May Bank Holiday at Whitewalls

A long weekend of caving on the Coronation Bank Holiday weekend, with a wine tasting and goulash night on Sunday – what better way to celebrate the crowning of a new king!

One of the primary objectives of the weekend was the surveying of the high-level features in Aggy Main Passage recently bolt-climbed. This was started on Saturday with two of the four climbs successfully surveyed, while another team went digging in Sandstone Passage and some reinforcement work was also done on First Choke in Craig a Ffynnon.

Surveying work continued in Aggy Main Passage on Sunday, revealing a further possible extension, while an SRT caving trip also took place in Pwll Dwfn, a cave having more in common with Yorkshire potholes than the usual long horizontal caves of South Wales. The team descended the 5 pitches to the bottom, then ascended a fixed rope beyond the sump to the relatively recently discovered aven above. Then it was back to Whitewalls for a fine feast of soufflé, salad, goulash and pudding cooked by Stuart France and accompanied by a tasting selection of interesting red wines, an evening enjoyed by everyone and with all proceeds from the event being donated to Cave Rescue.

Agen Allwedd was again visited on Monday with a beginners’ trip to the Music Room, and many tasks were also completed back at Whitewalls – including relocating the club kit to our smart new tackle store.

Photos from the Pwll Dwfn Trip

  • At the top of Pitch 4

  • At the Pitch 4 rebelay

  • The head of Pitch 5

  • Ascending the 5th Pitch

Photos by Matt and Mandy Voysey

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