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Michaelmas 2016

S Wales I

S Wales I
Meet leader misc
Dates 14-16 Oct
Hut SWCC
Caves Ogof Ffynnon Ddu

Cavers: David, Sam, Weipeng, Patrick, Olly, Stuart, Adrian

Saturday One party OFD1 to Cwm Dwr; another party Cwm Dwr - Fault Aven - Top Entrance.

Sunday A riverside and cross-country walk from Pontneddfechan.

Mendips I

Mendips I
Meet leader Elaine
Dates 4-6 Nov
Hut UBSS Hut
Caves Eastwater, Swildon's, Goatchurch, GB

Cavers: Elaine Oliver, Michael Sargent, Sophie Draper, David Walker, Sam Wenham, Thom Starnes, Alasdair MacLeod, John Wu, Radost Waszkiewicz, Wookey, Tess Jones

Friday We joined UBSS for their annual Bonfire Night meet. It took us all bloody ages to get there due to huge hold-ups on the M4, but some of us got to the Hunter's in time for dinner, then we managed to drink some homebrew before getting an "early night" at 3am.

Saturday Elaine and Thom joined Andrew and Sion from UBSS for a longer trip to Eastwater (Southbank round trip). All nations of the UK were represented on this team. Novices Alasdair, John and Radost were accompanied by David and Sophie to Swildon's for a trip through Sump 1. They had to be dissuaded from doing the Short Round - got to stick to your call out! Michael joined some UBSS members to hit up Goatchurch and spent the rest of the day tending the lamb and bonfire. Wookey and Tess turned up later in the day in time for lamb and fireworks, then a range of caving games ensued: Ladder Traversing, Suspended Sock Wrestling, Potato & Chair, and Apples On Strings.

Sunday One party went to GB, while those less able to walk following Saturday's exploits/not in possession of a dry undersuit/generally not feeling keen went to Cheddar for a walk, cream tea, and hot mulled cider.

CHECC

CHECC
Meet leader misc
Dates 25-27 Nov
Hut Fernhill Farm, Mendips
Caves GB, Sidcot, Lionel's

Cavers: Elaine, Roshni

Friday We drove down to the Mendips already wearing our fancy dress costumes, which got us some interesting looks when we stopped at a service station. Lots of partying ensued; bed at 5.30am

Saturday We both did the photography training course - an indoor session which allowed us to work through our hangovers, then underground practical in GB. It was fun and we saw lots of bats. Did a speed run down Sidcot to get a photo of the ducks for the treasure hunt then back to Fernhill Farm where Elaine gave a talk about the CUCC expo. Other talks included caving singing lessons and rum bingo. Despite reduced numbers we enthusiastically participated in the competitions - beer pong went pretty well for a couple of rounds but eventually we were defeated by Kent. Although we are both smallish we had no hope at the squeeze competition as there was a person from Cardiff who didn't look a day over 12 who eventually won.

Sunday At the AGM it was revealed that despite having the smallest contingent in attendance, we'd won the treasure hunt. TAKE THAT ABER AND CARDIFF! Elaine teamed up with someone from UBSS to try some "route finding" in Lionel's, and invented the excellent game of Underpants Fishing. Roshni did her report that was due in on Monday, then we all reconvened in the Hunters for dinner. Mmm.

Easter 2016

Yorks II

Yorks II
Meet leader Aiora
Dates 6-8 May
Hut Bull Pot Farm
Caves Gaping Gill (Bar Pot and Marilyn entrances), Easegill (Lancaster and County to Wretched Rabbit)

Cavers: Wookey, David Walker, Sam Wenham, Mike Gaultois, Julien Grall, Adrian Horrell, Philip Withnall, Aiora Zabala

Gorgeously sunny weekend, with plenty of (nice) caving and minimum faff.

Saturday: Two groups went into Gaping Gill. Into Bar Pot: Adrian, Wookey, Julien, Mike and Aiora. Into Marilyn, the other three. Out from Bar Pot: Adrian, Philip, Julien, and Sam. Out from Marilyn, the other four. The waterfall at the main chamber in Gaping Gill is world-class.

Sunday: Two successful trips. One from Lancaster hole to Main passage and back (Philip rigging, Julien practising SRT, Aio navigating). Another from County Pot to Wretched Rabbit (David, Wookey, Mike).

Warm evening on the Sunday, perfect for washing ropes, drying kit, and having cake under the sun in BPF.

Lent 2016

South Wales II

South Wales II
Meet leader Adrian
Dates 12-14 Feb
Hut Whitewalls
Caves Agen Allwedd

Cavers: Patrick Stewart Sam Wenham, Olly Madge, Adrian Horrell, Aiora Zabala, Mark Shinwell


Saturday: One group to Agen Allwedd (Main stream passage).

Wonderful St Valentine's themed group dinner at The Bear. Some snow fell during the trip.

Sunday: Nice walk along the canal & river from Gilwern.

Mich 2015

Derbs I

Derbs I
Meet leader Wookey
Dates 7-8 Nov
Hut TSG
Caves Peak Cavern, Great Masson Cavern

Cavers: Wookey, David Walker, Agnieszka Piatkowska, Sam Wenham, Felix Stahlberg, Miguel Garcia-Ortegon, Sally Pearson, Paul Aste, Charlie Farmer, Micheal Sargent. Jess Stirrups, Alex Crow

Saturday: We all got ready early on Sat and went into The Devil's Arse, splitting into two teams. Wookey's team (Felix, Sally, Paul, Micheal) went on a strenuous side-trip to Moss Chamber, with quite a lot of crawling, squeezing, tricky climbs and posting oneself through the genuinely-awkward eyehole, which isn't really 'novice caving', so well done all for getting yourselves in _and_ out :-) Back in the main passage Sally gave herself a fright by slipping off into a canyon, but did a good job of landing so as not to do any serious harm. Wookey somehow bruised his arse so he couldn't sit down for the rest of the afternoon. The other team (David, Charlie, Agnieszka, Sam, Miguel) visited all the main sumps (terminal, ink, lake and far) and the waterfall flopjacks.

Far sump was bubbling in a most unusual fashion as the air was being forced out by rising water. The stream was rising noticeably during the trip so we ran away before we got flooded in, giving a long afternoon+evening to eat, sleep, cook, dry gear, drink, talk bollocks and play silly games. The inaugural squeeze-machine match produced some surprising results (Sam skinnier than Agnieszka, Sally's head wider than Wookey, Charlie much thinner than seems reasonable for his height, and Jess beat Alex in a repeat grudge match, possibly by the secret weapon of shiny pants). We'll have to see who got the best injury, but I reckon it might be Felix :-) Charlie and Miguel were unbeatable at the 'how-far-away-can-you-put-a-can-whilst-one-person-touches-the-chair' game. And there was also broom game, upside-down ladder climbing, table-traversing, pole-climbing and pan-and-sling. Standards are high already...

