I was chatting to a potholer from Bristol during the week who mentioned he was on his way to the Dales this weekend for some sport. I told him not to bother as most places would be waterlogged… I hope he took my warning seriously as the water was gushing out of the saturated hillsides on Saturday and Sunday.
The previous weekend the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) received multiple calls for overdue cavers due to flooding in a number of caves in the area. According to the CRO website, investigations quickly established that there were potentially six separate incidents. Fortunately five of these parties were reported as safe, having been delayed by high water. However, one party was confirmed as still being overdue: three cavers on a trip down to Duke Street II via Skylight Passage on Ireby Fell. As further information was being gathered at the road head, lights were seen on the moor. The cavers had been trapped by flooding, and the CRO transported them off the hill. I’m just putting the finishing touches to January’s Dalesman when we’ll be looking in depth (pardon the pun) at the remarkable work of the cavers who have just completed the Three Counties system on the Yorks/Cumbria/Lancs border… it’s a compelling tale, don’t miss it.
The CRO volunteers do a marvelous job… why not help raise funds for them and get rid of your used ink cartridges by going to http://cro.ink2cash.co.uk/
From this site you can print a freepost label and use any envelope to send off your cartridges. The CRO can make up to £2 per cartridge recycled.

Photo: one year ago to the day… compare the recent wet, grey weather with the scene that greeted me at Penyghent on Dec 5, 2010.

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