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Adventures Underground

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A journey of exploration through the caves of the Yorkshire Dales, by Dave Haigh and John Cordingley.

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Adventures Underground

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In 1952 Underground Adventure by Arthur Gemmell and Jack Myers brought stories of exploration in the caves of the Yorkshire Dales to the reading public. Now, inspired by those classic tales, two new authors – Dave Haigh and John Cordingley – continue the theme into modern times, bringing to life the dedication, ingenuity and sheer hard work needed to break new ground, often in desperately difficult circumstances, yet blend their narrative with the outrageous humour known only to cavers. They have captured the thrill of exploration that arises when a project finally begins to reveal its secrets, such as penetrating further in Gaping Gill, diving beneath Malham Cove and discovering caves that were unknown in the 1950s.

Adventures Underground will be enjoyed by everyone with an interest in the outdoors and in how adversity and challenge can be overcome. All royalties from sales of this book will be donated equally between the authors’ chosen charities: cave rescue and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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DAVE HAIGH has been involved with many of the Bradford Pothole Club’s discoveries in the Dales and first came up with the concept of Adventures Underground. An inveterate digger, he is well placed to write about the explorations, being so often linked with the breakthroughs.

JOHN CORDINGLEY is a highly respected caver who, after a chance discussion, agreed to join the project. Arthur and Jack were friends of his and he knew they would have been delighted by the idea of this second book. John has contributed a wealth of knowledge of the magnificent caves of the Dales, both above and below water.


Adventures Underground: Contents

Acknowledgements and dedication

Area map

Introduction

Chapter             

         One               The Hunt for the Penyghent Master Cave

         Two               Droughts and Floods at Hull Pot

         Three            The Kingsdale Caves      

         Four              Kingsdale: The Divers’ Story                                   

         Five               Gaping Gill to Ingleborough Cave       

         Six                 Further Gaping Gill Discoveries 

         Seven            Pay Sank and the P5 Master Cave 

         Eight             A Classic Diving Discovery    

         Nine              Notts II: The Dry Way   

         Ten                The Three Counties Connection    

         Eleven           Diving, Digging and Discovery at Malham

         Twelve          Birks Fell Cave: A Wharfedale Gem   

         Thirteen        Underwater Boulder Mining 

         Fourteen      Digs and Discoveries 

         Fifteen          Pottering   

         Sixteen         Not All Trips Go According to Plan   

         Seventeen    The Adventure Goes On

 

Appendices

         A                   How to Start Caving   

         B                    Going Caving          

         C                    Further Information  

         D                   Glossary           

 
Index    

Index: Adventures Underground

A.G. Pot, 214

Abbott, Jim, Dub Cote Cave, 15, 16-19, 20

      Ingleborough Cave, 96-7, 99-100

      Little Hull Pot, 29

access, 226-7

Ackroyd, John, 185

Addis, Frank, 95-6

Alderson, Jamie, 161

Allen, Tim, 138, 144, 155-9, 222

Allonby, John, 171, 179

Alum Pot, 199-200, 216-17, 219, 240

Anderson, Alex, 90-1

Andrew, Barry, 169

Antler Hole, 14

Aquamole Pot, 59, 76, 79

archaeology, 34, 103, 146

Arkwright, Bob, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117

      Generator Pot, 189-90

      Hensler’s Pot, 106, 110

      Losers’ Pot, 35-8

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112-14

Arthurs, Diane, 154, 158

Arundale, Jim, 23, 30

Ashmead, Pete, 149

Ashton, Ken, 49-50

Ashworth, Jeremy, 117, 185

Atkinson, Paul, Chapman’s Rising, 203

      Keld Head, 61, 69

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 76

      Malham Cove Rising, 161

      Notts II, 127, 135

Austwick Beck Head, 123, 218

Aygill Caverns, 148, 216-17

 

