Freshers Trip 2016

On Friday the 7th of October 12 of us set off to Doolin in Co. Clare for the annual freshers trip. Arriving late on Friday evening we settled into the house for the night and planned the weekends caving.

Saturday morning after making breakfast, lunch, and sorting out caving gear we headed to Poll Dubh just outside Lisdoonvarna. With six new cavers on board this seemed like a good cave to start with. Thelma led the Poll Dubh trip bringing the freshers through low crawls, phreatic tubes, and under a small waterfall before moving up towards the exit where the passage gets quite narrow. After getting out of the cave some of us went back in the northern entrance for a look at the traverse passage.

After lunch al fresco Jack, Becks, and Sarah led the next trip into Poll na Grai, a more challenging cave with some climbing required to get in and out.

After a fine home cooked dinner (Thanks Thelma :D) we hit the Doolin strip, visiting a few packed pubs we eventually settled in McDermots

As the sun came up anyone not hungover or broken from the previous day kitted up and went to the Doolin River Cave. After a short trip we packed the cars and headed back to Dublin.

Thanks to everyone who helped organise the trip and well done to our new cavers:

Kieran, Nicholas, Marek, Alex, Mia, KieferĀ