Major Sump is a large vein cavity that is full of silt. Above Major Sump, the passage just ended but due to the presence of the sump, it wasn't possible to see if there was any opportunities for further exploration beyond so it needed bolting. So during Nov and early Dec 2011; Henry Rockcliffe, Rostam Namaghiset and Tom Smith of Sheffield University Speleological Society (SUSS) bolt traversed across the right hand wall and found there was no way on but at least it has now been ticked off.

For more info about the actual trip, see: SUSS Website

News Flash

Speedwell Bung Ladder

The Bung Ladder in Speedwell MIne was found to be damaged so due to the the Bung Ladder has been removed but it will return once fixed. Four anchors have been installed that cavers can use. Cavers heading down the Bung can rig an abseil rope but trips 'up-hill' will not be able to climb the Bung. A fixed line may appear here but Derbyshire Caving Association (DCA) reminds cavers that ropes fixed to any DCA anchor are NOT the responsibility of the DCA and their use is at your own risk.