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Cambrian Caving Council Annual General Meeting

Sunday 15th March from 1pm at Betws-y-Coed Memorial Hall

Mill Street, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 OBB

This year’s AGM is being held in the heart of Snowdonia.  A link for the meeting agenda and officers’ reports for 2019 will appear here shortly.  Meanwhile for more details about the AGM please contact: Allan Richardson, CCC Secretary Email Whilst there is little limestone in Gwynedd and Conwy, there are a few caves at the Great and Little Orme headlands near Llandudno.  For more information see the Caves of North Wales guide.  There are, however, plenty of old mines which would provide an interesting day on the Saturday for those wishing to take the whole weekend away.  The Snowdonia National Park which surrounds Betws-y-Coed also presents fantastic mountain scenery with walking and mountain biking opportunities. The Cave Access Ltd (CAL) mines access scheme allows BCA members who have registered their interest with CAL to enjoy legal access into some disused mines in Welsh Government and NRW land holdings.  These include the Parc Lead Mine in the Gwydyr Forest adjacent to Betws-y-Coed and to Rhiwbach Underground Slate Quarry (a mining through-trip) at Cwmpenmachno nearby.  Further afield are big underground mine adventures like Croesor-Rhosydd.

Single Rope Technique (SRT) training at Llangorse Multi Activity Centre LD3 7UH

Saturday 21st March 2020.

Contact Richard Hill, CCC’s Training Officer, to book a place and for more information. Email or call 01497 821163.

Introduction to Cave Surveying Course at Penwyllt

Weekend of 28-29th March 2020

The course is aimed at people who have little or no surveying experience but if there is a demand for more advanced surveying techniques to be covered then that could probably be catered for.  The BCRA Cave Surveying Group will provide some surveying equipment to loan out for this weekend. There will be a practical session underground using the entrance series of OFD where the passages are large, dry and only a few minutes walk from the South Wales Caving Club (SWCC) cottages. Accommodation is available at SWCC and beds have been reserved for course attendees at a cost of £10 per night - booking requests to me please.  Please also contact me for a course application form to complete and forward to the BCA Training Officer along with your course fee of £20. The only requirement for joining this course is that you are a BCA member. The aim of the weekend is for everyone to have the opportunity to produce their own electronic survey of a small part of OFD which can be compared to the large scale published cave survey. The course will teach the following: How to set up the electronic surveying equipment (normally a DistoX linked to a PDA) The basics of cave surveying underground How to input the data into a PC running survey software packages Once people have signed up for the course, a list of software to download and become familiar with will be sent out.  Whilst this preparation is not obligatory because the software could be downloaded during the weekend, it will make the course much easier to understand and you are more likely to acquire a better understanding of surveying if you already have some familiarity with the software. Allan Richardson, CCC Secretary Email
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