Skills for Horizontal cave 'Leaders'

27 Apr 2024
Ian Patrick -
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A one day underground workshop aimed at cavers who would like to learn relevant skills for organising and guiding groups of cavers on non-SRT (horizontal) trips.

A very practical day looking at all aspects of taking responsibility for guiding groups in caves without pitches requiring SRT. 

The workshop will include preparing for your trip, packing the necessary equipment and keeping your group safe underground. Ropework skills for aiding cavers ascending and descending short rocky steps will be introduced, and best practice explored. The aim is for attendees to learn about venue decisions to suit the experience levels of both trip leader and group members and how to keep your group safe when exploring non-SRT caves.

Suitable for: Cavers who would like to be involved in running club trips and have had some experience underground. You do not need to have SRT skills, but ropework techniques will be taught.

Format: A one day workshop based underground

Trainer: Helen Hooper


  • Useful information to obtain from your caving group
  • Weather checks and flooding
  • Call out procedures
  • Packing kit to lead a group
    • Belts or harnesses?
    • Emergency kit to carry
  • Planning a route—surveys and descriptions
  • Cave conservation and access
  • Decisions underground:
    • Cave hazards
    • Spotting and assisting on short rocky steps
    • Protecting group at top/bottom of climbs
    • Accidents and basic first aid
  • Technical skills:
    • Knotted handlines
    • Assisted handlines
    • Lifelines
    • Simple haul up short climb


Candidate pre requisite: Some caving experience  

Please Note: On completion of a successful booking you will receive a confirmation email from PayPal. (This email from Paypal is your confirmation that you are booked on the workshop and all relevant details are on the links below)

Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds or transfer of workshops. However if you are unable to attend you are welcome to pass your place onto someone else.

Meeting instructions: Meet 9.30am at Ingleton Community centre carpark next to the toilets .

To bring: Full caving Kit (No SRT required). Food and drink.  Transport required


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