The Burrenbeo Trust runs a regular series of themed walks in the Burren, Co Clare the latest of which is being hosted by hydrogeologist and caver Dr David Drew. The theme of the walk is tracing the surface features of Polnagollum – the longest cave system in Ireland – The walk is on 6th July at 2 pm starting near the Faunarooska car park and will be of great interest to cavers. For more information see here
Fancy yourself as a bit tasty at SRT? Do you routinely advise lesser mortals on where they are going right and wrong in the noble art of rope work? Think your club is the only one worth talking about in terms of vertical caving? Prove it! This year at SUICRO the annual SRT (Single Rope Technique) race will aim to find the fastest rope climber in Ireland. The race will take the form of an obstacle course with a variety of devious features. Entry costs 5 euros and first prize is 100 euros. However clearly the real prize is to be crowned the official Fastest Rope Climber in Ireland. Glory awaits!
For more information on the competition including rules, requirements and permitted equipment email SUICRO2014@caving.ie
Quick reminder that SUI Basic and Full Membership discounts are available as the year goes on depending on when you join, the price reducing for every quarter of the year that goes by for example joining in the final quarter of the year obviously costs less than joining right at the start of the year. Discounted membership fees are available by emailing the Membership Officer at email@example.com and arranging payment directly. Unfortunately the facility to pay the discounted membership by Paypal does not yet exist. Regrettably SUI is not in a position to refund the difference if you decide to pay via Paypal through the year!
A Basic Cave Leader (BCL) training course will be run from October 17th-19th in the NUIG Research Station, Carron, Co. Clare. This course is intended for those who need a qualification in order to lead others underground. Participants should have completed the CF course as a pre-requirement. Cost of the course is €165 with a 10% discount applied if a place is booked and a deposit of €50 paid by 8th of September 2014. Balance to be paid on arrival. Please note that price includes tuition, food and board and deposits are non refundable. Please note that Basic or Full SUI membership is a prerequisite for BCL training. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org and to pay email email@example.com
The SUI is pleased to announce it is running a Caving Fundamentals (CF) course over the weekend of 5th-7th September. Venue: Burren Outdoor Education Centre, Bellharbour, Co Clare. CF is a residential course designed to provide a strong introduction to the sport of caving through a series of lectures, equipment demonstrations, skills development and of course, caving trips. Cost of the course is €150 with a 10% discount applied if a place is booked and a deposit of €50 paid by 5th of August 2014. Balance to be paid on arrival. Please note that price includes tuition, food and board and deposits are non refundable. Caving Fundamentals is a prerequisite to Basic Cave Leader (BCL) training which is due to take place in October. As an extra special offer on this occasion from the SUI the fee also includes basic SUI membership from the date of the course until the end of the year. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org and to pay email email@example.com
The Basic Cave Leader (BCL) assessment session on Saturday 14th June went well with all 5 candidates successful in the process. Well done to Tony Furnell, Shauna McGuire, Sebastian Nalewko, Barbara Schaller and Magda Kluj!
BCL assessment day is tomorrow in Clare. Good luck to the 5 candidates: you know who you are!
In 2012 two SUI members joined the international expedition to Krubera-Vorojna in Abkhazia; the deepest cave in the world. The Speleological Union of Ireland granted financial aid to the cavers via the Expedition Fund which supports SUI members going on exploratory trips in various places around the world. The full report from the Irish contingent is available to download here
The Ario Caves Project is an annual event aiming to push cave exploration in the Picos D’Europa region of northern Spain. The event is overseen by the University of Oxford Caving Club and in 2013 a number of SUI members joined the group. The Speleological Union of Ireland granted financial aid to its members who attended via the Expedition Fund which supports SUI members going on exploratory trips in various places around the world. The report is available to download here
The 2011-2012 Irish Papua New Guinea Caving Expedition was a significant event in Irish caving in that it was the first such independent expedition there originating from Ireland as opposed to the previous situation of Irish cavers joining groups travelling from other countries. Over five kilometers of cave passage was discovered and surveyed and the extensive report of the expedition is now available to view here. The Speleological Union of Ireland was the main sponsor of the expedition via the Expedition Fund which supports SUI members going on exploratory trips in various places around the world.