Caving News

News: Tankard Shaft Dig, Priddy

An enthusiastic team of cavers, has been given permission to investigate a mine shaft that opened up in a field just east of the Hunters’ ...
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News: St Cuthbert’s Reopened and Water Level Warning

We reported in November that St. Cuthbert's Swallet, on Mendip had been closed due to instability in the entrance series Happily we can now report ...
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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 ...
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Event: BCA 2016 AGM Notice – Could YOU be BCA’s new Secretary?

The current Secretary of the British Caving Association, Damian Weare, will not be seeking re-election at this year's AGM in June, due to other commitments ...
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News: British Caving Library – Registry of Caving Collections

One of the activities of the British Caving Library is cataloguing collections of donated caving material from once active cavers, mainly documents in the form ...
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News: MPs visit Gaping Gill

MP visit to Gaping Gill
Report by David Rose TWO Conservative MPs and a leading QC have paid a visit to Britain’s highest waterfall – the mighty cascade that tumbles ...
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News: Urgent Appeal – Floods in the North

Cavers know all about self-help. We all have to be very self-reliant in all that we do underground. And this is reflected in the fact ...
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News: Plenty of cavers?

We've all heard of Match.com and Plenty of Fish, but Teri Stephens and James Sherrell have created a Facebook Group offering single cavers the opportunity to ...
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Update: Drws Cefn and Ogof Draenen – landowners’ reaction

The landowners who own access to the UK's second longest cave, Ogof Draenan, have made it clear that they won't be bullied by threats of legal ...
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News: Ra Paulette’s luminous subterranean world

Photo: www.cavediggerdocumentary.com
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 ...
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Update: More news on Drws Cefn legal threats

We reported on 24 November 2015 about the legal action threatened by cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers against Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the ...
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Rescue: UWFRA attend incident near Hetton

Photograph: UWFRA
The UWFRA team attended an incident near Hetton after a female walker sustained a suspected broken ankle. Eighteen team members attended the incident and stretchered the ...
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News: Dales flooding December 5th 2015

As Storm Desmond wreaks havoc throughout Cumbria and large parts of Lancashire and North Yorkshire, photographs and video recordings of flooding in the Yorkshire Dales, ...
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Rescue: Mountain and Cave Rescue Promo Video

British Cave Rescue Council
Did you know that there are around fifty cave and mountain rescue teams in the UK, with around three thousand five hundred volunteers dealing with ...
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News: Descent 247 now available

Descent 247 now available
Wild Places Publishing have just announced that Descent 247 is now available featuring articles covering changing attitudes to cleaning caves, photography from the Third International ...
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NPC Journal now available

The long awaited NPC Journal: explorations and happenings 1987-2015 is finally out. Price is £16 plus P&P direct from the club. Get your copy by ...
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News: Ogof Marros – New Discovery

A new cave has been found in Carmarthenshire by a team of ten cavers from South Wales. The cave was dug throughout much of 2015, ...
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News: Matienzo 2015 report now online

Phil Papard has recently published the Matienzo 2015 report on the Matienzo web site. With around fifty cavers involved at various times throughout the year 2015 ...
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Mining News: Life forms found in two-mile deep mines

The BBC reports on research work in two-mile-deep gold mines in South Africa where strange nematode worms have been found living deep within the rock ...
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News: Earby Pothole Club looking for ex members to help celebrate 70 years

Please note the date of the Earby dinner has changed to the 13th February 2016. With the end 2015 fast approaching the Earby Pothole Club will soon ...
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Exploration: Discovery and Survey of Upper Canada Cave

Correspondent: Nick Harding. Axbridge Caving Group have broken into the long lost Upper Canada Cave in Hutton, near Western-super-Mare. The discovery of Upper Canada Cave came about ...
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News: Cavers Threaten Legal Proceedings Against Landowners

Cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers are involved in the on-going dispute over closing or gating the Drws Cefn entrance to Ogof Draenen in South ...
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Event: NSS 75th Anniversary 2016

NSS 75th Anniversary 2016
In what promises, along with Eurospeleo 2016, to be one of the biggest events of next year the 2016 National Speleological Society are holding their convention ...
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Rescue: UWFRA assist fallen walker at Heber’s Gyhll

Sixteen UWFRA members attended a call out at Heber's Gyhll near Ilkley on Saturday assisting a 61 year old male who had fallen five metres into ...
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News: And the Winner is …

Congratulations to the Soggy Bottom Digging Team for their magnificent effort in Home Close Hole during the past year. They are worthy winners of the ...
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News: Rhino Rift now completely reopened

Four years after the rock falls that not only radically altered the 3rd pitch but also blocked the way on to the 4th and 5th ...
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News: St Cuthbert’s Closed

Due to instability in the entrance series St Cuthbert’s has been closed until work to fix the problem has been carried out. The BEC committee ...
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Appeal: Recycle to raise cash for CRO

If, like us, you've a pile of old toners, ink cartridges or old mobile phones lying around the office (well not so many mobiles admittedly) ...
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News: CRO rescue helicopter on Ingleborough

Over the weekend during a rescue on Ingleborough a Bristow Search and Rescue helicopter landed to discuss the incident with CRO Rescue Controllers and were unable to ...
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Event: J-Rat Digging Night

Event: J-Rat Digging Night
J-Rat Digging Night at the Hunters ...
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