When: 6-8th August
Where: YSS hut, in Helwith Bridge near Ingleton
How the trip will run:
We’ll meet together at the hut on Friday evening with enough time to try and make plans for the next day.
On Saturday we will head out caving in the surrounding area, and then return to the hut for a hearty dinner and plenty of drinks!
Sunday plans will depend on your personal level of hangover, but there will certainly be caving happening and possibly walks or visits to the local
About the hut
YSS is a classic caving hut. It has a large kitchen, alpine style bunks (mattresses provided, bring your own sleeping bags/blankets and pillows) and a central social room with comfy sofas and chairs.
It is also located less than a minutes walk from a local pub – the Helwith Bridge Inn – and has a well-equipped inside SRT training wall as part of the main building, which we will be able to access.
Will food be provided?
Yes, food will be provided on this trip. Breakfast will be provided in the morning, and on Saturday we will have a group meal cooked in the hut.
Food will not be provided on Friday, or on Sunday evening. You’re recommended to bring cave snacks and evening snacks
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow (optional but recommended), any caving kit you own, alcohol, snacks, and several changes of underwear as whatever you wear caving will get wet and dirty.
If you want to do SRT practice, some thick trousers (jeans are good) and stiff-soles shoes (ideally walking boots) are recommended for comfort.
What activities will we do?
Primarily caving, with the potential option to also do some dry, safe SRT practice in the indoor wall.
There is the possibility of walks or other non-caving activities, but these will be arranged ad-hoc though – likely if weather messes up our caving plans.
Stuff you need to know
The cost of the trip includes club equipment use, food as mentioned above, hut fees, any cave trespass fees, and support with transport if you need it. Pretty much everything except the alcohol/snacks you bring, and whatever you spend in the pub!
How can I reserve my place?
I’m not a member of any Caving Club club yet:
For your first 4 trips, you can join us as a one-off.
The cost is £73 for this trip:
Caving Crew Member?
I’ve already joined as a paid-up Crew-member of the Caving Crew.
The cost is £49 for this trip:
I already have insurance via the BCA
I’m in another caving club (eg MUSC, TSG) or am a DIM.
The cost is £53 for this trip
Can I join the Caving Crew?
Yes… it costs £37.50 a year and your next evening caving trip is free (after that, you just pay members rates).
If you’re an existing BCA Club member or DIM it’s just £20.50 a year
When does membership run from and til?
A year, from when you first become a member.
How can I sign up and join this trip?
Follow both of these two steps:
Common Q & As
I don’t have any caving gear – will I be ok?
Yes. Part of the cost covers borrowing any the equipment you may need including light, helmet, oversuit, SRT kit and ropes. We may be able to lend a small number of wellies and undersuits too.
What SRT skills do I need to know?
SRT isn’t essential, there are plenty of caves in the areas which don’t need it. This could actually be a good trip to try it out, as we have an on-site SRT training wall
I don’t drive can I come?
Yes. We will arrange lifts for people who can’t drive. Different people bring different skills – it usually works out in the end.
Can I bring a dog?
Dogs are not allowed at this hut.
What is The Caving Crew?
A BCA-affiliated Club of supportive, friendly people who like to encourage each other to cave and eat cake. Sometimes at the same time.
We support an open, inclusive and accepting atmosphere for all members, whatever their ability or ambition.
Can I come for the day?
This usually doesn’t work.
All plans are made the night before, usually changing 3-4 times during the night and changing at least once in the morning. This makes it extremely difficult to tell anyone where to be and when. It might be possible to come for the day, if you were prepared to arrive at the campsite at ~7am and were prepared for mountains of faff and uncertainty. If that was me, I’d probably conclude it wasn’t worth it.
You also will struggle because you have to drive home in the evening – rather than stay for any social bits where the group really gets to know each other.
I don’t really know anyone else?
We’re keen for everyone to feel comfortable in our group so we introduce people new to Caving Crew trips with an experienced “buddy” to help them find their feet and answer any questions. Everyone is extremely welcoming, and you’re likely to make some firm friends very fast.
I have unusual dietary requirements. Will I be catered for?
Yes. Whether you’re keen on eating meat with every meal, or you are a gluten free vegan who is allergic to cinnamon, we will make sure you’re well fed.
What if there’s bad weather?
Caving is usually a good sport if the weather isn’t great. However, if we will prepare some plan B’s in case of unexpected issues (such as really heavy rain). These could be:
- Go for a scramble
- Go for a walk
- Go indoor climbing
- Go to a museum or tourist attraction
- Go to the pub
Is this a for-profit, professionally guided event?
The Caving Crew is fully run by volunteers. No-one is paid for sharing their caving and rope skills amongst the group. Nobody is using or assumed to be trained to professional qualifications unless they tell you otherwise in writing.
Everyone that comes to Caving Crew events recognises:
“that caving, cave diving and mine exploration are activities with a danger of personal injury or death, and by taking part acknowledge they are aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.“
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