Date: 27th June 2021
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Near Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire
This will be an SRT training day, focused on practicing existing skills, learning new ones, and then putting them into practice. It’s aimed at those who are beginners to SRT, or who haven’t done it before at all.
The day will be split into two parts; in the morning we will gather at a cliffside wall near Stoney Middleton which has been bolted for use as an SRT training venue. There we will go over SRT skills in a comfortable and bright environment.
We will then break for lunch, before heading to one of the local caves, P8, to put what we’ve just learned into practice. We won’t be attempting the full P8 trip, but we will be going through one of the SRT-heavy routes through the entrance to give everyone plenty of practice.
Both these options assume good weather, but there are backup plans if the weather doesn’t cooperate with us.
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:
- Lunch! We will have an active morning before we actually head into the cave.
- Some warm older/less nice clothes to wear as a base layer underneath the caving-specific clothes we will provide. Some examples
- Fleece jumpers
- 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.
- 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
- SRT Kit
What about the weather?
If wind or rain looks like it would present an issue for the outdoor portion, we have a backup venue in a training cave
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 near Stoney Middleton at 10:30am. Try to be early rather than late!
A pin for the specific meeting area will be shared before the event on messenger.
When will we get back?
As we’re doing a split day we could be back slightly later than our usual weekend daytrips. We’ll be aiming to be out of the cave by 7.
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 spend the first half of the day learning and practicing SRT on the outdoor wall, and then head to one of the local caves, P8
The cave is based around an active streamway, so expect lots of water and at one point a waterfall. It will have several sections where you can test out the skills you have learned earlier in the day.
What cave are we going to exactly?
Horsethief Quarry, and then P8 Cave near Castleton.
How long will we be underground?
At a guess – 3-4 hours.
Who is coming with us?
The day will be lead by Alex Sheppard a patient and reassuring cave leader.
The trip size is limited. There will only be a maximum of 6 people.
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.
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 £20.50 for this trip.
Already a Caving Crew member?
- If you’re already a Caving Crew member, it is £8 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 £10 for this trip
The money goes towards:
- Any access costs
- Sharing fuel costs
- BCA Insurance
- Equipment hire and maintenance
- Group Equipment including first aid kit maintenance
- Paying off club debts
I’m not sure about it. Will there be another one?
There will be other opportunities – but this is a rare weekend SRT caving trip