Reading University Caving Club

News! Reunion Retro Event Type News Shock


In case you are an ex-RUCC member and in a state of unawareness (quite possible this) the current and oh-so-vibrant club are organising a reunion event. It will be taking place on the weekend of 13-14th March, at the South West Caving Club. I think the intention is that newer members drink from the font of wisdom of the older members and the older members look at the newer kit and say things like ‘it was never like this in my day. The cave almost rigs itself!’ Although recreational drinks may also be involved. If anyone wants to go leave a comment/contact me/the current Secretary Jo.

Currently rutting down for a good frolic:

1              Kevin Welch      

3              Andy Kuszyk + Mesh

5              Henry Dawson + Shiv

6              Jonathan Majewicz

7              John Kitching

8              Joel Newnham

9              Jon wichett

10           Tom Foord FB – actually not due now

11           Charlotte Harris

12           Tim Morgan

13           Steve Chalker

14           Joel Newnham

15           Jo Hardy

16           Simon Sutton

17           James Thatcher

19           Jon Martin + Caroline

21           John & Lisa Methven

22           Richard Haylen

23           Nikki Connors FB

24           Duncan butler

25           James Bouchard

26           Paul Fellows

27           Jude Haigh

28           Andy ‘Bob’ Burns

29           Alastair Starnes

30           Katharine Goddard

31           Henry Patton

32           Chris Seal

33           Henry Bonham

34           Julie Robertson

35           Patrick Hathaway

36           Lucy Evans

37           David Wyn Jones

38           Helen Magoriam

39           Robertson, Julie

40           Slug

41           Anthony Roberts

P.S Can I do ‘Play Your Grapes Right’?

P.P.S I still have control of the caving club home page…… wah ha ha ha… By the way, is this a good idea?

P.P.P.S If you’re reading this Mr Kitching, I’ve just seen the photos of the Burlesque evening on Facebook and the one of you fondling Jon’s bottom will stay etched in my memory forever.

Pub Golf!

Pubgolf3 The RUCC Social Secretariat are pleased to announce that the club will be holding the fifth inaugural pub golf event on Tuesday 16th October. Players will be requested to assemble in the College Arms at 7.00 p.m ready for teeing off. Second hole will no doubt be the Upin Arms at Cemetery Junction but after that your guess is as good as mine. If you are planning on being late (in which case your chances of winning are significantly handicapped) your best bet is to contact event commissioner and referee Andy K.

There really ought to be an award for silliest trousers or anyone caught in the rough.

In other news I have been alerted by outside contacts to more important YouTube footage of our esteemed leader. Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you the Mendip Formation Dancers:

Lost In Music


We’ve just been to the Hidden Earth conference in Tewksbury, and stood out. Some brief photos are here. Darth Vader could sadly only make the Sunday as he had importaat Imperial business to attend to on the Saturday. An ever so brief snippet of our esteemed leader throwing shapes to the blues music at the legendary ‘stomp’ can be seen below:


A Reading University Caving Club Production.


John K and I were in the pub the other day saying that it’s about time we made another film. ‘Die Hard 4.0 – Service Pack 1’ was mentioned.

I mention this as the club once had an illustrious history in this area, with its own film making unit. To prove it I’ve just posted the club’s 1997 remake of ‘Aliens’ – ‘ALIENSS!’ online. It can be accessed, together with an explanation via my blog.

And amateur filmmaking is so much easier these days…

By the way if anyone wants a lift to Hidden Earth Andy K & myself are going for Reading on the Friday night.

Summer Fun

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Just to let you know that while school’s out an elite hardcore of caving club glitterati (well me, and assorted Johns) will be lounging around the Upin Arms on Mondays. This will be followed by an inadvertent swing into Up The Junction, no doubt against everyone’s will. All welcome.

New From Speleolabs – Breakfast In A Tube!

In a final attempt to abuse my position as ex-RUCC webmaster (and best of luck Patrick) I give you a youtube proto-classic, Speleolabs ‘Breakfast In A Tube’. This stars me, Andy Rumming, Tom Foord and some bad liquidising action, and was our attempt to come up with a nutritious and portable breakfast solution for the busy caver on the move.   

This product was revealed at Hidden Earth 2005 and for some reason never caught on. I’m guessing it was due to the strong aftertaste of congealed fat with a hint of brown sauce and tea… 

Shirt Idol

Happy Christmas.

(conjures up digital image of electronic tumbleweed going past…)

Can I vote in the shirt debate? If so, can we have ‘Caving: 1 in 30,000 people can’t be wrong, preferably accompanied by one of Nikki’s charming sketches of a walnut on a horse or something? Thanks.