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Bullpot Farm weekend

Been before? A few things may be slightly different this time. Take a read.

This includes

  • the plan
  • what to bring
  • where to drive to

What to expect from the weekend

Friday

We’ll arrive Friday night.

20:00 Getting people who need undersuits/oversuits and helmets those things

21:00 Make some plans, have a few drinks and a giggle and go to bed.

Saturday

We’ll have breakfast together, and then head off to the caves.

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

08:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
09:00Breakfast
10:00Washing Up
10:30leave hut
17:00Return to hut
18:10tea and showers
18:30Dinner prep start
20:00Dinner
22:00Washing Up
22:45Planning for Sunday

Sunday

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

After Sunday’s activities, everyone will head home.

08:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
09:00Breakfast
Clear bedrooms
Clear living room, Have cleaned bedrooms
10:00Clear kitchen, showers
10:30Leave hut
11:00Caving
17:00Head for home

The hut

The hut has toilets, showers, power, beds with mattresses, basic cooking facilities, fresh cold water. It does have wifi but does not have indoor mobile signal for most people. It may not have signal at all on some networks. There aren’t any shops nearby. We will have to bring everything with us.

What cave(s) are we going to? What if the weathers bad?

We’ll figure out all plans the night before in the hut.

What should I bring?

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

Sleeping things

  • Sleeping bag (mummy style sleeping bags with a hood are best in the UK)
  • Pillow
  • Earplugs and eyemask (other people can be loud, can snore and this may help you sleep better)

Caving Gear

If you don’t have your own caving gear, that’s fine – we’ll have everything you need for you.

If you have your own caving gear – bring that.

Please bring your own wellies if you have them, and let us know what size you are if you don’t.

If you’re bringing ropes, drop Tim a message to let him know what you’re bringing.

Outdoor clothes

Vague suggestions about what to bring for wearing about the hut:

Clothes. Warmish recommended.

Vague suggestions about what to bring for wearing caving.

  • 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.
  • Contact lenses or string for your glasses.
  • A full sealed snack or five you enjoy eating (eg a mars bar)

General outdoor gear

water bottle (at least 1 litre)

  • first aid kit with plasters, hay fever medication, painkillers
  • phone charger and cable
  • book / cards / headphones

Washing

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • toiletries
  • all medication you need
  • towel

Food

Almost all meals are included in the trip price, and will be tailored to your dietary requirements – specifically:

  • Big breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Evening meal on Saturday

We already have your dietary requirements from the signup form, and everyone will be catered for. If the head chef on this trip (Dean) has any questions or queries, he’ll be in touch directly.

It may be worth bringing some snacks – especially for sunday afternoon/evening.

Drinks

All drinks (except tap water!) are not included in the price of the trip. Bring your own Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

There are no shops… bring your own booze.

Where am I driving to?

You are headed precisely to here, but read on for a second.

The hut is at the end of a long lane.

If you are the first one there, or likely to be – please message Tim directly for info of how to get inside. Check this before you get within 5 mins of the hut so you still have signal.

There is a car park beside the hut on the right, and parking down the lane on the approach

Questions

Got any questions? Suggestions? Not sure if something you have is suitable? Ask in the group chat and we’ll reply super quickly – always happy to clarify things.