For the uninitiated a bipod is a tripod with only 2 legs!
Built from aluminium scaffold poles and held in place by an arrangement of wires fixed to ground anchors, it was designed to allow access to several large mine shafts and surface 'collapses' where the sides were too unstable for normal access methods.
Going down .....
Getting out ...
To get out it is simply a matter of:-
On long pitches and with a heavy caver, a considerable amount of flexing can occur - particularly if the sit-stand, frog method of prussiking is used (as favoured by Europeans!).
Neal Rushton, about to descend on the bipod
The surface crew waiting to return people to the bank