Trips, meets and events for 2019. At time of writing some venues and dates are provisional. Other items and additional detail will be added as it becomes available. Contact the Meets Organiser - Helen Pemberton for more information.
CHELSEASPELÆOLOGICALSOCIETYCaving in Wales,the South of England,and beyond
UPCOMING MEETSAugust 23rd-26th (Bank Holiday) - Caving in the North York Moors Trips to include the Jenga/Excalibur Pot through trip, which has only been possible since 2015 and has some good unspoiled formations to see. Hopefully we should also get the chance to visit a recently discovered jet mine, and Bogg Hall Rising, which has fish and an otter in residence (wetsuit needed). This will be a good weekend for doing some more unusual caving trips. In the absence of caving huts it’s likely that we’ll be camping, and Helen would appreciate it if people would let her know they’re coming in plenty of time for her to organise this (bearing in mind this is a Bank Holiday Weekend and will be busier than usual).Also CaveFest 2019 is taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, based in Crickhowell, with several of the caving activities using CSS Whitewalls as a meeting point. September 6th-8th - Rescon Cave Rescue Conference - MendipThis event will be an opportunity to gain knowledge in many aspects of cave rescue including First Aid and casualty care, technical rigging, and use of the comms. Workshops will be held both above and below ground. See www.caverescue.org.uk/bcrc-rescon-2019 for more information.September 27th-29th - Hidden Earth - Wrexham, North WalesOctober 18th-20th - Peak DistrictStaying at the Orpheus Caving Club hut. There will be lots of trip options for all abilities, plus the chance to experience the deepest shaft in Britain as we have a permit for the Titan entrance to Peak Cavern.November 1st-3rd - Whitewalls Bonfire BashA weekend of caving, fireworks, fire and feasting.December 6th-8th - Whitewalls Curry NightA caving and home-cooked curry themed weekend.
CLUB EVENTS AND MEET REPORTS 2019
Jan 25-27: Whitewalls with Annual Dinner and AGMYet again the food at The Bear was excellent, and this year our speaker was Tom Foord who gave a really good presentation about the recent breakthrough in the Dachstein. Caving trips included Tractor Tracks and Big Bang Pitch with capes in Draenen, and the Annual Bat Count and Maytime in Aggy. The AGM took place on Sunday.
Feb 22-24: “Off the Beaten Track” WeekendThe objective of this weekend was to go caving somewhere unusual or rarely visited. We opted for Pom Pom Passage in the Fault Aven Series of OFD as none of us had ever been there before, which turned out to be a really interesting and varied trip. We had a Rum-based drinks theme Saturday night, and more work took place on the ODSS Sunday.
March 29-31: MendipOur base for the weekend was the BEC hut The Belfry, very convenient for food and beer at The Hunters’ Lodge. Lots of caving trips took place including Wookey Hole on Friday (pictured), Rhino Rift and Tynings Barrow Swallet on Saturday, and Swildon’s Hole and Shatter Cave on Sunday.
April 26-28: ODSS Working WeekendThe purpose of this working weekend was to get the scaffolding erected ready for the big ODSS re-roofing week, and this objective and more was completed over a very productive couple of days. Other tasks undertaken include removing the old water tank and taking down the chimney.
May 24-June 2: ODSS Roofing WeekThe working week was incredibly productive and great deal was achieved by the 17 members that helped out over the 10 days spent in demolishing then reconstructing the roof of the Old Daren Sunday School.
June 28-30: Whitewalls Summer BBQA fun packed weekend of sunshine, caving, barbeque and beer, with trips to Craig a Ffynnon, Agen Allwedd and Daren Cilau. There was also further progress on the ODSS roof, with one side now fully tiled.
July 26-28: Mines of Mid-WalesA camping and mine exploring weekend, in the impressive Devils Bridge area of Mid-Wales. Two mines were visited on Saturday, Henfwlch and Camdwrbach, and a trip to Fawr Level in Cwmystwyth on Sunday.