T/U: 4hrs.

Sunday: Heavy rain was threatened, which would make the usual caves unpleasantly wet so Jess+Alex's picked us something more suitable. After a certain amount of faffage (whilst Paul went for a run and Sam resisted being dragged out of bed), we drove most of the way across the Peak to Great Masson Cavern, near Matlock. This is a fine (dry!) cave/mine with an entrance in a disusued quarry, where some chaps were 'dry-tooling' up the cliff at the entrance (climbing with crampons and ice-axes - I didn't even know that was a thing).

There was an entertaining round trip with some 'combined tactics' to get people up a small shaft, then a very interesting wander round the mine with kibbles, shafts, minerals, pipes and a very confusing cave. Miguel, Sam and Agnieszka went for a walk instead (one hangover - 2 keen to see the outside of the Peak).

T/U 3hrs

Mendip I

Mendip I
Meet leader David
Dates 24-25 Oct
Hut Wessex
Caves Swildons

Cavers: David Walker, Joshua Lim, Aidan Marks, Matthew Maltby, Roshni Gohil, Felix Stahlberg, Aled, Mark, Sam

Description pending

South Wales I

South Wales I
Meet leader David
Dates 16-18 Oct
Hut SWCC
Caves OFD (all entrances)

Cavers: David Walker, Max Schneiderman, Josiah Yan, Wade Suen, Yining Neo, Yuqun Lin, Conor Bolas, Marius Cannon, Michael Sargent, Adrian, Mark

Description pending

Lent 2015

Yorks I

Yorks I
Meet leader David
Dates 6-8 Feb
Hut Brackenbottom
Caves Bar Pot, Sell Gill

Cavers: David, Michael, Philip, Claire

Saturday: Bar Pot into GG main chamber. Weather was beautiful for the walk up.

Sunday: Sell Gill dry route. Short trip, again excellent weather for the walk up. After getting up at 7:30 would you believe! We parked in the lay-by just past New Houses, then took the path up the valley from New Houses to the Pennine Way and headed left along the Pennine Way for about 200m to the obvious entrance.

Wales I

Wales I
Meet leader Matt
Dates 23-25 Jan
Hut SWCC
Caves OFD

Cavers: David, Matt, Aled, Olly, Gareth

Saturday: Top to Cwm Dwr.

Sunday: Short round trip in top

New Year 2014/2015

Bullpot Farm

New Years
Meet leader Adrian/Matt
Dates 28 Dec -3 Jan
Hut BPF
Caves Lost John's, Bullpot the Witches, Shuttleworth, County

Cavers: David, Matt, Michael, Sam, Philip, Elaine, Serena, Alex, Aled

Lost Johns trip: Complete balls up, plan was an exchange down centipede and dome. Centipede went down monastery (needed to climb out of the stream earlier/notice that they shouldn't have dropped back into the stream). The dome team ran out of rope despite following the rigging guide...

New Years day: Matt, David and Elaine got trapped in Bullpot the Witches by flood water and missed their callout.

Michaelmas 2014

Yorks I (Varsity)

Yorks I
Meet leader Adrian/Matt
Dates 28-31 Nov
Hut BPF
Caves Pool Sink/Lancs exchange, Maracaibo, Mistral, Boundary Pot

Cavers: David, Mark, Matt, Michael, Olly, Sam, Stuart, Adrian, Martin, Edvin, Kathryn.

Saturday: Pretty packed at BPF, with many cavers from OUCC also in attendance. Super trip from Pool Sink to Lancs via streamway and Wilf Taylor's. Guest appearence by Rosa from OUCC. No significant navigational errors underground, though Adrian and Matt walked off the wrong way in the mist after derigging Lancs - in our defence, the weather was miserable, and we were dazzled by the shiny new entrance. Heard tales of mystery and adventure from the Maracaibo party that evening.

Sunday: Smaller groups visited Mistral and Boundary Pot. Others went looking for cake.

CHECC

CHECC
Meet leader Michael
Dates 21-23 Nov
Hut
Caves Draenen

Cavers: David, Michael, Sam, Claire, Philip D

Saturday: Very short trip down Draenen, only got down the entrance really.

Mendip II

Mendip II
Meet leader David Walker
Dates 24-26 Oct
Hut MCG
Caves Swildon's hole, GB

Cavers:

Mendip I

Mendip I
Meet leader Sam Wenham
Dates 18-19 Oct
Hut MCG
Caves Swildon's hole

Cavers: Adrian Horrell, Alex Carr, Carolie Werlang, David Walker, George Roberts, Gilad Antler, Jackie Maslyn, Mark Shinwell, Mendes Oulamara, Michael Sargent, Michal Tomaszewski, Oli Madge, Sam Wenham, Serena Povia, Stephen Geddis.

Saturday: Arrived at MCG hut in the evening, then went to the Hunter's for dinner - at least those of us who can tell left from right went there; the others went exploring first.

Sunday: Split into a few groups for an enjoyable trip in Swildon's as far as Sump I.

Lent 2014

Peaks III

Peaks III
Meet leader Nial Peters
Dates 7-9 Mar
Hut Orpheus
Caves Titan to Peak, Giant's Hole, Oxlow Caverns, Knotlow/Hillocks exchange

Cavers: Claire, Sophie, Zuzka, Edvin, Kathryn, Sophie, Sam, Nial, Olly, Martin, Matt, Adrian

Saturday: Three trips - Titan to Peak (without getting lost), Giant's (an efficient trip), and Oxlow (including a surprise appearance by Another Caver).

Sunday: Knotlow/Hillocks exchange - The Hillocks party had to turn back, but the Knotlow party continued, and experienced the "pleasure" of Meccano Passage.

Yorkshire II

Yorkshire II
Meet leader Xian Jie, Stuart Bennett
Dates 14-16 Feb
Hut Greenclose
Caves

Cavers:

South Wales II

South Wales II
Meet leader Adrian
Dates 31 Jan-2 Feb
Hut Whitewalls
Caves Agen Allwedd, Ogof y Daren Cilau

Cavers: Alex L, Claire, Smita, Alex B, Anya, Matt, Jess, Olly, Mark, Aiora, Sam, Stuart, Gareth, Adrian.

Saturday: An enjoyable few hours looking around Aggy, taking in the impressive Main Passage and The Southern Streamway.

Sunday: In an unguarded moment at the pub a week or so before this trip, a Caver of Larger Circumference had let slip that he might be persuaded to try Daren Cilau. Being unable to think of a convincing excuse, he found himself walking up the hillside on Sunday morning with a jovial group of cavers who kept picking up (and being admonished to put down) pointy sticks, and soon was underground. He had secretly pinned his hopes on not fitting through The Vice. After a few minutes quiet contemplation followed by a few minutes of wriggling, however, he was horrified to find himself on the other side. There he was met by Another Caver, grinning from ear to ear in a manner that plainly said 'you've had it now, mate.' A slightly delayed pair of cavers caught up in the entrance crawl, and the combined group of six proceeded through the cave to exit at Price's Dig - an impressive piece of navigation by Another Caver. The Caver of Larger Circ. was knackered.

