Here are a couple of short videos made on previous trips to give you an idea of what it’s all about!
Some Scouts from South London were staying at Congesbury Scout HQ and needed an extra leader for a weekend of caving so I went along. They have some very experienced leaders (one had over 4000 hours underground on his log book) so it was a good opportunity to learn some techniques and hear about some caving in other parts of the world. We did 3 caves on Saturday (my group did Pierre’s, Rod’s and Read’s) and then Swildon’s on Sunday. Swildon’s was particularly good as there was quite a lot of water running so some good rivers and waterfalls to climb. The Scouts were all polite and well-behaved and worked well with us for a really enjoyable weekend. It’s also good to spread the word about our local caves and the Mendips generally and introduce new people to the great outdoors.
Another great Charterhouse for caving.
We were lucky to get some assistance from Dean, a caving leader from South Bristol College, who came along on the advanced caving trips on Saturday and showed the Scouts some new ways to use ropes underground to help with safety in difficult sections. He also showed us some new routes in some of our old favourite caves. On Sunday we also found some hard new routes in Goarchurch which severely tested even our most experienced cavers. We also ran some beginners’ trips and introduced some new Scouts to the cave environment.
While we were warm and snug underground, the other activity teams were battling the weather, dodging snow, rain and string winds. A nice reminder why caving is such a good winter sport!.