Second Saturday

Xmas Special.

Duration – 2 – 3 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

Details to be released closer to the time (please let me have any suggestions you may have).

Second Saturday

Digging Special.

Duration – 3 – 4 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

The Wessex Cave Club has a long tradition of digging and many members are active every week pursuing long term digging projects across the Mendip hills. This is your chance to visit some of these digs, see what is involved, learn about the techniques used and no doubt haul a few buckets. The dig sites will include the opportunity to visit and help out at Mitchell’s, Spider Hole, Rose Cottage and Bagpit.

For those that are really keen (and have a love of mud) there will also be the chance to visit Snake Pit on Sunday morning too.

No special equipment is required, although a belay belt is recommended for anyone visiting Mitchell’s or Spider.

Second Saturday

Singing River Mine.

Duration – 2 – 3 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

Singing River Mine is over at Shipham and is an intricate and interesting trip. The aim will be to visit both the West and East ends of the mine, although the East end may involve a swim if the water levels are high.

No special equipment is required, although a belay belt is recommended for the ladder pitch at the entrance.

Second Saturday

Longwood Swallet.

Duration – 3 – 5 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

Longwood is an extensive cave in Longwood valley. The aim of the trip will be to visit the upstream galleries and the downstream streamway. The trip involves a few squeezes, a couple of ladder pitches and an interesting traverse.

No special equipment is required, although a belay belt is recommended for the ladder pitches.

Everyone will need a CCC permit (free to club members) but this does unfortunately mean no under 16s.

Second Saturday

As Wayne is away in Cantabria this trip will be led by John Cooper.

Where would you like to go?

Short Round Trip in Swildon’s for those not confident of finding their way?

Sludge Pit?

Meet at 10am and decide then.

 

 

Second Saturday Trip

Craig-a-Ffynnon.

Duration – 3 – 4 hours (plus travel time).

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 09:00.

This will be a trip to Craig-a-Ffynnon in South Wales. The aim will be to get to the Hall of the Mountain King and possibly onward to Helictite passage (time permitting). The cave does start off a little wet but is dry after the entrance series is negotiated. The cave consists mostly of large chambers and big-bore passages separated by boulder chokes. It is very pretty in parts.

No special equipment is required, although a belay belt is recommended for the second boulder choke climb. If travelling beyond the Hall of the Mountain King then good knee pads are also recommended. It takes about an hour and half to get to the cave by car and we will arrange car sharing on the morning.

Please be at Upper Pitts promptly at 9:00.

Second Saturday Trip

Portland.

Duration – All day Saturday and Sunday optional.

Meeting Place:-
Saturday – Either at the Wessex at 9am prompt or the Ferrybridge car park, part way along the beach road as you leave Weymouth (There are toilets and a cafe) at 10:45am.
Sunday – Ferrybridge car park at 11:00am.
Equipment:-
Standard caving kit including belay belt. SRT kit for those wanting to do one of the more vertical trips (see below).
Trip Options:-
Sandy Hole to Blacknor through trip. Moderately tough trip with some difficult squeezes halfway through and SRT kit required.
Steve’s to Hopeless – A fairly tough trip (needs a good head for heights).  SRT kit or a belay belt for various climbs.
Blacknor round trip + some of the side passages to see the pretties.  Other than the entrance it is all easy. SRT kit required is required.
Grove Cliff Caves (now much bigger than they used to be as Tim Rose and Co have been joining things up).  This can include one of the longer new through trips and exit from either Rumble Chasm or Grove Cliff Fissure. A belay belt & krab is needed.
Wellington Cave (a new cave found last summer).  It is a straight forward crawl to the end and back which is about 25 min each way.  Tides mean trips there will need to be between 2 and 6pm.  The cave is not too exciting but the wander down to it is good fun if the weather is good. It would work as a good second trip on Sat or Sun.
Sandy Hole round trip. Suitable for novices but is uninspiring.
Details of the caves can be found here:
The planned beach BBQ is currently on hold as the weather doesn’t look good enough. However we will keep an eye on the forecast and arrange something if it improves. Please note that there is still some room at the Portland Bunkhouse (see http://www.portlandbunkhouse.com/) if you want to stay over Saturday night.
So that we can make appropriate arrangements please email wayne@cuckcoocleeves.uk to let me know as soon as possible:-
  1. If you are coming and which days you will be there, Saturday and / or Sunday.
  2. Whether you are coming to the Wessex or meeting us at the Ferrybridge car park.
  3. Which of the above trips you fancy doing.

 

Second Saturday Trip

Rescue Practice.

Duration – 3 – 4 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

The rescue scenario is that a caver has fallen when climbing the 8 foot waterfall, below the 40 foot pot, in the Swildon’s Upper series.  The casualty is suspected of having a broken ankle.  The practice will cover packaging the casualty into a stretcher and moving the casualty to surface (a mixture of manual carrying and hauling). Please try to attend this training as you will certainly learn something, even if it is only how difficult it is to rescue someone from a cave!

No special equipment is required.  A goodwill fee is payable to the landowner (£1 per person).

 

Second Saturday Trip

Swildon’s Black Hole Series.

Duration – 3 – 4 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

This trip will be led by John Cooper and will have the aim to cross over the Black Hole and visit the passages beyond.

Please note that the Black Hole series lies beyond Sump 1 and thus passing the sump will be necessary. No special equipment is required, although a belay belt is recommended for the ladder pitches and perhaps a wetsuit hood for passing the sump.

A goodwill fee is payable to the landowner (£1 per person).

Second Saturday Trip

Lionel’s Hole.

Duration – 2 – 3 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

Lionel’s is a complex and sporting cave in Burrington Combe. The aim of the trip will be to complete the classic round trip. This has a good mix of ducks, squeezes and climbs with the opportunity to stand up in a few places!

No special equipment is required, although a sense of humour is recommended.