Backhouse, Andy, 26

Baines, Martin ‘Basher’, 123, 125

Balcombe, Graham, 61, 62, 72

Baldwin, Chris, 93

Balmer, Tom, 158

Balmer, Tony, 158

Bar Pot, 83, 103, 114-16, 209-10

Barnes, Frank, 54

Bartrop, Richard, 102, 135

Bass, Malcolm, 24-5, 26-7, 30, 41

Batty, Gordon, 137, 149-50, 181

Batty, John, 171-2

Beck, Howard, 171

Beck, Simon, 221

Belshaw, John, 23

Bendall, Richard, 142-4, 185

Benn, Gerald, Christmas Cracker, 185-9

      Corky’s Pot, 117, 120

      Fat Finger Pot, 33

      Gaping Gill, 82-3, 86

      Generator Pot, 189-90

      Hensler’s Pot, 106, 110-13

      Ingleborough Cave, 97-8

      Losers’ Pot, 35-8

      Nettle Pot, 207-8

      Pay Sank, 123, 125-6

Benn, Ian, 33, 106, 117, 185-6

Bhatti, Javed, 25

bibliography, 232

Birks Fell Cave, 171-6, 216-17

Birks Wood Cave, 176

Black Keld, 216-17, 220

Black Shiver Pot, 218

Blenkinsop, Dave, 161

Blind Beck Cave, 216-17, 219

Blyth, Helen, 141

Boireau, Geoff, 50

Bonington, Chris, 121

Bonwick, Jon, 161

Boon, Mike, 22, 28, 29, 61, 77, 122

Booth, Bob, 106, 185

Boreham Cave, 216-17, 219-20

Boswell, Dave, 171

Bottomley, Alec, 171

Bottomley, John, 15, 16

Bottomley, Mike, 221

Boxhead Pot, 215

Boyer, Matt, 161

Brackenbottom Pot, 19, 20, 30-3

Brackenbottom Rising, 14-15

Bradshaw, Bert, 162

Braithwaite, Callum, 158

Brants Gill Head, 13-15, 21, 26, 28, 29, 40-1, 216-17, 219

Brentnall, Alan, 82

Brittain, Alan, 82-3

Brock, Dave, 24, 26, 29, 30, 161, 204

Broken Finger Pot, 56

Brook, Alan, 50-1, 53, 82-3, 86-9

Brook, Aly, 33, 35, 106, 112, 117, 119, 123, 185, 189

Brook, Dave (BPC), Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117

      Fat Finger Pot, 33

      Gaping Gill, 82

      Generator Pot, 189

      Hensler’s Pot, 106

      Losers’ Pot, 35

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112

      Pay Sank, 123

      Trans-Craven System, 213-14, 221

Brook, Dave (ULSA), 50-1, 82-3, 86-9, 149, 213

Brook, Jon, 171

Brooks, Russ, 32, 39

Brown, Ian, 23

Brown, Tom, 15-16, 93, 103-4

Brown Hill Pot, 56, 78-9, 216-17

Bruno Kranski’s Rising Sump (BK), 132, 143, 156-7

Bryant, Bill, 161, 166

Buckley, Dave, 161

Bull Pot (Kingsdale), 59, 76, 218

Burgess, Harold ‘Budge’, 7

Bury, Ron, 161, 193-5

Butterfield, Frank ‘Buzzer’, 112

Bycroft, Mick, 82

 

Calford, Judith, 86, 133

Camm, Chris, 142

Car Pot, 196

Carlisle, James, 143

Carter, John, 161

Carter, Russell, Clapham Beck Head, 193-4

      Keld Head, 61, 72-4

      Kirk Pot, 184

      Malham Cove Rising, 161, 163-8

      Meregill Skit, 204

Cartledge, John, 61, 76

Castleden, Carol, 112

Castleden, Derek ‘Cas’, 47-8, 81, 112, 192-3

Champion, Arthur, 43-4, 171

Chapman, Andy, 145

Chapman’s Rising, 203-5

Cheshire, George, 117, 123

Christmas Cracker, 185-9

Churcher, Bob, 15, 16, 151

Churn Milk Hole, 42

Clapham Beck Head, 123, 193-6, 218

Clapham Bottoms Pot, 83, 84, 86, 103

Clayton, Tom, 143

Clegg, Alan, 29

Clough, Andy, 161

club, publications, 231

      reasons for joining, 224-5

Cobley, Dave, 53, 155

Coe, Randy, 171-4

Colledge, Martin, 138

Committee Pot, 129, 133, 138, 143, 148, 155

conservation, 227-9

Cooper, Gordon, 50

Corky’s Pot, 117-20

Cornhill, Simon, 154, 158

County Pot, 213

Cow Dub Holes, 147

Craftsman’s Pot, 59

Crescent Pot, 56, 79, 218

Cross, John, 161

Crossland, Derek, 40, 61, 63, 74, 77, 78

Crossley, Geoff, Dub Cote Cave, 15-20

      Gavel Pot, 151

      Ingleborough Cave, 95-102,

      Keld Head, 61, 69, 71

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 74-6

      Notts II, 127, 135

Crystal Beck Pot, 216-17, 219

Culleton, Steve, 61, 77-8

Cumming, Andy, 24, 26

Cunningham, Jim, 43

Cupcake, The, 145-6, 156

 

