Reading University Caving Club

Trips

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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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Fri 23rd Feb
6:00pm
to Sun 25th Feb
11:00pm
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Our annual pilgrimage up north.
We'll be staying in a caving hut in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, with it's own SRT (Single Rope Technique) training facility, a pub 100 yards away and some great caves on the doorstep.

Save the date, and make sure you join us!

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Fri 9th Mar
6:00pm
to Sun 11th Mar
9:00pm
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Well, I'll be there, and I need to drive past Reading to get there, and I can drive a minibus.

Hopefully nobody will fall off the roof and require an ambulance this year.

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Fri 9th Mar
to Sat 10th Mar
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A weekend of training events, games and talks. More information to come!

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Fri 23rd Mar
6:00pm
to Sun 25th Mar
9:00pm
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None of us have ever been before, but apparently it's a blast. A superb place to hone your vertical caving skills in some of the best limestone the North has to offer, and also a fantastic opportunity for networking with Northern University Caving Clubs and general Caver-themed debauchery.

Camping is de rigueur; In March, on a mountain, so bring warm clothes. There are a couple of horizontal caving trips nearby but really it's all about the ropework in this part of the country, so attend some training sessions!

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Fri 23rd Mar
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A weekend of training events, games and talks. More information to come!

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Fri 30th Mar
8:00am
to Mon 2nd Apr
8:00pm
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RUCC are going global for the first time in ages, (probably about 10miles from the NI border). We are planning to join our brothers at the Irish Student Caving Forum (Irish CHECC, details TBC) to what the craic is over the long Easter weekend. It'll be awesome fun to be sure, to be sure.

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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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