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05/05/14<br />
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Scott Anderson, 36, climbs one of Britain's longest roof climbs inside Thor's Cave in the Manifold Valley in the  White Peak area of The Peak District in Staffordshire. <br />
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On average the challenging route is only climbed once every year.<br />
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It took Scott, who spent the night in the cave, eleven hours to prepare and climb the 60 metre 'aid climb'  20 metres above the cave floor.<br />
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Aid climbing is a style of climbing in which standing on or pulling oneself up via devices attached to fixed or placed protection is used to make upward progress.<br />
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Thor's Cave is a natural cavern. Located in a steep limestone crag, the cave entrance, a symmetrical arch 7.5 metres wide , is prominently visible from the valley bottom, around 80 metres (260 feet) below.<br />
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Thor's Cave has been used by rock climbers since the early 1950s.<br />
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Excavations in 1864–65 and 1927–35 found human and animal remains, stone tools, pottery, amber beads, and bronze items within Thor's Cave and the adjacent Thor's Fissure Cavern. The caves are estimated to have contained the burial sites of at least seven people.[1] The finds suggest the cavern was occupied from the end of the Palaeolithic period, with more intensive use during the iron age and Roman periods.<br />
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