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Club Caving Meetings, Michaelmas Term 2021

(end of)
Week

Date

Place

Cost

Accommodation

Meeting
 Leader

0        
1 15th-17th October, Wales - Freshers' trip 40 SWCC Rosa Clements
2          

3

29th-31st October, Wales - Joint trip with ICCC 40 SWCC Isobel Innes

4

5th-7th November Mendip bonfire trip 40 WCC Vlad Catanea

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6

         

7

26th-28th November Yorkshire CHECC weekend 40 Yorkshire Dales Guides Sarah Day

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9          

Other meets may be organised - please check at Wednesday 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.
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

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!

How to Sign up for a Caving Trip

  Trips must be paid for in advance. Payment is by an online system.
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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.
If you haven't been caving with us before but want to give it a go, membership and insurance for your first term with OUCC is free!

Your first Caving Trip?

Read this important information and complete this online OUCC Pre-Trip information form

Single Rope Technique

  Going to the Dales? Going on an expedition ? Don't know the ropes ? - try SRT Training.

Trip Details

Weekend 15th-17th October, (end of 1st week)- Wales - Freshers' trip (SWCC)

  We'll kick of the term with a weekend at the South Wales Caving Club. The SWCC cottage is right on top of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu which is Britain's deepest cave. It has 3 entrances with a great variety of trips, many of which are brilliant for beginners. Since the cave system is so extensive, the trips are also very adaptable and can be made longer or shorter according to the needs of the group. A great way to start caving before you've got too much work assigned!

Weekend 29th-31st October (end of 3rd week) - Wales - Joint trip with ICCC (SWCC)

After I'd booked one weekend at SWCC, Imperial contacted us and invited us to a joint weekend- at SWCC! But it's not a problem because there really is a lot of good caving to do in Wales. This will mostly be another Freshers' weekend with beginner trips similar to the 1st week weekend, but for those coming on both Wales weekends, we'll also have some longer trips and perhaps a visit to Pant Mawr, a cave about an hour's walk from SWCC. This is also a chance to get to know Imperial and find out their favourite trips in OFD!.

Weekend 5th-7th November (end of 4th week) - Mendip bonfire trip (Wessex)

  The Mendips are another place we often do Freshers' trips, so if you missed the Wales weekends, you can get your first caving experience in the Mendips. Swildons, for example, is a classic beginner trip. But the Wessex hut also has an SRT tower, we can do some training there and run some first SRT trips in Hunter's Hole for those who've caved before. On Saturday evening, we'll have a walk over to the BEC where there'll likely be a bonfire and some firework fun going on. Bringing a firework to the party is encouraged but not compulsory. But because we're staying at the Wessex, we have the option of getting away from the pyrotechnic pandemonium when we want to sleep.
Weekend 26th-28th November (end of 7th week) -  Yorkshire CHECC weekend (Yorkshire Dales Guides)
  CHECC stands for Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs and the CHECC forum is an event where student caving clubs from all over the country meet up and have a massive party. This time it's in Yorkshire, so it's a good chance to do some SRT and encounter some classic Yorkshire potholes. There are many many caves in Yorkshire, often with beautiful streamways and spectacular shafts. In the evenings there's usually a fancy dress party on Friday, a topless disco on Saturday, and a lot of caving games and competitions! We can do beginner trips at CHECC, but I'd recommend coming on one of the other weekends first if you can.

Accommodation:
BEC:
Bristol Exploration Club; BPF: Bull Pot Farm; MCG: Mendip Caving Group;
NPC:
Northern Pennine Club; Orpheus: Orpheus Caving Club; SMCC: Shepton Mallet Caving Club;
SWCC
:  South Wales Caving Club; TSG: Technical Speleo Group; UBSS: University of Bristol Speleological Society
WCC:
Wessex Caving Club; Whitewalls: Chelsea Speleological Society; WSG: Westminster Speleo Group;
Yorkshire Dales Guides:
(Hornby Laithe Bunkbarn); YSS: Yorkshire Subterranean Society.