Fri 01 Aug 2014

After prospecting with Becka, Mike + Andrea a couple of days before, Nat and I decided to revisit 2005-05 to carry on dropping the pitches there. Rob bailed, leading to a rather late start, but we set off with a ~40m and 2 x 11m ropes, plus the bosch drill older than either one of us. We re-rigged the first pitch that Nat had dropped earlier and landed on a stone bridge between two pitches.

Nat decided to drop the western pitch since it seemed to look more promising, so bolted a rebelay and carried on downwards. After dropping through a slightly narrow gap we landed on a loose, rocky slope with a ledge to one side. Nat bolted another rebelay and started on one of the 11m ropes but rapidly came back since there was a pitch that was too big for us to drop with the kit we had - exciting times! I went down to take a look then we went off to the ledge to commiserate. We reckoned the pitch had about a 2-second drop, making it somewhere between 20 and 30 metres. As we were cold and out of gear, we decided to return the next day with more rope (and our oversuits!).

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Wallets on this date:
    2014#09 Balcony Entrance Pitch ['notes2', 'notes1', 'elev1', 'notes3', 'plan1', 'elev2']
    2014#17 Ducks on Ice ['notes2', 'notes1', 'elev1', 'plan1']
    2014#24 Becka prospects ['notes1-14-NP-01', 'notes-1-876', 'notes1-234+237', 'notes1-777', 'notes2-copiā€¦
Logbook trips on this date:
    107 - Gemshohle - Attempt to push Wookey & Jess' lead at North end of China
    Tunnocks - Rigging Coldfinger by Champagne on Ice
    prospecting - Surface prospecting, NW of Tunnocks
    Tunnocks - Ducks on Ice / Tacklesack retrieval