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.

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.