A return to Ticino, the Italian-speaking southern part of Switzerland and a self-proclaimed 'Eldorado' of canyoning! Four years ago a novice team of inexperienced canyoners first got their feet (and the rest of their bodies) wet in these gorgeous gorges, and this year we returned: battle hardened, grizzled and with much, much thicker wetsuits.
A mass attack on the Penyghent saw a pleasing variety of novel caves explored with cavers in Penyghent (plus Friday the 13th), Dale Head, and FOUL Pot. On Sunday, aided by excellent weather, we did an Alum/Diccan exchange.
A fun weekend at Bullpot Farm exploring the vastness of Easegill. We had trips into Lancaster Hole, Cow Pot, Wretched Rabbit, Pippikin, Bullpot of the witches, Aygill caverns, Lancaster Hole again and Bullpot of the witches again! All this, and home by 10 pm on Sunday.
A wild Kingsdale weekend consisting of a successful King trip and a soggy and unsuccessful Swinsto/Simpsons exchange on the Saturday, followed by an exciting never-before-contemplated pull-through/derig in Swinsto on Sunday and some excellent faff/rigging practice with ten Craven members in Heron on Sunday.
The Imperial Democratic People's Republic of Caving has once again demonstrated it's superiority by conducting "democratic" elections far more convincing than many others that have taken place this year. Despite having no consitutional limits on re-election and a voting system based almost entirely on how much people have had to drink the caving club has avoided the ugly stain of autocracy by electing fresh new figureheads.
Congratulations to the new committee:
And also commiserations to the winners of the following awards:
Herman Herz: All occupants of the bivi during the lightning incident for the lightning incident. For Evans' Sake: Jennifer Ryder for leading her friends into a literal river of shit and being the source of some creatively used vomit at CHECC.