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GUEST,Anne Croucher BS: Caving: The hippiest sport/pastime? (23) RE: BS: Caving: The hippiest sport/pastime? 01 Sep 04

I used to go caving in my youth - with the Portsmouth Polytechnic caving club.

We went to various Mendip caves - I saw the helictites in Fairy Quarry cave before they were taken away. Pretty incredible.

We did Longwood and August, and we had someone collapse and had to drag the unconscious body to the surface up a long chimney. It was only the local cider taking its revenge on the unwary, but it wasn't the best way to spend Sunday morning.

We visited Somerset and found the red clay lining in the caves we visited rather surprising, and it took months to wash out of everything - particularly the boots. The box we kept the caving equipment in was dyed red with the dust working its way into the grain of the wood.

I used to go sailing so I was the chief knot tyer, I got complaints that I secured the biter ends of the bowlins with a half hitch. I didn't stop putting them in, if they had slid there would not have been much point in tying them. If they had slid there would not have been much point in going down to see what had happened to the slidee either.

Happy days


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