This is a tasteful selection of trip reports from the year 2007 to the present.

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Fermanagh 20th – 21st Feb 2010

Trip with Dave M, Shane and Thelma (later). Hit the road with Dave and Shane at 9. Quick stop in Swords for gear and another for food in Virginia. Reached the Marlbank in terrible fog. Parked in Monastir car park and had a poke around in the field across the road and found Pollbwee. Shane and I changed across the road while Dave organized the call out. All kitted up we headed for

  • The Monastir Cliff Caves: We had a look at Pollbwee and didn’t fancy rigging it. Doable but led to a tight rift and we weren’t sure if we should bring Shane on his first STR trip there. Instead we wandered down into the west gorge and we had a poke into Tim Fogg’s dig. Rushing water at the end of it. Cool. After that I had a go at the crawl cave at the opposite side of the gorge. Having lost Dave before the first cave we headed back to the car only to see no sign of Dave. I went back to the gorge and yelled. Dave appeared. We then took a look at Monastir sink cave but didn’t get too farbefore the water got deep. Back on the surface we went and looked at Compass pot and Shane found Bruces Pot. We went to look at Templebawn after that. After Templebawn Dave went off to get rope for Bruces and Shane and I looked at the gorge above Templebawn before returning to the top of the cliff. I scraped away in Compass pot with my crowbar and eventually passed a tight squeeze on my back to the top of a pitch 5 m in. In Bruces Dave had rigged and I was the first to descend. Had a little poke around. At the bottom before I was joined by the other lads. I reached the lake section and decided not to go for it. We returned to the car having visited 6 caves.

The rest of the eventing consisted of checking into the bridges hostel, aetin lots of food in wetherspoons and then consuming several bottles of ginger beer beer before Thelma arrived and we went to bed. Next morning we got up at the crack of dawn cos Thelma said so and went to Wetherspoons to get breakfast cos Thelma said so and it was closed and we said where did you get that idea that spoons would be open at this hour and she said you said so and we said that we said nothing of the sort and how did you get that idea in your head at all and we dragged out of be for nothing. So we went to Blacklion but there was nothing to be gotten there and we tried Swanlinbar to no avail after we had a look at the road to the top of Cuilcagh to gauge the situation given the terrible cold weather. It looked doable so we had a lovely fry in Wetherspoons and then went to Gortalughny where Queens already were. A few of them had a lash at the hill up and failed. We parked at the bottom and walked to the top and reached Pigeon Pot after 20 minutes.

  • Pigeon Pot II: Lashed the rope to a hawthorn sceach and rigged to the bottom of the ice palace that was the first waterfall. I sucked on an icepop stalictite waiting for Dave to motor on down and with that done he headed off to rig the second pitch. Everyone down I was first to try the second pitch. Nice pitch but close to the wall. Once everyone was at the bottom I headed back up and swung across to the ledge in a most precarious manner and then visited the third pitch. Worth a visit some day. After making my dodgy return to the ledge head I swung down and prussiked up to the pitch head annoyingly close to the head of the wall. Uneventful exit. Outside the cave I went for a walk around and went as far as the Legacurragh gap before returning. Took great pleasure in crawling in the snow to clean my suit of mud.

Gunned it to Monaghan via Enniskillen. Stopped for food in Shanes house. And fine food it was. Left the house with mud all over the downstairs WC. Made it home in record time.

Freshers Trip to Clare 8th - 10th October

On the 8th of October the members of the DIT Caving Club embarked for Doolin, Co. Clare with a precious cargo of first-time cavers. It was the first trip of the year, taking our new recruits to the Burren to introduce them the fine sport of caving.

The DIT Caving Club has been knocking about in one way or another for 18 years now and this trip is now something of a rite of passage for those seeking adventure and excitement. Clare, as well as having some stunningly beautiful lanscape, has some of the best caves in the country, generally long, high, sculpted passages winding their way through the limestone. The caves are perfect for those starting out in Caving – unintimidating, fun and easily accessible.

After our convoy of cars arrived in Doolin we found the nearest pub and bedded in. When our drinking was done we headed to our base for the weekend – the Upside-down House, so called for the kitchen and living room being located in the attic. The next morning we pulled ourselves together and got into the club’s caving clobber. We split into two teams and headed to the first caves of the day – Polldubh and Cullan 2. My group, heading for Cullan 2, got the rest of their kit on at the side of the road and undertook the short walk to the cave entrance. It was a lovely day and some of us were sorry to be going underground into a dark cave. These traitors were quickly silenced and climbed down into the cave. A short crawl and we were into walking height passage. After 200m we reached the streamway and splashed happily along, the leaders pointing out various formations and rock types along the way as well as explaining the cave’s formation. We passed through Dome Chamber and then Lake chamber before reaching the terminus of the cave 1km from the entrance, a 10m drop into a lower passage. On the return we decided to take a detour into Year Passage, an alternative way back to the exit. After a lot of crawling and some nice calcite formations we eventually found our way out of the cave, very muddy, tired but satisfied.

After refueling in the Upside-down House we headed en masse to Pollnagollum – the longest cave in the country with 15km of passage in the country. After negotiating the steep entrance we split into two groups, one going through a tight crawl into the Branch Passage, the other descending into the Mainstream passage. After an hour and a half of caving we returned to the fading daylight and climbed out of the pothole. We returned home to a warm house and a large pot of Spaghetti Bolognese.

Arising the next morning we were split into the groups who still wanted to cave and those who were too traumatised by the yesterdays experiences to go caving again. A crack team of cavers was assembled and we drove to Faunarooska Cave. The cave is situated high above the sea with beautiful views of the Aran Islands and as far as Connamara, unfortunately it was too misty to see any of these properly but at least it was nice and warm. Faunarooska is an interesting cave, having a tight winding passage with cascades that emerges after half an hour into a big passage. There then follows some fun climbing and traversing high up in a passage roof. It also has impressive formations. The cave is 94m deep, unfortunately we could only get to about -55 as we didn’t have enough rope.

All our caving done for the weekend we packed up and headed home. Congratulations to all the guys and girls who went caving for the first time over the weekend – Rob Slater, Kevin, Eoin, Steve, “Fresher” Steve, Dearbhla, Dave Ramsey, Assima, and Narkes.