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Explore deeper cave and mine systems, using our specialist ladder and safety line techniques.
On all ascents and descents, you will have with a safety line attached
Full on caving adventure in beautiful Derbyshire
Our Vertical Caving Courses based in the PeakDistrict deliver adventure caving combined with the exhilaration of undergroundabseils and ladderclimbing! Explore deeper cave and mine systems, using our specialist ladder and safety line techniques. You won’t need any additional training courses to take part, just a bit of fitness and determination.
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 cavingladders. On all ascents and descents, you will have with a safety line attached to you, helping you up and keepingyousafe. With a motivatedteam you can reach the deepest parts of Derbyshire. A day you will remember forever.
Learn about the cave, its geology and the 300 million years it took to create it. You can see underground rivers and waterfalls, fascinating pieces of geology, cave decorations or historical sites of past of times and ancient techniques.
These trips have horizontal sections so you can explore the cave environment on foot as well. They contain all the fascinating information and anecdotes that are in horizontal trips.
Please note that this is not a typical 'come and try it’' 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.
A good level of fitness as this is a strenuous day underground. We also suggest you try out the Horizontal Caving Course as a more steady introduction
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, with an average temperature of 10 degrees celsius all year and often wet. 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 thick fleece tops
Fleece trousers (synthetic track suit bottoms with thermals will suffice)
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. Remember dress warm.
All safety equipment required for the trip and general technical gear, such as emergency kits, safety ropes, ladders, anchors etc. is supplied by us.
As caving is a physically demanding activity it is advisable that everybody eat a hearty breakfast before and provide themselves with food for the underground trip i.e. chocolate or flapjack, and small energy drink. Sandwiches and crisps etc. do not travel well underground. You may wish to bring a hot flask and nibbles for afterwards.
If necessary it is possible to travel up to the course on a weekend by getting an early train on Saturday morning - more info on our FAQ.
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