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Club Caving Meetings, Trinity term 2014

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1 3 - 4 May Northern Dales ("Yorkshire"):
Pete & Fleur's Party
£40 BPF
2 10 - 11 May Mendips:
SRT and rescue training
£40 Wessex Olaf Kähler




24 - 25 May Northern Dales ("Yorkshire")
Gaping Gill winch meet and Ario Caves Project training weekend
£40 BPF  Thomas Ka Leung




7-8 June Derbyshire.*to be confirmed*  
Titan, Peak Cavern


14 or 15 June Llangattock (day trip):
 Daren Cilau or Ogof Draenen
£20 - TBC



Bristol Exploration Club; BPF: Bull Pot Farm; Chez Gregson: The Gregson's cottage in Bradwell;
: Mendip Caving Group; NPC: Northern Pennine Club; Orpheus: Orpheus Caving Club;
Shepton Mallet Caving Club; SWCC:  South Wales Caving Club; TSG: Technical Speleo Group;
: University of Bristol Speleological SocietyWessex: Wessex Caving Club;
: Westminster Speleo Group; YSS: Yorkshire Subterranean Society.

Cost covers: loan of equipment, transport, accommodation, food on site; but not food in transit or what you spend in the pub! See here for more information.
Trips must be paid for in advance
. Payment is by an online system.

Your first caving trip? Read this important information and complete this online OUCC Pre-Trip information form

Going to the Dales? Going to Spain? Don't know the ropes ? - try SRT Training.

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.

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

As usual details of the trips will be advertised closer in time. As a reminder: They will mostly be advertised on the oucc-all mailing list. So if you want to stay up to date, please sign up following the instructions on the website: http://www.oucc.org.uk/current/mailists.htm

Trip Details

3rd/4th May (1st week); 5th May is Bank Holiday. Pete & Fleur's Party at Bull Pot Farm   Fleur and Pete celebrate that they've been together for 10 years   now, and they invite all of OUCC to come to Bull Pot Farm in   Yorkshire. There will be beer, there will be BBQ, there will be loads   of fun and of course there will be caving!

  (This is just a reminder - Fleur has already sent out an attendance spreadsheet  in a previous email, so check your inbox!)

10th/11th May (2nd week)   Mendips, Wessex   Advanced SRT and rescue training with Tony Seddon

  Charterhouse confirmed, others pending.  The Mendips are more easy terrain if you are new to caving and don't   have much experience. Most caves are fairly horizontal and easy, but   they can also be quite tight and demanding, which is often rewarded   by some spectacular decorations. In addition to caving, there will be   a chance to learn or practice SRT at a tower built for exactly that   purpose. And Tony Seddon from the Starless River volunteered to give   us a helping hand and show us some advanced SRT tricks, which might   come in handy some day!

  Meet Leader for this trip will be Olaf Kähler, and will cost £40 for transport,  accommodation and food.

24th/25th May (4th week)   26th May is Bank Holiday.   Bull Pot Farm   GG Winch Meet (all cavers welcome to visit Gaping Gill!)   Expedition training weekend for Ario Caves Project 

 On this weekend, we are going to Yorkshire again. And we won't be the  only ones. There is a big "Winch Meet" at Gaping Gill, where cavers   set up a winch taking ordinary people into this magnificent cave.   Also most of the "proper" caving routes will be pre-rigged for proper   cavers to use, so this will be a great chance to explore this system   in greater detail. If anyone is keen there will also be plenty of  options in the Easegill system right at the doorstop of Bull Pot Farm   where we will be staying.

  Meet Leader for this trip will be Thomas Ka Leung, and will cost £40 for  transport, accommodation and food.

7th/8th June (6th week) *to be confirmed*   Derbyshire, TSG,   Titan, Peak Cavern

  We'll be heading to the Derbyshire Peak District, home to the largest underground pitch in the UK (141.5 m!). Still awaiting confirmation of accommodation and permits, but keep these dates in your diary! 

  The Meet Leader will be confirmed closer to the time, and the trip will  cost £40 for transport, accommodation and food.

14th and/or 15th June (7th week)   Daytrip (or weekend trip) to Llangattock   Daren Cilau or Ogof Draenen

  This one is intended as a daytrip, but if there is sufficient demand   some of us could go ahead for camping and spend more time   underground. Both Daren and Draenen are really worth it, and you can   spend many hours in these huge systems. Daren starts with a 500m long   entrance crawl that will take some time (but it's not really that   difficult) and beyond you can get to the biggest cave passage in   Britain. Draenen is currently the second longest cave in Britain with   about 70km or 80km of convoluted passages. Both of them have   spectacular calcite and gypsum formations and on either of the trips   you'll have a good chance of seeing some incredible helictites and   other decorations.

  The Meet Leader will be confirmed closer to the time, and the trip will cost either £20 or £40 depending on whether a daytrip or weekend trip eventuates.