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.
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. 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.
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Itinerary9:30 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. Before heading out 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.
10:15 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.
10:30 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 and building skills as you traverse ropes, abseil into caverns and climb back using a combination of the rock itself and portable climbing ladders. Along the way you will learn more about the fascinating subterranean environment.
16:30 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 points from the day's adventure and make suggestions of further adventures for the future.
This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:
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