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Andy & Rachel in the French Alps
On the Mer de Glace
500 metres down in the Gouffre Berger
Rachel breifing a group at the entrance of Goatchurch

About us...

Caveclimb.com
incorporates two businesses.  We are a retailer specialising in caving and climbing equipment and a company providing instruction in caving, climbing and abseiling.    The company is Caving Services Ltd which is fully licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALA) to provide activities to schools and youth organisations.  The company directors are Andy and Rachel Sparrow.  Caveclimb.com, the retail business, is run as a partnership by Andy and Rachel.  Our premises in Cheddar incorporate a shop, training area, equipment store and office. Both our businesses are based here .  

Location

We are based in Cheddar, and our activity sites are located in the Mendip Hills of Somerset, and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The surroundings, both above and below ground, are often spectacular.  We can run sessions in other areas such as Devon and South Wales.

History

Our instructing business began life more than 20 years ago as Andy Sparrow Caving Services, becoming Caving Services Ltd in 2008.  Andy Sparrow remains an active instructor.  He is well known as an expert on caving, has made several caving related TV appearances, and is the author of The Complete Caving Manual
.  Andy is a climber too, and an acknowledged expert on rope techniques.  Caveclimb.com and the retail business began in September 2008.  We opened a high street shop in Cheddar which we re-located to an industrial unit in June 2010.  We now use the name caveclimb.com as a banner which neatly describes our services.

Safety

Over the last 20 years many thousands of participants have safely enjoyed our caving and abseiling sessions.  We are proud to say that we have had no serious accidents or injuries during this entire period.  In 2010 we decided to offer climbing as an ideal activity to compliment caving, allowing groups to enjoy two great and very different activities on one day.

Instructors

We employ only the best instructors, genuine experts who combine technical ability with excellent communication skills.   We maintain high standards and don't cut corners - we keep our group sizes for caving at sensible levels and always try to have one rope for every three climbers (ensuring that everybody keeps busy).  We don't climb in the rain - it's not safe and it's no fun.  If the weather is bad we offer abseiling and whenever possible offer caving or gorge scrambling as an alternative.

Customers

Our customer groups include:

  

  •     Schools

  •    Scouts

  •    Cadets

  •    Young Offenders

  •    Youth Projects

  •    Colleges

  •    Birthday Parties



  •    Stag and Hen Parties

  •    Corporate Groups

  •    Social Clubs

  •    Family Groups

  •    Church Groups

  •    Couples

  •    Individuals


Other Services We Offer:

  •    Equipment sales, either online or from our unit in Cheddar

  •    Head to toe equipment hire for cavers

  •    Specialist location advice and management for film and television

  •    Technical expert service for activity providers

  •    Cave leader training and assessment

  •    Advanced training for cavers


For bookings or enquiries please telephone 01934 741623 or email us

 
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