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THE HAPPY WANDERERS CAVE & POTHOLE CLUB

THIS IS A TEMPORARY PAGE, IN THE NEAR FUTURE IT IS INTENDED TO LINK FROM HERE TO A DOWNLOADABLE COPY OF KEN PEARCE'S FULL REPORT.

Malham Cove May 26th 1966
Happy Wanderers Berger Expedition 1967 Jim Cunningham collection



THE BRITISH SPELEOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION REPORT
1967 EXPEDITION TO THE GOUFFRE BERGER
By Ken Pearce

FOREWARD:
In order to avoid the gross misconceptions unwittingly created by the Pegasus report, in which the work carried out by the two expeditions is discussed as a whole, anything in this report relating to Pegasus Expedition work and members is specifically mentioned. In all other instances it is the members and work of the British Speleological Associations Expedition which are referred to.
INTRODUCTION:
The expedition was planned on a joint basis with that of the Pegasus Club which was led by P. Watkinson. The advantages of this are various and include mutual provision of rescue facilities and the sharing of the vast amount of basic equipment needed for the venture both with respect to provision and porterage. The reduced load of basic equipment carried by each expedition allows more ambitious programmes of work to be attempted and more specialised equipment to be carried. The expedition provided rope, dingy, telephone cable, telephones, radios, stretcher and half the ladder requirements. The Pegasus expedition provided 1400ft of water pipe to service the surface camp, an emergency exposure bag, dinghies and the other half of the ladder. The surface camp site was in a small clearing amongst the trees and it was anticipated that the expedition would almost fill it as there was to be a large surface party. However the Pegasus expedition wrote to confirm that they would have only "four men on the surface and no women, children, dogs or cats" and the space was considered to be more than adequate. The projects of the expedition were to attempt to dive the syphons, use the radio location equipment carry out a surface survey between the entrance to the pot hole and the resurgence at Sassenage and to take some photographs in the cave. Thus the underground work would be centred round the bottom section of the cave. The Pegasus expedition intended to climb in the roof between...