Balcony - Long Drop final push, survey & Derig

Mon 18 Jul 2016
Rob Watson

After a rather late start to say the least (Anthony & I seem to have a way of starting far to late when we cave with the other), I arrived at balcony Gear Dump (Having shown the Hilti-a-Plenty leads found the other day to Pete, Elliott, Aidan & Martin beforehand) at around 3pm. We then headed to the bottom of Long Drop, where kit was sorted & we all got to business - Anthony bolting what was to be the final push along a traverse in a dripping rift, with Ash & I catching up on the survey back log behind. The pitch is very impressive, and the ending to its story is something of an anticlimax - Anthony bolted around the corner & could see around 20m to the floor where the thing closed down into an immature? meander with water in it - seen that before! With all looking rather shit, we decided to turn around. I sprinted up the pitch, having absolutely frozen my tits off despite wearing all my clothes (belay jacket!) while surveying. I sat in the group shelter alone waiting for the others, then we got the derig under way - a warm up paella for the big derig on Wednesday in Tunnocks.

Everything went pretty well, with only 1 intermediate pile before the top (at ICU with a view) and despite an extremely antisocial double fishermans right below a rebelay we got all the knots out and it ran pretty smoothly. At the top it was 10:15 & we were pushing callout, so I headed out while the others sorted things out. Back at Top Camp for 11:25, our midnight callout was made. Great success!

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Survex files on this date:
Wallets on this date:
    2016#38 Scream if you want to go faster ['notes2', 'notes1', 'elv', 'plan']
    2016#39 Just Keeps Giving (Hilti-a-Plenty) ['notes2', 'notes1', 'elv', 'plan']
    2016#40 Water Torture (Hilti-a-Plenty) ['notes2', 'notes1', 'elv', 'plan']
    2016#41 Papaw Passage (Song of the Earth) ['notes2', 'notes1', 'plan']
    2016#44 Surface 97->271c->271b, 2004-07 ['notes']
    2016#47 Long Drop 2 ['elv', 'plan']
    2016#58 dirtysnow ['dirty_snow', 'dirty_snow-1p', 'dirty_snow-1p', 'dirty_snow-1s']
Logbook trips on this date:
    Balcony - Long Drop final push, survey & Derig
    Tunnocks - Camp Kraken, Song of the Earth + Derig (Downstream)
    Tunnocks - Song of the Earth and Camp Derig
    16-JB-01 Dirty Snow
    Tunnocks - Camping in Tunnocksschacht - CHECC Grand Prize entry