Michaelmas 2013

Yorkshire I

Yorkshire I - Varsity
Meet leader
Dates 29 Nov - 1 Dec
Hut Bull Pot Farm
Caves

Cavers:

South Wales

South Wales
Meet leader Adrian
Dates 8-10th November
Hut SWCC
Caves OFD

Cavers:

Peaks II

Peaks II
Meet leader Adrian
Dates 26-27th Oct
Hut TSG
Caves Peak Cavern

Cavers:

Peaks I

Peaks I
Meet leader Nial
Dates 19-20th Oct
Hut TSG
Caves Carlswark Cavern, Peak Cavern, P8

Cavers: Nial Peters, Tony Rooke, Djuke Veldhuis, Adrian Horrell, Max Schinke, Lisa Volpatti, Lisa Johnson-Davies, Eva Yang, Rui Hao, Jess Stirrups, Alex Crow, Martin Green, Edvin Deadman

Summary: The first caving trip of the new academic year! Somehow we all managed to arrive in Derbyshire within 5 minutes of each other and in good time for a quick trip down Carlswark Cavern on Saturday afternoon. As everyone who has been to Carlswark knows, it is not much to write home about! However, it was a fun trip and served its purpose of working up a good appetite for fish and chips afterwards.

On Sunday, we split into two groups with one going to Peak Cavern and the other to P8. I was in the P8 party so I can't comment on the Peak trip really, but it sounded like everyone enjoyed it. The P8 trip was excellent! Our early morning start paid off and we had the cave to ourselves. With heavy rain forecast for the afternoon, we decided not to do the loop at the bottom - just down to the sump and then back out the same way.

Trip Report by Lisa Johnson-Davies: After our drive up to the Peak district we stopped next to a small hill and put on our caving gear, a surprisingly comfortable undersuit and an orange caving suit on top (which probably made us look like escapees from Guantanamo Bay to any passing locals). Our first trip was to a cave called Carlswark, and we were led to the hill and a tiny hole in the ground which I assumed was some kind of rabbit hole until we were told we had to go down the hole... Nial started rigging up a ladder, and then one by one we had to climb down the ladder into the dark depths of the bottomless pit below...

I managed to make it down the ladder in one piece, and then we continued down a very low-ceilinged passage; only with a combination of crawling, stooping and scrambling could we get through the passage. It was really hard work! I reckon this first cave was planned as a kind of test, and only the people that survived were able to progress onto the second cave the following day. :P (which was everyone luckily)

After our hard work we went to get fish and chips, and then continued on to the caving hut, where we had drinks and chatted in the hut, and got told stories about the really exciting trips the club goes on, as well as caving trips gone wrong to reassure us for the trip the following morning. The next day my group went to the cave P8, which has a stream that flows into the entrance and then continues throughout the entire cave. We had to climb down some rocks to get inside the cave which we discovered was the complete opposite of Carslwark, the cave from the day before. This cave had high ceilings but was quite narrow, and the stream meant all the rock faces were beautifully smooth and shiny. As an added bonus we got an educational geology lesson from resident geographer Nial about the formation of the rocks inside. :P This cave was really varied, and the obstacles involved climbing down a rope, doing tricky acrobatics on ladders (like climbing halfway down one ladder and then jumping to another ladder, with a scary 5-10 metre drop below! At this point I should probably mention that you are secured in a harness for all the dangerous parts), traversing which essentially involved straddling across rocks to avoid walking through the river, and climbing down holes by bracing yourself against the walls. We weren't able to get to the very end of the cave because that would have involved cave diving with scuba diving equipment and a lot more experience than us novices had!

The trip was a really enjoyable experience, and I definitely recommend caving to anyone interested in trying something a little different, and physically exhausting! The caving club are also very friendly, and if you are feeling a little nervous they can always be counted on to reassure you by telling you some caving horror stories. :)

Photos:

 

Lent 2013

South Wales

South Wales
Meet leader Matt (in absentia)
Dates 9-10th March
Hut Whitewalls
Caves Ogof Draenen, Ogof y Daren Cilau

Cavers: Jess, Sam, Emma, Edvin, Kathryn, Adrian

Saturday: Ogof Draenen. All up for breakfast at 7:30am so we could make it to the Lamb and Fox just in time to piggyback on a digging trip. We were late. Fortunately, we appeased them by contributing Emma to the dig effort (actually, she just didn't say no quickly or convincingly enough). The rest of us were underground by 10am (surely some mistake? Ed), and dispatched the entrance series fairly efficiently, owing to gravity assist for the larger caver. We were soon signing in at Cairn Junction. After a side trip to Straw Grotto, and a stop for Edvin to test some rusted-to-crap in-situ gear, we made for Gilwern Passage via Wonderbra Bypass. Much tedious boulder hopping was amply rewarded by some spectacular formations. At the end of the passage, the more dimensionally blessed elements of the team went on to explore north of a bouldery squeeze. Regrouping, we walked, teetered, clambered and cracked our shins back south along Gilwern Passage and on for a look at the streamway before heading out. We bypassed the bypass, securing opprobrium for the navigator. The entrance series seemed much wetter and colder on the way out! T/U 6.5hrs.

Sunday: A few determined and hardy cavers (Jess, Emma, Sam) ambled into Daren Cilau while the rest of us went for a stroll and lazed about the hut.

Peak District (unofficial)

Peaks
Meet leader none
Dates 1-3 March
Hut YSS
Caves Peak, Giants, Knotlow

Cavers: Olaf, Matthew Watson, Olly Madge, Aiora Zabala. From OUCC: Thomas Leung, Rosa Clements, Thomas Spriggs, Oliver Robshaw, Tom Jones, Geoff O'Dell

CUCC joins OUCC in their meet to Derbyshire, staying at Orpheus. Pictures!

Sunday: one party to Titan, White River Series and Peak cavern. Another party to Giants. Saturday: Knotlow exchange

Yorks II

Yorks II
Meet leader Matt & Alex
Dates 22-24 February
Hut YSS
Caves

Cavers: ...


Peak II

Peak District
Meet leader Matt
Dates 8-10 February
Hut
Caves

Cavers: ..


Yorkshire (non-official meet)

Yorkshire
Meet leader Nial Peters
Dates 1st-3rd February
Hut Bull Pot
Caves Ireby, Kingsdale Valley entrance

Cavers: Cormac Doyle, Djuke Veldhuis, Tony Rooke, Nial Peters, Edvin Deadman, Kathryn Hopkins, Aiora Zabala. Also around: Mark Shinwell, Emma Wilson...