Dalby, Rob, 161

Dale Barn Cave, 58, 215, 216-17, 218, 220

Dale Head Pot, 14-15, 42

Danilewicz, Chris ‘Dani’, 127-9

Davenport, Colin, 185

Davenport, Jim, 161

Davies, Chris, 82-3

Davies, Colin, 137-40, 155

Davies, Dinny, 26

Davis, Jim, 135

Davis, Stuart, 106, 185

Dead Man’s Handshake, 65-6, 68-9, 72

Death’s Head Hole, 148, 221

Devaney, Terry, 185

Diccan Pot, 208-9

Dickinson, Richard, 86

digging, 229-30

Disappointment Pot, 83, 86, 103, 196

Diversion Cave, 14

Dougherty, Mark, 40, 61, 79, 161

Douglas, Geoff, 185

Douglas, Val, 185

Douk Gill Cave, 13-15, 21, 219

Douk Gill Scar, 47

Dow Cave, 216-17

Dowbiggin, Richard, 158

Downton, Alan, 161

Drew, Dave, 22

Dub Cote Cave, 14-21, 216-17

Duckworth, John ‘Buzzy’, 35, 106, 110, 117, 185

Duffy, Ray, 138, 185

 

Earl Pot, 216-17, 219

Ease Gill Caverns, 11, 147-51

Easton, Edward, 123, 125

Echo Pot, 14, 39, 40

Edmondson, Chris, 161

Edmunds, Colin, 61, 77

Edwards, Glyn, 176

Emmott, Bob, 61, 76

Everett, Paul, 86

Eyre, Jim, 149

 

Fairholme, Ray, 194

Farr, Martyn, 15, 16, 61, 64, 75-6, 164

Farrer, John, 6, 83

Fat Finger Pot, 14, 20, 33-5

Fletcher, Alex, 61, 69, 193-4

Fornah Gill Caverns, 14, 39

Fountains Fell Master Cave, 39, 40-1

Foxholes, 103

Frakes, Bill, 15, 22, 61, 75-6, 77, 162

France, Andy, 96

Franklin, Rob, 161

French Mike, 205-6

 

Gaping Gill, Bonfire Aven, 209-10

      Craven Aven, 192-3

      Deep Well, 92-3, 103-6, 116

      Far Country, 86-9, 103, 116

      Far Waters, 92-3, 94-5, 103

      flood, 211-12

      Ingleborough Cave connection, 81-102

      Lost River Chamber, 116

      Main Shaft, 235

      Myers’ Folly, 196-8

      other discoveries, 103-120

      Shallow Well, 94, 96

      South East Pot, 104, 114-16

      survey, 84-5, 104-5, 216-17

      in Trans-Craven System, 218

      Whitsun Series, 36, 81-4

Gardner, John, 103

Gasson, Iain, 86, 89

Gavel Pot, 134, 148, 151

Gavel Rigg Pot, 14, 19, 30, 32

Gemmell, Arthur, 7-12, 29, 45, 47, 112, 147, 149, 160, 214

Generator Pot, 189-90

geology, 215

Gerrish, Rich, 27, 138-40, 143

Gibb, Chris, 99

Giblin, Joe, 158

Giblin, Sean, 158

Giggel Rav Pot, 14, 30, 32

Gingling Hole, 14-15, 21, 39, 40-1, 216-17

Gingling Sink (Gingling Wet Sinks), 14, 39, 40

Glanvill, Pete, 141

Gledhill, Dave, 158

Glover, Dick, 83, 196, 198

Goddard, Andy, Clapham Beck Head, 193-4

      Keld Head, 61, 69, 72

      Kirk Pot, 184

      Malham Cove Rising, 161

      Meregill Skit, 204-5

      Notts II, 127, 135-6, 140

God’s Bridge Risings, 203, 205, 216-17, 218, 235

Goodwin, Mal, 114, 210

Goodwin, Mark, 161

Grainger, Monty, 114

Grange Rigg Pot, 121-6, 186-7, 189, 214

Gray, Pete, 44, 179

Green, John, 82

Griffiths, Julian, Dub Cote Cave, 15, 16-18

      Ingleborough Cave, 97, 99-100

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 76

      Little Hull Pot, 29-30

      Malham Cove Rising, 166

      Penyghent Pot, 22, 26

Griffiths, Naomi, 26-7

Growling Hole, 56

 

