Clare 2010 (2nd-11th April)

Rich, Rufus, Milkybar, Henry, Megan, Oli, Chris, Tim, Josh, Carly, Barry, Jo M (RUCC), Jo H, Huw, Toby, Luke, Jono, Mark (BEC), Hellie (BEC)

Thanks to all those who helped with the organisation, particularly Rich and Rufus – we had an amazing week!

This Easter, Aberystwyth went to Ireland for our first annual Clare trip since 1999.

The caves in Clare are all stream caves, so liable to flood, and predictably it had been pissing it down in the run up to our trip. However we thought we could safely hit our local cave and do through trips from St Catharine’s to Arran view, and vice versa, as ‘Caves of County Clare (COCC) made it seem like this variation on the Doolin through trip would be safe in relatively high water conditions. Little did we know it, but this would be the start of a love hate relationship with COCC, and its centre line surveys.
We broke into two unequal sized groups. the larger group went down Arran View, dodging the spiders, tyres and other bits of crap that adorn Irish cave entrances. We followed a tight, winding rift, until at some point we penetrated one of the impenetrable inlets. Eventually we decided it was miserable and we’d like to turn round.
Meanwhile the other group didn’t get lost, and had a fantastic trip. ‘One of the best of Milkyponce’s life’, ‘it reminded Chris why he liked caving’.
While they claim that they were impressed by ‘epic, soaring canyon walls,’ as they followed a ‘fast flowing, dynamic streamway,’ ‘broad and majestic, like the Shannon,’ to some ‘very, well decorated’ crawling, I think the smug gits either went straight to McGanns bar and only pretended to cave, or realised our trip wasn’t great and invented a good one to wind us up.
Happily the caving improved, and the next day a Pollnagollum – Poulelva trip was enjoyed by me, and that’s what counts. As the next days forecast was shit we then did what we do best – got really drunk. We decorated our helmets with an Easter theme; I wish I hadn’t used permanent marker to draw a penguin on mine. Eventually we thought attempting to sober Rich and Jono up would be the socially responsible thing to do, so we attempted to spoon feed them some of the excellent food Rufus had organised for us. This turned out to be funnier than it was messy, and was luckily recorded for posterity – http://www.abercavers.co.uk/clare-2010/
Once the weather improved we celebrated Hellie’s arrival with a more traditional St Catherines – to Fisherstreet trip. We had all pre-ordered and paid for a Guinness at McGanns Bar, and were served from a hole in the wall while still in our caving kit. A great trip, with great company followed by a great pint from a great pub!
We enjoyed Pol na Gree, Moonmilk, Faunarooska and the Coolagh river cave (Gour passage is before Balcombe’s pot, not on it as suggested by the survey). And there’s a reason Polldonough North is little visited), but the speleological highlight was undoubtedly a trip to Pollaber, discovered by ACC in the ‘80s. It’s so good we’re coming back next year to take a lump hammer to the terminal squeeze.
Our 9 days cost 230 quid, before beer. We were all impressed by the standard of accommodation provided by Doolin cottages (www.doolincottages.com), though it was a fair walk to the pub. I would definitely take a copy of ‘Selected Caves’. We had the 1981 and 2003 copies of COCC, but found that the descriptions were so detailed that it obscured the relevant bits, and so we kept on checking things in Selected. The Clare section is written by an ACC graduate as well, so you can be assured of its quality.

– Oli Dawson


Pollaber (survey by Aberystwyth Caving Club 2000; Grid Reference M1179 0298; Altitude 225 m; Surveyed Length 115 m)

Day 1

Doolin River Cave – Arran View; St. Catherines to Arran View through trip

03-Apr-2010 14:03, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 80

 

Day 2

Pollnagollum – Poulelva through trip. Drinking games after dinner…

04-Apr-2010 22:20, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 22:28, 4.5, 24.978mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 22:33, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:31, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:31, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

 

04-Apr-2010 23:33, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:34, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:35, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:38, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.3 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:39, 3.2, 9.784mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

 

04-Apr-2010 23:41, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:41, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:42, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:44, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:44, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

 

04-Apr-2010 23:48, 2.8, 6.785mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:51, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

04-Apr-2010 23:53, 2.8, 6.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

 

The bolognese video

Fuzzy Duck

Toby tantrums

Commander spaz attack

Day 3

It rained…visit to Father Ted’s house and the Doolin coastline

05-Apr-2010 15:34, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 80

05-Apr-2010 15:35, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80

05-Apr-2010 16:14, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

05-Apr-2010 16:12, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80

05-Apr-2010 16:14, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80

 

05-Apr-2010 16:55, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 80

05-Apr-2010 17:16, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

05-Apr-2010 17:20, 3.2, 8.295mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

05-Apr-2010 17:23, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

05-Apr-2010 17:25, 4.5, 14.303mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

 

Day 4

Pollnagree & cave prospecting around Slieve Elva

06-Apr-2010 13:45, 3.2, 8.295mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

06-Apr-2010 14:12, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

06-Apr-2010 14:13, 4.0, 11.614mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

06-Apr-2010 15:27, 3.2, 7.23mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

06-Apr-2010 15:11, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 80

 

