Caving Crew South Wales Weekend - November

Friday 25 November - Sunday 27 November 22
Location: a caving hut in South Wales
Members Price: £49
Non-member price: 

£49.00£73.00

Minimum skills: Must have caved with us before at some point
Caving Crew members get a discount off the usual price for this trip.

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How these trips work

Signing up pays for

  • Accommodation for 2 nights,
  • Breakfast on 2 mornings
  • Cave entry fees
  • Evening meals for 1 night
  • All caving kit you might need to borrow
  • Plus we’ll stock the kitchen with tea bags, coffee, milk (dairy and non-dairy), loo roll and washing up stuff.
This is primarily a caving, scrambling and hiking weekend, but caving being caving there may also be some swimming or other outdoor activities going on.

Everything will be arranged the night before.
We've not been able to clarify with the venue whether dogs are welcome on this trip. If you're keen to bring your pooch, please drop us a message.

The Hut

We're staying at a caving hut in South Wales.

The hut has toilets, showers, power, bunks, cooking facilities, fresh drinking water, drying room, free wifi and a well equipped kitchen. There aren’t big shops nearby. We will have to bring everything with us.

We'll be well located for some of the finest non-SRT caving in the country, including the massive Ogof Ffynnon Ddu system (OFD) right on our doorstep, and many others if we choose to step out a bit.
Q&A
Kit List
Vague Plans

Q&A

Will food be provided?

Yes, food will be provided on this trip. Breakfast will be provided in the morning, and on Saturday we will have a group meal cooked in the hut.

Food will not be provided on Friday, or on Sunday evening. You’re recommended to bring cave snacks and evening snacks.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow (optional but recommended), any caving kit you own, alcohol, snacks, and several changes of underwear as whatever you wear caving will get wet and dirty.

I've never been caving with you before, can I come?

We'd prefer to have caved with you before - or at least know you in some way before coming on this trip. It might be best - if you're at all able - to come on one of our extra-welcoming trips before you sign up for this weekend to get a sense what we're like as a group and whether you'll get on with us.

I don’t have any caving kit. What should I bring? What should I borrow?

Part of the cost includes hiring use of the special equipment you’ll use. Here’s what you should bring:

  • Some warm older/less nice clothes to wear as a base layer underneath the caving-specific clothes we will provide. Some examples
    • Fleece jumpers
    • Leggings
    • Thermal base layers
    • Outdoorsy t-shirts

Avoid anything made from cotton or untreated wool (such as t-shirts or wooly jumpers); synthetic fabrics that keep their warmth when wet work best here. You will be provided with a thick fleece layer and a protective outer layer to wear over this, so if all you have is cotton you’re better going without.

  • Change of socks/underwear/replacement clothing. Anything you wear into the cave will likely be too wet and dirty to wear afterwards in the car, so make sure you have spare clothes for the drive home.
  • Wellies (we do have spares if necessary, but the sizes and stock are limited). These aren’t special wellies – £12 wellies from go-outdoors or sparkling pink wellies with fur linings are great for caving.
  • Towel
  • Any important medicines you take
  • Contact lenses or string for your glasses.
  • A full sealed snack you enjoy eating (eg a mars bar)

What activities will we do?

Primarily caving. There is the possibility of walks or other non-caving activities, but these will be arranged ad-hoc though - likely if weather messes up our plans.

What about the rain?

Doesn’t matter – it will happen anyway.

I don’t have any caving gear – will I be ok?

Yes. Part of the cost covers borrowing any equipment you may need including light, helmet, oversuit, SRT kit and ropes. We may be able to lend a small number of wellies and undersuits too.

What SRT skills do I need to know?

SRT isn’t essential, there are plenty of caves in the areas which don’t need it.

What is The Caving Crew?

A BCA-affiliated Club of supportive, friendly people who like to encourage each other to cave and eat cake. Sometimes at the same time.

We support an open, inclusive and accepting atmosphere for all members, whatever their ability or ambition.

Can I come for the day?

This usually doesn’t work.

All plans are made the night before, usually changing 3-4 times during the night and changing at least once in the morning. This makes it extremely difficult to tell anyone where to be and when. It might be possible to come for the day, if you were prepared to arrive at the campsite at ~7am and were prepared for mountains of faff and uncertainty. If that was me, I’d probably conclude it wasn’t worth it.

You also will struggle because you have to drive home in the evening – rather than stay for any social bits where the group really gets to know each other.

I don’t really know anyone else?

We’re keen for everyone to feel comfortable in our group so we introduce people new to Caving Crew trips with an experienced “buddy” to help them find their feet and answer any questions. Everyone is extremely welcoming, and you’re likely to make some firm friends very fast.

I have unusual dietary requirements. Will I be catered for?

Yes. Whether you’re keen on eating meat with every meal, or you are a gluten-free vegan who is allergic to cinnamon, we will make sure you’re well-fed.

What if there’s bad weather?

Caving is usually a good sport if the weather isn’t great. However, if we will prepare some plan B’s in case of unexpected issues (such as really heavy rain). These could be:

  • Go for a scramble
  • Go for a walk
  • Go indoor climbing
  • Go to a museum or tourist attraction
  • Go to the pub

Is this a for-profit, professionally guided event?

The Caving Crew is fully run by volunteers. No one is paid for sharing their caving and rope skills amongst the group. Nobody is using or assumed to be trained to professional qualifications unless they tell you otherwise in writing.

Everyone that comes to Caving Crew events recognises:

that caving, cave diving and mine exploration are activities with a danger of personal injury or death, and by taking part acknowledge they are aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

Got a question we haven’t answered?

Kit List

Key:
normal text: things you definitely need
italic: optional things you might like to have

Plans

Times are all subject to change, and are mainly for illustration and to start conversation.

Friday


We'll arrive Friday night - you'll need to sort your own dinner out.

16:00-late People arrive. There is no time too late
We'll decide plans for the following day
Decide groups
Sort Kit

Saturday


We'll have breakfast, and then head off.

We'll return to the hut for food together, and drinks... and to make lunch and plans for Sunday.

08:00 Breakfast Marshals assemble breakfast
08:30 Breakfast
08:50 Washing Up
10:00 leave hut
16:00 Return to hut
16:10 tea and showers
17:30 Evening Meal Chef Dinner prep start
19:00 Dinner
22:00 Washing Up after dinner coordinated by evening meal washing up marshals
Making plans for Sunday
Decide groups
Sort Kit

Sunday


We'll have breakfast together, clean and empty the hut, and head off out.

After Sunday's activities, everyone will head home.

08:30 Breakfast Marshals start assembling breakfast
09:00 Breakfast
Clear bedrooms
Clear living room, Have cleaned bedrooms
10:30 Clear kitchen, showers
11:00 Leave hut
11:30 Activities
17:00 Head for home

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