Hague, Brian, 61, 76, 102

Haigh, Andy, 33-4, 35-6, 106, 185

Haigh, Harry, 106, 117, 185, 187

Haigh, Mike, 35, 106, 117, 185, 187

Hall, Adrian, Clapham Beck Head, 193-4

      Ingleborough Cave, 106

      Kirk Pot, 184-5

      Malham Cove Rising, 161, 167-9

      Nape Well Cave, 191-2

      Preacher’s Cave, 177-9

Hall, Pete, 27, 141, 143, 156, 158

Hall, Tim, 47

Hallam, John, 81-3, 171

Halliday, Simon, 161

Halliwell, Ric, 138

Hammer Pot, 14, 39, 41

Harrison, Jude, 117, 185

Hart, Jess, 117, 123

Hartland, Mike, 123

Hasenmayer, Jochen, 61, 64, 65-6, 72

Hayward, Colin, 161

Helm, John, 46-7

Hensler, Eric, 106-7, 112-13, 196

Hensler’s Pot, 36, 103, 106-13, 185, 189, 221

Hermit’s Cave, 174

Heron Pot, 56

High Hull Cave, 14

High Hull Pot, 13-14

Hill, Elaine, 41, 161, 234

Hiscock, Ashley, 161

Hobley, Keith ‘Hogin’, 24

Hodgson, Dick, 171, 173

Hoggarth, Dave, 114

Hoggarth, Lara, 198

Holroyd, Martin, Gingling Hole, 40-1

      Illusion Pot, 79

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 76

      Little Hull Pot, 30

      Notts II, 127, 135

      Penyghent Pot, 26

Holt, Chris, 171

Hooson, Mark, 221

Howson, Phil, 192

Hryndyj, Bob, 61, 62-4, 150

Hrynyk, Mykola, 161

Hudson, Rick, 29, 41, 61, 76, 161

Hull Pot, 13-14, 21, 43-8

Hunt Pot, 13-14, 21-2, 221

Hurnel Moss Pot, 46

Hurst, Ken, 162

Hyde, Dave, 15, 19-20

 

Illusion Pot, 58, 79, 216-17, 220

Ingham, Stu, 145

Ingleborough Cave, 12, 89-102, 106, 123, 193-4, 218, 236

insurance, 227

Ireby Fell Cavern, 148, 151-5, 216-17

Iron Kiln Dig, 138

Irvine, Lisa, 161

 

Jackdaw Hole, 219

Jackson, Andy, 33, 207

Jarman, Bob, 194-5

Jarratt, Tony, 185

Jarvis, Rob ‘Stemple’, 212

Jenkinson, Matt, 161

Jewell, Chris, 103, 105

Jingling Pot, 76, 218

Jobling, Simon, 142

Joint Hole, 203, 233

Jones, Gary, 161

Jones, Karen, 161

Jones, Pete, 114

Jowett, Chris, 127, 135

Judd, Brian, 15, 19-21, 161

 

Kango Hole, 129, 133

Kay, Pete, 86

Keld Head, 10, 49, 53, 54, 59, 61-75, 79-80, 215, 218

      survey, 66-7, 216-17, 218

Kelley, Steve, 114-15

Kemp, Trevor, 61, 64

King Pot, 10, 56-8, 66, 73-5, 78-9, 216-17, 218

Kingsdale caves, 49-80, 215, 218

      connections diagram, 52-3

Kingsdale Master Cave, 50-6, 64-6, 75-9, 216-17

Kirk Pot, 183-5

Klondyke Pot, 123

 

