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Hi all. Just joined - first post. 1 week 5 days ago #47149

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Hi All.

I've done the Croesor Rhosydd Throughtrip a few times - even did it with my dog last weekend - and am looking at other adventures in North Wales.

Definitely not an experienced caver, but I work full time as a climbing instructor. Setting up abseils and Tyrolean traverses is literally my day-job, however, I'm all too aware that you caving lot do things differently to us. :silly:

Cwm Orthin has been suggested to me as a good adventure. What's the process here - do I just pop into GoBelow and ask for the key? Looking at one of the Cwm Orthin surveys, it mentions an auto-belay. Has this been put in place by GoBelow? Are we allowed to use it, and do you know if it gets serviced?

I see you guys tend to get out on a Thursday evening. Would be great to come and join you. Is there a trip planned for next week?

Based just outside of Conwy.

All the best,

Glyn
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Hi all. Just joined - first post. 1 week 4 days ago #47151

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Hi Glyn,

Welcome to the forum and welcome to UCET :)

Cwmorthin is owned (leased) by GoBelow and they can allow you access. As you have surmised, they are very liberal with access and will offer you a key from their offices for a small deposit. It was certainly the case (I am sure it still is) that you need BCA insurance (British Caving Association), which will cost you £20 per year (any caving club will normally do this for you when you join).

There is a fair bit of equipment inside the mine and this is owned by GoBelow and unless you have specific consent, this would be off-limits. Some clubs (including UCET) do have arrangements with GoBelow. You are also quite correct that caving ropework protocols/safety/technique is different to climbing. You are obviously aware of this :)

We have both weekend trips and Thursday night trips. The evenings tend to be for local explores that allow folk to make it back to the pub in Holywell for a pint before calling it a night. However, weekend trips are all over the UK (this weekend was Yorkshire). We do visit Blaenau Ffestiniog fairly regularly.

All the trips are published on our forum, but the diary is maintained in the Private Members section, and some trips are members only (usually either because we need to limit numbers or because, in the case of ropework, we need to know your capabilities). You would be very welcome to come along on any suitable trip that you fancy. You would be able to see those here;

www.ucet.org.uk/index.php?option=com_kun...&catid=13&Itemid=191

Or

www.facebook.com/groups/30320727365

… Just stick your name down and advise its your first outing and one of the trip leaders will be delighted to welcome you (they are all a great bunch).


:)

Ian


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Hi all. Just joined - first post. 1 week 4 days ago #47152

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Welcome to the dark side Glyn. Have a good browse on the forum and enjoy
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Hi all. Just joined - first post. 1 week 3 days ago #47160

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Hi Glyn and welcome to the UCET forum.
I think Ian has covered everything but if you need anymore info such as how to join the club drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Hi all. Just joined - first post. 1 week 3 days ago #47166

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Welcome Glyn!
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Re:Hi all. Just joined - first post. 1 week 3 days ago #47173

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See you out underground sometime soon Glyn : )
Thanks,
Kieran
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Hi all. Just joined - first post. 1 week 5 hours ago #47188

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Thanks for all the helpful info Ian. Sorry for the late reply, your post lead to lots of other research and I'm now looking into the BCA quals :silly:

@stones - Thanks for this. It's not clear from the website that UCET is an actual club with paid membership (This was the first thing I looked for when joining). Glad you shared this info. Sending an email now...
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