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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Review – Petzl Club, semi-static rope

I had an email about a month ago from Shaun at Hitch n Hike. He’d been sent a 70m sample rope from Petzl to evaluate and once it came out of the box and he ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, training

LCMLA Level 2 – Dec 2015

The North Wales panel of the Local Cave & Mine Leader Award scheme has just run a block of courses based out of Oaklands OEC near Llanwrst. I am a member of the N Wales ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Science Daily

Huge organs defy austerity for tiny cave snails in the subterranean realm

While most of the knowledge about tiny snails comes from studying deserted shells sifted out from piles of dust and sand, the present research is the first contemporary microscopic exploration of organs in cave snails ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, SWCC, SWCC

Whitewalls weekend: Knee-knackering crawls, cool formations and mud!

Trip dates: November 28th-29th 2015Authors: Claire and DuncanGroup: Mark Burkey, Jess Burkey ( trip leader), Mark Hampson, Duncan Hornby, Helen Langford, David Mullin & Claire VivianMark, Duncan, David and Claire arrived on Friday evening at ...
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Ogof Marros – a new cave discovery

Team: Phil Knight, Andy Freem, Antonia Freem, Michael Perryman, Ash Pursglove, Claire Vivian, Duncan Hornby, Emily Ivans, Storm Morris Fred Cook and David Kelvey.A team of SWCC members and friends have been digging near Pendine ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Ferret, mines
SR high T: DCC Stunt of the Year 2015

SR high T: DCC Stunt of the Year 2015

In September this year some DCC members went to Hidden Earth, as they often do. Much shit red wine was drunk, many bruises were gained, and all of the swimming pool alarms were set off ...
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SWCC Provisionals’ Weekend November 2015 – Piers crawls his way into his 40’s…

It was a grey and drizzly weekend at Penwyllt, but still some 17 provisional members made the trek to SWCC to take part in this weekend's caving exploits. All these were either brand new to ...
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Woodland Tyrolean Development

Woodland Tyrolean Development

Recently I headed out to our private woodland site to have a play with my new Rock Exotica Enforcer. We have recently developed a tyrolean crossing here along with calculations of anticipated loads and safety ...
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Cave Leading

On Saturday 7th November, we went down to the long common room of the South Wales Caving Club to meet the provisionals for the weekend. We went round in turn saying who we are, how ...
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OFD 2 Photo Trip, 4.11.15

SWCC: Stewart Avey, Paul Tarrant, Claire VivianJust for a bit of variety we had a photo trip in Top Entrance tonight (when we found it in the mist), instead of the usual caving trip. Paul ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, equipment
Pulling SPIT anchors – Back garden test

Pulling SPIT anchors – Back garden test

This week I thought I’d embark on a little back garden test of some brand new SPIT self driving anchors and some SPIT Grip 10mm sleeve anchors. Both take a normal M8 bolt and hanger ...
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One Poached Egg too many 28.10.15

SWCC: Tabitha, Paul Tarrant and Claire VivianThis was a trip to introduce Tabitha to an area of OFD2 she hadn't yet had the chance to visit. Missing out on my usual fight with the lock ...
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OFD1 Evening 20.10.15

SWCC: Stewart Avey, Paul Tarrant and Claire VivianThis was a quick evening trip to provide Stewart with his first visit to OFD1. We met at 6.30pm at SWCC to collect a key and then swiftly ...
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Mendip Caving, 17-18 Oct. 2015

SWCC: Bill Buxton, Chloe Francis, Laurence Brown and Claire VivianMCG: Ben CooperFor a change, I'll start at the end. The moral of the story is that if you haven't been to Upper Flood Swallet, you ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Science Daily

Fossils reveal humans were greater threat than climate change to Caribbean wildlife

Nearly 100 fossil species pulled from a flooded cave in the Bahamas reveal a true story of persistence against all odds -- at least until the time humans stepped foot on the islands ...
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Aggy for the evening 13.10.15

SWCC: Stewart Avey, Paul Tarrant, Claire Vivian.Guest: Rory Parker.At SWCC we are definitely keen and flexible at short notice. This was going to be a first Craig a Ffynnon trip for Adrian, but due to ...
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Pull Testing Ground Anchor Pins

Pull Testing Ground Anchor Pins

It is quite common that where you need to anchor ropes to things, there are no natural things there to anchor to (like boulders). Climbers and cavers get round this by installing bolts and/or ground ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Science Daily

Only above-water microbes play a role in cave development

Only the microbes located above the water's surface contribute to the development of hydrogen-sulfide-rich caves, suggests an international team of researchers. Since 2004, researchers have been studying the Frasassi cave system, an actively developing ...
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Scientist solves 20-year-old cave diving mystery

Scientists have solved a decades-old geological mystery into what caused the death of a Florida cave diver ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Ferret
Paris Catacombs 2015

Paris Catacombs 2015

Another fantastic weekend in and mostly underneath Paris with a some awesome people. Many thanks to Tom for driving, Big Steve, Di, Adam, Joel, Alistair, Bekah, Doldy, and Josh ...
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A Traverse of the Brenta Dolomites

I seem to have the same love-hate relationship with via ferratas as I do with caving. As I'm clinging to a frayed metal cable half way up a cliff, legs shaking on a rusty stemple, ...
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/ Blogs on other sites, Ferret
Matienzo Summer 2015

Matienzo Summer 2015

Nigel's Trip Report ...
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Chinese cave ‘graffiti’ tells a 500-year story of climate change and impact on society

Unique inscriptions found in a cave in China, combined with chemical analysis of cave formations, show how droughts affected the local population over the past five centuries, and underline the importance of implementing strategies to ...
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Underground gourmet: Selected terrestrial cave invertebrates and their meal preferences

Doubting whether cave invertebrates feed on just anything they can find in the harsh food-wise environment underground, researchers conducted a research in Slovakian and Romania caves. They studied a number of microwhip scorpions, oribatid mites, ...
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Video: The Geology of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu

Learn about the geological features of England's Ogof Ffynnon Ddu National Nature Reserve with Dr. Keith Ball, a retired British Geological Survey geologist and life-long speleologist ...
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Video: Divers Experience Malta’s Billinghurst Cave

Visit inside Billinghurst Cave, a large underwater sea cave along the coast of Malta that has very little natural light thanks to a dip in the middle ...
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Human Skull in Sinkhole Prompts Homicide Investigation

Police are investigating at a Kentucky sinkhole after a human skull was spotted inside on Tuesday ...
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Watch: Cave Divers Explore Pandora Cave

Visit inside a recently discovered underwater cave covered with bacterial straws and webs, which rain down on the divers with every exhalation ...
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Telegraph Article Promotes the Adventure and Camaraderie of Caving

Folks are encouraged to try caving, the ultimate activity for those with a sense of adventure, in a recent article in The Telegraph ...
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