County Pot to Lancaster Hole

Posted: 3rd Jan 2011 (0 comments)

After a typically slow start after Bill arrived 40mins late and then picked his way through a full English we finally set off from Bernies cafe and arrived at Bull Pot Farm. More faffing and we we're finally on way towards Lancaster Hole. The path was very icy making it hard work. We arrived at lidded entrance to find two other sets of ropes already in place. After Bill had our contribution to the spaghetti like confusion of ropes we finally set off on the walk to County Pot. Another lidded entrance Bill went first, by now 1:20pm. Climbed down to the short pitch where Bill rigged a pull through and we soon stood at Picadilly Circus and I took some pictures while Bill studied the route. We tried really hard to find the bypass route but found ouselves at Platipus junction so we had passed the bypass and Poetic Justice. We back tracked and climbed up the smooth faced chimney and into the Poetic Justice crawl. We then dropped into the narrow streamway and headed down stream until arrived at the junction with the main stream. Soon we were in the familiar gloomy muddy chambers of the Ease Gill system. Through the minerettes and into Oats chamber, making good time so far so good. All we needed to do now was find the climb down to the Main Drain and we were nearly done. This where things bdgan to unravel. We couldn't find the climb down and couldn't find our way bzck to the Minerettes. Some 90mins later climbing up and down, in cold water and then back muddy climbs (not a good combination) we decided to take a chancd abseiled into the Main Drain, pulled our rope down and headed downstream. With some relief we arrived at the bottom of Lancs Hole. We took advantsge of the multiple ropes to speed our exit with two us ascending at thd same time. Finally exited 7:20 knackered