Reading University Caving Club

Trips

Below are details of trips that RUCC are running, along with an outline of what you need to bring.

Upcoming Caving Trips and Events

See our calendar below containing details of our trips and other upcoming club events:

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Thu 21st Sep
9:00am
6:00pm
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We need BOOTS ON THE GROUND to proselytise, cajole, shanghai, bribe or seduce as many fresh victims as possible.

It's a Thursday. That means a lot of people have jobs they really can't get away from, which means if there's even the slightest smallest chance that you CAN make it we need you there!

The more cavers we have there, the more bright-eyed new people we can talk to, and talk to each of those for longer. A lot of our best recruits had never even heard of caving before they talked to us, so it really does make a huge difference!

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Whiteknights Campus, Reading, UK
Sat 23rd Sep
10:00am
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A lot of people like the sound of our club, but aren't quite sure about this whole 'caving' thing. A weekend trip will give you a better idea of the full range of our fun activities, but a day-trip is a good compromise if you don't wan't to commit a whole 2 days of your life!

With luck we should rendezvous on campus (exact location tbc), introduce ourselves, load up the bus with kit and people and drive to the nearest limestone region (Somerset). Once there we will spend between 2 and 4 hours underground before heading home, probably after a brief stop at a local pub.

I've made this event waaaaay in advance so we can plan which RUCC members can attend to lead the trips and look after the new people. I've already got it in my diary, and I assume I'm driving the bus.

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Meet on Campus, minibus to Somerset
Mon 25th Sep
8:00pm
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Hello, you wonderful people!

Whether you're a seasoned caving veteran, new to the club, or simply curious as to who we are and what we do, everybody is welcome to our first pub meet-up of this academic year, this week at the Back Of Beyond! Join us to meet the group, learn more about our escapades and plans for the future, and discover why we all love and recommend caving!

Hope to see you there! 😀

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The Back of Beyond Reading Wetherspoons
Fri 29th Sep
6:00pm
to Sun 1st Oct
9:00pm
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£35
Food, accomodation, transport and equipment included.
Weekend trips are the best.

We haven't really planned anything yet, but one thing you can be sure of is that it will be fun.

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TBC. Probably somewhere in South Wales.
Mon 2nd Oct
9:00pm
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Howdy, all!

Join us at The Hope Tap (Wetherspoons) for all the ususal caving chat and antics.....and if you're discovering the club for the first time, or even just curious about us, do come along - everybody is more than welcome! We look forward to meeting you! 😀

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The Hope Tap, Reading - JD Wetherspoon
Mon 9th Oct
8:00pm
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Hello, you lovely cavers!

This week we'll be congregating at The Monk's Retreat on Friar Street (newly refurbish, and very snazzy!) for our Monday social - hope to see you there! 😀

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The Monks Retreat,Reading
Fri 13th Oct
7:00pm
to Sun 15th Oct
8:00pm
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Bannau Brycheiniog yn ne Cymru, Ogof mae gefail yn ymwneud â chael diod anferth ac yna chwydu ac yna yfed mwy ac yna Bara Brith ac yna dawnsio bwrdd ac yna ogofio ... efallai//
The Brecons in South Wales are one of the finest places in Britain to find huge warrenous horizontal cave systems. We will be visiting the spectacular Ogof Fynnon Ddu system with its three (main) entrences: the freshers favourite, OFD top for lovely big chamber caving, OFD bottom for adventurous acrobatic streamway caving and OFD middle for sado-massacistic clustrophiles.
We'll be staying at the idillic alliterative Croydon Caving Club's Cottage. Which I hear has all mod cons a caver could need, like piped water and electricity. (We've not been there in a while so I don't know what else).
As usual we will meet at the tackle store in the secret garden by the Wessex Hall of Mysteries on the Campus of Laberythinine Confusion (Whiteknights). We'll load up the minbus and drive to the cottage.
Food on this trip is provided but bring your own snacks and beverages.
You'll need to bring a sleeping bag, torch, warm clothes and a sense of fun.
Cost is the usual £35 for those coming by minibus.

