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.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 09:00am for car sharing or rendezvous there (location to be confirmed).

This will be an all-day event on the Isle of Portland. Several local Wessex members will be on hand to show us around the fascinating caves under the island. Weather permitting we will also arrange a beach BBQ. Accommodation is available locally (The Portland Bunkhouse www.portlandbunkhouse.com) for those who want to stay over and continue the fun on the Sunday.

No special equipment is required. The caves are mostly dry. SRT kit is recommended if intended to visit caves in the cliff faces (such as Blacknor).

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.

Second Saturday Trip

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 Trip

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 quiet 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 Trip

Festive Special.

Underground Productions presents Rave In A Cave:-

DJ Smiley and MC Chemical Hammer bring you the best banging tunes under Mendip

Location: It’s a secret! Ravers to gather at the Wessex HQ at 10:30am.

Dress Code: Regular caving clothes but only chemical lights allowed – Glow Sticks, Necklaces, Bracelets (Whistles optional)

Prizes: Rave in a Cave T-Shirt for best Glow Show!

Refreshments: Smiley Pies and Fire Water available underground

Chill out zone: Back at Wessex HQ for Chill Out with Chilli (veggie option available) at 5:30pm (£5 per head)

Please let Wayne know if you will attend so that catering is adequate.

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 cars and lifts on the morning. Please be at Upper Pitts promptly at 9:00.

Second Saturday Trip

Eastwater – Unlucky Strike and Mellow Chamber.

Duration – 3 – 4 hours.

Location – Meet at Upper Pitts at 10:00.

Unlucky Strike and Mellow Chamber are relatively recent discoveries, and nicely decorated chambers in the upper series of Eastwater. They are approached by an interesting traverse and sporting climb up a narrow vertical tube.

No special equipment is required, although a belay belt is recommended for the climbs and ladder pitches. A goodwill fee of £1 per person is payable at Eastwater Farm.