Reading University Caving Club


New Committee Elected

And so that time of year comes around again… After a night of pie, speeches, pint downing, purple turtle, hardcore dancing, and some horrific hangovers, we elected our new committee for 2013-14! Here are details of our new committee:

President: Emma Camp
Secretary: Laura Muchmore
Treasurer: Anna Rabbett
Tackle Master: Yiorgos Gadanakis and Vizzle Neogi
Webmaster: Patrick Hathway
Social Secretary:Tim Varney
Permit Secretary: Chris Holt
Cake Secretary: Taren Sloss
Food Secretary: Martyn Compton
Training Officer: J Bouchard

Many thanks to everyone on the previous committee, ably led by Chrissie and May – it has been a fantastic year, and even the odd minor hiccup (involving snow, minibuses, and Ben’s keys) was handled masterfully! Best of luck to the new committee – I’m sure we have another amazing year ahead of us!

Trip to Yorkshire

Gaping Gill

Last weekend we went on a club trip to Yorkshire. Although much smaller than most of our trips, it was a particularly enjoyable one.

Here are some of the things we got up to:

  • Worked out how to pack a small car with five person’s worth of luggage PLUS caving / SRT gear, and yet remain surprisingly comfortable!
  • Learnt how NOT to open or shut a car bonnet…
  • Left astonishingly early on Saturday morning to visit the fabulous Gaping Gill chamber (accessed via Bar Pot). I was really pleased to see this again after so long – it’s one of my all-time favourite caves. Did you know that this chamber has the second deepest shaft in Britain, and that the square volume of the cavern is comparable to most cathedrals?! This time I stood right underneath the waterfall for a while – I’m quite proud to be able to claim to have showered in the waters of Gaping Gill 😀
  • Played against Nottingham Uni (and were defeated) at Beer/Cocktail Pong.
  • Got up not so early on the Sunday, nursing hangovers, and tried to summon up the will to go caving on a rainy day… Sound familiar?! Ultimately it was worth it though!

Congratulations to Chrissie who completed both caves successfully despite very little experience with SRT, and to Chris who rigged his first caves! You both did brilliantly! Thanks also to J for leading, and for putting up with us…!

Note: Image courtesy of Wikipedia. And yes, the shaft really is that spectacular!