Where: Goatchurch Cavern. Burrington Combe, Mendip.
Who: Darren T, Rach Sparrow, Nikky Dennis, Chris Castle, Trish Denning-Kendell, Pete Sanders and two possible new members.
After a layoff of some 8 months or so from caving I thought its about time I got underground again. This trip was organised by ChCC for a couple of new members to try out caving and it turned out to be a rather good trip considering it was in Goatchurch Cavern which has got to be one of the easiest of caves to cave.
Survey of Goatchurch Cavern.
We started off in the Old entrance and after Trish gave a history lesson we spotted a couple of bats which got one of the newbies very excited. We then went down the Giants steps and followed the passage to the bottom of the new entrance. Here we met Rachelle, Nikky and Chris who were running late. We then preceded down the smaller steps to the terrace. we opted to go under the terrace and along tight rift to Boulder Chamber. Down the slide to Water Chamber and then onto the Drainpipe, This is a flat out crawl of 12 metres or so. Even the newbies managed this. After a brief rest we went back through the Drainpipe and made our way to the new entrance and exited the cave. I think everyone enjoyed the trip and it was good to say hello to everyone after my layoff from underground exploration.
Click on the link below to see a short video of me following someone through the Drainpipe.