South Wales II

South Wales
Meet leader Matt Watson
Dates 25th-27th January
Hut SWCC
Caves OFD II

Cavers: Matt Watson, Mark Shinwell, Alex Crow, Jess Stirrups, Aiora Zabala, Simon Iremonger, John Bennetts, Tom Leighton, Henry Dawson (BEC), Adrian Horrell

Michaelmas 2012

Yorkshire I

Yorkshire (Varsity Trip)
Meet leader Matt Watson
Dates 23rd-25th November
Hut YSS
Caves Saturday: Alum, Tatty, Illusion/Heron. Sunday: Sunset, County.

Cavers: Adrian Horrell, Aiora Zabala, Alex Crow, Bela Dimova, David Walker, Matt Watson, Siobhan McGowan, Xain Jie Tay.

South Wales I

South Wales
Meet leader Adrian Horrell
Dates 26 - 28 Oct
Hut SWCC
Caves OFD I, Llygad Llwchwr

Cavers: Joshua Weiss, Rui Hao, Meekail Nasym, David Walker, Robert Wilson, Lara Spencer, Martin Green, Edvin Deadman, Jess Stirrups, Alex Crow, Stuart Bennett, Adrian Horrell

Saturday: Two groups for round trips in OFD I. Despite setting off on different routes, the parties ran into each other much more often than one might expect. Fun at Roundabout Chamber, some impressive formations and fine wet streamway made for an interesting and varied trip. Evening entertainment included a Saucepan and Sling friendly against UBSS.

Sunday: A combined group visited Llygad Llwchwr on the western edge of the Black Mountain, half an hour's drive from the hut. Wriggling into a little hole above the stream resurgence gets you into a compact and interesting cave where high-level passageway meets the streamway in a series of impressive chambers.

Peaks I

Peak district
Meet leader Cormac Doyle
Dates 20-21 Oct
Hut Orpheus
Caves Bagshawe Cavern

Cavers: Alex Crow, Mark Shinwell, Cormac Doyle, David Molnar, Tina, Carolyn, Edvin, Kathryn, Aiora, Adrian....

The presence of at least 200 cars in the layby near P8 indicated possible congestion in that cave. Fortunately, Edvin had the foresight to have obtained the access code for Bagshawe Cavern, near Bradwell. This is a curious cave, having been a lead mine c.1750, and later run as a show cave. Entering via a stone hut, and descending concrete steps in a mined out rift (don't spend too much time looking up - you'll just worry) brings you into natural cave. We split into a few small groups and explored. Entertainment on offer included a fine muddy slither leading down toward the terminal sump, an intimidating low crawl and a short laddered pitch. The farther reaches of the cave are gated off.

Mendip I

Mendip
Meet leader Xian Jie Tay
Dates
Hut
Caves

Cavers:

Easter/ Summer 2012

Yorkshire

Yorkshire
Meet leader Nial Peters
Dates 7 - 9 Sep 2012
Hut Greenclose
Caves Easegill, Gaping Gill, Bull Pot, Jingling Pot, Swinsto, Illusion Pot

Cavers: Siobhan McGowan, Nial Peters, Edvin Deadman, Adrian Horrell, Dan Stori, Alex Crow, Yves Moussalam, Cormac, Jan Lellman, Djuke Veldhuis, Tony Rooke, David Loeffler, Sara, Wafa, Aiora

Successful meet with a large group of cavers gathered in Greenclose for a taste of Kingsdale caves. Great and warm weather, excellent lasagna by Nial, and lots of caves visited.

Saturday:

  • Bull Pot & Jingling: Djuke, Nial, Jan
  • Jingling & Bull Pot: Dave L, Sara, Dan, Aiora - very enjoyable and picturesque shaft in Jingling, boht caves almost entirely vertical
  • Somewhere in Easegill: Adrian, Edvin, Siobhan, Cormac
  • Gaping Gill: Alex, Tony, Wafa, Yves

Sunday:

  • Illusion Pot: Tony, Nial, Wafa, Adrian
  • Swinsto: Alex, Djuke, Yves, Jan, Dan, Cormac, Aiora -a series of abseils down waterfalls linked with walkable shallow stream passages and pretty meanders: wet and fun!

South Wales - SWCC

South Wales
Meet leader Matt Watson
Dates 20 - 22 Jul 2012
Hut SWCC
Caves OFD1, Cwm Dwr, Pant Mawr

Cavers: Siobhan McGowan, Nial Peters, Matt Watson, Edvin Deadman, Kathryn Hopkins, Jess Stirrups, Olaf Kaehler, Mark Shinwell, David Molnar, Aiora

OF1 - Cwm Dwr exchange on Saturday. Nial, Matt, Edvin, Kathryn & Jess visiting the Pompon on the way to Cwm Dwr exit (Pictures!). Siobhan, Olaf, Mark, David and Aiora on an epic 10hrs trip on the way to OF1 stream (Pictures!)

Pant Mawr on Sunday, glorious weather for the 1hr long walk. Cavers: Siobhan, Nial, Edvin, Kathryn, Olaf, Aiora

Mark, Matt, David somewhere else...

South Wales - White Walls

South Wales
Meet leader Bela Dimova
Dates 20 - 22 Apr 2012
Hut White Walls
Caves Darren and Craig

Cavers: Bela Dimova, Andrew Diver, Nial Peters, Dan Storisteanu, Tess Jones, Wookey, Gareth, Aiora

Darren up to the Time Machine on Saturday (Nial, Bela, Andrew, Dan, Aiora), 10hrs underground

[name here] on Sunday (Wookey, Andrew, Dan, Bela, Aiora), 6 hrs underground

Lent 2012

Mendip III

Mendip
Meet leader If we'd had one of those we might have actually been organised
Dates Sat 17th-Sun 18th Mar 2012
Hut The Belfry
Caves Swildon's Hole followed by a slack Sunday on Burrington (Pierre's, Sidcot and Goatchurch

Cavers: Matt Watson and Alex Crow

First we were going to S. Wales, then at the last minute Alex was sent to Hastings with work, so we opted for driving to Mendip on the Saturday morning (the definition of morning might have been pushing it by the time we actually left Cambridge!)

We arrived at Priddy green just as most of the other cavers were coming out of Swildon's and heading to the Hunter's, and after an bit of faff trying to find someone who would answer their phone to leave a call out, we were off.

We did the short round with a couple of detours to visit the Shatter series and Swildon's 4 streamway (this is a fine bit of passage and definitely worth a visit, though the section by cowsh' avens does smell a bit like following Toby through a small passage after he's had night on the beers and a dodgy curry) via blue Pencil passage.

All in all this is a good trip, but hauling the extra tackle sack round the whole thing is a bit tedious. Especially when it tips it down the whole time you're underground and the streamway is a bit on the sporting side on the way out.

We finally managed to book some accommodation while en route to the Hunter's, where we bumped into some CHECC people and were invited for a picnic down Hunter's Hole on Sunday, but sadly we didn't have our SRT gear.