Labardie, Richard, 185

Lancaster Hole, 8, 9, 148-51, 184, 216-17, 236

Langcliffe Pot, 216-17, 220

Larch Tree Hole, 21, 30

Large Pot, 58, 71, 215, 216-17

Last, Debs, 136

Latham, Joseph, 149

Latimer, Johnny, 158

Latimer, Simon, 138-9, 158

Lawson, Becka, 146, 152-5

Lawton, Ian, 153-5

Lawton, Liz, 154, 159

Laycock, Adrian, 185

Leakey, Bob, 44, 61, 91, 121-2, 126

Leck Beck Head, 49, 135, 147, 216-17

Lee, Raymond, 30-3

Limekiln Pot, 14

Link Pot, 148, 149-51

Lister, Jim, 161

Little, Kev, 30

Little Hull Pot, 13, 14, 21, 23, 29-30

Littondale, 219-20

Livesey, Pete, Grange Rigg Pot, 121-3, 126

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 75

      Little Hull Pot, 29

      Lost Johns’ Cave, 155

      Penyghent Pot, 22, 28

Lloyd, Dewi, 161, 196-7

Lloyd, Ian, 33, 103, 106, 161

Lloyd, Oliver, 164

Long, Harry, 174

Long Kin West, 216-17

Lord, Tom, 34, 146

Lord, Tot, 146

Losers’ Pot, 14, 20, 22, 35-9, 221

Lost Johns’ Cave, 138, 151-60, 215-17, 221

Lost Pot, 148

Lowe, Gavin, 27

Lower Long Churn Cave, 199

 

McClaren, Matt, 33, 35

McDonald, Ruth, 142-3, 145-6, 154, 185

McGhee, Rod, 183, 200

Mackin, Bob, Hensler’s Pot, 106

      Ingleborough Cave, 97, 99, 102

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 76

      Notts II, 133

      Penyghent Pot, 26

Magnetometer Pot, 7-9, 14, 39, 41, 45

Malham Cove, pavement, 223

Malham Cove Rising, 161-70, 216-17, 221

Mallinson, Jason, 29, 41, 127, 136

Marble Steps Pot, 49-50, 58, 69-70, 79

Marilyn, 103

Martindale, Emma, 143-4

Mellor, Adrian, 24-5, 26, 28-9

Mellor, Don, 171, 175

Melvin, Mick, 54

Mercer, Richard, 177-8, 182, 185

Meregill Hole, 203, 216-17

Meregill Skit, 203-5

Midge Hole, 203

Miller, Peter, 171

Millward, Perry, 102

Milner, Alistair, 50

Milner, Dave, 171

Mohole, The, 148

Molefone, 17, 76, 95-9, 101-2, 133

Monico, Paul, 26-7, 41, 80, 161

Monteath, George, 29

Moon, Norman, 167

Morris, Dave, 114-16, 127, 135, 161

Morrison, Duncan, 138, 155

Moses Well, 218

Mossdale Caverns, 15, 46, 75, 164, 216-17, 220

Muir, Angus, 161

Munn, Kevin, 134

Murgatroyd, Rob, 161

Murphy, Pam, 196-7

Murphy, Phil, 24-5, 61, 69, 161, 192, 204

Myers, Jack, 7-12, 45, 80, 112, 162, 191, 196-8

 

Nape Well Cave, 191-2

Nasse, Jez, 161

Nettle Pot, 205-8

Nettleton, Ron, 50

New Houses Rising, 219

New Pasture Cave, 14

Newby Moss, 218

Nick Pot, 216-17, 218-19

Nielsen, Grace, 161

Norman, Paul, 114, 196-7

North, George, 143-4, 153-4, 159

Notts II, 127-46, 148, 151, 155-9, 234

Notts Pot, 127-30, 148, 151, 155, 216-17

Nunwick, Mick, 138, 155-9, 221

Nuttall, John, 171

 

Ogden John, 54, 61, 75, 77, 162, 164

Onions, Jude, 156

Ormerod, Dave, 69

Ormerod, Mick, 54, 61, 77

Orrell, Mike, 168

 

P5, 121-6, 186, 189, 212

Pacey, Neil, 141-3, 153-4

Pack, David, 43

Palmer, John, 159

Palmer, Rob, 61, 64-5, 77, 88, 93-6, 164

Papard, Phil, 43-5, 61, 63, 76, 164

Parker, John, 15, 16

Parker, Phil, 156, 177-8

Parker, Simon, 114-15, 196-7

Parkinson’s Pot, 112-14

Patchett, Arnold, 91, 118

Pay Sank, 121-6, 211-12

Peak Cavern, 127

Pearce, Ken, 28, 29, 64

Pearson, Frank, 158

Pegleg Pot, 185

Penyghent, cave locations, 20

Penyghent Long Churn, 200-1, 219

Penyghent Master Cave, 13-42, 221

Penyghent Pot, 14-16, 20-30, 39, 47, 216-17, 221-2

Perilous Pot, 222

Perou, Sid, 93, 99-100, 116

Perry, John, 32, 35

Pickersgill, Steve, 93-4

Pickles, Steve, 61, 69, 193-4

Pickstone, Carl, 82

Pikedaw Calamine Caverns, 183, 216-17

Pinkney, Steve, 161

Pippikin Pot, 56, 148, 149-51, 216-17

Pirate Pot, 137

Pitman, Rod, 96

Plant, Ian, 78

Platts, Niall, 171

Preacher’s Cave, 177-82

Preston, Mr, 161, 170

Preston, Keith, 171

Price, Duncan, 161

Price, Madeline, 25

Proudlove, Graham, 43, 59

Pryer, Colin, 132, 139, 161

Puckering, Shaun, 161

 

