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Grotte du Lancot

Grotte du Lancot Monday, 31 August 2015 It was the day after Gouffre des Ordons (really cool chamber with lots of pretties) and we were going home the day after. We wanted to end the trip with a cool cave so we looked through the beautiful waterfalls section of the guidebook. Once our beautiful waterfall […]

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Gouffre des Ordons

Gouffre des Ordons Sunday, 30 August 2015 Whilst Holly and Noel derigged the Verneau, we went for a bimble down Ordons, a cave known for its beautiful formations. Immediately from the top of the only pitch you can see the scale of the calcite. For 200m, a huge chamber resembles a Victorianesque stal museum. A […]

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Le Verneau

Le Verneau Saturday, 29 August 2015 The Verneau traverse is one of the longest and most strenuous in Europe We set off early, underground for 9:01. The walk to the cave was a minute long stumble though some nice French forest. Nat set off rigging the first of multiple short pitches in the entrance series, […]

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Hobbitland Adventures Part 2 – a Week on Takaka Hill

Hobbitland Adventures Part 2 – a Week on Takaka Hill Friday, 21 August 2015 – Tuesday, 1 September 2015 It was half 5 in the morning when I awoke to arrive at Xanie, Luke, Adam and Elliott’s halls of residence for a 7am start for the ferry south. We stumbled across an awesome radio station […]

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Traversing the Reseau de Soudet

Traversing the Reseau de Soudet Sunday, 2 August 2015 It’s not every day you get the offer to try and undertake a never-before attempted through trip in a deep European cave system. And so, sitting in comfort far far away from any cave, with absolutely no knowledge of the system, it seemed like a good […]

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Hobbitland Adventures Part 1: Black Sabbath and Adfrenchures

Hobbitland Adventures Part 1: Black Sabbath and Adfrenchures Friday, 24 July 2015 – Sunday, 26 July 2015 Interislander ferry was boarded at 1400 hours with the primary objective of finding someone to bum a lift off to Nelson. Everyone I met was, unfortunately, heading down state highway 1 to Christchurch, sheep and happiness (Kiwi dream). […]

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Austria Expo 2015

Austria Expo 2015 Tuesday, 23 June 2015 Last summer, a large portion of this years student intake explored caves on the Loser Plateau as part of the Cambridge University Caving Clubs (CUCC) annual expedition to Austria. Much has to be said for the advertisement from Nat, Rob, Holly and Noel as eight expo-virgins jetted off […]

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SUSS Holiday

SUSS Holiday Sunday, 14 June 2015 – Friday, 3 July 2015 Day 1: Travel Burnley -> Leeds -> London -> Stanstead -> Bilbao -> Matienzo. After a night of sleeping in Stanstead airport, and very rainy drive over from Bilbao airport, we arrived at the Matienzo campsite, (Thanks for driving Jeff!). The campsite was much […]

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Birks Fell Cave

Birks Fell Cave Saturday, 30 May 2015 For once, the forecast was good for the day we had the permit for. There was a reasonable level of interest for this trip so we split into two groups. Our derigging group met at the Chapel at 9:30 and proceeded to Wharfedale. The dale was glorious in […]

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Callaun 2

Callaun 2 Sunday, 5 April 2015 – Monday, 6 April 2015 Despite the fact I’d finished most of my alcohol the night before I still managed to get so drunk that I was (apparently) wondering around declaring my intention to climb the tree (but not able to say the word tree), another rather disturbing feature […]