Ever been tempted to stick a light on your head, and head off into a deep, dark hole in the ground...just 'cause it looked fun? Well your chance to try it has arrived! The South Wales Caving Club (SWCC) is holding a 'come and try' day, open to all to try out the underground sport of caving.
It may be classified as an extreme sport, but it is only really as extreme as you want to make it. So no need to worry about being pushed down a deep, dark hole with no possibility of escape! What we will do is take the group into the easily accessible part of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, for a couple of hours, to have a wander around through a variety of passages. As people get used to it, we will offer some of the tighter passages to the more adventuress. You only ever have to do what you are comfortable with - no problems!
If you have a good helmet and a decent headlamp you are welcome to use that. A pair of cotton overalls would be fine for this introductory weekend, or you can hire the full water proof version with all the kit if you prefer. You must however bring comfortable, loose fitting clothes (NOT jeans!) and a pair of wellingtons or hiking boots (that you don't mind getting wet and dirty). No need to rug up as you get quite warm moving along, but bring a fleece jumper.
SWCC own the caving hut, situated right on top of the cave. Hence, there are showers, change rooms, kitchen, etc to make life comfortable. We can either head over for the one day, or stay overnight as there is also in excess of 5 bunk rooms available.
The small £10 charge provides you provisional membership of the caving club for 1 year. This is needed for insurance reasons. The other optional costs are...
£15 for caving overalls, helmet and light
£5 for an over night stay at the club house if you wish to stay for caving on both Saturday and Sunday (I will be there!)
£4 if you would like to join us for a prepared club dinner (usually a curry), or you are very welcome to bring your own.
So, don't hesitate...give it a go! The group leaders (and me!) are experienced cavers, and we are there to make the whole experience a wonderful, fun time for all. So come along!