Ramsay, Dave, 141-6, 154-6, 185

Randall, Kirsty, 185

Rattray, Fred, Brackenbottom Pot, 33

      Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117, 120

      Generator Pot, 189

      Hensler’s Pot, 106-7

      Losers’ Pot, 35, 39

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112, 114

      Pay Sank, 123

      Preacher’s Cave, 181-2

Rattray, Jimmy, 35, 106-7

Readman, Di, 106

Redmire Pot, 176

Rhoden, Gerik, 33

Rhodes, Brian, 17, 96

Rhodes, Chris, 161

Rift Pot, 58, 148, 151-5

Riley, Mick, 118

Riley, Pete, 127, 129, 135

Ritchie, Alex, 171

Roberts, Andy, 114

Roberts, Steve, 61, 78-9

Robertson, Nigel, 138

Robinsons’ Pot, 216-17

Robson, Mark, 166

Rogers, Martin, 86-8

Rose, Henry, 114

Rose, Pete, 171, 173

Rough Close Pot, 14

Rowten Pot, 49, 51, 75, 216-17, 218

Rumbling Hole, 148

Rushton, Mark, 185

Rushton, Neil, 161

Ryall, Dave, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117-18

      Diccan Pot, 209

      diving aphorism, 19

      Fat Finger Pot, 33

      Gaping Gill, Deep Well, 103-6

           flood, 212

      Hensler’s Pot, 110-12

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 77

      Losers’ Pot, 35, 39, 221

      Malham Cove Rising, 161

      Pay Sank, 123, 125-6

Ryall, Sue, 33

 

St Lawrence, Hugh, 156-8

Salmon, Tony, 50-1, 88

Schofield, Bryan ‘Scoff’, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Diccan Pot, 209

      Dub Cote Cave, 15, 19

      Fat Finger Pot, 33-4

      Gaping Gill, Deep Well, 103-4

           flood, 212

           through-trip, 100

      Hensler’s Pot, 106-7

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 61, 77

      Nettle Pot, 205-6

      Pay Sank, 123

Scratcher, Mike, 171

Seddon, Tony, 61, 79, 184

Sell Gill Holes, 216-17, 219

Shackleton, Rob, 15, 16, 22-3, 29, 61, 76

Sharp, Joe, 33, 106, 110

Sharp, Mick, 97, 101

Shaw, Jonny, 203

Shep Pot, 148

Sherrington, Bill, 142-3, 156, 158

Shuttleworth Pot, 148, 233

Sike Gill Rising, 216-17, 218, 219

Silverdale Gill Pot, 14

Simister, Brian ‘Ragnar’, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Fat Finger Pot, 33, 34

