YUCPC Trip History

Here you can see the list of pretty much all the trips YUCPC members have been on over the years. Members can also submit reports which will hopefully help others to avoid problems or just for some inspiration! Use the filters below to view by year or cave.

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Trips & Reports 2007

Saturday April 7th 2007 Providence Pot Members: Imogen Shepherd,  Kevin Francis,  Nicola Gover,  Richard Gover

Richard wrote...

Providence Pot explored to a little downstream of the connection with Dowbergill Passage, Dow Cave explored to upstream of the duck. Admittedly the bit in the middle is the hard bit. Anyone up for a crack at the through trip while the memory of both ends is fresh? Lots of death defying (hopefull) traversing across rifts with no holds 20m up in the air. Fun fun fun :)

Saturday April 7th 2007 Dow Cave Members: Kevin Francis,  Richard Gover

Kevin wrote...

My second attack at this cave, though to begin with it looked like it was a no go until we noticed the hole we were in was actually Low Dow Cave! We made excellent time, taking no notice of formations etc until we came to the canal - the same place my original trip had ended. We persued this a fair way until the water level was just below the point of the male body that makes it feel all the... read more

Saturday March 24th 2007 Mines & Waterfalls Members: Adam Wilkinson,  Adrian Turner,  Charlie Dixon,  Chuck Holder,  Debbie Flowers,  Dominic Galliano,  Gary Douthwaite,  John Singleton,  Kevin Francis,  Matt Ewles,  Matthew Chubb,  Neil Bird

Matt wrote...

This was a superb end to our Wales week, with a bright sunny day by the river a few of us had scouted a couple of days earlier. A slightly awkward climb up the side of water cascades keeps most tourists at bay, and leads after ten minutes walking to a lovely grassy area in the sun right outside the old mines of Pontneddfechan. Below, some waterfalls and deep pools provided opportunity for jumping into water from great... read more

Saturday March 24th 2007 Bull Pot Members: Natasha Durham,  Nicola Gover,  Richard Gover,  Steve Gilbert
Friday March 23rd 2007 Mines at Pontneddfechan Members: Gary Douthwaite,  John Singleton,  Matt Ewles,  Neil Bird

18 photos by Gary...

Friday March 23rd 2007 Tunnel Cave Members: Andrew Gilmartin,  Charlie Dixon,  Kevin Francis,  Matthew Chubb

Andrew wrote...

Laid-back Caving I really enjoyed this trip because we didn't rush anything. I gave this one 4 krabs faffage due to our incredibly slow changing/sunbathing/looking at dinosaurs. This trip was even more relaxing because Kevin and I let Charlie and Matt lead the trip.

Friday March 23rd 2007 Ogof Draenen Members: Adam Wilkinson,  Adrian Turner,  Andrew Vick,  Chuck Holder,  Debbie Flowers
Thursday March 22nd 2007 Dan yr Ogof Members: Andrew Gilmartin,  Chuck Holder,  Dominic Galliano,  Gary Douthwaite,  Matt Ewles

Andrew wrote...

In case you weren't aware, Dan is a Showcave which requires a leader to take you around (Unless you want to pay a fiver and stick to concrete paths). Sitting in the cottage on a Wednesday night enjoying a quiet beer was interrupted by a knock at the door. A random caver who appeared to want a cup of tea dropped by. Her name was Helen and she claimed to be a Dan leader! Names were drawn from a hat... read more

Matt wrote...

A superb caving trip! After the showcave bit, a short (50m) swim brings you back to dry land, and some stompy bouldery passages eventually brings you to the long crawl. Prior to that we were lucky enough to see a waterfall from the roof, which only flows every couple of hours or so depending on the weather (the flow is due to an overflow valve of some sort on the surface somewhere). The long crawl isn't too bad, took only a... read more

19 photos by Gary...

Thursday March 22nd 2007 Walking Members: Adam Wilkinson,  Adrian Turner,  Andrew Vick,  Charlie Dixon,  Debbie Flowers,  Kevin Francis,  Matthew Chubb
Wednesday March 21st 2007 Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 1 Members: Andrew Vick,  Andrew Gilmartin,  Chuck Holder,  Debbie Flowers,  Dominic Galliano,  Simon Herrod
Wednesday March 21st 2007 Tunnel Cave Members: Adam Wilkinson,  Gary Douthwaite,  Matt Ewles
Wednesday March 21st 2007 Walking Members: Laura Bennett,  Sam Dredge
Tuesday March 20th 2007 Bridge Cave & other scrotty holes Members: Chuck Holder,  Gary Douthwaite,  Matt Ewles

6 photos by Gary...

Tuesday March 20th 2007 Ogof Draenen Members: Andrew Gilmartin,  Charlie Dixon,  David Sproson,  Dominic Galliano,  Simon Herrod

Andrew wrote...

This was my second crack at the round trip. I was expecting it to take 6 hours but it turned out to take 7 1/2. Getting changed should have scored 5 krabs but I lowered it to 4 because we had DR Jones by aqua blasting out across tthe valley. The first half of the cave was rather uneventful. I was staggered at how small and unimpressive megadrive was compared to what I had remembered. Still, caving with your oversuit... read more

Tuesday March 20th 2007 Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 1 Members: Adam Wilkinson,  John Singleton,  Laura Bennett,  Neil Bird,  Sam Dredge
Monday March 19th 2007 Porth yr Ogof Members: Adam Wilkinson,  Chuck Holder,  Laura Bennett,  Sam Dredge,  Simon Herrod

Sam wrote...

My welly got sucked off :(

8 photos by Gary...

