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

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.

A summary of the BCA CRoW Poll Result can be found on this page. There is also a link to a PDF file containing the detailed survey report.

It has just been reported that there is a problem on the track leading to Giants Hole at the sharp bend where the track to Peakshill Farm leaves the B6061 road. Cavers driving down to the parking place for Giants Hole are advised to go very cautiously past this point at present.

Jenny Potts, DCA Hon. Secretary.

A new bolt has been fitted to Jugholes lower adit today (5/4/2014). Take a spanner, you have been warned!

DCA have replaced deteriorating anchors on the upstream pitches beyond Down in the Sewer in Winnats Head Cave with new anchors under the BCA Anchor Scheme (see topo). All the new anchors have stainless steel maillons attached to limit corrosion. Note that DCA is not responsible for any ropes attached.

This will added to the DCA Handbook revisions section of this site.

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