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Offline Tribal Chestnut

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Old sod just starting out
« on: October 13, 2017, 08:30:18 am »
Hi folks

I thought it might be polite to pop a note up on here to say hello.
I only started caving at the end of August, primarily, for one reason or another, to gauge how comfortable I feel underground in small passages/spaces. I did not really have any great expectations, but absolutely loved it.

I’m a wee bit pressed for time these days, being an old sod with lots of other responsibilities and things going on, however I’m kicking myself for not having tried this sooner. It really is the most amazing fun & I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.

Aside from visiting a couple of mines earlier this year, I’ve managed three caving jaunts so far, all in the Mendips; two to Burrington Combe and last weekend to Swildon’s. The Burrington ones were great as none of us on the trip had much of a clue where we were going, which made it a bit of an adventure, culminating with my buddy and I getting stuck in Rod’s pot for a while as we missed the very obvious way out of the Bear Pit, so ascended up a strenuous rift/chimney thing, which ultimately led nowhere, and when that didn’t work tried to contort ourselves through another absurdly small and awkward opening.

For the Swildon’s trip, some of the folks from Kent Uni CC kindly let us tag along which was very decent of them. We got to the other side of Sump 1 but didn’t have time to explore further due to time lost queuing elsewhere (not something that I expected in a cave). It was great to be with KUCC for that as, aside from the practicalities of not having a clue how to safely rig ladders and ropes, I’m not sure I’d have had the balls to try and plunge through Sump 1 without a little guidance!

The next step is to join a club – probably the WSG as they’re fairly local and were a friendly bunch when I went along to one of their recent meetings.

After that who knows – I’ll probably drag my daughter underground at some point soon, she’s very small so I can shove her into places that I won’t fit, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to manage at least one trip per month myself.

Offline Graigwen

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Re: Old sod just starting out
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2017, 08:54:33 am »
It sounds as if you have just the right attitude.

Good luck!


Offline Ian Ball

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Re: Old sod just starting out
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2017, 09:31:31 am »
Welcome, I'd be chuffed with 1 trip a month :-)

Offline Elaine

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Re: Old sod just starting out
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2017, 10:21:28 am »
There is only one way out of the Bear Pit and it is the hard way!
Wot tiny writing!

Offline cavegirl99

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Re: Old sod just starting out
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2017, 01:41:39 pm »
Hi TC,

if you are looking to join a local club feel free to come along to our new members weekend in a few weeks time:

we are also local and friendly  :) .  It might be worth checking out a few different clubs to see which one suits you best before you commit.

Offline Tribal Chestnut

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Re: Old sod just starting out
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2017, 10:31:11 pm »
Thanks for the welcomes everyone.

cavegirl99 - I'd love to come along with my daughter, but we're tied up then I'm afraid.

Offline ZombieCake

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Re: Old sod just starting out
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2017, 01:21:39 pm »
Mendip Caving Group is a very good one.  Beginners of all ages and ability are most welcome.