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Duncan Simey in Swildon's Hole, Mendip Hills. Photographer: Gemma Smith

Photo Salon – Pilot

Darkness Below plans to run a monthly photo salon so that a selection of readers’ photos can be enjoyed by everyone. As a trial, here are a few that were sent in to us in ...
December 2015 Caption

December Caption Competition Results

  A big thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to Dave King, winner of the December Caption Competition with his entry above! The two runners up in no particular order were Dave King again with Superted ...

Reflections on developments in the CRoW debate

More Press coverage A publicised visit by two Members of Parliament to Gaping Ghyll was reported here a few days ago. The press release was greeted with much enthusiasm by those cavers keen to see ...
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News: Ra Paulette’s luminous subterranean world

In one of the first posts on Darkness Below UK we briefly highlighted the work of US cartoonist John Tudek. At the time we were not sure how to categorise the post - should we create a ...

Loads on a 5:1 Tensioning System

Tyroleans have been a bit of hot topic with me recently. I’ve developed some sites to use in my woodland near Whaley Bridge and been involved in some testing with BCA Trainer Assessors for the ...

Coiling Caving Ladders

Caving ladders are an integral part of the LCMLA Level 2 award. Being practiced with a ladder not only saves time but lots of faff. It can be hard to pack loosely coiled ladders into ...

Website Review: Images of South Crofty Mine

Simon Jones's unrivalled record of Cornwall’s last tin mine. French horns. That was what we associated with Simon. He used to play one, he told us. That, and his annual attendance at the Henry Wood ...

Book Review: Deep Shelter by Oliver Harris

DC Nick Belsey is driven down into the miles of abandoned tunnels under the streets of London in search for a missing woman. As it was his fault she was there in the first place, ...

Book Review: Prayer for the Dead by James Oswald

DI Tony McLean struggles to find a link between a series of bizarre killings in Edinburgh. Prayer for the Dead, the fifth book in James Oswald’s series about Edinburgh detective, DI Tony McLean, a magnet ...

Book Review: Last Words by Michael Korta

Garrison in Southern Indiana is a town that’s harbouring quite a few secrets, as Mark Novak discovers to his cost when he’s sent to look into an exceedingly cold case. Mark Novak works as a ...

John Tudek Cartoons

John Tudek is a caver and artist who is releasing a series of cartoons which under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commerical Licence, which means clubs and other non commercial caving organisations are free to make ...

Can you cut rope with a household jet washer?

After the last blog post where I tried to compare washing a caving rope in a washing machine to jet washing I thought I’d try to see how much damage I could do to a ...