      Generator Pot, 189-90

      Hensler’s Pot, 106

      Losers’ Pot, 35-6, 38

Simpson, Dick, 196

Simpson, Eli ‘Cymmie’, 162

Simpson Pot, 49-50, 77, 216-17, 218

Sims, Jon, 127

Skell Gill Caves, 14

Skirfare Risings, 216-17, 219

Skorupka, Rupert, Chapman’s Rising, 203

      Keld Head, 61, 69, 70-1, 77

      King Pot, 74-5, 78

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 76-7

      Notts II, 127-8, 134-5, 141

      Penyghent Pot, 29

      Sike Gill Rising, 218

Slanting Cave, 59

Slater, Mark, 35, 106

Sleets Gill Cave, 178

Small Mammal Pot, 103

Smart, Roy, 50

Smith, Chris, 30-3

Smith, Duncan, 161

Smith, Martin, Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117

      Fat Finger Pot, 33

      Generator Pot, 189

      Hensler’s Pot, 106, 110-13

      Losers’ Pot, 35

      Pay Sank, 123

Smith, Mick, 61, 76

Snurd’s Hole, 216-17

Solari, Roger, 61, 75-6

Southworth, John, 61, 64, 162

Spectacle Pot, 56

Speight, Alan, 156, 177-8, 185

Spencer, Bill, 116

Spike Pot, 14

Stamp, Colin, 33, 106

Stamp, Maria ‘Maz’, 33, 35, 106

Stansfield, Ian, 171

Stanton, Rick, 40-1, 61, 79, 127-8, 134-6, 161

Statham, Oliver ‘Bear’, Dub Cote Cave, 15, 16

      Keld Head, 61, 62-6, 72-3

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 75, 77

Stevenson, Richard, 61, 77

Stewart, Dave, 162

Stock, Nic, 33, 39, 57, 108-9

Stot Rakes Cave and Pot, 14

Stream Passage Pot, 201-3

Stump Cross Caverns, 220

Sudell, Barry, 127-31, 135, 161, 203

Sugden, James, 153

Sullivan, Tim, Brackenbottom Pot, 33

      Christmas Cracker, 185

      Corky’s Pot, 117, 120

      Gaping Gill, 86

      Generator Pot, 189

      Losers’ Pot, 39

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112, 114

      Pay Sank, 123, 125

Sunderland, Norman, 192

surveys and diagrams, Birks Fell Cave, 172-3

      Brants Gill Head hydrology, 14

      Chapman’s Rising, 204

      Committee Pot, 139

      Corky’s Pot, 119

      Dub Cote Cave, 15

      Fountains Fell caves, 39

      Gaping Gill, 84-5

         Deep Well, 105

         South East Pot, 104

      Grange Rigg Pot, 125

      Hensler’s Pot, 107

      Ingleborough Cave, 97

      Keld Head, 66-7

      Kingsdale caves, 52-3, 218

      Losers’ Pot, 37

      Lost Johns’ Cave, 159

      Malham Cove Rising, 163

      Meregill Skit, 204

      Nape Well Cave, 191

      Notts II, 129, 139, 159

      Pay Sank, 125

      Penyghent Pot, 22

      Preacher’s Cave, 178

      Three Counties System, 148

      Trans-Craven System, 216-17

Sutcliffe, Roger, 86, 88

Swinsto Hole, 49, 50, 54, 77, 218

Swire, Paul, 141, 153

Sykes, Pete, 33

 

Taylor, George, 185

Taylor, Kenny, 53, 54, 155

Taylor, Roy, 171-3

Tharratt, Andy, 23, 24-5, 161

Thomas, Mike, 30, 127-9, 135

Thomas, Steve, 127, 135

Thompson, Jack, 162

Thompson, Tom, 114-15

Thorp, John ‘Lugger’, 56, 155

Thorpe, Mike, 91-2

Thorpe, Neil, 81

Thorpe, Steve, 61, 62-3

Three Counties System, 71, 147-60, 185, 213, 216, 221

Tietema, Rolf, 161

Tindale, Mon, 161

Todd, Julian, 153

Todd, Laurie, 171

Top Sink, 148, 150

Trans-Craven System (hypothetical), 213-22

Trollers Gill, 191

Trowbridge, Laura, 161

Tucker, Steve, 61

Turbary Pot, 79

Turn Dub, 216-17, 219

Turton, Roger, 177-8

Tweedale, Charles, 161-2, 168

 

Ullet Gill Cave, 216-17, 218-19

Unsworth, Dick, 43-4

 

Valley Entrance, 50, 54, 59-60, 64, 218

Valley Exit, 57, 74

Vesper Pot, 56

Volanthen, John, 41

Voldemort Hole, 142

 

