I am new to caving although have been practicing SRT techniques in trees and 'above ground' for a good 6-8 months now.
I was up in the Yorkshire Dales yesterday with my girlfriend, and we went to have a look at Low Douk cave. We realised how tight the cheesepress really was, my lovely companion was unsure, and I went ahead, making it to a hand line above the river channel, before coming back.
We had a mooch up to Ireby Cavern which we had spotted on the OS map, thinking a 'cavern' would be easy to enter... low and behold we were wrong
But as we turned up, 2 cavers were just exiting the section of RCP that is the entrance. We went down to talk to them, and lo and behold, they were 'Pegasus' and 'Badlad' from this forum! We had a chat and helped carry some rubbish back, that they had dragged out of the depths of the cave. The idea was given to sign up here in order to meet other likeminded people who could maybe 'show me the ropes' and enjoy days out with.
I've contacted MUSC but as I work evenings, I have yet to attend one of their meets. I will hopefully join a club of some description over the course of this summer.
Completely new to caving, I have done 2 trips up to the Yorkshire dales, and only done some basic pitches in Calf Holes.
Other caves I have visited include
Great & Low Douk
Also an avid drainage/mine explorer, having visited countless drainage/sewage systems, and quite a few mines (Facit, Holme Bank Chert mine, Scout Mine, Box Mine, Ystrad Einion to name a few)
I have all my SRT gear and a couple of lengths of rope, lighting equipment, gas meter, just need some suitable kit bags and an oversuit.
Until I know what im doing, i'll be sticking to horizontal stuff but it would be really cool to get out with some people who are confident with their rope skills and maybe learn some rigging techniques ETC. I am a keen photographer so will post some trip reports on the caves I have already visited.
Nice to join a new community of people and hope to meet some of you soon!