitor book.  This is all done just inside the entrance. Once we had signed ourselves in and paid our dues we rigged the pitch with a ladder and lifeline and descended to the bottom.  We assembled in Fault passage and headed down towards I think Shale series then down Tributary passage, left at the end into four pots rift.  Most of the team went through this but Chris, Trish and myself opted for the easier option through the Maze into the area past Triple Arch.  After a short rest we backtracked through the Maze and into the main rift.  We then went to the end and had a look at the dig by the sump.  On the way out some of us went through Aragonite rift and Strike chamber.  We were soon all ascending the ladder and back to the surface.  This is a short but very sporting cave (very tight in places).


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