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Godre Pentre, CF44 9JE
Fri 3rd Nov
6:00pm
to Sun 5th Nov
9:00pm
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RUCC has a long history of cooperation with the Bristol Exploration Club, a 'grown-ups' caving club based right in the middle of our nearest caving area. They always throw a wild party. Also there'll be a presentation about their recent expedition to the Phillipines, where they discovered miles of new cave passage.

Oh and we'll all go caving. That too.

Hopefully the fireworks don't all go off at once, again...

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Meet on campus. Minibus to Priddy, Somerset
Fri 24th Nov
6:00pm
to Sun 26th Nov
10:00pm
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Frequently the best thing about caving is bumping into groups from other universities and sharing their fun. This event brings together all of the student caving clubs from across the country; let the madness commence!

The official-sounding name to this party is \"The Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs Forum\", but basically it's 300 students in a field and raging hard. Daytime activities usually consist of caving hungover, but there are also loads of training activities on the surface, such as surveying, cave photography and rescue technique. Hopefully most of our freshers will complete their training in Single Rope Technique and be ready to fight Darth Vader / visit one of Yorkshire's beautiful pothole caves.

There are lots of competitions throughout the event, including a scavenger hunt. The best prizes are usually for Best Novice Photo and best 'My first caving trip' write-up. There's a fancy-dress thing on the first night, with prizes for best individual costume and best group costume.

Anyway, hopefully we won't have the fire brigaade called out again, or get into trouble with the MoD, or our tents blow away... I mean, lightening doesn't strike twice, right?

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About Our Trips

If you want to go on any of the trips, please let our secretary or president know. We may charge a deposit or ask you to make a full upfront payment to confirm your place prior to our trips, as they can be very popular.

For day trips, we usually leave Reading in a minibus at approximately 8:30am and return in the evening at about 9pm. The day trip fee covers all transport, equipment, and any cave entrance fees.

For weekend trips, we usually leave Reading in a minibus at approximately 6:30pm on a Friday evening and return late on a Sunday, so it’s a pretty intensive weekend, but great fun. The weekend trip fee includes accommodation, travel, equipment, breakfast and Saturday dinner.

Trips will normally start at the Wessex Hall car park – see grid reference B7 on this Map [PDF file].

If you want to join us or have some questions, then please come to The Roebuck (see this Map) from 8pm any Tuesday night and sign up. To accompany us you need to have Club membership (£10 for students and £12 for non students) and Sports Federation insurance (prices from £15 per year).

What to Bring

For these trips please bring:

  • Old warm clothes (and dark underwear, so the girls tell us)
  • A Mars Bar (or equivalent)
  • A sleeping bag (to sleep in). Or perhaps wear as a sarong if things get really bad.
  • A towel (no comment)
  • Some money (for beers of course, and to pay for the trip – if you haven’t already!)
  • A torch! (vital for finding your way back from the pub – honest.)
  • Old trainers/hiking boots (as the area is likely to be muddy, although you will wear wellies for the cave itself)
  • Caving gear if you own any (we provide it if not), particularly wellies, oversuit, furry
  • If you have them – thermals, warm hat and gloves, and washing up gloves (to keep your hands dry in the cave)
  • A stupid hat! It’s important to blend in….
  • Last but not least, a sense of adventure, humour and a laissez faire attitude to the concept of personal hygiene!

We hope to see you there!

Caving Expeditions

Every year some of our more enthusiastic members go on caving expeditions further afield… In recent years, we’ve joined the Dachstein Caving Expedition in Austria each summer, and explored some of the deepest, most exciting, and least visited caves in the world. If you’d be interested in going on one of these expeditions or would like to know more, please get in touch with our committee, and we can provide you with all the details.

In previous years our club has travelled even further afield – travelling as far as Spain, Romania, Slovenia and China to see some truly spectacular caves! To read more about some of these expeditions, please see our old site

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