Meets List

A list this years meets that have been disorganised in advance. There is often an alternative meet offered. If the main trip is a difficult one, then the alternative may be easier for those not wanting something too hard core. If the main trip is highly weather dependent, then the alternative may be a better option if the conditions are poor. Back up trips may not happen if there isn't enough interest. Main trips sometimes get canceled, or rearranged, due to circumstances. In addition to these, many other meets are disorganised on an ad-hoc basis.

We use our groups.io email list for detailed trip disorganisation as the day approaches. Access to the email list and the exact date of meets is available to all club members and to prospective members by invitation only.

Covid devastated our 2020 meets list, due to lock downs and restrictions in the various nations. The start of 2021 has been no better. Hopefully things will improve later in the year. We have unfinished business in many caves, with some trips having to be canceled more than once, so they have reappeared in our 2021 plans.

January 2021

Waterfall Hole, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire. Grade 4. Derbyshire now in Tier 4. Another COVID related cancellation.

Covid-19 Lock Down number 3 in England.

Langstroth Pot, Langstrothdale, Yorkshire. Grade 4.

Nettle Pot, Castleton, Derbyshire. Grade 3 to 5.

February 2021

Snake Mine, Hoptonwood, Derbyshire. Grade 3.

Link Pot in to Serendipity, Ease Gill, Dales. Grade 3.

March 2021

Poacher's Cave, Cilcain Bridge, North Wales. Grade 3.

Manchester Hole to Goyden Pot, Nidderdale, Yorkshire. Grade 3.

April 2021

Peak Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire. Grade 3 to 5. Manchester Hole to Goyden Pot, Nidderdale, Yorkshire. Grade 3.

Snake Mine, Hoptonwood, Derbyshire. Grade 4. Alternative Giant's Hole, Castleton, Derbyshire. Grade 3 to 5.

May 2021

Eldon Hole, training sessions for the Berger. Eldon Lane, Derbyshire. Grade 3.

Providence Pot to Dow Cave, Great Whernside, Yorkshire. Grade 5. Alternative Dow Cave, Great Whernside, Yorkshire. Grade 3.

Cwmorthen Slate Mine, Tanygrisau North Wales. Grade 3. Alternative Croesor-Rhosydd Slate Mines, North Wales. Grade 3.

June 2021

Eldon Hole, training sessions for the Berger. Eldon Lane, Derbyshire. Grade 3.

Ogof Draenen, Llanelly Hill, South Wales. Grade 3. Alternative Carlswark Cavern, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire. Grade 2 to 5.

Pippikin Pot to Mistral, Ease Gill, the Dales. Grade 4 to 5. Only for the thin! Alternative Mistral, Dales. Grade 3.

July 2021

Eldon Hole, training sessions for the Berger. Eldon Lane, Derbyshire. Grade 3.

Penyghent Pot, Phenygent, Yorkshire. Grade 5. Alternative Sell Gill, Yorkshire Grade 3.

Ogof Agen Allwedd, Llangattock, South Wales. Grade 3 to 4. Alternative Merlin Mine, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire. Grade 3.

Gouffre Berger, Vercor, France. Grade 5. Alternative Lots of other caves in the Vercor! COVID foreign travel restrictions have made this impractical.

August 2021

Giant's Hole, Castleton, Derbyshire. Grade 2 to 5. Alternative P8, Castleton, Derbyshire. Grade 3.

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Peak Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire. Grade 3 to 5. Alternative> Jug Holes, Matlock, Derbyshire. Grade 2.

October 2021

Lancaster Hole, Ease Gill, Dales. Grade 3. Alternative Ibbeth Peril, Dentdale, Yorkshire. Grade 3.

JH Mine, Castleton, Derbyshire. Grade 4. Alternative Suicide Cave, Castleton, Derbyshire. Grade 2.

November 2021

Notts 2, Leck Fell, Dales. Grade 3. Alternative Short Drop Cave, Leck Fell, Dales. Grade 2 to 3.

Waterways Swallet car park clean up. Blore, Staffordshire.

Water Icicle Close Cavern, Monyash, Derbyshire. Grade 3. Alternative Mandale Mine, Lathkill, Derbyshire. Grade 3.

December 2021

Pasture Gill Pot, Langstrothdale, Yorkshire. Grade 4. Alternative Hagg Gill Pot, Langstrothdale, Yorkshire. Grade 3.

Eyam Dale House Cavern, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire. Grade 3. Alternative Carlswark Cavern, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire. Grade 2 to 5.

In the Autumn, our meets secretary will be asking club members for suggestions for the 2022 meets list.


SRT

We usually use Single Rope Technique, or SRT to descend and ascend vertical sections of caves. With the areas we cave in, many of our trips will require mastery of SRT. Full training can be provided by the club and you can borrow the equipment until you decide to buy your own.


Some notes on grades

Where possible, an indication of the difficulty of the cave is given on a scale from one to five. The grading system is based on that used in the Northern Caves guide books. Grading in caving will always be subjective and not as sophisticated as the systems used in the climbing world. The difficulty of the cave will also depend on the size, experience and fitness of the caver as well as the weather conditions and many other factors.

  1. Easy cave or mine without vertical pitches, or appreciable difficulties.
  2. Moderate cave or mine, or small pothole.
  3. Cave, pothole, or mine with no particularly hazardous, difficult, or strenuous sections.
  4. Cave, pothole, or mine with some hazards, difficult sections, or large pitches.
  5. Cave, pothole, or mine with very strenuous, difficult sections and large, wet pitches. You'll need to be fit and fully competent for these.