Adam Cooper starting a ladder descent of a newly discovered shaft on the plateau in 1993. The ladder was necessary because, as the name "Lost Rucksack Hole" suggests, he had just dropped his rucksack containing the rope into the shaft in a careless moment. Typical of prospecting on the plateau is the fact that no-one could find the shaft again in 1993. It was given number CUCC93-01, and re-found in 1995, but no gear was to hand, so it remained unexplored beyond this surface shaft until 1998, when it was finally bottomed in three trips, numbered 1623/200, and very definitely fixed by GPS and surface survey and marked with a metal tag. We won't be losing that one again, at least !
Photo © Andy Waddington, 1993