DCA has installed BP and Eco-anchors in a number of major caves and mines in the region in line with national policy. The number of these is kept to a minimum - it is not the aim of DCA to make caving easier, but to make it safer. (Note that DCA does not install fixed hand-lines and any such found attached to DCA installed anchors are not subject to DCA inspection.)

Any problems encountered or details listed found to be incorrect should be notified to the DCA Equipment Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Equiped Caves

The caves currently rigged with BP or Eco-anchors by DCA are:

  • Bagshawe Cavern †
  • Carlswark Cavern
  • Devonshire Mine
  • Eldon Hole ‡
  • Giants Hole ‡
  • Hillocks / Whalf Pipe Mine
  • James Hall Over Engine Mine (JH)
  • Jug Holes
  • Knotlow Cavern
  • Lathkill Head Garden Path Entrance
  • Lathkill Head Top Entrance
  • Layby Pot †
  • Maskhill Mine
  • Merlins Mine †
  • Nettle Pot
  • Nickergrove Mine ‡
  • Odin Mine
  • Old Tor Mine †
  • Oxlow Cavern ‡
  • P8
  • Peak Cavern, Block Hall
  • Robins Shaft Mine
  • Rowter Hole
  • Speedwell, Cliff Cavern Series
  • Speedwell, Pilkington's
  • Suicide Cave †
  • Water Icicle Close Cavern
  • Winnats Head Cave

† Sites with just one simple pitch, no topo included but rope length required listed below:

  • Bagshawe Cavern - 15 m Layby Pot - 25 m
  • Merlins Mine - Side Entrance: 8 m ladder, 12 m rope; S2 Shaft: 9 m ladder, 15 m rope.
  • Old Tor Mine - 7 m (3 m pitch)
  • Suicide Cave - 15 m

‡ Sites with ring and wire anchors installed - see below for details.

Titan has been rigged with bolts by the original explorers and details of ropes required to rig this may be found on the Peak/Speedwell website at www.peakspeedwell.info.

Ring and Wire Belays

Ring and wire belays have been, or will shortly be, installed to avoid situations where a rope might otherwise be threaded directly through the eye of an anchor, leading to abrasion wearing a groove in the eye so that the anchor itself would have to be replaced. The two upper ends of the wires are attached permanently to anchors, forming a Y-hang with the ring at the bottom. The ring, through which the rope should pass, is a 10cm diameter steel ring, which is free to rotate on the wire, so avoiding a single abrasion point.

These systems are being installed where there is:

i) a requirement for a pull-thro’ to reach a higher passage or for an abseil on a double rope or where the rope is pulled down afterwards, OR

ii) where a rope, threaded through the ring, is used to lower or lifeline people down.

Rope should never be threaded directly through the eye of an anchor.

Sites where ring & wire belays have been, or will be, installed - rope lengths required (double rope):

  • Eldon Hole: Climb up to Damocles Rift - 55 m.
  • Giants Hole: Descent from Upper Series into Crabwalk - 30 m. Climb up to Wet Inlets - 20 m.
  • Nickergrove Mine: Descent of internal shaft below the traverse - 30 m.
  • Oxlow Cavern: Climb up to Pilgrim’s Way - 20 m.

Inspection

All anchors should be checked before use. Twist the anchor using the fingers, while observing any movement. Slight flexing or rotational movement (+ / - 1 mm) of the anchor is acceptable.

The following points should be checked before using or loading the anchors:

  • Looseness or fracture of the rock in which the anchor is placed.
  • Grooves or abrasion inside the curvature of the anchor (i.e. the inside contact area of the anchor).
  • Obvious damage to the anchor or placement from rock fall.
  • Excessive rotation of the resin within the drilled hole.
  • Rotation of the anchor within the resin.
  • Fracturing of the rock within 20 cm of the anchor placement.
  • Egress of the anchor from the resin or resin from the drilled hole.