Streaks Pot Trip Report – 11 Mar 2017

Streaks Pot, Sat 11.3.17.

Those attending: Mike Smith, Mark Gration, Ann Soulsby and Robin Stiffin

Must have been on form today. I had that nervous apprehension feeling whilst looking forward (why was I looking forward?) to Streaks Pot. Having read through some descriptions I was possibly pondering my sanity.

Anyway, met Mike , Mark and Ann in the Yondermann for breaky, we joked that perhaps big breakfasts weren’t the best idea seeing as we were eyeing up a thrutch fest, but the fortitudinal qualities of a big calorie intake proved the wisdom of our unintended foresight eventually. Mike photo-journaled most of the event, Mark did some excellent rigging and navigating, reading through an increasingly soggy description numerous times, Ann was good back up, picking up and carrying my bag through on quite a few occasions. Me – usually Tail-End-Charlie, which I was to begin with, enjoying having everybody else test the rope, water, landscape etc before me.

Into a narrow adit type entrance. Across a slightly exposed traverse and down a rope, and clambering on in a generally down wards direction through miners deads and stemples and then along bits of more roomy stream passage, passing Telescope and Alexander’s Avens, and with a few diversions left and right (don’t remember what order) until we got Mikes tick of the Lu-Blue Sump, a rather pretty and slightly turquoise pool down a natural shaft. But we were still only half way through our ordeal. Now we had to try and find our way through the part we had little or no knowledge of. Turns out Ann had been through this part before, but a long time ago.

Accidentally, I managed to find myself in the lead. So knowing we had to find our way through, as I don’t think any of us were relishing the return trip back UP that lot, I forged ahead, with the only thought in my head of ‘don’t go down anything you cant get back up’. This said I find myself up to my cheekbones in running water for the second time trying to find a hole in the stream passage roof. This just about made itself evident, just as I would have gone no further, really; the roof in the stream passage getting ever lower. Nervous Breakdown passage then unsued, meaning more clambering up and down boulders in and out of the stream passage, getting wet, trying more ‘hopeful’ windows etc etc. After a warming chocolate break, thankfully a through route was found, though what we now had to suffer was more crawling down wet stream passages. One turning left went to a very wet stream passage where I really wasn’t going to go this time, thankyou very much. Back a the last T Junction, it was the low sandy crawl we should have followed, which I did and which eventually got more roomy and lead to the lower mined part of the cave and the way out – if you could manage just one more squeeze……

After all that nice clean stream passage, we emerged all nice a mucked up. Good thing there’s a thoughtfully excavated cavers cleaning pool been created recently on the bend of the road, Ann and I got ourselves cleaned up, Mark went to get the rope, and Mike was already getting changed when we arrived back at the cars, he had work soon, AAAH!, would I, after that lot. I’d still be reminising. Funny how hindsight can make you believe you’ve had a more enjoyable time than when what you were really thinking and having to suffer at the time. Still in a perverse way I suppose its what we get out of such caves. I smiled all the way home. Until I found out I’d lost a Maglite in there. Anyone fancy going back to help me find it…….Robin Stiffin

SILVER EYE MINE – WED 20 MAR

Short notice of a evening trip to Silver Eye Mine on Wed 20 March. Please contact Mark Gration asap if you would like to attend:

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New Meets Added for 2019

FORTHCOMING MEETS (visit trips page if you are interested in attending)
Underground Trip: Arrock Black Marble Mine, Ashford – Tuesday 12th March 2019.
LEADER: Paul Chandler (PDMHS/Masson Caving Group).
To book your place(s), meeting arrangements, please contact Paul Chandler.
Evening trip. Easy grade, dry trip. There is a short, low crawl near the entrance, which leads into the main part of the mine. The remainder of the mine is mainly walking or stooping size. Arrock is quite different to the Rookery Black Marble Mine nearby in that timber has been used to support the roof, some of which you might say has seen better days! Although less extensive than the Rookery Mine, it is arguably more interesting. BCA Public Liability Insurance Cover or similar, essential. Access is by permission from Chatsworth Estate. Optional drink after trip in Bulls Head Inn, Ashford. References: Derbyshire Black Marble by J M Tomlinson, PDMHS Special Publication No.4 (1996) and Mining History (PDMHS) Vol.20, No.3 (2018). PDMHS MEET – “All welcome”. NOTE: I only organise this trip every two years, next in 2021.
Underground Trip: Holmebank Chert Mine, Bakewell – Tuesday 26th March 2019. 
LEADER: Paul Chandler (PDMHS/Masson Caving Group).
To book your place(s), meeting arrangements, please contact Paul Chandler.
Evening trip. Easy grade, dry trip (although lowest workings are flooded). An ideal trip for novices and also of interest to experienced explorers. Mostly large, walking or stooping size passages and easy scrambles. The mine is quite extensive, with around five miles of passages! The
popular through trip is planned, exiting via the quarry entrance, with various points of interest enroute. An interesting mine and well worth bringing a camera. BCA Public Liability Insurance Cover or similar, essential. Access by permission from Oldfield Design, Bakewell.
References: Mining History (PDMHS) Vol.13, No.5 (1998) and Vol.19, No.6 (2017). PDMHS MEET – “All welcome”.
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Trips Update

FEBRUARY

Saturday 3 & 10 – Locations TBC – These will be specifically for beginners and subject to numbers etc.

Sat 17 Feb – Nettle Pot – Serious SRT.

Sat 17 Feb – Duckmanton Railway Cutting. Joint trip with PDMS. Only 5 places for MCG.

MARCH
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – “North Wales Mines Weekend”

Tuesday 13th March (Evening trip) – Holmebank Chert Mine, Bakewell.

Sun 18th March – Gautries – For all you mud lovers! Needs a trip co-ord.

Tuesday 27th March (Evening trip/Date tbc) – Pretoria Chert Mine, Bakewell.
Further details will be posted in due course, timings and organiser etc.

APRIL

Sat 14 April – Long Kin East Rift Exchange – More SRT mayhem.

MAY

Sun 13th May – Bar Pot via SE Chamber – More classic Yorkshire SRT.

JUNE

Sat 23rd June – Coniston Copper Mines.

If you would like to add to the meets list please contact the meets co-ord Adrian Pedley:

Trips update For 2018

Trips for 2018:
JANUARY
Sunday 14th January – Goodluck Mine, Via Gellia.

Sunday 28th January – Wapping Mine/Cumberland Cavern, Matlock Bath.

FEBRUARY

Saturday 3 & 10 – Locations TBC – These will be specifically for beginners and subject to numbers etc.

MARCH
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – “North Wales Mines Weekend”

Tuesday 13th March (Evening trip) – Holmebank Chert Mine, Bakewell.

Tuesday 27th March (Evening trip/Date tbc) – Pretoria Chert Mine, Bakewell.
Further details will be posted in due course, timings and organiser etc.