Second Saturday

Rescue Practice

Duration – 3 – 4 hours

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00

Details of the location and nature of the training will be available closer to the date of the event.

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!

Second Saturday

As Wayne will be in Spain this will be a Guest Led Trip

Duration – 3 – 4 hours

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00

Details of this trip will be confirmed closer to the date. Watch this space!

Second Saturday

Tyning’s Barrow Swallet

Duration – 3 – 4 hours

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00

Tyning’s Barrow Swallet is an archetypal Mendip cave. Commencing with a series of ladders, followed by some crawling and then a nice streamway. The aim of the trip will be get to the end of the cave (“A-Day”), with the option to do the Paton Place / White Dog Passage / Dragon Chamber round trip on the way out, if time permits.

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

Second Saturday

Eastwater – Twin Verticals / Dolphin Pot Exchange

Duration – 3 – 4 hours

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00

This trip will be the traditional trip to the 13 pots with an exchange between the Twin Vertical and Dolphin Pot routes. If enough people attend then we will split into four teams, two rigging teams and two derigging teams.

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

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

Second Saturday

Manor Farm Swallet

Duration – 3 – 4 hours

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00

Manor Farm is a sporting cave with some pretty passageways, challenging climbs and some interesting wildlife in its deepest sections. The cave will be quite damp in January but doesn’t warrant a wet suit (although younger members may benefits from wearing one). The aim of the trip will be to get to the end of NHASA Gallery and explore beyond if time permits.

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

A goodwill fee is payable to the landowner (£2 per person).

Second Saturday

Xmas Special – Duck Race

Duration – 2 – 3 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

See: https://wessex-cave-club.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Duck-Race-Dec-2019.pdf

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.