50 years of Caving with a New Knee and a New Camera by Phil Ryder

Main image Richard in Manchester Hole with the River Nidd flowing through – PR.

18 to 68 caving – nearly all with the White Rose. Time this year for a big 50 years of caving celebration. Unfortunately my caving over recent years has been hampered by knee trouble. I had a new right metal knee fitted last year, but as this heals my other knee is getting worse, so I will probably have to get this done too. C’est la vie!

The surgeon told me before the op that I probably wouldn’t be able to kneel on my new metal knee, which I can’t, so my caving days were over. This was like a red rag to a bull, I’m a stubborn old bugger and was determined to prove him wrong.

To aid this new determination I bought a new waterproof camera to take some caving photos. Is this new Olympus Tough TG6 better than my old broken Panasonic Lumix FT5? The jury’s still out.

Some shots I took from Langstroth Cave, Runscar Cave, Manchester Hole and Valley Entrance this summer, not anything hard but at least I managed to get underground. I was accompanied by Richard Gibson, who also has a camera like mine, and took the photos of me. Need to experiment more with settings and light, and a tripod, but wonder if I would get the same or better results with my iPhone?

(Richard is the hairy one in the photos).



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