'Having just come back from expedition jetlagged and pushed for time, I thought adding eight extra pages to Descent would be the best way to get back into the swing of things. I hope you'll all find that the extra hours were well spent'.
Peak Caving Club's 89 members have an average age of 36- we have around 7 meets days per monthI've been caving in Yorkshire for a few years now having graduated in 2015. I've so far failed to find any quantity of young people. I have, of course, enjoyed the company of the more chronologically-advanced members of my current club, but I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of a club that has a strong contingent of enthusiastic youth?
My current strategy is simply to wait another 5 years until I sit firmly in the middle aged category and not to worry about it too much.. Alternatives welcome.
That said, quite a few people I know who fall into this category are BCA Dims for insurance or access purposes, so would be interested to see how numbers reflect that.
I found this interesting report on numbers of cavers & clubs (even the "ghosts") in Quarrying in Mendip (1971) by Somerset county council (but written by cavers - N.B. many people were definitely in multiple clubs by 1970 - some were just digging teams - the number with huts didn't change nearly as much, although in 1950 hardly any had their own):as a young'un I don't have the personal experience to compare, it was purely a guess based largely on population rise over time and the decent(ish) presence caving has on social media these days. One metric that might be useful is the number of caving clubs over time?
I'll definitely try taking that into account - I wonder if it's more or less these days, I suspect with the nationalisation of caving this may be the case but then you may have had fewer single club cavers in the past...nearlywhite - it would be interesting to know how many people are members of multiple clubs, as that would presumably be more comparable with the 17,000 quoted