Waddon, Jack, 15

Walford, Julian, 15, 16-18

Wallbank, Alan, 171, 173

Walsh, Andy, 138, 156

Waltham, Tony, 155

Walton, Mike, 171

Ward, Geoff, 161

Ward, Pete, 156, 159

Warren, Patrick, 47, 114-15, 153-4

Warren, Steve, 47, 171

Watson, Ian, 61, 65, 69, 76, 78

Watt, Jon, 23-5

Weare, Damian, 185

Webster, Martin, 28

Weight, Alan, 59, 61

Westlake, Clive, 61, 75, 102, 135, 137, 161, 166

Weston, Dave, 51

Whalley, John, 43-4, 171-2

Whatley, Ben, 161

Whitaker, Edward, 171, 173

White, ‘Mendip Carole’, Christmas Cracker, 185-6

      Corky’s Pot, 117

      Generator Pot, 189

      Hensler’s Pot, 106, 110

      Losers’ Pot, 35

      Nettle Pot, 207

      Parkinson’s Pot, 112

      Pay Sank, 123-4

White Scar Cave, 216-17, 218, 240

Whitehouse, Andy, 161

Whitfield, Colin, 69

Whybro, Paul, 40, 127, 135

Wileman, Kev, 185

Wilkinson, Ian, 97, 101

Wilkinson, Johnny, 43-4

Wilson, Dave, 196-7

Wilson, Simon, 111, 157-8

Winch, John, 197

Windle, Paul, 141, 143-4

Winstanley, Fred, 61, 76

Winstanley, Mary, 140, 158

Witches Cave, 135, 147, 148

Wizards Chasm, 216-17

Wooding, Mike, Gaping Gill, 89, 92, 103

      Ingleborough Cave, 91-2, 93

      Keld Head, 61, 62, 63

      Meregill Skit, 203

      Penyghent Pot, 22

Woodward, Brian, 28

Wright, Ben, 114, 116

Wright, Gerry, 91

Wright, Mark, 161

Wright, Martin, 161

 

Yeadon, Geoff, Dub Cote Cave, 15, 16-18

      Gaping Gill, 84, 94-102

      Keld Head, 61, 62-6, 68, 70, 72-3

      King Pot, 78

      Kingsdale Master Cave, 74, 76-7

      Lost Johns’ Cave, 138, 151, 155

      Malham Cove Rising, 164-5

Yeandle, Dave ‘Pooh’, 61, 76, 77-8, 150

Yonge, Charles, 23

Yordas Cave, 49, 59, 76-7, 218

Yu-Pearson, Will, 158

Winner of the 2017 Tratman Award


The Tratman Award is presented annually to the best caving-related publication; it is considered to be hugely prestigious and Adventures Underground won the award  for 2017 against an incredibly strong field. The trophy, a hand-crafted model of a caver and featuring the book itself, was presented to Dave Haigh at the annual caving conference, Hidden Earth, on 23 September 2018.


Readers' comments ...

Absolutely brilliant – a fine tribute to my grandfather Arthur – it's a wonderful book and the whole family is very proud of it. David Gemmell

I have finally finished the book - been reading it in bits to make it last. It is without a doubt the best book on caving I have ever read, and certainly one of the best adventure books generally.

I read it from cover to cover in a solid twelve hours because I just couldn't put it down.

The rave reviews and comments are – if anything – understatements

Congratulations on bringing out this volume. I'm sure it will be as valued as its predecessor!

Great reading, great photos and great production values. Do buy one!

Thoroughly enjoying this outstanding book. I'm rationing it to nurse me through a series of dull night shifts!

Great book, haven't been able to put it down.

I am really impressed by the quality of the book – its layout, printing, photos, diagrams ... I suspect that the original Underground Adventure and Potholing beneath the Northern Pennines – two of my favourite books over the last forty years – will have to take a step down from the top of the podium to make room for Dave and John's book.

The book is certainly inspirational. A book to savour and which will need several reads, given the vast amount of information in its pages.

An absolutely superb book, the best caving book for a long long time.

Brilliant book, well written and put together.

Rushed through it as I couldn't put it down. One complaint – too short!

A quick glance showed me this is a real classic book on Dales caving. It is well written, illustrated with loads of great photos and diagrams, and produced to an exceptionally high quality. The authors John Cordingley and Dave Haigh are to be congratulated on producing such a splendid book. And much credit to Chris Howes and Judith Calford at Wild Places for all their efforts in making sure the final product is worthy of its contents.

Great reading, great photos and great production values. Do buy one!

I've only dipped in at the moment, but I've read enough to appreciate the quality and the effort, a bloody good read. Perfect copies may become collectors' items, but I'm afraid mine won't be one. It'll become too dog-eared and well read!

What a fantastic piece of work. It has been a pleasure to read such finely written inspiration material. Thank you for writing such a great book.

Have just finished reading Adventures Underground. Really enjoyed it. Another super book for my collection.

I found it a riveting read – the excitement that John and Dave inject into their explorations of the caves really shines through. The tantalising final chapter about the future is fascinating.


Royalty donations

The authors donated the royalties from Adventures Underground to their chosen charities, equally divided between cave rescue and Macmillan Cancer Support. Descent (259) for December 2017 reported that the first donation was presented to the British Cave Rescue Council at Inglesport, and at the same time a donation was sent direct to Macmillan. Each payment was for £675, the royalties due being added to and rounded off by Wild Places. This means that a total of £1,350 was raised for good causes in this initial stage.

An online report appeared on the BCRC website in December 2017.

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