Northern CHECC is an amazing weekend up at Bullpot Farm in the Yorkshire Dales where we meet up with loads of other caving clubs from across the North. There’s a choice of caving or partying going on – as well as some free workshops if you fancy learning anything (more information: ukcaving.com). Tickets cost £19 (excluding fuel + gear hire) from LUSU: https://lancastersu.co.uk/groups/lancaster-university-speleological-society/events/northern-checc-5b2c – but we need to know numbers now so sales will close this evening, so get them now!
You do additionally need BCA insurance and to be a paid member of the club, and feel free to ask any questions on our Facebook page.
The society has been very fortunate and received a donation of £2,255 from the Lancaster University Friends Programme. The programme is part of the University’s fundraising activity which collects donations, primarily from previous Lancaster students, mainly through their telephone campaigns. The programme then provides grants to a number of different projects and groups at Lancaster University. As a result of this, we will be able to shortly add some shiny new gear to our inventory – this should mean that we can take more of you on our trips, as well as expanding the sort of trips we are able to offer.
So once again a huge thank you to the University, and to anyone which has donated to the Friends Programme – and why not show them they have made a good choice by coming caving, building your confidence while learning new skills and having fun!
Our weekend trip to the BPC was a huge success and marked a great start to 2019 (in February, still the start as is caving tradition). There will be more like it so stay tuned – in the mean time Zander has kindly writen up a trip report available to read at: https://lancastercaving.co.uk/trip-reports/2019-2/february-bpc-weekend/
We are in the LICA building (by County: https://maps.app.goo.gl/SMP9M) Come find us until 1900 and talk to us about all things caving!
Our give it a go trip on the 30th (see previous news: https://lancastercaving.co.uk/2019/01/16/more-give-it-a-go-trips/) has now sold out! Fortunately there are still some places left for the session on the 29th (https://lancastersu.co.uk/groups/lancaster-university-speleological-society/events/give-it-a-go-caving-29-1-19) so you can still come and have fun underground and see what caving is really like. We don’t just go and crawl down dark & damp tunnels – it is alot more fun than that! These give it a go sessions don’t require you to pay to become a member, include gear hire and are suitable for all. But if you have any questions about them do ask on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1933676873324193/
Its the new year and time for a new start – so why not take up caving! We are running to beginner trips which require no prior experience on the evenings of the 29th and 30th of January. They cost £10 which includes transport from Lancaster University and all gear hire – although you will need to be wearing warm clothes which will get muddy and bring some snacks are strongly recommended. Sign ups are available now!
29.1.19 (Tuesday): https://lancastersu.co.uk/groups/lancaster-university-speleological-society/events/give-it-a-go-caving-29-1-19
30.1.19 (Wednesday): https://lancastersu.co.uk/groups/lancaster-university-speleological-society/events/give-it-a-go-caving-30-1-19
Hopefully we will see you at one (or both!) of them – in the event of any questions feel free to get in-touch with us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1933676873324193/
We had a great trip down Wretched rabbit, if you weren’t able to join us but want to her about what we got up to you can read our report at: https://lancastercaving.co.uk/trip-reports/2018-2/december-wretched-rabbit/
Last weekend a group of us went to the CHECC forum in the Peak District. It was a fun weekend of caving and some partying 😀 In case you hadn’t heard already we won the grand prize at the event consisting of a whole load of shiny new gear – a huge thanks to the other caving groups voting for us as well as the sponsors for the event (Myfenix, Peli UK, BUFF, Warmbac, SpanSet Ltd, Petzl) as well as UK Caving, CHECC, British Caving Association, other university clubs and everyone else who have given us a helping hand to get where we are, it could not have been done without you. Full information on UKcaving about the prize: https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=24338.0
And don’t worry if you missed out, at the end of March NCHECC (northernCHECC) will happen, and it will be another weekend of caving and socialising with other uni clubs. Dates will be confirmed soon! And in the meantime we’ll be going underground in the Dales – weather you’ve been caving with us before or not its the preferct time to come and join in with all this new gear – a huge thank you again to the sponsors, the people who voted and CHECC for hosting the event.
And our SRT training trip has sold out! We’ll see everyone there, if you weren’t able to get tickets then don’t worry – we are expecting to run other SRT training sessions in the future.
We are running a training session at the YSS centre in the Yorkshire Dales on the 11th of November to help people learn basic SRT (ascending & descending a rope). You don’t need any prior experience in rope work at all, we will be starting with the basics. In the afternoon we will then go and practice what was taught at YSS underground. Full information and booking: https://lancastersu.co.uk/groups/lancaster-university-speleological-society/events/srt-training-session-and-trip/ unfortunately there are only 6 spaces available due to the limited number of gear we have as well as limited number of people sufficiently skilled and available to show you. Don’t worry though, we will be running future trips.
Please not you need to be a paid member of the society to attend, contact the exec if you are unsure about how membership or want to clarify your membership position – or if you have any other questions.