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The Tackle Store is located at 6 Grange Road:
Keys are distributed at a cost of £5 per pair to the committee members and to other club members at the Tackle Master's discretion.
Current key holders are:
|Paul Fox||Senior Member|
|David Walker||Junior Treasurer|
PLACEHOLDER: Table needs updating
The CUCC Tackle Store is a garage where we store all of our gear. It is presided over by the Tackle Master.
It should be noted that although the CUCC Tackle Master is usually an undergraduate, the club has a number of graduate members with many years' experience of caving. These members are continually involved and consulted in matters relating to equipment.
The Tackle Store is currently shared with the Hill Walking Club (CUHWC). They keep their equipment under the bench on the right as you enter the Store as well as some boxes of maps under the floor. There is an understanding of mutual respect between the CUCC and the CUHWC: members of both clubs are expected to help keep the Tackle Store tidy wherever possible in order to facilitate access and use by the other party.
Within the Tackle Store, the various types of equipment are stored on shelves or hooks as appropriate. Rope is chained and sorted according to length. Each rope bears a label at both ends identifying its year of purchase and length. Should this coding be ambiguous, extra letters are added to disambiguate. Ladders are coiled and nested. The club's own articles of cave clothing are labelled and stored on shelves.
Members of the club may store their personal caving equiment in the attic of the tackle store, though they do so at their own risk.
In the past, an inventory of the Tackle Store was conducted annually. It is the view of the current president (T. Crossley, 2019) that this was a slow and laborious task that did little to actually prevent loss or theft of club equipment; especially as the habbit of actually signing out gear has slipped in recent years. This website will include an integrated enviornment containing the Tackle Store Inventory, the Gear Hire/Sign-Out Log, and the Club Finances all operating in beautiful synergy and harmony. Hopefully.
If you wish to hire gear or view the inventory, please see the gear hire page.
The maintenance requirements of caving equipment vary from one type to the next.
Of all caving equipment, rope is the most likely to suffer damage in use. For this reason, CUCC ropes are inspected between each meet. This inspection usually takes place at specific 'ropewashing' meetings organised by the Tackle Master.
Caving rope consists of a load bearing core of dense fibres surrounded by a protective sheath of more fibres. There are four main classes of potential rope damage:
To counter these threats, the following procedures are followed:
The inspection and certification of rope is performed by such persons as are identified in the relevant safety documents. Any critical damage found at a ropewashing session is either rectified (by dissecting the rope to remove the damaged section(s)) or the rope withdrawn from service.
General metalwork such as hangers and c-links require little attention other than occasional cleaning and prevention of rust. Damage to a ladder should become apparent during the coiling operation.
Slings are inspected and washed regularly though they are many times stronger than necessary. Non-structural articles such as cave clothing are not considered safety-critical and hence are not inspected formally. However, it is to be expected that any member would report any damage found.
All equipment is generally reviewed during the annual equipment audit.
Notwithstanding these rules, everyone is required to use their common sense when using CUCC equipment, as hard and fast rules cannot cover every eventuality. Everyone must be responsible for their own safety and should not abdicate that responsibility to the apparent security of a set of procedures.