Mick Melvin: Adventure & tragedy beneath the northern hills

James Ellis

October 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Otley Courthouse
Courthouse St
Otley LS21 3AN
£10/£8concs plus booking fee
Mick Melvin: Adventure & tragedy beneath the northern hills @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Mick describes the endeavours of the early caving pioneers such as John Birkbeck son of a Settle Banker, Edward Alfred Martel the French Speleologist who was the first person to reach the huge main Chamber of Gaping Gill in 1895. He will discuss some of the major caving discoveries made during the 1940s-50s and 60s take you through the discovery and exploration of the Kingsdale Master Cave, a cave that became an important link in opening up the three Counties System. He will show you what lies behind Malham Cove.

Finally, you will hear all about the Mossdale Tragedy of 1967 when six cavers lost their lives in Mossdale Caverns near Grassington, a tragedy that is Britain’s worst caving disaster (pictured).