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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Fri 2nd Jun
6:00pm
to Sun 4th Jun
9:00pm
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Somerset is usually lovely at this time of year. Plus the BEC are ripping out their old kitchen, which sounds like a lot of fun. Some caving wil also probably happen.

I can drive my car, at the minimum, and if enough people are keen then a minibus can be procured.

I'll try and get my brother to visit, too. He's cool.

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Bristol Exploration Club, Priddy
Sat 10th Jun
2:00pm
5:00pm
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After a roaring success of the picnic, how about some more outdoor fun!?

Think good food, summer drinks, games, and just generally good fun.

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West Reading : RG30 2QE
Fri 16th Jun
6:00pm
to Sun 18th Jun
9:00pm
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Hi Guys, its time we made a pilgramage to the wonderful Buckfast Abbey in Devon, one the UK's most holy sites of yob drinking culture. Theres also some exciting caves we rarely explore.

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South Dartmoor Bunkhouse
Thu 27th Jul
7:00pm
to Mon 31st Jul
10:00pm
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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!

I find that Yorkshire is best enjoyed with ample time and friends to share the rigging. And I've got a few things to tick off my list.

I want to get an absolute shitload of permits (under RUCC for simplicity) and do all entrances of the Leck Fell Master Cave. I didn't get the chance to do it at Eurospeleo, but it looks like a really cool cave that we've simply never touched.

Also the Wormway in Easegill. I've been talking about it for years, and I know 4/5ths of the trip, but the connection keeps eluding me.

If you want to go somewhere, I want to go there too!

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Bullpot Farm

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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