The UBSS is the oldest of the existing British University caving clubs. Most famous for its work in the caves of County Clare, and also much involved in Mendip caving, the UBSS also venture further afield.
There has been a long history of UBSS guests and combined expeditions. 1981, 1982 and 2011 have been formally billed as combined expeditions, but many other years have have UBSS members along: 1977, 1980, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2010. In 2011, for the first time ever, the expedition leader was (an UBSS member) based outside Cambridge. A few long-term expogoers have been UBSS members: Steve Perry on the earliest expeditions, and Andrew Atkinson in the 1990s/2000s, who between tham have been on 16 of the 34 expeditions so far.
There have also been a few independent UBSS visits, which occurred in 1989, 1990 and 1992, and caused some political difficulties with permissions from the Austrians at the time, not helped by the 1989 rescue when the chopper found the UBSS group on Augst-Eck before the CUCC rescue site, at the Kaninchenhöle 161a entrance on the nearby Hinter.
Relations with the Austrians have improved enormously since that low point and everyone is now friends again. Future combined expeditions are planned, including a return to the UBSS 1989-1992 area to properly integrate and update that work.
Unknown to CUCC a few UBSS members staged independent expeditions to an area north of the plateau. There were three trips (1989, 1990 and 1992).
Approximately 30 sites were explored and described. These have been numbered as BS1 to BS30. The most significant find was BS17, Organhöhle, with a surveyed length of 850 m and depth of 303 m. The full accounts of these expeditions can be found in the following two papers:
Somewhat lighter accounts can be found within the following UBSS Newsletters.