The latest news concerning caving in the Peak District and the DCA. National caving news can be found on the BCA website.

The dig in Eldon Hole is going well with plenty of willing hands on the job and technology being brought to the problem of the construction of a timber and scaffold shaft. This aims to stabilize the route through from the foot of the Main Shaft into the Main Chamber and also hopes to reach the deep shaft believed to exist which continues from the base of the Main Chamber, eventually reaching running water at some unspecified depth.

A full report on the project and the progress to date was put before the DCA Council Meeting on 20th June and we approved the application for funding the project up to the £1000 applied for. The funding will be paid in stages on completion of the work and presentation of receipts.

The fallen boulder, which blocked the entrance to Axe Hole, was “persuaded into fragments” and then removed by the efforts of a number of cavers. At the request of the farmer the hole has now been capped by an unlocked grid which will prevent his cattle falling into the hole. There is no intention to lock this grid or install a bolt to secure access.

Work is still ongoing to stabilise the shaft and restore access. We'll try to keep you informed on progress.

The DCA Council Meeting of 20th June has approved in principle the placement of PB bolts on the Assault Course in Peak Cavern. This will take some time to organise but work should start later this year.

Pete Knight reports:

Some of you may be aware that there has been an area of unstable and potentially dangerous deads/ginging in the Whalf Climbing Shaft. A quiet but relentless team of cavers have over the last few weeks made this area safer again by underpinning and rebuilding the pack and applying a bit of cement. Great thanks go to Alan Brentnall, Ann Soulsby and Roy Rodgers (with a supporting cast in the background no doubt) and a personal thank you from me for removing one of the jobs on the VERY long DCA projects list.

As with all old mines, please be aware of the packwalls and ginging around you and take precautions to keep people out of the firing line below! Safe caving everyone and please get in touch with the DCA should you spot something that needs our attention or wish to be added to our list of willing volunteers for jobs like this as and when they come up.