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Official Fixed Aids

There are a number of fixed aids in the cave. All official fixed aids are tagged and numbered so they can be identified on first approach. All fixed aids are inspected at least once a year. If you notice anything of concern please feedback to the panel immediately in your trip report. The adopted fixed aids are detailed below.

1. Great North Road Pitch

3 canyon anchors for the 15m pitch down into the Great North Road. There is no longer a rope down into the Great North Road and you must now take your own rope. A 20m rope is the minimum recommended but use of a 25m rope provides more flexibility on the approach to the pitch.

2. Birthday Passage Traverse

Static rope + 5 canyon anchors - traverse line and short pitch down at the end.

3. Windy Way Climb

Static rope + 3 canyon anchors - 10m climb up to the Windy Way

4. Rising Ladder

A stainless steel ladder + 3 canyon anchors

5. Pot Sump Ladder

An aluminium ladder and traverse line to assist divers' access under flood conditions.

6. August Series Handline

Static rope to act as a handline on the climb up from Boulder Chamber into the August Series.

7. Gerard Platten Handline (top section)

Static rope + mallion on first section of climb down from the Long Crawl.

8. Gerard Platten Handline (bottom section)

Static rope on the lower section of the climb down to the Gerard Platten ladder.

9. Gerard Platten Ladder

Fixed steel ladder + anchors - from Long Crawl to Gerard Platten Hall

10. Crystal Pool Handline

Static rope + canyon anchors - to assist the traverse around to Flabbergasm Oxbow.

11. North Aven Handline (bottom section)

Large diameter handline to assist the lower section of the climb.

12. North Aven Handline (top section)

Static rope to assist the main climb.

13. Corbel's Chamber Handline

Static rope on the climb up to the upper gallery.

14. Abyss Handline (top section)

Static rope + 2 canyon anchors - Upper section of the climb.

15. Abyss Handline (bottom section)

Static rope + 4 canyon anchors - Lower section of the climb.

16. Abyss Ladder

Stainless steel ladder plus 4 canyon anchors.

17. Dali's Rope Climb

Static rope plus 2 canyon anchors on the climb from the Abyss up into Dali's Delight

18. Rising Lifeline

Dynamic lifeline to protect the Rising ladder climb.

19. Rising Pulley

Stainless steel pulley plus anchor and mallion on the Rising lifeline.

Exploration Ropes

Please be aware that there are a small number of ropes that have been installed as part of exploration projects. These are located off standard routes in the cave and have been installed by people involved in the projects. These are not tagged, not adopted and not inspected by the Panel. Their use is not endorsed by the Panel.

DYO Conservation Advisory Panel

Scheduled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Dan Yr Ogof is afforded a special level of protection under the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981). The Dan Yr Ogof Conservation Advisory Panel works with the showcave management team to administer the wild cave that lies beyond the showcaves. Conservation of this unique cave is the primary aim of the panel. Exploration and access to the cave is controlled by the panel working with a team of conservation wardens who accompany the caving trips beyond the showcave.

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People wishing to visit the Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves visitor attraction should consult the showcaves website.