A true adventure for experienced or keen beginner cavers. Head deeper underground exploring, abseiling, traversing and climbing in some of the Peak District's finest vertical caves. Learn the techniques for safe and efficient vertical caving in some of the most impressive and exciting cave systems in the UK.
A true underground challenge; adventure caving combined with the exhilaration of underground abseils and ladder climbing! This is a step beyond the beginner caving experience; using specialist ladders and safety line techniques we will delve deeper and go further to explore the fascinating local cave and mine systems. Over the course of the weekend you will have the opportunity to explore several different cave systems.
Descend into the cave using abseils and traverses along high ledges then, after exploring the heart of the cave, return to the surface, climbing our roll up caving ladders. On all ascents and descents you will have a safety line attached to you, helping you up and keeping you safe. With a motivated team you can reach the deepest parts of the Peak district.
Please note that this is not a typical 'outdoor centre' guided day but a full-adventure. You will get wet, it will be dark and you do need to have a good level of fitness.
YOUR ADVENTURE CAVING WEEKEND
DAY ONE: 9:30 - 16:30
Get ready to have an exhilarating adventure descending, traversing and climbing in some of the classic caves of the Peak District.
ARRIVE AT THE ADVENTURE HUB
Your instructor will welcome you and discuss the aims of the course and your own aspirations over a great cup of fresh Italian coffee or tea. You'll then head in to our climbing wall for an introduction to the safety equipment and techniques needed for vertical caving.
COLLECT AND CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
You will be provided with an over-suit, wellington boots, helmet, knee pads and all safety equipment for vertical caving. All you need do is check your food and drink for the day, pack a change of clothes and your towel.
TRAVEL TO CAVING VENUE
The exact locations will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. Typically this is a 15 minute drive from The Adventure Hub. Some Peak District caves charge a modest trespass fee of up £3 payable at the venue.
PRACTICAL CAVING SESSION
Once kitted up we'll pack and distribute safety equipment ready to head underground. Your instructor will brief you on general safety and the specifics of each cave to be visited. In addition to surveys and guidebooks, we’ll look at rigging guides for vertical sections. Once in the cave we’ll focus on safe and efficient travel, building skills ahead of day 2.
BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
Once back on the surface and in fresh socks we will return to The Adventure Hub. Over coffee we'll review the key learning points from the day's adventure and prepare for day 2.
DAY TWO 9:30-16:30
PRACTICAL CAVING SESSION
On day 2 we aim to build upon the first day and broaden your experience with longer vertical sections and the introduction of abseiling. Expect to be more involved in the planning of the trip, from checking the weather and guidebooks to checking and packing safety equipment. We'll aim to complete either two more challenging trips or a single longer trip of up to 5 hours duration including a picnic underground!
BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
Once back at the Adventure Hub you'll review the weekend’s adventures over hot drinks and discuss progression opportunities. Hopefully you will back for more soon!
We provide the over-suit, boots, knee pads, harness, helmet and head torch.... you bring the rest!
Please bring some spare change as some of the caves we use require a trespass fee of approximately £3 per person which is not included in the price. Bring a change of clothes and a towel in case you get soaked! As you can probably imagine caves and mines can be hostile environments, they are often wet and have an average temperature of 10 degrees Celsius all year round. To protect ourselves from this and help us enjoy the experience underground each person will need to provide themselves with the following minimal personal clothing, to be worn underneath the specialist caving equipment:
One or two warm/fleece tops
Synthetic (non cotton) trouser - Synthetic track suit bottoms / thermals will suffice
Warm base layer
Thick warm socks
Please do not wear cotton tops or bottoms (inc jeans) as the material stays cold and heavy when wet. Don't forget you'll also need a change of clothes and possibly a towel after the session.
A good level of fitness as this is a strenuous weekend underground.
Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:
a) Attend a scheduled course.
These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.
b) Add a date to our schedule.
On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.
c) Make a private booking.
All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill out a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price.
d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.
All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price.
Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.
Price : £155.00 per person
Location : Peak District
Duration : 2 Days
Ratio : 1:6
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