Upcoming Trips

SRT Short-drop + Gavel Exchange

Date: 15th May 2021
Time: 10:30am
Location: Leck Fell, Yorkshire – near Kirby Lonsdale. 

We’re going to run an exchange trip – where two parties enter into two different connected cave entrances, and exit out the other entrance – in Yorkshire, doing the Gavel/Short Drop exchange

So you’re interested in coming caving? Here’s what you need to know!

Do I need to know SRT?

For this trip, yes you need to know SRT. The trip involves descending, ascending, a deviation, a traverse and possibly a rebelay. There aren’t any particularly large sections of ascending.

This is an excellent trip for those newish to SRT and eager to improve their skills underground in a real cave. It’s not the trip for those who haven’t done SRT before.

I don’t have any caving kit. What should I bring? What should I borrow?

Part of the cost includes hiring use of the special equipment you’ll use. Here’s what you should bring:

  • Some warm older/less nice clothes to wear as a base layer underneath the caving-specific clothes we will provide. Some examples
    • Fleece jumpers
    • Leggings
    • Thermal base layers
    • Outdoorsy t-shirts

Avoid anything made from cotton or untreated wool (such as t-shirts or wooly jumpers); synthetic fabrics that keep their warmth when wet work best here. You will be provided with a thick fleece layer and a protective outer layer to wear over this, so if all you have is cotton you’re better going without.

  • Change of socks/underwear/replacement clothing. Anything you wear into the cave will likely be too wet and dirty to wear afterwards in the car, so make sure you have spare clothes for the drive home.
  • Wellies (we do have spares if necessary, but the sizes and stock are limited). These aren’t special wellies – £12 wellies from go-outdoors or sparkling pink wellies with fur linings are great for caving.
  • Towel
  • Any important medicines you take
  • Contact lenses or string for your glasses.
  • A full sealed snack you enjoy eating (eg a mars bar)

If you have one, bring your SRT kit.

What will I be borrowing?

If you don’t already have them:

  • Caving oversuit and undersuit to go over the rest of your clothes
  • Caving Helmet with Caving Headtorch and fully charged Batteries
  • Wellies
  • SRT Kit

What about the rain?

Rain isn’t scheduled for the day. 

There will definitely be a trip on this day, but if we get some unscheduled bad weather, we may need to change plans and do a different cave. 

Won’t it be windy?

We’re in a mine. It will not be windy.

Will it be as cold as outside?

The temperature in the cave is cooler than the outside temperature at the moment – about 13C. You’ll be well dressed and there’ll be no wind.

What about Covid?

You’ll be briefed on Covid precautions on arrival. Group size will be less than 6, and government mandated social distancing will be kept to. You own gloves and hand sanitiser are recommended.

When do I need to be where?

We’ll all meet up on Leck Fell 10:30am. Try to be early rather than late!

Meeting location: will be shared before the event on Messenger – but its in Leck Fell, Yorkshire

When will we get back?

We’re aiming to be out of the cave before 4pm. The faster we get in, the faster we get out. We may well be out sooner.

What should I expect?

We will arrive at the location together and get you the equipment you need. This is the best time to try on this kit and make sure we get the right size.

We’ll walk to the cave and explore it together. Depending on which entrance you are doing, it should be a 10-15 minute walk from the cars.

The cave is based around an active streamway, so expect lots of water and at one point a waterfall. Most of the cave is nice stompy walking passage, but the Short Drop end does involve some crawling. 

What cave are we going to exactly?

Short Drop and Gavel Pot caves.

Will I be scared?

Maybe. Sometimes new different things are scary. But we’ll be supporting and encouraging you to take things at your pace the entire time. This about having fun and having each others back. Whether you’re nervous or loving it, we’ve got your back.

How long will we be underground?

At a guess – 4-5 hours.

Who is coming with us?

One group will be lead by Alex Sheppard, the other by Tim Dobson – both patient and reassuring cave leaders.

The trip size is limited. There will only be a maximum of 8 people – 4 per team.

How much will it cost?

You have 4 options:

Become a member

  • If you want to become a the Caving Crew member, it is £37.50 for the year, and this trip is free.
  • If you’re already a member of another club, it’s £20 for the year.

Join The Caving Crew here

New to Caving? Join us for a one off?

  • You can join us for up to 4 trips. After that you’ll need to join a Caving Club.
  • If you want to join this trip as a one off, but not join as a member, it is £18.50 for this trip.

Already a Caving Crew member?

  • If you’re already a Caving Crew member, it is £6 for this trip.

Member of another club?

  • If you have your own BCA insurance – eg by being a member of another caving club (eg MUSC, CUCC) or by being a DIM, it’s £8 for this trip

The money goes towards:

  • All Cave Access fees
  • BCA Insurance
  • Equipment hire and maintenance
  • Club running costs and reducing club debt

I’m not sure about it. Will there be another one?

There will be other opportunities – but this is a perfect, beginners SRT trip near Manchester. There aren’t many of these trips. This is perfect opportunity to give it a try and see how you find it.