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CRO Extended Cavers List Rescue Practice

Flew back from Jordan in the AM, airport faff then on the Tube to Burlington House, Picadilly, to attend a conference on Water Sustainability with the ever-delightful Lydia Leather. Bus to Leeds, late as usual. Arrived at 1am, at the Fenton at around half 1. Good crowd still there and excellent to be back in […]

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Prods Pot and Noise Festival

Peachey and Rachel had come to Ireland for a wee visit and a history lesson, and at the weekend we decided we should show face in Fermanagh and do some caving. We recruited my work colleague, Benedicte, along the way and set off from Dublin on a windy Friday afternoon. This soon became a wind […]

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Martian Caves

What do you get when you mix an Australian space enthusiast and documentary maker with a British chemist and caver, a space cave science documentary apparently. For those of you who don’t know James, he’s an exchange student from Perth who runs a YouTube channel called Atomic Frontier. As for me, I’m a postgraduate chemical engineering student at the […]

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Trapdoor

Having made noises about caving the previous week it was decided we’d have to go caving so Luke and I got the ropes from chapel so we were locked in. After an early (ish) start, beating Mike out of the house we managed to avoid most of the morning traffic and arrived at the lay-by […]

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Irish Student Caving Forum 2018

I had only heard good things about this event, so was pretty stoked up about finally being able to attend. I had sneakily registered as a speaker, so was entitled to a luxury bunk, good times. Drove up with Frawley on Friday and was soon well into the boozing and catching up with familiar UK […]

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Irish caving part 1: Pollnagollum and Pollballyally

I’m sure these are spelt wrong, but this is my very limited experience of Clare caving. Headed down with Hugh to meet Arantxa, her family and professional Spanish canyoning friends. Up at a reasonable time the next morning and then onwards to Pollnagollum, the proclaimed longest cave in Ireland. We were to cave with Arantxa’s […]

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Meregill CHECC Chairperson Yorkshire constituency visit

After a night of merriment and feasting at Bramley Speleo Mansion, which also nearly featured strip poker between Brendan and Fergus, myself and Brendan awoke early-ish to faff ahead of the days caving, with Brendan heading to some easy caves with his friends from Burnley and myself and Big Great Botch heading to Chapel-le-Dale so […]

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SUSS Tresviso Training weekend at the SWCC

After spending all week looking forward to seeing Leo again, I was bitterly disappointed to find the cold, knife sharpening sociopath we all knew and loved had been replaced with a seemingly happy and content creature recently returned from fun midweek escape to an Edinburgh event called Fringe with his girlfriend Lydia… Never the less […]

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ULSA holiday – Vercors 2018

This is just a compilation of what everyone wrote in the rant books while on holiday: 9th June.  Via ferrata.  Col de Rousseb.  *Nathan, Brendan, Chris, Mike, Sarah P. After setting up camp, following an ‘interesting’ flight we headed for a quick via ferrata.  Mike, Chris and Sarah rented gear having never been before.  The […]