A chaotic but surprisingly successful start to the year with a trip to Whitewalls in Wales. Two epic trips to Daren and Aggy were followed by an equally epic photo session in Eggy.


Training, caving, canyoning - this weekend had everything! On a sunny weekend in Yorkshire ICCC learned to keep them warm and stop the bleeding, that there's always been a canyon 10 minutes from Kingsdale, and that it's possible to do more than one activity in a day.


A rare example of a successful exchange trip: Simpsons <-> Swinsto, with a cheeky parallel Turbery pullthrough leeching off of some Swinsto rope before disappearing down Valley Entrance. The Sunday hosted a relaxed Out Sleets Beck trip before the bus carried us home.

Big caves, pretty stals, expo caving, via ferrata, turnips, beaches, BBQs and el bombo - this brilliant tour to Cantabria had it all - Bamboléo!


The final trip of the term meant we wanted to do something challenging, and it had been a while since the club had tackled Gaping Gill so we trudged up the long walk up the fell only to descend back down again. A cheeky trip to Hensler's Master Cave was also undertaken, and the Main Chamber was spectacular as ever. Crickets were eaten, Bar was derigged, and everyone made it home safely, only to be assaulted by some intensely flavoured burritos. Many people decided to go caveless on Sunday, so just one group took on Shuttleworth to admire the dizzying array of pretties.


For the first time in club memory we trekked to the faraway lands of Snowdonia to visit the gargantuan labyrinths that had been hollowed out beneath the barren lands. Highlights included a perilous zipline, a slightly leaky canoe, and hundreds of titanic caverns carved into the slate, rivaling Moria in majesty.


Saturday and Sunday caving in't Yorkshire Dales; what could be better? King, Rowten, Rumbling, Gavel, Death's Head - all visited, all enjoyed - then home in time for life as usual on Monday.


Another weekend in Derbyshire involving getting up early to go to Peak (spoiler: we don't get to Peak) and dangling alongside deviations in JH, Oxlow and Eldon.


OFD round and round - as excellent a cave as ever. Meanwhile another group defied tradition by descending the 'unique in Wales' Pwll Dwfn pothole on the other side of the valley.

December means winter tour, 'winter' being the key word: the NPC's central heating had broken, so we suffered for two bitterly cold days until the weather warmed up. Still we hit a grand array of caves with a grand number of new cavers, plumbing the depths of Leck Fell (Notts, Death's Head), Easegill (Lancaster, County) and Kingsdale (Jingling, Bull). There was also a day of SRT rescue training - and of course, a most excellent Christmas dinner.