Reading University Caving Club is one of the most active clubs at Reading, meeting each week, and spending at least three weekends away each term. Over the past year we have managed 23 caves, 8 big social events and 36 different pubs between us. Membership is open to both students and the general public.
Pleasant though the town of Reading is, it is somewhat short of caves. We will therefore typically arrange four or more weekends away each term, to some of the most beautiful parts of the country, including the Yorkshire Dales, Derbyshire, the Mendip Hills, Devon and South Wales. We realise that a whole weekend is a big commitment, particularly if you’re new, but it does give much more opportunity to get to know people and go a bit further afield, and often it’s just nice to get out to the countryside for a change.
We meet every week on a Tuesday from around 8:00pm onwards at The Roebuck on Wokingham Road (see this Map). For the first two weeks of term we will be meeting outside the union at 7:30 so you know where to find us. This is your chance to find out what trips are planned and engage fellow cavers in a spot of intellectual chat.
RUCC has a large supply of caving gear in our tackle hut, so if you’re new to caving don’t worry – we have all the equipment required; protective clothing, helmets, harnesses, ropes as well as rigging guides, maps and books. For more information what you will need on a trip and to see what gear the club provides go to the gear section. The club makes several bulk orders during the year for which it receives a discounted price, if there is any equipment you would like to add to our order list either personally or something you think the club should buy please notify the tackle master.
For anyone new to caving, we’ve tried to answer some of the common questions in our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section, but the best way to find out more is to come along to a trip or social event. Please get in touch if you need to know anything else.
The club can offer training for trip members in ladder climbing, and insists upon training members in Single Rope Technique before they go underground on ropes. The training takes place at the new Reading Climbing Centre, and is performed by our instructors. It is always a relaxed atmosphere with no pressure and will be arranged around whenever you can make it. We sometimes go for a drink at the pub afterwards. For training we will meet at the club’s Tackle Store and then make our way to the climbing centre. If you prefer to meet us there directly, please see this map.
Socialising and being nice to each other is a major part of the club, and an activity that we like to practice a great deal. We think we are one of the more sociable clubs at Reading, and lots of events are held each term, for example the Christmas party, Sweeney Todd’s pie eating evenings, curry nights, scavenger hunts, quiz nights, and other trips to the pub. We’ve also been known to ice skate, climb, surf, skydive, ski, mountain bike, get into fancy dress and fall over at each other’s parties. See our Photos section to see some of results of these activities… We also provide a ready-made crowd for activities such as the Reading beer festival, jazz festival and so on.
RU Cavers News and Updates
There are plenty of ways of keeping up-to date with what the club is planning! One of the best ways is to join our Mailing List – committee members will send you regular updates about trips, upcoming events and other important information about the club. You don’t have to be a member to sign up – so Join Our Mailing List Now »
You’re also more than welcome to join the club’s Facebook Group. Here you can interact with club members and find out what’s being planned in the club.
In addition, news of upcoming events should also posted to the rucavers.co.uk homepage – also check the calendar at the top right of every page. Dates where events are planned are highlighted in gold – click on one of them to find out more about the relevant event(s).
Or alternatively, why not come to one of our regular Tuesday evening meet-ups at The Roebuck and find out what’s happening in person?