£49.00 – £73.00
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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.
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.
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.
Part of the cost includes hiring use of the special equipment you’ll use. Here’s what you should bring:
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.
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.
Doesn’t matter – it will happen anyway.
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.
SRT isn’t essential, there are plenty of caves in the areas which don’t need it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.“
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|
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|
|16:00||Return to hut|
|16:10||tea and showers|
|17:30||Evening Meal Chef Dinner prep start|
|22:00||Washing Up after dinner coordinated by evening meal washing up marshals|
|Making plans for 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|
|Clear living room, Have cleaned bedrooms|
|10:30||Clear kitchen, showers|
|17:00||Head for home|