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News: Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Gets Funds Boost

The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team has been saving lives above and below ground for over 67 years and indeed their current base was the ...
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News: Cwmystwyth Mine works – Phase 1 completed

Roy Fellows reports another completed stage in the stabilisation program in Cwmystwyth Mine. The underground works phase 1, support of the stull above the skipway, ...
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Update: Still time to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

Back in April we reported that Tom Lord was inviting people to join the upcoming excavation of Haggs Brow Cave, at Lower Winskill near Settle ...
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News: Tratman Award 2015

The Tratman Award, 2015 The Tratman Award has been awarded annually since 1979 to a caving-related paper-based publication in memory of E.K. Tratman, who died ...
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South Wales Caving Club – 70th Anniversary

South Wales Caving Club has recently celebrated its 70th anniversary on April 30th. SWCC has been based in the Upper Swansea Valley for all that ...
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Equipment: Do You Use a Croll Ascender?

Do you use a Croll ascender? If so, we strongly advice you to take a look at this recent information release from Petzl for your ...
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Event: Raising the Profile – The future for mining and quarrying archaeology

Medieval quarry passage in Surrey, with good archaeological potential, discovered 2016. Photo: Richard Vidler
Raising the Profile: The future for mining and quarrying archaeology A seminar to launch the publication of the first part of: A Research Framework for ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 14 April

Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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Update: Cwmystwth Lefel Fawr work commences

The planned stabilisation work in Cwmystwyth Mine, reported here in December 2015, has now started. Roy Fellows reports: Work started on 10th April. Please note that ...
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News: Full lecture and field trip programme for NAMHO 2016

The full programme of lectures and field trips for the 2016 NAMHO conference has now ben published. The National Association of Mining History Organisations is ...
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News: New app helps lead mining come to life in the Yorkshire Dales

One of the pleasures I get from being involved in the underground exploration of old mine workings is discovering that there is often just as ...
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Why the BCA should listen to show cave owners.

Photography by GeoPictures.net
A recent article in Descent based on a letter from Ashford Price, member of the Association of British and Irish Show Caves (ABIS), expresses the Associations ...
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Access: CRoW update – divisions deepen

The issue of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 continues to divide the caving community. As we reported early in January, Tim Allen ...
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Birks Fell Cave breakthrough – 48 years ago

The Wet Cascade into the beginning of the Grand Gallery
Story and photos courtesy of Howard Beck - www.howardmbeck.co.uk Not every day is it that the average person is given opportunity to walk where no ...
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News: Descent 249 Now Available

Descent 249 is now available! Catch up with caving and mining news from around the regions. Features in this issue include: a fascinating article on ...
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News: Littondale and Settle Road Closures during April and May

Anyone thinking of heading up to Littondale over the next five weeks is likely to face road works from 4th April to 13th May according ...
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News: Roy Fellows Completes Impressive Efforts in Talybont Mine

Roy Fellows reports that his hard work stabilising Allt-y-Crib (Talybont) Mine is now completed. This project featured briefly on Darkness Below in January this year. Roy has ...
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News: An invitation to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

Photos and article courtesy of Tom Lord The first phase of excavations at Haggs Brow Cave, Lower Winskill http://www.lowerwinskill.co.uk/  will take place from Friday 20th ...
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