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Newbie giving it a go!

Malconquer

New member
Hi all,
Just restarting out at the age of 50 (last caved as a teenager!).
Myself and my 2 grown sons are looking to explore this as a regular activity, I have bought the basic (helmets, lights, boots etc and am sourcing some oversuits). Had a test of the lights etc down at yordas cave which we thoroughly enjoyed as a day out (we are from Tyneside), next trip out is for Great Douk (when weather looks good).
Anyone have any other cave suggestions for us to build our confidence - to be transparent, I am 6ft and about 18.5 stones so I'm probably on the heavy side for serious caving!.
Thanks everyone - great forum here by the way!.
 

Ian Ball

Well-known member
Hi I'm 6'1 and 16 and a 1/2 stone, loads of caves out there for you and a fair decent amount near you, mines too if that's your thing.

Great Douk is ace. Also Sunset Hole and Hardrawkin Pot if you stay back from the big pitches when you get there. Give them an explore.

Sunset will need some tactics on the climbs but a boost from your boys will be all that's needed.

Upper Longchurn around at Selside, connecting to Lower Longchurn, Wilson's Cave and Borrins Moor I believe another are a great day out.

Have a look at the map and descriptions of caves on the CNCC site, might find things nearer you. I've yet to get to Smelt Mill Beck cave, but it looks a cracker!

 

JAA

Active member
Some good suggestions there!
I’d thoroughly recommend joining in with a friendly club too, Swaledale Outdoor Club have members from up your way and have regular trips to the dales. My old club and they’re a very welcoming bunch :)
 

Malconquer

New member
Hi I'm 6'1 and 16 and a 1/2 stone, loads of caves out there for you and a fair decent amount near you, mines too if that's your thing.

Great Douk is ace. Also Sunset Hole and Hardrawkin Pot if you stay back from the big pitches when you get there. Give them an explore.

Sunset will need some tactics on the climbs but a boost from your boys will be all that's needed.

Upper Longchurn around at Selside, connecting to Lower Longchurn, Wilson's Cave and Borrins Moor I believe another are a great day out.

Have a look at the map and descriptions of caves on the CNCC site, might find things nearer you. I've yet to get to Smelt Mill Beck cave, but it looks a cracker!

Thanks for those suggestions Ian, I shall be looking over the maps for these and shall certainly have a crack at them 👍
 

Malconquer

New member
Some good suggestions there!
I’d thoroughly recommend joining in with a friendly club too, Swaledale Outdoor Club have members from up your way and have regular trips to the dales. My old club and they’re a very welcoming bunch :)
Thanks JAA, I shall have a look into the 3 of us joining a club, am lucky that we are only a couple of hours away from the caving locations in Yorkshire 🙂
 

Ian P

Active member
Another “New to caving/ Try caving” day in February, (suitable for accompanied under 18’s)

Other training opportunities (again suitable for accompanied under 18’s)

It is a fantastic pastime you will have a great time (mostly!!) whatever size you are.
 

Malconquer

New member
Another “New to caving/ Try caving” day in February, (suitable for accompanied under 18’s)

Other training opportunities (again suitable for accompanied under 18’s)

It is a fantastic pastime you will have a great time (mostly!!) whatever size you are.
Thanks Ian, I shall definitely look into this! - yes I am looking forward to getting into it all again!
 

paul

Moderator
Another suggestion would be Valley Entrance to the pitch down to the stream and back just up the road from Yordas in Kingsdale.
 
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