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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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Hammer Pot Surveying #3

Hammer Pot Surveying #3 Saturday, 24 February 2018 Suss exped training weekend, what better training than some actual caving? A quick one in Hammer. Fountains Fell was unbelievably cold, clear conditions yielded excellent views over towards Morecambe. Bitter winds meant a speedy jog across the fell. Where normally there are a few unpleasant drips, the […]

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South Wales 2018: probably the best weekend away for some it

South Wales 2018: probably the best weekend away for some it Thursday, 25 January 2018 – Monday, 29 January 2018 Departed Dublin at around 9pm, then 4 hours later driving commenced from Emi and Rocky, who put in a great effort to get us to SWCC for 4:45am. After around 4 hours sleep I awoke […]

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Hammer Pot Surveying #2

Hammer Pot Surveying #2 Sunday, 14 January 2018 Met Becka at Fountains Fell parking spot at 11:00, she arrived on the dot so I wasn’t able to call her out for being late 🙁 We packed the bags and were off across the fell and underground for just after 12:00. Almost thirty seconds into the […]

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Blue Spring Crystal Cave (TN)

Blue Spring Crystal Cave (TN) Monday, 8 January 2018 ‘This had better be good’ was one of the thoughts going through my head after waking up the morning of my final caving trip in Tennessee. I had changed my flight so that I could go. The briefing that we had been given was that the […]

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Ireby 2 – Jupiter Cavern

Ireby 2 – Jupiter Cavern Friday, 22 December 2017 The plan was to try and do a round trip through Ireby 2 via skylight passage and cripple creek. morning delays meant that we didn’t arrive at the cave entrance until about 1pm. An encounter with Shezi and two YSS friends at the first pitch of […]

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Crescent Pot (re)surveying

Crescent Pot (re)surveying Saturday, 18 November 2017 Chaotic planning resulted in me heading up to the Dales on Saturday to do Crescent; despite a lot of effort Becka couldn’t be persuaded by her secondary option of King. I managed to get a last minute a lift with Mike (the person I live with) up to […]

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Hammer Pot Surveying #1

Hammer Pot Surveying #1 Monday, 13 November 2017 Set off from Leeds later than planned due to traffic for George but arrived at Fountains Fell at around midday. The fell was bright and cold though some cloud threatened to the south. After chopping up some old rope to leave in situ for future trips, we […]

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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 […]