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Title: Hello
Post by: PJM496 on February 19, 2017, 06:03:37 pm
Hello all,

My name is Paul, I'm 49, unfit and live in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

I have always wanted to cave but, taking into account the above, would you all recommend I just stay on the sofa??  :unsure:

Looking forward to reading through the forum.
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: mch on February 19, 2017, 06:51:18 pm
Definitely not! Get off that sofa, find a suitable caving club and get underground. You don't have to be superfit to cave, there are holes in the ground to suit all levels of fitness!
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: paul on February 19, 2017, 06:52:23 pm
Welcome! Don't stay on the sofa - find a caving club and start!
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: martinb on February 19, 2017, 07:07:02 pm
I started caving in 2007. Then I was 45, slightly overweight by about 10kg, but had the advantage of living 10 mins drive from my nearest cave.

This year I will obviously be 55, I cave & dig once a week, and feel more spry than I did 10 years ago, have lost my flab/gut/beer belly, have improved muscle tone, especially round my upper torso (my wife of 34 years likes loves that!  :hug: ). However, I also do quite a bit of walking as well - that helps!

She appreciates that caving is a hobby/madness/illness (delete as applicable), even though she is claustrophobic (even under a bedcover  :blink: )

Its given me something to look forward to on a weekly basis - especially  :beer2: afterwards. 

I've also done conservation work and audits, found new cave, investigated every hole I come across.

There should be plenty of ideas for novice cavers across the forum, but as I'm in Derbyshire, one of the following will suit:

Carlswark - Gin to Eyam shaft, Peak Cavern - beyond the showcave 'tourist' trip to Far Sump/Ink Sump/Buxton Water Sump, Bagshawe Cavern, Giants to Garlands Pot.

Undoubtedly others will recommend for other areas.

Try it, you never know, It's infectious!

Title: Re: Hello
Post by: JasonC on February 19, 2017, 07:19:16 pm
.... find a suitable caving club ....

Here's a list: http://british-caving.org.uk/wiki3/doku.php?id=about:member_clubs (http://british-caving.org.uk/wiki3/doku.php?id=about:member_clubs)

Most (not all) indicate their geographical base, but from Paul's posting, "Cambridge Climbing and Caving Club" stands out as an obvious possibility to contact (though I know nothing about them)
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: damian on February 19, 2017, 07:37:00 pm
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Most (not all) indicate their geographical base, but from Paul's posting, "Cambridge Climbing and Caving Club" stands out as an obvious possibility to contact (though I know nothing about them)
The 4Cs are a great club. They've just spent this weekend staying with us at the YSS. Your dilemma is probably whether you'd like to join a club that's near to home, helping with transport, or one that's based in the Caving area you most visit. I can recommend the YSS if you decide you'd like to be Dale's based.