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Lou-Toti, Totes Gebirge, Austria

Before the sun rose after the CUCC expedition dinner, we piled some curries into George’s van and plied him with coffee. He drove us towards Ebenesee, from where we walked 1 hour to the Mittereckerstüberl (752m). We loaded our things into the seilbahn and walked 2 hours to the Hochkogelhaus 1558m). We were expecting to […]

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Juniper Gulf

Given the very dry, settled weather, we decided to visit Juniper Gulf on the Allotment. Aiming for a very causal start, myself and Caroline tried to look busy, myself in particular moving one wellie at a time to the van, while Matt threatened not to cave: a silent protest on the sofa in a dressing […]

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Peak – White River – Peak

Like all good ULSA liberal-minded Northerners, I decided to give Derbyshite caving a go. After such little faff, of only 3 shops visited to try to buy a Rostam-sized wetsuit and no less than 40 minutes of waiting for Botch and 35 minutes for Louise, I felt unprepared to go underground. I’d forgotten all my […]

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Simpsons pull thru

Simpsons pull thru Wednesday, 8 November 2017 We headed underground at 7.10pm, where Nadia quickly relived herself of the tackle bag. The first pitches were free climbed and the quick succession of longer pitches were rigged by myself, Nadia, Beth and Alice, the latter two practising their rigging. Alice rigged the longer pitch, by joining […]

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Trip to CRO base

Trip to CRO base Sunday, 5 November 2017 14 students stumbled out of Selside and into Clapham to meet Sean Whittle, CRO member and also the man who ran our very successful cavers’ first aid course last February. After a brew, we were shown around the HQ, introduced to the rescue vehicles and practised some […]

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Rowter Hole

Rowter Hole Monday, 29 May 2017 Convinced that we weren’t going caving we slowly drove up to Rowter Farm in dense fog, paid our £2 and checked the skies for rain. Due to the poor visibility, we took a scenic route to the cave entrance. SUSS were just under the lid when I began rigging […]

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Pwll Swnd

Pwll Swnd Saturday, 29 April 2017 After two poorly timed nights of drinking, I woke with unparalleled enthusiasm. A slow start of looking at various coiled (un/incorrectly) labelled ropes and guessing their lengths began. The survey and description was printed on waterproof paper (works well against tea). After picking up Joel and Tom, we drove […]

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Agen Allwedd Grand Circle

Agen Allwedd Grand Circle Sunday, 11 September 2016 Foreword: thanks for Mike Butcher in remembering the trip and assisting greatly in the rant write up. After the mishap of 2014, I was quite determined to be prepared for this trip. We stopped off in Newport City Library (a characterful venue) to print a survey and […]

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Spring GIAG 2016

Spring GIAG 2016 Saturday, 13 February 2016 I arrived at the Chapel 20 minutes early with Mike, which of itself is an achievement. We coaxed in 25 caving-virgins and sorted equipment. Miraculously, pairs of wellies were found. With minimal faff, 40 cavers descended upon the thief, helmets picked up and breakfast was had. My breakfast […]

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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 […]