On Sunday we decided to have a fairly slack day and get back to Cambridge early. We headed over to Burrington and had a pootle round Pierre's pot, Sidcot swallet and Goatchurgh, before having cake in the cafe (highly recommended)and driving back.

Peaks III

Peaks III
Meet leader Serena Povia - Aiora
Dates Fri 9-11 Mar 2012
Hut TSG
Caves Hillocks - Knotlow exchange on Saturday (the wettest crowl ever, like a very long bathub...); Maskhill Mine on Sunday (down, down,... and up, up,... excellent SRT practice!)

Cavers: Anya ermakova, Nimrod Gileadi, Dan Stori, Siobhan McGowan, Stuart Bennet, Olly Madge, Kathryn Hopkins, Edvin Deadman, Aiora Zabala


Mendip II

Mendip
Meet leader Matt Watson
Dates Fri 24th-26th Feb
Hut Wessex
Caves Swildon's and Eastwater on the Saturday, G.B. on the Sunday

Cavers: Matt Watson, Mark Shinwell, David Loeffler Guest appearances by: Clive Westlake (Saturday), Frank Tully, John and Rachael Kendall

Saturday 25th: Myself, David, John and Rachael were joined by Clive for a trip down to Sump one in Swildon's while Mark persuaded Frank for a rather more energetic trip: short round with detour to sump 4.

Sadly, our trip was cut short at the 20' (a pitch fabled to be 20' that clearly isn't) where we met up with two scout groups. After waiting for half an hour, the situation clearly hadn't improved so we decided to can it and come out the wet way. We met up with Mark and Frank on the way in who asked if any of us wanted to join them, but We'd done enough queuing for today so headed back to the hut. Myself and David were still keen to spend a bit more time underground, so we headed over to Eastwater, for a bimble around the upper series (as we couldn't be bothered to take rope and ladders).

In the evening we were treated to a slideshow by Clive and then headed over to the Hunter's

Sunday 26th: For once CUCC made an early start and after minimal faff we headed over to G.B. Once again, Frank had been persuaded that the wiring he was supposed to be doing at home could wait for another weekend, and so we were joined by him and Mark. We did a quick trip down mud passage and the gorge, then came back out along the gallery, over the bridge and back up mud passage.

A good weekend, though it would have been nice to have a few more cavers along from Cambridge.

Yorks II

Yorkshire
Meet leader Matt Watson
Dates Fri 10th-12th Feb
Hut Greenclose
Caves permits for Bar, Marylin, County, Wretched and Lancaster Hole

We had a caving fail, due to the weather, so went for a curry instead.

Curryers: Stuart Bennett, Tom Handford, Tess Jones, Mark Shinwell, Tony Rooke, Djuke Veldhuis, Matt Watson and Aiora Zabala

Few beers in Live and Let Live and headed over to the Koh-i-Noor. Though much less glamorous than its namesake in the Tower of London, they do a decent curry at a reasonable price and have the added advantage of a fairly "relaxed" booking system, so it's not a disaster if you turn up with twice or half as many people as you told them.

South Wales I

South Wales
Meet leader Matt Watson
Dates Fri 27-29 Jan
Hut SWCC
Caves OFD

Cavers: Tom Handford, Tess Jones, Jan Lellmann, Siobhan McGowan, Mark Shinwell, Jess Stirrups, Daniel Storisteanu, Matt Watson, Wookey, Aiora Zabala


Saturday 28th: Team keen consisted of Wookey, Jess, Tom and guest appearance by Olaf. They decided to go practice their cave flying skills in OFDIII and came back looking very tired.

The second party consisted of Matt, Aiora and the newbies (Danial, Siobhan and Jan), who opted for a more civilised bimble round OFDII.


Sunday 29th: Nobody was feeling ultra keen today, so we all went into Cwm Dwr down to the stream way - we split into two groups, one went via the wet way and the other via the dry way. Guest appearances by Olaf (who unsurprisingly didn't like the streamway) and Gareth.

Events of Note: Tess came caving!

Other useful stuff: We found a good curry house for a feed on the way back: Zam Zam, ‪24 High Street‬, ‪Ross-on-Wye, ‬ ‪HR9 5BZ‬,

‪tel:01989 764030‬

OFD III to Smith's Armoury (2012.01.28) (Wookey)

Wookey was on his first caving trip since expo, a mere 6 months ago, whilst Tom was on his first trip since October 2008. (he's been skulking in Cambridge all that time but apparently avoiding potholes :-).

We wanted/needed some proper exercise and the weather was good (too nice to go caving really), so we headed across the traverses in OFDIII to Smith's Armoury right at the top end of the streamway. Not quite hard enough for the full 'welsh trips don't need ropes' approach we took a 'welsh SRT' approach with a 40m rope and another shorter piece, but no ladders and one foot-jammer each.

This is a very fine trip, although don't come if your shinning and 'ignoring big drops' skills aren't up to scratch as it has a great deal of shinning up and down and the famous traverses over rather large drops. It is possible to do the whole trip with no gear (Wookey was taken there this way sometime in the early 90's but even he thought it was a bit 'keen'). The 9m pitch/climb at the end of the crevasse really does need a handline+jammer at least. And a sensible level of gear is: 40m rope for the crevasse (5m down, traverse over big hole, 9m pitch). It would be a great deal easier if you brought a 30ft ladder for the 9m pitch, but we all managed with 1 jammer+footloop. There is also one 4m climb further on (before the traverses) which is sufficiently tricky that a rope is very sensible. A handy boulder at the top means you can pull it through afterwards if you bring a 12m bit of rope, otherwise you need a competent victim to downclimb it.

We spent a good long time peering at the surveys to find the route and drew a very useful copy of the survey for the part from the Wedding cake to Bowhani junction, which is where most of the horizontal navigation is. The Wikipedia entry for the route from the crevasse to the streamway is really useful - we might not have made it without this as which level to be at is not totally obvious in places.

The shortest route is via Timo's table, but as we wanted to a) go a way we knew at least the start of and b) show the others the way we went via Salubrious streamway.

The two teams for the day joined up as far as the Salubrios junction so that Matt could remind himself what he was looking for on the way back. This caused a not-very-early start as everyone got sorted, lights were tied to helmets etc.

We got underground at 12:30.

So the route is in ODFII, through the brickyard, past the wedding cake, down the corkscrew climb to Salubrious then up Salubriuos through a lot of passage that doesn't really look much like the survey (we tried to turn right too early and were generally confused for a while), before finally popping out after a short crawly bit into Chasm passage. It's a lower-level of Chasm at this point, so remember to look out for it on the return.

Go left along the very high Chasm for a short distance, then right into Poached Egg passage, crossing a junction to get to Bowhani junction where 5 passages meet. We took a worthwhile detour for 20m or so to the left to look at 'Straw Gallery' which is indeed very nice. Turns out you can't go round the loop back to the passage due to a big drop, so go back the way you came.

