Saturday dawned with the usual running around to get people in to groups and going underground. They all put up with me remarkably well as I ran around like a headless chicken trying to make sure all people had the kit they needed and were in a group suitable for their abilities. There were 9 groups going underground on Saturday (Sorry I missed grabbing a photo of Chris, and Phil's group). We all got underground by 11.30am and there were trips in OFD1, Cwm Dwr and OFD2 that day. Sunday saw slightly fewer people go caving, but we still sent 5 full groups underground.
The Long Common Room on Saturday morning.
Brendan, Lee, Ciaran, George and Colin about to go in search of the Pom Pom
Alex, Alex, Andy, Jo, James and Jen ready for Cwm Dwr
Alex, Nick, Sue, Helen, Rita, Celestine and This almost good to go.
Sally, Malcolm, Fred, Bill, Lewis and Josh
Edd, Roger, Neil, Pete and Inga
Antonia, Duncan, Stephen, Mark, Tenzin, Judy
Alex, James, Valentina, John, Ian and Inma
Claire, Emily, Jane, Emily, Guy and Andy
All groups had a great time underground and came back to the club hut tired, but smiling, and ready for a hot shower. Here are some photos showing what they got up to underground:
Judy, Stephen, Mark, Tenzin at the Trident.
Stephen, Duncan, Judy, Mark, Tenzin at the Shatter pillar.
Jane near the Mini Columns
Bolt Traverse, OFD1- high above the river!
The team in Bridge Chamber, OFD1
Chris and Dylan in Pi Chamber
Dylan trying out a crawl in OFD1
When everyone returned to the surface there was loads to do. Andy and Antonia had arranged to show several of their award-winning caving films, including the latest St Cuthbert's film. The room was completely packed! With standing-room only available at the back. Thanks both!
Three of our Junior members - Ellie, Emily and James - are heading to a Scout jamboree in the USA in 2019. In order to raise funds for this they were selling handmade snowman Christmas ornaments, cakes (with specially designed posters by Thomas and Matthew) and had helped cook a communal curry. Well done all of you!
Ellie with her handmade snowmen
James, Meghan, Dylan, Emily and Ellie sell cakes in the interval of the caving film showing.
Junior members helping each other out with the cake sale
Despite the awful weather we still managed to have some fireworks and Andy, Dave, Brian and all their helpers wowed us with a 30 minute display. As always - their efforts to keep us entertained, even in dire weather, are greatly appreciated.