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New Sapperton 5/5s
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:39:09 am »
You may have noticed a few of these popping up the last couple of days if you are local, a couple were published just last night and so as I am writing the FTFs are still available. I am not racing to claim them. A couple require rope work of great height / depths, don't have enough equipment for those at the moment, and my vertigo kicks in at shear drops of just a couple of metres sometimes now any way. But just a few tips for non-local people if they are looking to attempt a couple of them:

Sapperton Canal, Danesway - This one shows the 'may require wading' attribute. Having explored from this end a couple of times, be aware that depending on the time of year, and weather, a floating craft may need to be utilised to get to the fall. On one visit I couldn't get very far by wading.

Also note that this end used to be gated up as per the tunnel house end, the gates were flat down in the water just inside the entrance on my last visit. I tried to get permission for a cache here myself a while back, but failed. Hopefully the CO has gotten proper permission, but if not then be aware of possible civil trespass.

Shafted! - Don't know if you need to climb down the shaft at the posted coords. If so, intrigued if it goes right to the bottom as that would go down to the railway line wouldn't it? Hopefully there's a clue somewhere at the posted coords that direct you to another of the 'canal' air shafts.

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Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 07:15:13 pm »
Had a stab at the wading one this evening. Failed. Too tired. Unless doing next summer after a good dry month, I would suggest a floating craft, but not a deep bottomed one, unless you have a proper pair of waders so your boots don't get filled with mud like mine did.

Edit: Communication with the CO who said "pants and socks" did it for him. If you go for it, it's your choice. But not sure I would want to meet a few cachers I know emerging from the tunnel in my pants. Though, there was this one time....  ;)
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Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2018, 11:28:55 am »
Sapperton Canal, Danesway
Fancy having a go at this one on the 30th Oct (if FTF still for grabs) in my inflatable kayak (seats 2)  ::)

If FTF gone, then at a time the suits anyone else who would like to come  8)
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Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2018, 09:58:54 am »
I see both of the new canal caches have now been found :( so no rush to find.
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Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2018, 08:18:15 pm »
Yep, seen that too. As I thought, and mentioned the other day when you found me :D tomorrow is not really going to work for me anyway, not during the daytime at least. Will give it another bash soon though  :)

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Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2018, 09:49:27 am »
Good to see you at Geolympixs :)

I see a video has been posted of Sapperton Canal, Coates find with Sapperton Canal, Danesway find in the second half of the video.

To me, the Coates end looks like trespass :o The gate is still there but has a hole on one side and there is still that boat you mention Gackt there as well.
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Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2018, 07:57:03 pm »
Yep. Coates end just as I remember it from a few years back, except for the hole in the grill. Pretty sure it's trespass, but at the same time I read somewhere not too long ago that the rules on civil trespass had been relaxed somewhat.. I'll have to look in to that. Might explain why reviewers have been publishing caches of late of the sort I haven't been able to in the past?  ???

The Coates end, although there's a couple of falls to climb over, seems a lot shallower than I remember. The Sapperton end.. at one point you can see the canal bed cloud out. That's about ware I started to get wellie boot filled of slime. Notice that (Mr Glover that @tarmacjohn and I) went under with a while back, took the left hand wall. I tried the centre, then moved to the right wall. So I guess anyone going for the wading option to follow Mr Glover. I still will bring some floating option next time. I have a couple of large beach blow up rubber rings. I thought about laying back in doing a gentle backstroke to the fall  :)

 


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