Going down to the right at Bowhani the general up-and-downiness commences, with a tricky climb and some traversing over holes. There is one more right turn to remember otherwise you'll go all the way up Creek Alley, and you have reached the crevase.

This is an easy climb down made disconcerting by the 20m drop you could fall down, then you traverse over the hole and some false floor boulders to a 9m pitch. You can actually freeclimb this but it's really not very sensible, especially on the way back up as it's a slot you can fall out of into the big space, and it's very shiny and awkward. There are nice new stainless hangers+maillons on the crevasse climb+traverse and hangers on the pitch. We used a 42m rope which was plenty. This was handy in fact as when Wookey threw the tacklesack down (after being reassured that that was fine) it bounced off down the next drop to the bottom of the crevasse. Fortunately it was shinnable with a rope so was retreived without too much difficulty.

We continued over more climbs in very up/down passage to get to a big space with a small boulder hole in the bottom corner. The easiest way is between the rocks but we did a tricky climb over the top instead. Down the bottom here seemed to be a dead end at moonmilky flowstone. We had to resort to the instructions as it didn't look traversable or shinnable. It is in fact a tricky 4m climb out of the bottom of the hole. This is the other place you would much prefer a rope (mostly for the return).

Shortly after this the traverses proper are reached. The first move is most entertaining as you have to use a ledge on the left wall and teeter over, but it does have some very handy stal fingerholds which actually make it quite easy. Just don't think about the huge drop. There are no bolts anyway (that we saw) so a rope won't help. More traversing follows, with an unhelpfully wide bit at the end. Wookey did all of it about 6 times back and forth, showing the best route, and everyone made it.

The dead-straight passage ends at a hole in the floor. down there, then back under the floor to climb down an awkward canyon then back again to a upwards squeeze which would keep the fatties out. You can just feel (more than hear) the rumble of the streamway by now.

Not too long after comes the bit in the photo with the really scary-looking ledge of calcited crap. This is in fact dead easy as you just step across the corner using a handy stal handhold. You have also become largely inured to big drops and delicate moves by now. There are some notable pretties along the way. All that caving and climbing has been an effective numpty-filter so things are not trashed.

Next is the comedy maypole bridge (long scaf-bar over big hole with the streamway below, which is also easier than it looks. God knows who carried that 15ft bar all the way down here! Well done to you sir.

Despite having arrived at the streamway (it's just below through holes) you keep going along this passage in a rather confusing fashion until you really do come out at the streamway without climbing.

Jess had been desperate for a piss for hours now, so enormous relief took place.

We plopped into the streamway and waded on up, accompanied by wails from Olaf, who _really_ doesn't like getting cold and wet. The stream is quite 'canal'y here mostly knee to thigh deep and very calm, but it was bloody freezing and my knees soon went numb. Turns out that Olaf the wailer has those knee-length wetsocks which are popular with welsh cavers, and was still moaning! The deepest water was just above MSBL but it's easy to trip over a rock or slide on smooth sandy rock and get wetter.

We saw 4 white cave fish, the longest about 12cm. They have eyes, but don't appear to be able to see.

The streamway is beatiful with marble streakings, sandbanks, and all sorts of forms. It's much quieter than down at I and II. It took about 40 mins to get to Smith's Armoury where we had a quick snack and buggered off out again. Wading for over an hour gives you thigh-ache.

So then we wizzed back out, not getting lost at all and not hanging around too much. There was a certain amount of quiet concentration and ehightened pulserates from Tom on the way back over the traverses, and we all struggled up the crevasse pitch with our welsh-SRT single jammer. But overall an efficient return was made and we were out in 3 hours (it took nearly 5 to get in).

Tess had been a star and cooked dinner for all by the time we got back, so a huge plate of pasta +veggie+oxfords leftovers was scoffed.

A most excellent trip with a great deal of caving in it. It should be done more often than once every 20years. I was knackered though and had to go to bed by 11pm.

Oh, and Wookey and Tom had terrible body-ache the next day.

T/U: 8 hours.

Michaelmas 2011

Christmas meet to Yorkshire
Meet leader Serena / Alex
Dates 26 Dec 2011-2 Jan 2012
Hut Bull Pot
Caves
  • Fri 18-20 Nov: Mendip 1, Wessex. Meet leader: Matt


CHECC

CHECC
Meet leader Aiora Zabala
Dates Fri 25-27 Nov 2011
Hut Dalesbridge
Caves Easegill (County / Wretched Rabbit) Saturday and Short Drop Cave on Sunday

Cavers: Jess Stirrups, Anya Ermakova, Nimrod Gileadi, Tay Xian Jie, Olaf Kähler, Aiora Zabala (Emma Wilson digging)

Mendip I

Mendip I
Meet leader Matthew Watson
Dates Fri 18-20 Nov 2011
Hut Wessex
Caves Longwood/August and Eastwater on the Saturday and G.B. on the Sunday

Cavers: Jessica Chatwin, Mikaela Ediger, James Hickson, Adrian Horrell, Ramana Kumar, Gareth Phillips, Fareeha Safir, Mark Shinwell, Jess Stirrups and Matt Watson

Yorks I

Yorks I
Meet leader Matthew Watson
Dates Fri 28-30 Oct 2011
Hut Bull Pot Farm
Caves Permits for County Wretched and Lancs both days.

Beautiful caving weekend in Bull Pot farm. County Pot - Lancs exchange on Saturday, where one of the parties did comb some parts of the route up to three times (to make sure that we learnt the way properly) and finished an epic roundtrip by going back to Lancs from County aboveground to derig the entrance. The team lose one of their exhausted members after six hours caving which had accidentally brought the team back very close to the entrance.

Short through trip in Heron Pot on Sunday, all the way down a pretty meander with a couple of wet pitches in between, where photos were taken. For the finishing touch, a fully soaking crawl right at the very end of the meander. Unfortunately we didn't arrive on time for a well deserved tasty cake & tea at Ingleton.

Cavers: Kathryn, Olly Madge, Adrian H, Yves, Matt W, Martin Green, Aiora (reporting), Mark S. And Edvin, Becka and Julian in separate trips 'creating' new cave


". . . but when they got there, the T-store was bare”

D’oh! Not to worry. After a quick head scratch and a thumb through the CNCC rigging guide, we managed to find some maillons, a few crabs and some ropes that were almost but not entirely the wrong length for any of the caving we were planning to do.

Cue some last minute transport-rearrangement faff and we were finally off to Yorkshire only an hour and a half behind schedule. Several hours, and a portion of fish and chips later, we arrived at the farm to find Edvin, Kathryn, Martin and a rather large pile of empties huddled up in front of the fire. Not wanting to be antisocial, we decided to add a few to the pile and come up with a plan for Saturday’s caving. For the first time I can remember, we came up with a plan that actually involved the caves we had permits for: County-Lancs exchange.

