Depth through thought
OUCC News 11th June 1997
Volume 7, Number 10
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Cavers everywhere will be saddened to learn of the death of Michael Jeffries, a member of the MNRC with which the club is associated. He fell in Lancaster Hole on the 31st May and despite the efforts of MNRC members present and of the CRO he died without regaining consciousness.
Last Thursday passing members of the public were more than a little surprised to see eight bodies hanging off four ropes under the ring road bridge down passed Iffley Lock. There was a good turn out of both rescuers and victims to the SRT practice and even the police later made an appearance. Basic SRT and SRT rescue from above and below were covered, even if the victims, on several occasions, had to be more than a little cooperative. The only true victims were a couple of dead legs (Jo) and Tim's head as Chris hauled him against the underside of the bridge.
Somehow, out of the chaos, a trip to Wales arose at the weekend. Thanks to all those who lent gear, vehicles, drove or generally helped to make thinks happen. Some good trips went to Darren, OFD, Little Neath and Draenen and at least some people managed to get home before 4am on Monday.
Finally a reminder that this Saturday is gear mending and the
AC Irvine Interviews if we are called, so keep it free and turn
up with enthusiasm.
A punt party will replace the normal Wednesday meeting in 8th
week, weather permitting. If you want to come please tell me as
soon as possible so that I know how many punts to arrange. The
plan is to start around 6pm, exact location to be arranged. Bring
booze and a picnic and maybe an old cushion (Jesus punts only
have two each). If anyone can help me get hold of a free college
punt for that night, please discuss it with me soon. If the weather
is utterly shit, assume it's cancelled and the meeting will be
in St Cross as usual. If you're not sure then ring me on 559938
between 5 and 5:30 and I'll make a decision. It'll be much better
if lots of people are there, so please come.
Jo "one sandwich short of a picnic" Whistler
For those of you who live under stones and don't get out much, this year's expedition leaves 3 weeks today (I think) , and we urgently need to track some gear down. We're missing at least one expedition Vango sleeping bag, which I suspect the Trogs might have acquired after Mendip Madness, and which we need to find. Also there are some expedition bivi bags which seem to have gone from Chris's loft without being signed out, so if you know where they are, you can return them with no questions asked... Most importantly, survey kits must be returned to me or Olly asap, please. There should be four sets, of which I know Jon has one and there was one set in the hut last time I looked, but this leaves a couple of sets probably hanging in halls of Draenen-type people.
On a different note, don't forget lots of important expedition
things that will happen this weekend. On Saturday morning there
will be AC Irvine interviews for those concerned, who should phone
Catz lodge on Thursday to check. These will take place around
gear mending, for which everyone's help would be much appreciated.
The evening will be spent by the river at Wolvercote for the annual
club barbecue (invites pending), and then hopefully we'll all
be up bright and early (!) to take Pwll Du by storm.
There will be an Open Meeting of the Pwll Du Cave Management Group on 15 June (this Sunday) at 11 am at the Gwesty Bach pub in Brynmawr. One of the reasons for calling the meeting was to satisfy Chelsea SS demands to have an open debate about second entrances to Ogof Draenen. If you feel strongly about the 2nd entrance issue, then please do come to add your voice to this debate.
There will also be loads of talk about the Land Purchase, a (hopefully brief) ratification of the PDCMG constitution to include a few minor changes, and a vote on the Group officers. The grade 2 and 5 surveys may also end up being talked about - freedom/exchange of survey data etc. Incidentally, only club officers can vote (that's me for OUCC), but it would be very useful if the general weight of opinion of those present supports any decisions made.
Anyone who is interested in the future of the cave should make
an effort to come to the meeting. It may even end up being entertaining,
you never know!
Found in my spare bedroom, by Nobby our expedition leader: One
black rubber dildo masquerading as a bolting driver, with a Petzl
hammer, contained in a long blue tacklesack. Confidentiality can
be negotiated for any claimants... Also, 2 active loudspeakers
are in my loft which someone put there but whose identity escapes
me - anyone want them?
I've put together a T-shirt design for this years expedition.
It follows the theme of the Natural Law Party's policy of improving
quality of life by the practise of yogic flying, of course. It
will have a front print, featuring fine art drawing (by my very
own hand) of cavers flying along cave passage, with the caption
"Bubbling Bliss of Yogic Caving" and a back print of
the expedition name, a sketch of the C3/C4 survey and the expeditions
motto "Maximum Coherence for Greater Depth". It could
be a classic and for a limited period only will be available even
to people not going to Spain this year. Sizes(Chest)S(38), M(42),
L(46), XL(50), XXL(52). Colours White, black, navy blue, bottle
green, red, royal blue, natural creamy, grey, sunflower and burgundy.
If we order over 20, then it will come to about £8.50 each
for standard t-shirts or £9.50 for a heavyweight t-shirt,
both are made by a decent manufacturer (Screen stars) and seemed
pretty good quality. Add 50p for XXL. They can also change the
colour of print (e.g. black, white, red, blue, yellow) so we can
avoid the classic black print on black t-shirt mistake of a couple
of years ago but this will add an addition £5 the grand total
for each new colour. I'd like to put an order in for the end of
this week/beginning of nest week, so either mail me (email@example.com),
phone me, (01865 271217) or see me tonight.