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Club Caving Meetings, Trinity Term 2019

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2 10-12 May Otter Hole / Forest of Dean  40 TBA TBA


17-19 May Mendip 40 WSG TBA




31 May-1 June Yorkshire 40 YSS TBA






21-23 June South Wales 40 SWCC TBA

There were discussions last term regarding extra trips, including North Wales and Ireland.
If you're particularly keen on either of these locations then let chair@oucc.org.uk know and we'll get the ball rolling.

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.

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. 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


Notes by Rory Rose:  chair@oucc.org.uk

2nd Week (10th - 12th May) Otter Hole / Forest of Dean trip:
Otter Hole is an extremely pretty trip - check out a few images here http://www.zen159313.zen.co.uk/rfdcc/sites/caves/otter_hole/oh_gallery.htm There are limited spaces to get on the Otter Hole trip, so feel free to register your interest with me ahead of time (e.g. now). The time underground will be longer than many of our new members will have experienced so far, mostly so we have lots of time for photography and exploring. If you're unsure that you'll be OK on the trip then I can provide guidance. Further to the Otter Hole trip, there are many more caves in the Forest of Dean, suitable for first-time novices and upwards.  

3rd Week (17th - 19th May) Mendip
We're staying at the Wessex Caving Club, with all of the classic Mendip caves on offer. These are suitable for first-time novices and also more experienced cavers, offering some of the most enjoyable and challenging caves in the UK. I'm in the process of booking trips to Upper Flood Swallet (waiting to be confirmed). Again, it's amazingly beautiful in there, and a bit arduous. Check-in with me to book a space ahead of the time. Images and description here: https://www.mendipcavinggroup.org.uk/upper-flood-swallet/  As a bonus, and because I've not yet been there, I'm also trying to book a Charterhouse trip (waiting to be confirmed). I'm actually not sure what to expect from this trip, definitely booking it to cross it off of my list - register with me to book your spot!  

5th Week (31st May - 2nd June) Yorkshire
We'll be staying at the YSS with access to some of the best SRT trips in the UK. Hopefully we'll be running this trip joined with Cambridge, so bring your blues! This is the perfect chance for those itching to get more experience on SRT, and even for those that want to try it for the first time. We can book their SRT apparatus on-site for some training above-ground. If you're an experience caver with plans in mind, please let me know of any specific permits you would like. Think of any exchange trips that we could do with Cambridge.  

8th Week  (21st - 23rd June) South Wales
We'll be staying at SWCC, and will hopefully also make this a joint weekend. Loads of trips are available, ranging from novice to experienced. There will be classic trips into OFD, and I'll see if we can get access to Dan yr Ogof - summer is a great time of year for wet caving :) Again, if you'd like to get on the DyO trip then book with me ahead of time.