Other Sites and Blogs

We can’t hope to bring you every story, but there are plenty of caving and mining blogs out there you can browse at your leisure! Have a read through some of the best! If you know of a blog you’d like us to add to this page please let us know!

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/ Blogs on other sites, SWCC, SWCC
Provisional Members do their thing

Provisional Members do their thing

In recent weeks we have had many enquiries from people who would either like to try caving for the first time, or established cavers who would like to join SWCC. As ever, we are keen ...
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18th March 2017

With Nick, Tav, Jake and Jonathon. I did the surface duty again, the hauling of bags up the entrance not good for Nick's back, he did the haul and shuttle instead. Tav was at the ...
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Big bat find in Alberta’s boreal forest

Biologists have announced the discovery last month of the largest Alberta bat hibernation site (based on estimated bat count) ever recorded outside of the Rocky Mountains ...
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Wookey Hole, Mendip

14th March 2017: with Jake and Nick. The plan was to go up to the end of Chamber 20 in Wookey Hole to check the water levels in our dig there. Optimism, mostly on my ...
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Aqueduct, Harptree Combe

Recent tree clearance works around the aqueduct in Harptree Combe have allowed improved views of this example of Victorian engineering. The abutments have also been given some attention, revealing the dry stone wall construction ...
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Incident 12/2017 – Mar 11th. Sat. 15.54 – White Scar Cave, Ingleton, North Yorkshire – Cave Rescue.

A visitor (f, 79) tripped, while on a tour of the show cave, hitting her head, just above the left eye. A small team went in to assist the Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedic who was ...
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Incident 11/2017 – Mar 3rd Fri. 21.56 – Ingleborough, Clapham, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Two Three Peaks walkers (m, 20; m, 19) reported themselves lost and benighted, descending from Ingleborough. From their description, the CRO duty controller surmised that they were actually on the Nature Trail path, heading towards ...
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11th March 2017

With Tav, Jake, Nick, Matt and Jonathon. After digging last weekend, I was on surface duty today; Tav was doing the haul and shuttle; Jake, at the top of the slope, Matt at the bottom; ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Ferret

Kraków

Damian has had this trip in mind for years, so many times he told us about the salt mines in Poland; the size and grandeur of them is a must see for underground enthusiasts. The ...
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4th March 2017

With Jonathon, Matt, Jake and Tav. I did the excavation and filling of bags, Jonathon cleared the bags and rocks away. The spoil was loaded into the skip to Matt, at the top of the ...
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Removing Sleeve Anchors (SPITS etc…)

I guess this post is a bit of a continuation from the blog post I did about pull testing SPIT type anchors in 2015. Sorry it has taken me so long to get round to ...
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2nd March 2017

With Tav and Jake. Tav digging, me clearing the bags and rocks to Jake, at the top of the slope where the spoil was stashed temporarily. Some of the rocks needed reduction in size before ...
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28th February 2017

With Jake. Jake only had surface gear with him, so the decision had been made, I was going underground. Not far underground though, just to the bottom of the entrance. About thirty loads of rock ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Vince Simmonds

Cowleaze Lane to Compton Martin

26th February 2017: Cowleaze Lane to Compton Martin. From Ridge Lane, West Harptree across fields to join Cowleaze Lane. At the top of the lane, just before crossing the road, is a good spread of ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, DigHalloween

25th February 2017

With Jake, Jonathon and Matt. We took a couple of the replacement drag trays up the cave with us, and a reel of new polypropylene rope, to replace the trays on the haul routes. Jake ...
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22nd February 2017

Solo. I had finished a rather slow archaeological watching brief early, with the prospects of going down to Okehampton tomorrow, I decided to take a half-days leave. Rather than go into Hallowe'en Rift this evening, ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Science Daily

Anyone can be backyard scientist, mole study shows

Scientific findings are awaiting discovery in your backyard. The requirement? A keen sense of observation and patience. A researcher recently completed a study on moles' behavior that proves the concept. His laboratory? A molehill-dotted city ...
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Highlights of the Caving Year 2016

Dudley Caving Club 2016 Round Up. What another eventful year it has been. Join us on our underground adventures.Photos: Brendan Marris and Mark BurkeyVideo: Keith Edwards ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Vince Simmonds

Shute Shelve Hill

19th February: From the summit of Shute Shelve Hill there are extensive views of the surrounding countryside, to the west over the ridge to Wavering Down and Crook Peak. Getting to the top is another ...
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Incident 10/2017 – Feb 19th Sun. 18.27 – Bargh Hill, Stainforth, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

Two walkers (m, 41; f, 38) reported themselves lost (without map), in the dark and in low cloud, on what was intended to be a circular walk over Pen y ghent, from Horton in Ribblesdale ...
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18th February 2017

With Jonathon, Matt, Nick and Tav. Jonathon on digging duties, Matt clearing the filled bags and rocks to Nick, pulling the loaded skip up the slope ...
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16th February 2017

With Roz and Tav. The plan was to clear the rock debris created by Tuesday evening's effort. On the way up to the current end of Merlin's, I reeled in the wire and left it ...
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14th February 2017

My funny valentines! Solo. A mild evening, with some low cloud, as I walked up to Hallowe'en Rift, I caught sight of a bat in the light from my torch, flying low across the field ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, SWCC, SWCC

Hardcore at Hardraw….

It was a great weekend, everyone enjoyed themselves doing some challenging trips ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Vince Simmonds

Callow Drove

12th February: Along Callow Drove. I had planned to walk on Axbridge Hill, but on arrival at Shute Shelve car park, an abandonment of cars left by a group of "ramblers" meant there was no ...
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Incident 9/2017 – Feb 12th Sun. 11.43 – Pen y ghent, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

In wintery conditions, a walker (f, 42) slipped on ice descending from the summit, and sustained a fracture to her right tibia and fibula. The casualty was attended to by team casualty carers, given pain ...
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11th February 2017

With Tav, Nick, Jonathon and Matt. I was ready for the surface duties but, Tav opted for that position, on the grounds that he had dug on Thursday evening. I did the haul and shuttle ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, DigHalloween

9th February 2017

With Tav, Jake and Nick. Tav, back after missing a few sessions due to work commitments, upfront digging, Jake clearing the bags and loading the skip to Nick at the top of the slope. I ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, SWCC, SWCC

You have to work for these formations!

We drove over to the MCG hut and met up with Peter Bennett who was to be our guide into Upper Flood Swallet. I had been forewarned that this was not a trip for beginners ...
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Incident 8/2017 – Jan 29th Sun. 15.36 – Little Ingleborough, North Yorkshire – Mountain Rescue.

A walker (m,28), wearing trainers, slipped on snow or ice when beginning to descend from Little Ingleborough towards Gaping Gill and sustained a suspected shoulder dislocation. As CRO members made their way up to him, ...
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