Saturday 29th October: Lost in Lancs (by Matt)

Next morning we were up bright and early. Due to an error in the decimal place when calculating how many people do the shopping for, we had enough food to provide everyone at the farm with at least two breakfasts, and still have leftovers for the next day! Replete, we then split up into our respective teams: Team efficient and team keen-but-incompetent, and set off across the fell.

Team keen-but-incompetent were set to go down Lancs. Being quite a few meters shy of the suggested rope length, Martin took frugal rigging to a new level, and after rigging two rebelays that were tighter than a ducks arse, arrived at the bottom of the pitch with the rope bag still half full. So far so good. The plan was to go down to the the streamway via a loop round Montague West and Wilf Taylor's passage, climb up into the high level route at Stop Pot and then make our way over to County. That was the keen bit, now for the incompetent part. . .

Rather than a blow-by-blow account of our navigational incompetence, which would be quite challenging given the number of unintentional detours, let's just say that nine hours after leaving the surface myself and Martin emerged into the mist and drizzle at county pot having successfully completed the traverse. This was quite a feat, given six hours into the trip we met team efficient 15 minutes from the Lancaster Hole entrance. . .

Heron Pot, Kingsdale. 30th Oct 2011. By Adrian

An early start at Bullpot Farm and perfect coordination brought us to Kingsdale at around 2pm (+/- 1hr). We changed and kitted up at the roadside and headed off across the valley floor with a few members of the party holding 'phones at arms length and pausing to squint at them from time to time. We continued over the beck and up the hillside in this manner, then fanned out along the ridge. Shouts of 'I've got it!' would be followed seconds later by 'damn! It's gone.' We had, of course, managed not to leave a call out.

We had a peep in the exit and decided it would go, then 'got it...damn, it's goned' our way to the entrance. Fortune smiled on us and we got a message through to the Fenland Control Centre. After a few minutes discussion with our director of photography, Olly descended the entrance. 'Do I get a sherpa, then?' he called up. With a sigh I grabbed the rope bag and followed. The first few metres are best approached by crawling in the bottom of the rift. Olly dragged the bag and I helped it past constrictions. Soon we were walking in fine meandering passage.

I sensed a presence behind me. Looking over my shoulder I saw Matt's lamp approaching, carried, I assumed, by Matt. 'They've found us! Hurry!' I shouted to Olly, who then sprinted off down the passage. I followed at best speed, wishing I was thinner (more running, fewer pies). I arrived panting at the pitch head to find it already rigged, and our fearless rigger standing around the corner ready to descend. The others caught up and we had a debate about who would carry flashguns and where they would put them (I should have fled at this point, but I did not).

'Pitch free!' I made a minor spectacle of myself by getting my leg stuck as I part climbed, part thrutched on to the pitch head. I touched down on a short, rather wet horizontal section before the next pitch. Olly went off to rig the next pitch and Aiora was soon on her way down the first - rather more elegantly than your narrator.

Now the Director of Photography was in charge. Yves got on the rope, abseiled a few metres down the pitch and tied off his stop. Matt was stationed above the pitch head with a flashgun. I heard someone above bellow 'Cow! karabiner! waterfall! spanner!' I might be mistaken about that - the water was making a lot of noise. Eventually, through shouting, gestures and arcane lamp signals, I was positioned in the plunge pool, more or less under the waterfall, pointing a flashgun up the pitch. Here I remained for 20 minutes while the DoP composed the perfect shot. My good cheer deteriorated. I might have uttered an oath. Presently, the job was done. Yves unlocked his stop and descended to the bottom, complaining cheerfully about his numb legs.

Olly and Aiora had gotten restless and gone off exploring during my refreshing 20min frigid shower. They retured and Matt joined us at the bottom of the pitch. The DoP set about the business of re-rigging the pitch as a pull through. Descending the pitch, he asked Olly to hold the rope clear of the waterfall. Olly obliged and was rewarded by being yanked into the plunge pool. He kept his footing and avoided a soaking (or, at any rate, postponed it).

Soon we were on the move. The passage toward the exit is nicely sculpted, good splashy fun. There are a few flowstone formations to stoop under. After a while, it closes down to a longish, wet hands-and-knees crawl. Mostly this is on smooth rock, but occasionally on cobbles. Trying to keep a dry-bag full of flashguns out of the water made this much harder work than it might otherwise have been, and the others disappeared into the distance. Eventually I reached the exit duck. I fiddled with my SRT kit a bit, ostensibly to avoid getting snagged in the duck, but really to play for time. I gritted my teeth, laid down in the murky stream and pushed myself into the constricted passage, emitting a strangled squeak as I got a gallon of freezing water down the front of my oversuit. I pushed the flashgun bag ahead of me to the DoP and squeezed out of the exit. The outside world was dark and the evening air mild. We walked back to the cars, sometimes chatting, sometimes in companionable silence.

We changed again at the roadside. I was advised to be circumspect when admitting to 'spannering Matt's maillon.' Mark showed me a preview of the pictures of Yves on the second pitch - they looked good, promising to be well worth a few minutes freezing. Soon we were in Ingleton, just too late for tea and cake at [insert name of your favourite gear shop/cafe here]. Doughnuts and drinks from the co-op sufficed and after chatting for a while we got in the cars and dispersed.

A thoroughly enjoyable Sunday afternoon trip.

Cavers:

  • Aiora, Mme. President
  • Olly, rigger, cynic
  • Matt, stalwart, meet leader
  • Mark, director of photography
  • Yves, novice caver, model
  • Adrian, dogsbody, narrator

Time Underground: Not sure. I was a bit drunk when I adjusted my watch from BST to GMT. A few hours.

Peaks II

Peaks II
Meet leader Nial Peters
Dates Sat 22-23 Oct 2011
Hut TSG
Caves Peak

Cavers: Sarah Gales, Keshav Thirumalai, Alisdair Bolger, Tay Xian Jie, Matthew Morgan, Yves Moussalam, Eliza Prettyman, Jessica Chatwin, Ramana Kumar, Olivia Espy, Jess Stirrups, Nial Peters!, Tony Rooke, Emma Wilson, Martin Green, Bela Dimova

Caves: We did Carlswark on the saturday evening and then there were trips to Peak Cavern and P8 on sunday.

Peaks I

Peaks I
Meet leader Jess Stirrups
Dates Sat 15-16 Oct 2011
Hut TSG
Caves

Cavers: Jess Stirrups, Stuart Bennett, Adrian Horrell, Olly Madge, Serena Povia, Kathryn Hopkins, Edvin Deadman, Martin Green, L.J. Young, Mikaela Ediger, J.J.A. Walker, A. Funke, Alex Broekhof, Nhan Dao

Caves: Carlswark Cavern (Saturday); two groups to P8

Lent 2011

Mendip (one day meet)
Meet leader TBC
Dates 28th /30st January
Hut Wessex
Caves Booked on 28/01: St Cuthbert's Swallet // We can get permits on the day for: Longwood, GB, Rhino // Still to arrange: Charterhouse, if needed // Always a good option: Swildon's short round


Yorkshire III
Meet leader TBC
Dates 11th/13th February
Hut Brackenbottom
Caves Booked on 12/02:Little Hull & Washfold. Do we want anything else from the F.Fell area? or the GG/Allottment?


