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Training in Single Rope Techniques, Michaelmas term 2021

We will be running a training programme for people new to SRT (single rope technique). The aim is to teach people to abseil down ropes, prusik up ropes, pass deviations and rebelays, and learn to change from going up to going down whilst on a rope.

If you want to enjoy some great SRT trips in Yorkshire, or you are thinking of going on expedition to the Picos, or you have aspirations to do the spectacular 145 m Titan shaft, then you should get involved. It normally takes about 2 surface practices and several underground trips before people are really confident at SRT. You should come to at least one surface practice before using SRT underground, and ideally two.

We’ll be training off a bridge in Cutteslowe Park or possibly in Wolvercote, both of which are reachable by bus, bike or on foot from town.   The sessions are open to every level of SRT experience, from first-timers to cavers that would like a supervised refresh.

Details will be posted here as soon as they are ararnged.

To sign up, please email chair@oucc.org.uk and include:

An OUCC guide to SRT can be found here. SRT training is not a prerequisite to attend a caving trip, however will likely give you priority access to certain trips. This training is particularly valuable if you are interested in attending expeditions abroad.

The exact location will be provided to confirmed attendees. Travelling to either area from central Oxford is straightforward by bicycle (~20minutes) or bus (a short walk from the nearest bus stop). Warm clothing is recommended, with comfortable flat footwear (ideallywith thick and fairly rigid soles). Ropes, SRT equipment and helmets will be provided.