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Club Caving Meetings, Michaelmas Term 2023

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2 21st Oct. Agen Allwedd (Day Trip ) £30 - Máté Soos






11th-12th Nov. Mendips £60 Wessex Fiona Zhang 


18th-19th Nov. South Wales £60 Godre Pentre Máté Soos


24th-26th Nov. Peak District (CHECC) £60 TBA Fiona Zhang 



Other meets may be organised - please check at Social  meetings or via the OUCC mailing lists.

Details of the trips will be advertised closer in time. They will mostly be advertised on the "oucc-all" mailing list.
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PLEASE help and volunteer to organise a weekend. If no-one organises the weekends they won't happen.
There is a detailed crib sheet on the website telling you exactly how to organise a weekend. Take a Look!

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Trip Details

2nd week 21st October Wales Freshers' Day trip 
For our first Freshers' day trip we're heading to South Wales Agen Allwedd(Aggy) cave, one of the longest cave in the UK! There are lots of great beginner trips in Aggy, we'll hopefully explore a number of classic, freshers-friendly trips, which are all good fun with fantastic formations to see. We'll be setting off on Saturday morning and come back in the evening, but meeting up on Friday evening to choose and try on caving kit.  
Sign up: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/oxford-university-cave-club/ou-cave-club-trips/oucc-trip-mt23-2nd-week-agen-allwedd
Organiser: Máté Soos mate.soos@chch.ox.ac.uk    

5th week 11th-12th November  Mendip Freshers' weekend, Wessex caving club
Our second Freshers' trip will also be to Mendips, it really is a very good place to start caving. We'll be staying at the Wessex, a very nice hut which is an easy walk from Swildons, Eastwater, and Hunter's Hole(a good place for doing your first SRT trip), some of the Mendip caves we visit most. It also has its own SRT tower, so we might get chance for a little SRT practice too. If anyone is up for a challenge, I can see if I can get us a permit for one of the less usual Mendip caves as well.  
Sign up: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/oxford-university-cave-club/ou-cave-club-trips/oucc-trip-mt23-5th-week-mendip  
Organizer: Fiona Zhang sifei.zhang@some.ox.ac.uk     

6th week 18th-19th November South Wales, Godre Pentre caving hut
In 6th week, we'll be heading to the South Wales Ogof Ffynnon Ddu — the deepest cave in the UK and the most popular destination for beginner cavers! We will go explore the top and bottom entrances which are pretty different in character but both are suitable for beginners. OFD and Aggy are very different so if you can absolutely come on both Wales weekends. For non-beginners, I will try to get a Dan-yr Ogof permit as well, which is a less usual trip for OUCC.   
Sign up: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/oxford-university-cave-club/ou-cave-club-trips/oucc-trip-mt23-6th-week-south-wales  
Organiser: Máté Soos mate.soos@chch.ox.ac.uk, Rocky Yu yanzuo.yu@queens.ox.ac.uk      

7th week 25th-27th November, CHECC, location tbc.
Our last weekend of term will be the CHECC (Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs) forum, which is where student caving clubs from all over the country meet up to go caving and have a massive party! There are also lots of games, competitions, and training sessions(survey, set, cave rescue etc.), it's basically packed full of good things to do. The location is not finalised yet but most likely to be in Yorkshire or Peak District. Both have a lot of fine potholes for those familiar with SRT. If we are lucky, we might be able to arrive in good time for Friday night's fancy dress fun.  
Sign up: https://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/product-catalogue/oxford-university-cave-club/ou-cave-club-trips/oucc-trip-mt23-7th-week-checc  
Organizer: Fiona Zhang sifei.zhang@some.ox.ac.uk 

Bristol Exploration Club; BPC: Bradford Pothole Club; BPF: Bull Pot Farm; DSS - Devon Speleological Society
Godre Pentre
Croydon Caving Club; LCCC: Lancashire Caving & Climbing Club; MCG: Mendip Caving Group;
Northern Pennine Club; Orpheus: Orpheus Caving Club; SMCC: Shepton Mallet Caving Club;
:  South Wales Caving Club; TSG: Technical Speleo Group; UBSS: University of Bristol Speleological Society
Wessex Caving Club; Whitewalls: Chelsea Speleological Society; WSG: Westminster Speleo Group;
Yorkshire Dales Guides:
(Hornby Laithe Bunkbarn); YSS: Yorkshire Subterranean Society.