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Coppermines Pre-trip info

Been before? A few things may be slightly different this time. Take a read.

This includes

  • the plan
  • what to bring
  • where to drive to

What to expect from the weekend

This isn’t a fixed plan, but may serve as a broad outline for the day.


We’ll arrive Friday night.

22:00 Make some plans, have a few drinks and a giggle and go to bed.


We’ll have breakfast together, and then head off to the crag(s).

We’ll return to the hut for food together, and drinks… and to make lunch and plans for Sunday.

08:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
10:00Washing Up
10:30leave hut
17:00Return to hut
17:10tea and showers
18:30Dinner prep start
21:00Washing Up
21:45Fun and socialising


We’ll have breakfast together, clean and empty the hut, and head off out.

After Sunday’s activities, everyone will head home.

08:30Breakfast people get up and start breakfast
Clear bedrooms
Clear living room, Have cleaned bedrooms
10:00Clear kitchen, showers
10:30Leave hut
17:00Head for home

The hut

The hut has toilets, showers, power, alpine style bunks, basic cooking facilities, fresh cold water. It may not have signal at all on some networks. It does not have wifi. There aren’t any shops nearby. We will have to bring everything with us.

What caves/mines are we going to? What if the weathers bad?

We’ll figure out all plans the night before in the hut.

What should I bring?

normal text: things you definitely need
italic: optional things you might like to have

Sleeping things

  • Sleeping bag (mummy style sleeping bags with a hood are best in the UK)
  • Earplugs and eyemask (other people can be loud, can snore and this may help you sleep better)
  • pillow
  • pillowcase

Caving Gear

Basically, bring what you already have, and we will lend you the rest.

In particular, if you have them, please bring

  • Wellies
  • extra base layers

Clothes for around the hut.

The weather and time of year is important to think about, but this is the British Isles, we have to plan for all weathers at all times of year.

  • Outdoor trousers (not denim or jeans of any type)
  • comfortable top
  • underwear
  • waterproof top and bottom
  • an extra warm layer
  • sturdy footwear
  • thick socks
  • a full change of clothes back at camp (for being around the hut)
  • an extra warm layer
  • hat
  • buff / scarf
  • swimming costume(!)
  • water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • spare batteries
  • suncream
  • sunglasses
  • themos flask
  • midge net / insect repellent
  • first aid kit with plasters, hay fever medication, painkillers
  • phone charger and cable
  • book / cards / headphones
  • walkie-talkies


  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • toiletries
  • all medication you need
  • towel


Almost all meals are included in the trip price, and will be tailored to your dietary requirements – specifically:

  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
  • Evening meal on Saturday

Lunch is not included in the trip, mainly because we expect to be underground during “lunch” – so we will have substantial breakfasts and evening meals.

We already have your dietary requirements from the signup form, and everyone will be catered for. If the head chef on this trip (Jen) has any questions or queries, they’ll be in touch directly.


All drinks (except tap water!) are not included in the price of the trip. Bring your own Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Where am I driving to?

You are headed precisely to here, but read on for a second.

The hut is above the town of Coniston.

As you arrive:

  1. As you get 15 mins away, please drop a message into the group chat saying you’re approaching and read any announcements from Tim there.
  2. Despite what you may believe, the Satnav is correct. The last mile is a bit bouncy, but if you see signs saying “except for access”, you’re on the right track.
  3. The very final bit to the hut is a right, off the main track. You may see a large white sprinter van (or hopefully a guiding light) – helping you know the exact location to aim for. We’ll try to make it as simple as possible. 🙂

If you are the first one there, or likely to be – please message Tim directly for info of how to get inside.

We have the hut to ourselves. Put your sleeping bag in place to reserve that as your place to sleep.