06-Apr-2010 15:57, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80

06-Apr-2010 15:57, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80

06-Apr-2010 16:01, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

06-Apr-2010 16:15, 4.9, 18.6mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

 

Day 5

Doolin River Cave – St Catherines to Fisherstreet through trip. Pint at McGanns afterwards

07-Apr-2010 15:26, 2.8, 6.2mm, 1.3 sec, ISO 100

07-Apr-2010 17:22, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 400

07-Apr-2010 17:27, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 17:22, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 17:55, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

 

07-Apr-2010 17:57, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 17:56, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 17:58, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 17:59, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 17:59, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

 

07-Apr-2010 18:00, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 18:00, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 18:01, 3.2, 7.23mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 18:05, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 18:07, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

 

07-Apr-2010 18:07, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 18:08, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

07-Apr-2010 18:10, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

 

Day 6

Faunarooska

08-Apr-2010 14:14, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

08-Apr-2010 14:47, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 400

08-Apr-2010 14:47, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 400

08-Apr-2010 14:57, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400

08-Apr-2010 15:15, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400

 

08-Apr-2010 15:19, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250

08-Apr-2010 15:21, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400

08-Apr-2010 15:24, 2.8, 6.2mm, 2 sec, ISO 100

08-Apr-2010 15:23, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400

08-Apr-2010 15:45, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400

 

08-Apr-2010 15:49, 2.8, 6.2mm, 1 sec, ISO 100

08-Apr-2010 15:53, 2.8, 6.2mm, 1.3 sec, ISO 80

08-Apr-2010 15:53, 2.8, 6.2mm, 1.3 sec, ISO 80

08-Apr-2010 15:47, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320

08-Apr-2010 15:50, 2.8, 6.2mm, 1.6 sec, ISO 100

 

Day 7

Coolagh River Cave through trips; Moonmilk Cave. Exped party

09-Apr-2010 22:02, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320

09-Apr-2010 23:00, 3.5, 9.681mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640

09-Apr-2010 23:01, 2.8, 6.2mm, 1.6 sec, ISO 80

09-Apr-2010 23:02, 2.8, 6.2mm, 1.6 sec, ISO 80

09-Apr-2010 23:16, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400

 

09-Apr-2010 23:20, 3.2, 7.23mm, 3.2 sec, ISO 80

09-Apr-2010 23:36, 3.2, 7.23mm, 1 sec, ISO 80

09-Apr-2010 23:35, 4.5, 14.303mm, 1 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 01:47, 2.8, 6.2mm, 3.2 sec, ISO 800

 

Day 8

Dead horse cave; Poll Aber, followed by trip to the beach

Coolagh bruises

Coolagh bruises10-Apr-2010 12:12, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100

10-Apr-2010 15:03, 4.9, 18.6mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 15:10, 4.9, 18.6mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 15:10, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 15:14, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80

 

10-Apr-2010 15:16, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 15:18, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 16:58, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 16:59, 3.5, 9.681mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 16:59, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

 

10-Apr-2010 17:01, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 17:56, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 17:59, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 18:00, 9.0, 8.295mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 18:01, 11.0, 11.614mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80

 

10-Apr-2010 18:01, 9.0, 8.295mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 18:03, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80

10-Apr-2010 18:06, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

 

Day 9

Return to Aberystwyth

11-Apr-2010 10:42, 4.0, 8.898mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

11-Apr-2010 11:04, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

11-Apr-2010 11:09, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

11-Apr-2010 11:20, 4.0, 6.785mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

11-Apr-2010 11:27, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

 

11-Apr-2010 11:28, 4.5, 30.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

11-Apr-2010 13:35, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

11-Apr-2010 17:38, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80

Rosslare beach

Rosslare beach11-Apr-2010 17:36, 4.0, 6.1mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80

 

Milkybar’s photos

Mostly from Doolin River Cave

07-Apr-2010 14:14, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 4.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec, ISO 100

07-Apr-2010 14:14, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 4.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec, ISO 100

07-Apr-2010 15:10, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 2.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec

07-Apr-2010 14:13, Canon PowerShot A640, 2.9643347, 7.3mm, 1 sec, ISO 264

07-Apr-2010 15:16, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 2.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec

 

07-Apr-2010 15:18, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 2.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec

07-Apr-2010 15:23, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 2.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec

07-Apr-2010 15:26, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 3.2, 7.3mm, 1 sec

07-Apr-2010 15:31, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 2.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec

07-Apr-2010 15:38, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 3.2, 7.3mm, 1 sec

 

07-Apr-2010 15:40, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 2.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec

07-Apr-2010 15:47, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 3.2, 7.3mm, 1 sec, ISO 100

07-Apr-2010 15:47, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 3.2, 7.3mm, 1 sec

07-Apr-2010 16:22, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 3.2, 7.3mm, 1 sec, ISO 200

09-Apr-2010 15:23, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 5.0, 7.3mm, 1 sec

 

09-Apr-2010 15:51, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 2.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec

09-Apr-2010 16:21, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 2.8, 7.3mm, 1 sec

03-Apr-2010 14:17, Canon Canon PowerShot A640, 5.0, 7.3mm, 2 sec

 

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