Equipment & Techniques Committee

This page is about the Equipment & Techniques Committee. For more general information check out the Equipment & Techniques section on the Safety page.

About

The E&T is one of the BCA’s Standing Committees, who meet as necessary to discuss matters relating to national E&T matters. As a Standing Committee, it is available to a voting representative of each of the BCA’s Constituent Bodies and Regional Councils and the E&T Officer is both the convenor of the E&T Committee and a BCA Council member.

The aim of the BCA’s E&T Committee is to bring together expertise to discuss:

  • Fixed aids used in caving (e.g. anchors).
  • Best practices for equipment care and maintenance.
  • Evaluation and testing of new and existing equipment.
  • Determination of equipment life cycles.

Anchor Scheme

The anchor scheme is a program of research into suitable anchors and resins, and establishing best practices for the installation of anchors in order to replace ageing spit anchors in caves across the UK.

The BCA does not install any anchors directly, but leaves this to RCCs, with a recommendation that they work in accordance with the policy.

The Anchor scheme, undertakes to train installers of anchors, to log all installations, and to provide insurance for all registered installers, and the anchors they have placed.

The E&T Committee released a statement on the Anchor Scheme in 2011 which you can read here.

You can find out more about the E&Ts Anchor Scheme using the links below:

Rope Testing

The E&T also operate a rope-testing service to help cavers better understand the integrity of their ropes.

Key Documents

Meeting Minutes