TOP Ten Trips of all [my]time caving.
I used 5 factors =  time underground [usually, the longer, the better and the harder]  amount of water in any form [the more the better]  how awkward and number of obstacles encountered  enjoyment  tiring and exhausting [usually, the more the higher the mark].
Over the period 1963 to 1970
1 LOST JOHNS
2 SOUTHERN STREAM PASSAGE IN AA
5 FILTHY FIVES EXCHANGE IN GIANT’S
6 P8/JACPOT MOCK RESCUE
7 PENYGHENT W/O WETSUIT
8 OGOF FFYNON DDU
9 POUL NA GOLLUM
10.GIANTS TO EAST CANAL AND BACK
Most disliked and liked caving trips – by a SUSS Life member over the 1960’s decade.
Least enthralling – Yorkshire Dales
None!! Even Bar Pot and Calf Holes were enjoyable!
Most thrilling and therefore best trips in Yorks dales;
Penyghent Pot [PyG – SSP], when not in flood. Did this one without a wetsuit, with a butty box and a metal thermometer. Strangely, this trip went against one of my basic caving tenets – it was with 5 complete strangers = Leicester Uni students. Took about 5.5 hours [so slightly quicker than the Eldon PC guys in the same year -1967 – see below].
Lost John’s Pot [SSP], but not bottomed owing to a highly liquid Battle-axe Pitch [or Thunderstorm Depot?]. I was caving with a mixture of Eldon PC and SUSS; we rigged the aluminium ladder across the top for ten feet, then it became vertical and very wet to the pitch bottom. I tired on the horizontal first bit, whereupon the Herculean Wingnut pulled me back across to his own stance and relative safety.
Swinsto Hole. A thoroughly sporty and cleanly-swept cave. Better than Simpsons and this trip was very well organised. Quite physical, but not as tough as, say, PyG.
For Freshers: Ireby Fell system. Calf Holes.
Average Yorkshire trips include; Marble Steps. Little Hull, Disappointment Pots. One memorable disappointing trip was down Disappointment Pot – needing a big rescue operation.
The most tiring trip, was, by a short neck, SSP in Aggie. Followed by, surprisingly perhaps, AG Grange Rigg – as it was presaged by a 5 mile walk in a snowstorm.
Most exciting trips by me in Derbyshire; Several in Giant’s, all tough going i.e. Giants to bottom at East Canal and Return; Giant’s to Filthy Five exchange; Giant’s-Oxlow-Giant’s. Jackpot [P8]. My very first freshers’ trip IN Giants was exhausting because in the early opening section it had the old [? three] dams, which were bailed backwards to permit progression to the antechamber and Garlands Pot. Any one in that decade identify a person who had done such a trip by the weals, welts or marks on one wrist – where they had balanced the bucket on the dam edge just before emptying the water back into the upper earlier dam.
As a comparison; Old Giant’s took 2-3 hours to eating House whereas NEW Giant’s only took 70 minutes down the Crabwalk to the same destination.
Quite good; Carleswark Cavern – as it then was. Perryfoot, ditto.
Least interesting; Eldon Hole. Old Oxlow – loose stones and lots of metal bits. Hillocks – dull. Carleswark- muddy and small. Odin Mine – loose.
Other Regions of CaCO3.
South Wales; Hard = OFD One; Agen Allwed. Both were hugely…enjoyable??
Easy = Cwm Dwr.
Mendips: Swildons up to first diving sump
Pollnagollum-Poulelva. Coolagh River Cave. Doolin.
I missed doing; Dowber Gill; Car Pot; Juniper Gulf; Hammer Pot; Meregill.
Never wanted to do; Maskhill Mine.
Did not regret missing trips to; Hull Pot; Washfold; Spectacle Pot. Black Shiver. A wet Sell Gill.
Did not like very tight caves or very long ladder pitches.
Near escapes; all in Yorkshire bar two.
1 Stoke Lane Slocker – overshot the 6 feet sump free dive – missed Mr Wear’s hand, banged my head, scuttled back, re-dived and then shook hands with said companion – in open air.
2 Magnetometer Pot. Forecast of mild rain as we went down the entrance corrugated drum. Fine trip. Messed up my knees on the final rough crawl at the then known end – the hidden gour pools with razor sharp circular edges. Noticed roof drips as we started up on the return journey. Exit drum was now a huge torrent. We tossed a coin, Min won and thrust himself up free-climbing the 20-foot entrance pitch. The dry valley was now awash with a fast-running river. Phew.
3 Dismal Hill-Old Ing Caves. Similar change in weather to the Magnetometer change. Managed to exit the entrance flat out bedding plane, to fresh air and lowering clouds.
4 PenyGhent Pitch nine. My legs became numb – had to rest a while in the cascading water, until the will-not-to-die forced its way into my consciousness.
5 Thunderstorm Depot/or Battle-axe. I nearly fell off the starting horizontal ladder – strung across to avoid the torrent going down this pitch – but Wingnut casually grabbed me with a finger and pulled me back to relative safety.
6 Porth yr Ogof. Clinging to side walls on most of the way in, to the exit pool. Turned around, when all hell broke loose. The water was deep, I could only swim at a slightly sub-Olympian standard, so Miff and Pete B kindly floated across to me a large tree trunk, which, regrettably, proved of little use to me in the flotation department. I back paddled on my back, Mr Wear’s helmet fell off [with electric light] and Miff lost his electric light. Fortunately, this end of the pool was still just about in daylight.
My caving Characters included; Grouch [Mr Worksop Croucher] Tim Bratt-Heap. Plus, others too many to mention. We were all a bit eccentric – well you had to be surely, to be a caver?
EPICS that were told to me by the participants shortly after their trip=  EPC took 6 hours in 1964, four of them, to bottom PYG,  Jim Batey, Steve Worthington and Fly Lord took 11 hours to do Marble Steps.
Unusual trips.  Nettle Pot camp for 24 hours in the Peak District Derbyshire.  Caving/crawling down The Moor in the centre of Sheffield.
In Eire on one SUSS expedition, we discovered two new caves viz Poul Skeheenarinky; Brian’s Cave.
Nearly found new caves = Magnetometer Pot, at the end of Rough Crawl -with Min. Swinsto, after the final Boulder Chamber – with Min. Possibly = Shrapnel Pot and New Hunt????
Went into a new field – without cows – biospeleology. Miff and I discovered a brand-new snail = Trichoniscoides Thomasum. ENDS