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A classic fresher trip

She said something like “You guys okay? I didn’t think that looked like the right way” but her words where but frost on the breeze to my frozen ears. I was much more interested in other things: the bothy and haribos she brought.

It was a surreal moment of bonding for us five then. I don’t know how long we huddled there, covered with our plastic bag to hold in what little warmth we had left, being fed by Rachel. I think I was probably the worst off, and for the first stretch of blurred time I existed in a state of delirium.

“Is this what it’s always going to be like?” I remember saying.
Or maybe I just thought it: I was pretty loopy for a while there.

10 Thoughts I’ve Had As A Caving Fresher
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10 Thoughts I’ve Had As A Caving Fresher

I’ve been caving for half a year, and from the eyes of a fresher caver, so many things have hit me as new and alien experiences. As it’s recently been my last trip for this year with SUSS, I wanted to write up something a little different. These are the thoughts that I’ve had since […]

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Marble Steps

Sunday 16th October 2011 With all our freshers sorted out with trips, Alisa, Scott and I rocked up here for a more advanced trip down Sidewinder route in Marble Steps. I rigged the traverse and entrance pitch with a 50m. A quick way of rigging traverses I found was to clip into the bolt, let […]

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Giants Upper Series

Sunday 1st October 2011 I seconded this trip with Edd leading, taking Peachy the younger, Xavier and Conor on their frist trip underground with SUSS. After some oohing and ahhing at the formations and civilized discussion of speleogenesis, we pottered down to Garlands to peer down from the traverse. From Base Camp Chamber we climbed […]

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Freshers Weekend 2011: Aquamole

Saturday 15th October 2011 Rostam, MUSCy Ben, Stemple (he has a real name it’s either Rob or Joe) and I went down Aquamole. Getting disapproving looks from a postman who drove past whilst we changed, we carried on to get geared up for the steep walk to the cave. Once there, Stemple lit up his […]