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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Vince Simmonds Blog – Longwood, Mendip

9th May 2016: took a stroll from Blackrock Gate up to Longwood to admire the fine display of bluebells there ...
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Dig Halloween update 7th May 2016

Just Jake and Nick in attendance at the dig in Hallowe'en Rift this weekend and between them shifted over 50 bags ...
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Giant's Hole

Giant’s Hole

Tom and I found ourselves at a loose end this weekend, on Friday night we decided to go down the classic Giant's Hole near Castleton in Derbyshire. Tom came to pick me up at the ...
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A coffee break in Ogof Marros

A coffee break in Ogof Marros

It had been a long wet winter and as the entrance series can flood to the roof we had been hampered from visiting the newly discovered Ogof Marros. I had first met Phil Knight a ...
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Dong Hoi, and Phong Nha in March/April

Ruth paddles into the early morning sunTime marches on, two more Months have passed since my last general update, so here's a few pictures and some news that got away. Ruth has been doing a ...
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Tu Lan 13

You're sinking, bail faster!Ruth joined me for this tour, so she was in charge of most of the pictures, here are the results.Small birds nest along the way The first day is a lovely walk, ...
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SWCC – Looking to the future

What better way to follow on from the 70th anniversary celebrations than to look to the next 70?There were several trips underground with the club's next generation over the anniversary weekend and this is the ...
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Ninh Binn – Part Two

Tuesday 26th AprilWorking in the rice fieldsSecond day, no more sunshine, only rain. Undeterred, but having had enough of boat rides, we got on our bikes and started to cycle off the beaten track.It's a ...
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Ninh Binh – Tam Coc

Ninh Binh SunsetMonday 25th AprilWe have a few days off, so we decided to book a last minute trip to Ninh Binh. It's supposed to be like Ha Long Bay, only inland.Foot rowingBooking the train ...
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SD 19

Curly CaterpillarAnother Hang Son Doong Tour, not much to say so we'll just post a few pictures that are probably different to ones posted earlier.Camp One, Hang Son DoongPlant on a treeTarantula!Doline Two from Camp ...
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Vince Simmonds Blog – Wookey Hole, Mendip

28th April 2016: I'm out of action for a while following some surgery on a dodgy elbow. However, the quest off Chamber 20 continues and thanks go to Nick Hawkes for penning the latest instalment, ...
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Bar Pot To Gaping Gill Main Chamber

Bar Pot To Gaping Gill Main Chamber

For our last day's play in the Dales we headed up from Clapham village car park in sunshine for the walk up to Bar Pot. Jess had elected to do the rigging for this one ...
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A County Round Trip via The Battle Of Britain Series

A County Round Trip via The Battle Of Britain Series

Saturday we took the day off and just had a quick photographic play in Yordas Cave, and were met later in the day by Loz. As the weather was forecast a little grim and wet ...
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Dig Halloween 30th update April 2016

I'm out of action for a couple of weeks or so after surgery on a dodgy elbow and the rest of the team had other commitments resulting in 'no digging' last weekend. A depleted team ...
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Ireby Fell Cavern: Ireby  2

Ireby Fell Cavern: Ireby 2

Having been given a long weekend off work Jess and I decided to make the most of it and head up to Yorkshire. We had been told that diggers had rigged Ireby Fell Cavern and ...
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Was it all a dream?

Was it all a dream?

Brendan and Mark have been threatening to take me caving for some time but it's only a few weeks since my pelvic scaffolding was surgically removed and so far too early to contemplate a return ...
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Vince Simmonds Blog – Metalwork hoard

This metalwork hoard, probably of bronze/copper alloy was recently uncovered on a site in North Somerset. It was block lifted by yours truly and, subsequently dispatched to the county FLO to be further examined and ...
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Vince Simmonds Blog – Sepia tones

23rd April 2016: In Harptree Combe ST 5618 5600. Aqueduct for Bristol water supply, completed in 1851, the engineer was John Simpson ...
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Video: Cavers Continue to Push Sweden’s Longest Underwater Cave

Follow along with cave divers as they explore Sweden’s Dolinsjö Cave as part of the 2016 Bjurälven Expedition ...
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Idaho Department of Fish and Game Enlists Cavers in WNS Battle

Members of south-central Idaho's Silver Sage Grotto have teamed up with their states Department of Fish and Game to count bats and place temperature and humidity recorders ...
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OFD to Cwm Dwr Through Trip

OFD to Cwm Dwr Through Trip

For Sunday we were joined by Ian who had requested a through trip. Jess and I were feeling somewhat better rested after a good meal and nights sleep.We were in good spirits as we sauntered ...
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Hanoi Part Two, West Lake and Long Bien Bridge

For our final day in Hanoi, we had some time to kill. Our train was not until 10pm, so quite a lot of time!Not quite as luxurious as our HotelRuth and I decided to hire ...
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Dig Halloween update 16th April 2016

With Jake and Tav. My turn to dig this session as I will be out of action for a couple of weeks or so after some surgery to sort out my dodgy elbow. Jake took ...
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Dan Yr Ogof, The Far North

Dan Yr Ogof, The Far North

Although not really feeling well rested after a rather busy week we had promised Chloe and Mark a trip to the Far North in Dan Yr Ogof, and so we dragged ourselves out of bed ...
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Dr. Nick: The Curious Minnesota Caver

Deep in the basement of the University of Minnesota, Star Tribune reporter Sarah Barker caught up with curious caver/geologist Dr. Nick Seaton ...
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Vince Simmonds Blog – Wookey Hole, Mendip

14th April 2016: with Nick, Brockers and Dunc. I had amassed a pile of kit to go underground including 2no. BDH's filled with cement, drill with assorted bits and hangers, new skip and a 1 ...
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Hanoi Part One

Old building, new wiresWe're back in Hanoi for a few days, no real reason except Ruth is visiting a Dentist while we are here (she may be developing an abscess) and it's also nice just ...
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Oxalis Four Day Tu Lan Caving Tour

Tu Lan campsite from Hang Ken entranceAnother fine tour, weather good and water is warming up nicely.Hang Chuot, or Rat CaveHere's a few selected pictures from the tour, mostly caves as that's what it's about!The ...
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Vietnam Caves, Hang Dong Cây Sanh, our final Expedition outing

Riverside CampsiteRuth, Watto and I just had time for a quick two day outing before another Son Doong tour. A short drive and forty minute walk got us to our campsite by a dry riverbed.Hang ...
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Exploring Hang Bom

The path's here somewhereIn between tours, we managed to squeeze in another day of exploration. This time we had a big team of six of us.The Bomb of Hang BomWe had been told that we ...
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