Monday March 19th 2007 Waterfalls Walk Members: Dominic Galliano,  Gary Douthwaite,  Matt Ewles
Sunday March 18th 2007 Ogof Daren Cilau to The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe - 3 day camping epic! Members: Adrian Turner,  Andrew Vick,  Debbie Flowers,  Kevin Francis

Kevin wrote...

Third time I\'ve looked up this report in the last few months for various reasons, and though I\'m sure we should have finished writing it up properly, I\'m sticking the jist of it here. ---------- Once upon a time there was a girl called Debbie, a caveman called Kevin, an odd chap with a strange NZ accent and a cuddly munchkin with a car of Mary Poppins proportions. They set about the greatest task they had ever undertaken. Before Dom’s pasta. 8p... read more

23 photos by Adrian...

Sunday March 18th 2007 Tunnel Cave Members: Gary Douthwaite,  John Singleton,  Matt Ewles,  Neil Bird
Sunday March 18th 2007 Waterfalls Walk Members: Charlie Dixon,  Chuck Holder,  Laura Bennett,  Sam Dredge,  Simon Herrod
Saturday March 17th 2007 Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 2 (top) Members: Andrew Vick,  Charlie Dixon,  Chuck Holder,  Dominic Galliano,  Gary Douthwaite,  Matt Ewles

Matt wrote...

A very long day caving! I was really excited about the trip, as this was my third year at Wales and I had never done the OFD system. After a quick change we went down to Cwm-Dwr entrance and made our way inside. Navigation was fine, and we made it through the crawl and to the boulder choke quickly. We then spent the best part of an hour at the boulder choke, attempting to find a way through, and the... read more

Dominic wrote...

I'm sooooo sorry!!!! But at least I can now do Cwn Dwr to the end of the stremaway with my eyes closed!!

Saturday March 17th 2007 Little Neath River Cave Members: Adrian Turner,  Debbie Flowers,  Kevin Francis,  Laura Bennett,  Simon Herrod
Saturday March 17th 2007 Bridge Cave Members: Debbie Flowers,  Kevin Francis,  Laura Bennett
Saturday March 10th 2007 Tatham Wife Hole Members: Chris Ward,  Josh Vale,  Natasha Durham

Chris wrote...

Bastard of a walk up to this cave, and I do mean up... 200 metres of bloody up. Took a while to find it, due to ignoring the directions saying that the cave is in a large shakehole. We spent a while checking every scrotty little depression we could find. The shakehole is easily 15 metres across! First thing to do upon arriving: repack the first tacklesack cos I'd put the first rope at the bottom. :s More rigging practice for... read more

Natasha wrote...

The change gets a very high grade due to the fact it was raining and the layby venue necessitated changing in front of an elderly couple who had pulled over for a sandwich and another bloke also enjoying a peaceful sandwich. Pretty sure we could have been arrested, thus the grade reflects the risk factor. The cave wasn't too hard to find, there was a certain amount of checking every hole (having been told it was a grassy shakehole there... read more

Sunday March 4th 2007 Jingling Pot Members: Adam Wilkinson,  Adrian Turner,  Chris Ward,  Chuck Holder,  Josh Vale,  Matthew Chubb

Chris wrote...

I loved this trip far to much... we're thinking of running off to Gretna Green together. My plan to take Jimothy (my unicycle) with me was vetoed by the others, due to one of them having to drag it down the cave since I would be rigging. Tackle sacks were packed, slings retied, and the journey to Ingleton made, where huge breakfasts were had by all, and I managed to get free light hire from Steve. Off to the cave. The walk... read more

Saturday March 3rd 2007 Ireby Fell Cavern Members: Adrian Turner,  Dominic Galliano,  Ellie Jones,  Gary Douthwaite,  Holly Read,  Laura Bennett,  Natasha Durham,  Nicola Gover
Saturday February 24th 2007 Lost John's Cave Members: Adam Wilkinson,  Adrian Turner,  Chuck Holder,  Debbie Flowers,  Josh Vale,  Natasha Durham,  Nicola Gover

Debbie wrote...

I think this was a brilliant trip! Lots of fun and not too much faff surprisingly! Our route down was very quick and not too difficult, making good time to the wonderful traverse that is the battleaxe - i have to say it certainly got my heart pumping!! And then valhalla was really cool. Wandered downstream for a bit and turned round at the dead frog and thick foam, and then journeyed our way back out. Met... read more

Sunday February 18th 2007 Juniper Gulf Members: Andy Tricklebank,  Charlie Dixon,  Dominic Galliano,  Ellie Jones,  Gary Douthwaite,  Jeff Gardner,  Matt Ewles,  Matt Hobby,  Natasha Durham,  Simon Herrod,  Steve Gilbert

Matt wrote...

A surprisingly efficient trip! Juniper Gulf is best found by following the path from where you park, through gate and then bearing left up the vague path up the slope. This path bears right at the top towards a 'no vehicles' sign (as if that were REALLY necessary!). Continue left along the path, which after a considerable walk, reaches a wall on the left hand side, followed soon by a stile. Climb over and head forwards bearing left... read more

Dominic wrote...

I was on this trip, even though photographic evidence may show otherwise! :( But throroughly enjoyed it! Thank God for Charlie chatting me through minor headache towards the end! That still didn't dampen the spirits!

23 photos by Gary...

Sunday February 18th 2007 Sell Gill Holes Members: Chuck Holder,  Josh Vale,  Kevin Francis
Saturday February 17th 2007 Juniper Gulf Members: Adrian Turner,  Chris Ward,  Chuck Holder,  Kevin Francis,  Mary Finnegan,  Nicola Gover,  Richard Gover