South Wales
Meet leader TBC
Dates 25th / 27th February
Hut Whitewalls
Caves To arrange keys: Agen Allwedd & Ogof Craig-a-Ffynnon. If there is interest for DYO & Ogof Capel, I can try to arrange access to those as well.


Peak district
Meet leader TBC
Dates 11th / 13th March
Hut TSG
Caves Titan/Peak or Titan/JH


Michaelmas 2010

South Wales
Meet leader Matthew
Dates 12th / 14th November (two nights)
Hut SWCC
Caves OFD I & OFD II (leader for OFD I arranged)


Yorkshire II
Meet leader Olly
Dates 26th / 28th November
Hut Bull Pot Farm
Caves Easegill


Lent 2010

South Wales
Meet leader TBC
Dates 15th / 17th January
Hut Whitewalls
Caves Agen Allwedd & Ogof Craig-a-Ffynnon. If there is interest for DYO & Ogof Capel, I can try to arrange acces to those as well.


Peak District
Meet leader TBC
Dates 29th /31st January
Hut TSG
Caves Peak Cavern, Titan, JH


Yorkshire
Meet leader TBC
Dates 12th / 14th February
Hut Brackenbottom
Caves Not decided yet!


Mendip
Meet leader TBC
Dates 26th / 28th February
Hut Wessex
Caves St Cuthbert's Swallet, Charterhouse


New Year Meet 2009/2010

Our annual New Year's trip to Yorkshire. We will be staying at BULL POT FARM and it isn't mandatory to come for the full week. It's an excellent way to do some out of term caving! The plan below is just a list of the permits we got so far but there are plenty of non permit caves in Yorkshire and endless possibilities of caving :)

New Years' Meet
Meet leader TBC
Dates 26th December - 3rd Jan
Hut Bull Pot Farm
Caves
Day Easegill Gaping Gill & Allotment Leck Fell Fountains Fell & Penyghent
Sat 26 Dec Pool Sink Bar Pot/Flood Entrance Notts 2 --
Sun 27 Dec Top Sink Car Pot -- --
Mon 28 Dec Lancaster Hole Newby Moss -- --
Tue 29 Dec County Pot Grange Rigg Pot -- --
Wed 30 Dec Cow Pot Juniper Gulf, Jean Pot -- Washfold
Thu 31 Dec Sylvester Pot Long Kin West Lost Johns/Boxhead - Notts 1 --
Fri 01 Jan Wretched Rabbit Marble Sink Notts (?2) - Rumbling Hole --
Sat 02 Jan Lancaster Hole Rift Pot/Long Kin East Short Drop/Gavel --

PIPPIKIN POT, LINK POT, BYE GEORGE POT can all be arranged on the day, by stopping at Leck Fell House (http://cncc.org.uk/caving_access_three_counties_system.html)


Michaelmas 2009

2008

SWales II 2008
Meet leader TBC
Dates 19th-20th January 2008
Hut Whitewalls
Caves Aggie and Daren (Saturday), Ogof Craig y Fynnon (Sunday)


Yorks II 2008
Meet leader Kathryn
Dates 2nd-3rd February 2008
Hut Brackenbottom
Caves Juniper, Long kin East and Rift pot


Peaks I 2008
Meet leader TBC
Dates 16th-17th February 2008
Hut Orpheus
Caves JH / Titan (Saturday), Peak (Sunday)


Yorks III 2008
Meet leader TBC
Dates 1st-2nd March 2008
Hut Brackenbottom
Caves Stream Passage and Flood Entrance Gaping Ghyll (Saturday), Hurnell Moss (Sunday)


2007

Mendips Novice Meet
Meet leader Edvin Deadman
Dates 13th-14th October 2007
Hut Shepton Mallet
Caves Swildon's Hole

The first meet of 2007 will be a one day introductory trip to the Mendips. Leaving on Saturday afternoon, we will go caving in Swildon's Hole on Sunday and return to Cambridge on Sunday evening. Swildon's is an excellent introductory cave, as its extensive passages provide opportunities for more or less challenging trips.

Total cost for the trip will be £25, but you will need to bring extra money for food on Saturday and Sunday nights (see the Costs page for more details).

Swildon's Hole involves one short ladder descent, so there will be a training session on the Saturday afternoon before we leave Cambridge. It is advisable to attend, but not compulsory if you can't make it.

If you went on the trip, some photos are available here: Novice Meet October 2007: Swildons Hole, Mendip


SWales I 2007
Meet leader Serena Povia
Dates 26th-28th October 2007
Hut WSG
Caves OFD, others TBC

The second meet of this term will be a week-end trip to South Wales. Leaving on Friday afternoon, we will go caving in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (OFD) on Saturday, have a delicious meal in the hut on Saturday night, go caving or hiking on Sunday and return to Cambridge on Sunday evening.

(http://ogof.net/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogof_Ffynnon_Ddu)

OFD is is an excellent introductory cave, it is the deepest cave in the UK and the second longest in Wales.

For a novice renting a basic gear set the cost for the trip will be £29.50, but you will need to bring extra money for food on Friday and Sunday nights (see the Costs page for more details), and for eventual beer. This trip in particular will not require any vertical gear but please make an effort to come to the training on Tuesdays as we will do more ladder training and perhaps SRT training.


Yorks I 2007
Meet leader Aaron
Dates 9th-11th November 2007
Hut Greenclose
Caves Easegill (County Pot, Lancaster Hole)


Mendips II 2007
Meet leader Kathryn
Dates 23rd-25th November 2007
Hut Wessex
Caves Longwood august, Swildons hole, GB cave, Manor farm swallet


New Years' Meet
Meet leader TBC
Dates 26th December - 3rd Jan
Hut Bull Pot Farm
Caves


Day Easegill Gaping Gill & Allotment Leck Fell Fountains Fell & Penyghent
26 Dec Pool Sink -- -- --
27 Dec Top Sink Car Pot -- Penyghent
28 Dec Lancaster Hole Juniper Gulf -- --
29 Dec County Pot Bar Pot/Flood Entrance Rumbling Hole --
30 Dec Cow Pot Newby Moss Short Drop/Gavel Washfold
31 Dec -- Long Kin West Lost Johns/Boxhead - Notts 1 --
01 Jan Wretched Rabbit Rift Pot/Long Kin East Notts 2 --
02 Jan Lancaster Hole Marble Sink -- --


Our annual New Year's trip to Yorkshire. It isn't mandatory to come for the full week. And it's a good way to get in some out of term caving! The plan above is just a list of the permits we got so far but there are plenty of non permit caves in Yorkshire and endless possibilities of caving :)