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 27th Jul
11:00am
to Mon 31st Jul
2:00pm
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Let's have an SRT trip of dragon-slaying epicness. If you can't make the whole thing, just come for a bit!
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Bullpot Farm
Fri 15th Sep
11:00am
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Most International students arrive on the Saturday. Most UK students arrive on Sunday. Pretty much all of them will check their Departmental noticeboard on the Monday or Tuesday of Freshers' Week. Some of them will never check a noticeboard again.

At his point in the year especially, secretaries are super-nice and will be happy to get the key to open the glass front and let you put up a poster as long as you ask kindly and politely. Once it's behind the glass, looking AWESOME, nobody will take it down. Anyone who sees it and thinks 'that looks cool' can just google Reading University Caving and BAM we've got ourselves a new member. People might actually come and find us at the Fayre, instead of us just accosting strangers!

The Earth Sciences are usually a good source of interested people, and the Humanities a good source of interesting people. It's worth doing everywhere though, even the Halls of Residence if you can talk yourself through the door.

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Whiteknights Campus, Reading, UK
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
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.

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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