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J.H. and Rowter Hole Closed for Lambing
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Report Date: 04/2004.
Published: 04/2004.

J.H. (James Hall's Over Engine Mine) and Rowter Hole are closed to cavers through April due to lambing. Access should be resumed early May.

The entrance to Rowter Hole, high above Castleton. Back Tor and Losehill in the background with Winnat's Pass middle left. Photo: Shaun Puckering 2004.
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The shaft lid, enscribed with "TSU 1963". Photo: Shaun Puckering 2004.
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Knotlow Pollution Records
Report From: Dave Webb (DCA Conservation Officer).
Report Date: 04/2004.
Published: 04/2004.

After a longer than usual interval I have at last been able to recover and record the comments on the state of the air quality in the system that you have kindly compiled; they extend from July 2002 until January 2004. Unfortunately water had found its way into the ammo box which has made it difficult for you to write and me to read all the entries. However there are 33 legible entries which give a clear indication of the variations in air quality and the continuing need to take great care. I will be forwarding these to the relevant authorities. I will shortly be replacing the book and attempting to "waterproof" the ammo box, meanwhile thank you for your continued support. I shall also include a summary of the above records.

previous related report 07/2003
next related report 06/2004

Fixed Aids in Giant's Hole
Report From: Jenny Potts DCA.
Report Date: 04/2004.
Published: 04/2004.

It has been reported that one of the stainless steel maillons left fixed to the pair of P-bolts placed to allow rigging for the climb down from the Upstream Series in Giants has been removed. Also, there is evidence that these bolts and the ones safeguarding the climbs down from the Upper Series into the Crabwalk have been used to lower people down by running a rope directly through the Eco-anchor. PLEASE DON'T DO THIS! One of the pair above the Crabwalk has already had to be replaced because grit in the rope run through it to lower people wore it thin. The bolts are there to allow a ladder or rope to be rigged using the PAIR of bolts, NOT one single bolt, and so that the climbs down can be safeguarded.

Fixed Aids in Carlswark Cavern
Report From: Jenny Potts DCA.
Report Date: 04/2004.
Published: 04/2004.

The first P-bolt on the Eyam Dale Shaft is also being used for pull-throughs or for lowering people and is showing signs of wear. Please use these bolts responsibly and rig them correctly so that there is no wear from ropes running directly through the P-bolt.

Loose Rock in Suicide Cave
Report From: Jenny Potts DCA.
Report Date: 04/2004.
Published: 04/2004.

There is a report of instability of the ledge below the last set of P-bolts at the far end of the Cave. Please avoid this area for the present.

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