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Club Caving Meetings, Trinity Term 2018

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0 22 April Otter Hole 30 Beeches Farm (camping) TBA
1   Possible trip to S. Wales      
2 4 - 7 May Mendip (Mendip Cave Fest) 40 BEC TBA


11-13 May Gower (S. Wales) joint with OUMC 40 Oxwich Camping Park (camping) TBA




25-28 May Northern Dales 40 BPF TBA




9 June S. Wales - Agen Allwed Day Trip 20 - TBA



Bristol Exploration Club; BPF: Bull Pot Farm; 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 Subterranean Society.

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22nd April, end of 0th week: Otter Hole, staying at Beeches farm campsite  

On Sunday 22nd April we have an Otter Hole trip! This is one of the beautiful caves in the country with a tidal sump that prevents access during high tide. We have an over the tides trip so it should be possible to get pretty far, to Long Straw chamber and maybe even End Chamber. Our leader is Raif Evans. We will be staying at Beeches Farm campsite the night before so we can get to Otter Hole nice and early (which is necessary to get through the tidal sump). The start time has changed, we now need to be changed and at the Otter Hole car park at 7.45am, not 8am.   This will be a roughly 12 hour trip with some fairly hard crawling, so if you've only been on a couple of caving trips before, this is not the cave for you. We might be able to have a Miss Grace's Lane trip too, so let me know if you'd be interested in that, but no promises.   3-5 people can go on the trip. Drivers and people who have not been to Otter Hole before will be given priority, but there will most likely be space for people who have already been to Otter Hole too, so if you want to go then speak up, even if you've been there before. Also let me know if you can drive and if you have any dietary requirements.   

4th-7th May, end of 2nd week: Mendip Cave Fest, staying at the BEC  

On the first May bank holiday weekend there is a big cavers' meetup in  the Mendips. Lots of cavers from around the country will be there so you might meet someone you know (or an Elvis impersonator). There are trips that need to be signed up for in advance so I'd recommend registering on the Cave Fest website https://www.cavefestuk.co.uk/?page_id=214 especially if you'd like to go on one of the more interesting trips. There's no entry fee so cost will be the same as for a normal caving weekend. I thought this might have to be yet another camping weekend, but no, there is some space left in the Belfry so we are booked in there.

11th-13th May, end of 3rd week: Joint weekend with OUMC on the Gower, campsite TBC  

At the end of 3rd week (a little earlier in the term than I'd hoped for, but it's when the climbers are available) we have our joint meetup with OUMC on the Gower. (For non-UK cavers, the Gower is definitely a place worth visiting). A weekend of caving, climbing, and going to the beach with the chance to visit some lesser seen caves such as Tooth Cave and Llethryd Swallet, and hang out with the climbers, who generally have a better student to old fart ratio than us.    

25th-28th May, end of 5th week: Yorkshire, staying at Bull Pot Farm  

The end of 5th week brings a bank holiday weekend and the Gaping Gill winch meet. During the winch meet all the Gaping Gill Entrances are rigged so this is a great time to do through trips in Gaping Gill and perhaps try out some of the more obscure entrances without having to carry any rope up the hill. I did try to book a hut closer to the action than Bull Pot Farm, but I think these were already booked up by the time I was the Meets Sec, so it's back to our old favourite. I'll book a non Gaping Gill permit too in case people don't want to join the crowds both days. This is a great time of year to explore some open potholes.    

9th June, end of 7th week: day trip to Agen Allwedd (TBC)  

Those of you who can't get away for a full weekend this term will be pleased to know that we have a day trip too, to Agen Allwedd in Wales. Aggy is a great cave, you can do a very easy trip in there or a very hard trip depending on how far you go, so it's suitable for all ability levels. It's also home to many bats so you may meet some exciting cavers of other species in there! Note: I have applied for our permit on the 9th but we haven't actually got it yet, so it's possible this will be moved to the 10th or replaced with another day trip if we are unlucky. I don't think Aggy permits are turned down very often though.