Welcome to the YSS
The YSS has been established for 49 yearsThe YSS has been established for 49 years and there have been plenty of antics in our varied times with the club.
There have been plenty of YSS led caving expeditions around the world. In 2009 the YSS ran an expedition to the Vercor to undertake various caves, and canyons, we even managed a bottle or two to unwind!!! The clubs previous expedition in September 2008 was to Illumina (BU56). It was organised by our expedition-organising guru Colin Gray along with Jason Mallinson. The expedition was a success with Jason diving into new territory and other members of the team improving the rigging in the caves and removing old rubbish.
We have many caving weekends which are generally (but not exclusively) held in the Dales and include a mixture of easy and difficult caving and over the past few years we have given lots of people the opportunity to experience caving with our Try Caving weekends. These are popular and quite a few people have subsequently joined the club. We have YSS members caving most weekends so it is easy for new cavers to tag onto the easier caving trips and find people to help with more training.
The YSS tend to be a club of stealth, we don't stand and shout about it, but just ask around - we are out there in various small groups and in larger groups at organised meets. We don't just cave and many of our member are also into Climbing, Walking, Cave Diving, Cycling, Digging and Socialising you name it - it's all going on within our club.
Many of the Newsletters from the last few years are available on the site. We are hoping to expand this section further. Main articles from the Newsletters are also available in the "Articles from" section of the site, which allows you to find interesting articles more easily and is also available to the general public. Have a look at this section to see what members have been up to both recently and in the past.
In the YSS we are very proud of our Hostel (the School) as it offers some of the best bunkhouse accommodation in the Dales at a reasonable price in a good location....
Sima de las Puertas de Illamina (BU56)
Saturday, 23 August 2008 - Saturday, 13 September 2008
Recently I was very lucky to join a YSS expedition to the Sima de las Puertas de Illamina (BU56), which at a depth of just over 1,400m is one of the deepest caves in the world. The cave is located in the Spanish Pyrenees only a few miles from the deep and popular Reseau de la Pierre Saint Martin.
The entrance was discovered by Jean-François Pernette and I. Ortilles in 1979. That day Pernette reached a depth of -92m after passing the extremely narrow meander N. In the following two years, expeditions followed in which many famous French cavers participated; such as J-F Pernette, Richard Maire, Serge Fulcrand, Gerard Bouteiller and Georges Marbach. They pushed the cave to a depth of -1338m; making it the deepest in the world. Fred Vergier dived the terminal sump of the cave and two following sumps. In 1986 and 1987 a Bulgarian expedition dived three more sumps, stopping before sump 7. This fantastic achievement brought the depth of the cave to -1408m.