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PostSubject: Hodge Close - 23rd September   Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:23 pm

Yet again the sun was out for us. Todays diving was at Hodge Close Quarry in the Lake District. My buddy was 'Mary' who was a virgin ... of this quarry until today

This disused quarry is a great place to visit, never mind going to dive. The quarry has sheer cliffs over 100 ft high surrounding the water, a further 100ft deep.

The dive it's self is nothing too special, but the 30m depth and 7 degrees make it challenge,, especially having negociated a 100 m stream passage under the hill, then climbed down a 20ft ladder!!!

What is great here is the chance to explore some submerged tunnel passages. These tunnels are at 22m deep and are a great introduction to cave diving. These passages need to treated with utmost respect, idealy with a guide that knows the system well. Three torches each, spare air and line are part of the standard equipment we carry, even for just a quick look into the first chamber









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PostSubject: Re: Hodge Close - 23rd September   Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:27 pm



The view from the south end of the Quarry.

While walking round the quarry, on the path in the hot sun was a common grass snake



and here is my dive profile

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PostSubject: Hodge Close   Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:26 pm

Looks like you had a great day there.

Need to speak to you on Sunday about organising a weekend away to do Hodge Close this autumn from the place we mentioned to you in Ambleside, for my birthday in November?

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PostSubject: Re: Hodge Close - 23rd September   Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:44 am

Not so sure that one is for me, that passage looks mighty tight in places.

The surroundings look great, and I am sure you all had a great day. Will catch up with you this weekend for the course and Stoney.

Congratulations Mary on breaking your cherry!!!
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PostSubject: cool   Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:20 am

Hey Papa, nice to know that you stopped 'Mary' from being a virgin

By the way, that 'Grass Snake' is a 'Slow Worm' which is a legless lizards (no not pissed - without legs) and they are not so common. Good spot anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Hodge Close - 23rd September   Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:13 am

it's a snake - and i always got those two mixed up The only real UK snake I do know is the adder... they bite


As for passages been small MR Ed - these passages are huge, most are more than big enough to walk through. The underwater ones are even bigger
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PostSubject: Re: Hodge Close - 23rd September   Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:11 pm

Hmmmm!! Maybe one day, but don't expect much of my air usage I think I may need the second tank just getting there.... I probably need a small pony cylinder for my bum too,..., cos if it is tighter than you are telling my eyes will be well open and I will be taking in air through my arse!!

A nice thought I know....
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