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Book Review: The White Road

Simon Newman would be the first to admit that a bad fall eight years ago, climbing in Wales, gave his confidence, as well as his ...
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News: BCA AGM – Constitutional Matters

The BCA AGM was held on Sunday 11th June, with a raft of constitutional matters on the agenda. Darkness Below has received the following summary ...
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News: Descent 256 Now Available

Descent 256 is now available! As ever, Newsdesk will bring you up to date with news from around the world. A new species of blind ...
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News: Generous Gift to SECRO in Memory of the late Paul Dold LRPS

Paul Dold's death last year in a diving accident in Cornwall shocked his many friends in a way only the unexpected death of someone with ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 6th and 7th June 2017

Due to the continuing heavy rain in the region, information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is ...
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Descent 256 Coming Soon!

Descent 256 is on its way! Make sure your subscription is up to date so you don’t miss out on all the latest caving and ...
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News: Improvements to Access and Parking at Bull Pot Farm, Casterton

Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club have recently received a grant of £400 from the Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale (South Lakeland) Community Grants Fund to ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on Thursday 25th May 2017

Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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News: Researchers Extract Human DNA From Cave Sediments

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany have developed a new method of retrieving hominin DNA from sediments, even in the absence of ...
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News: Successful Cave Diving Rescue in Mallorca

News: Successful Cave Diving Rescue in Mallorca
Spanish cave diver Xisco Gracia (54) survived 60 hours stranded in an air bell in the cave of Sa Piqueta in Cala Romantica, Mallorca after ...
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News: Descent 255 Now Available

Descent 255 is now available! As ever, the edition starts with the information-packed Newsdesk, featuring a rapid run-down  on news and events around the world ...
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Adventures Underground – book signing at Clapham

The Clapham Bunk, Cafe and Bar is the venue this Saturday (8th April) for a book signing by Adventures Underground author Dave Haigh. Dave explains ...
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Cwmystwyth Lefel Fawr -Urgent notice from Cambrian Mines Trust

UPDATE: 6th April 2018 - the work described below has now been completed. Roy Fellows has been in touch with the following notice: Cwmystwyth Lefel ...
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Descent 255 Coming Soon!

Descent 255 is on its way! Make sure your subscription is up to date so you don’t miss out on all the latest caving and ...
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Cave Archaeology in North Wales – the last few years

The bone caves of north Wales have received increased attention from archaeologists in recent years. Excavations have taken place at Llanarmon Cave (Llanarmon-yn-ial) and Ffynnon ...
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Coming Soon…. Adventures Underground

Inspired by the 1952 caving classic Underground Adventures by Arthur Gemmell and Jack Myers, Dave Haigh and John Cordingley have resumed the tale of cave ...
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Kan-i-Gut Expedition – an open invitation

Kan-i-Gut is a natural cave that has been extensively extended by miners over the centuries. The cave is located in the northern foothills of the ...
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News: BCRA 28th Cave Science Symposium, 21st and 22nd October 2017

The British Cave Research Association, Yorkshire Geological Society, and Leeds Geological Association are pleased to announce details of the 28th Annual Cave Science Symposium and ...
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Book Review: The Chalk Pit

Elly Griffith’s latest outing for Norfolk archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway, involves the chalk mines under Norwich, with which I have a certain amount of history ...
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Recreational Caver Training – Does it Work?

When someone new to caving starts to make enquiries about how to get involved, and what is the best way to gain some experience, one ...
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News: The Lot International Cave Diving Congress 15th, 16th, 17th September 2017

Save the date! The Lot International Cave Diving Congress (LIDC) is taking place in Gramat, in the Lot region of France on 15, 16th and ...
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News: BBC Inside Out West Visit Pen Park Hole

On 4 August 2016, Pen Park Hole was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England, and cavers and local residents held ...
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The Pont d’Arc Cave – A Caver’s View of the Chauvet Replica

The original Chauvet cave near the small town of Vallon Pont d’Arc in the Ardeche region of France was discovered on 18th December 1994 by ...
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Book Review: Daisy in Chains

Former doctor Hamish Wolfe is in prison, convicted of the murders of three young women and suspected of the murder of a fourth, and maybe ...
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News: Descent 254 Now Available

Descent 254 is now available! The latest issue starts with a three page Newsdesk spread with a quick fire round up of news from around ...
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News: MCRA Film Archive Now Available On You Tube

The Mendip Cave Registry and Archive (MCRA), in conjunction with Wells and Mendip Museum, holds an ever-growing collection of historical films of interest to cavers ...
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News: Registration Opens for the Gouffre Berger 2017 Clean Up

Cavers from all Fédération Spéléologique Européenne member countries are invited to participate in the international event "BERGER 2017", a clean up of the Gouffre Berger ...
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Always Check Your Anchors Before Use

Concerns have been raised in the Yorkshire Dales that reports are not being made of possibly loose resin anchors placed under the BCA scheme, following ...
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Robbie Shone on National Geographic Live

Most British cavers, and many more around the world, will know or have heard of Robbie Shone and know his work. The National Geographic live ...
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News: Li-Ion batteries being confiscated

News has reached us that cavers travelling through Dubai airport are having their Li-Ion batteries confiscated. We understand that some travellers have had as many ...
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Descent 254 Coming Soon!

Coming soon - Descent 254 The latest edition of the caving magazine Descent will be soon be available! Have you remembered to renew your subscription? ...
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“CSI London” visit UBSS Bristol

The good news is that no animals or humans have been harmed recently, well not for a couple of thousand years in anyway, it's not ...
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Caving Club Journals online

Congratulations to the Wessex Cave Club for making their entire back catalogue of journals available online. This is an excellent resource and joins those from ...
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News: University of Bristol Carbon-Dating Facility

In November 2015, the University of Bristol unveiled the brand new Bristol Radiocarbon Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (BRAMS). This instrument is based on one of the ...
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Bookings for NAMHO 2017 Now Live

Bookings are now open for the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) Conference 2017, to be based around Godstone, Surrey, UK over the weekend ...
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CNCC Individual Caver Representative Wanted!

At the CNCC AGM on the 11th March the organisation will for the first time be electing a representative for individual cavers, rather than just ...
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Viewing Caves on Google Earth – a quick guide

Mendip Cave Registry, Derbyshire Cave Registry and CaveMaps have done a great job of gathering cave data together but not everyone will have realised some ...
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News: Eli Simpson Archive Online

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has recently made available online the first part of the Eli Simpson Archive, an extensive collection of material covering caves ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on Thursday 5th January 2017

Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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News: The Opening of Lascaux IV, Dordogne, France.

The 'Chinese Horse', Lascaux IV
Lascaux IV was officially opened on 10th December 2016 by President Hollande of France, in a day of celebrations at the new Centre International de ...
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News: Descent 253 Now Available

The latest edition of Descent is now available and comes packed with an extra eight pages of articles and caving news from around the world ...
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Newsflash: Water Release Affecting Porth Yr Ogof on 8th December Cancelled

Information has been received from Welsh Water to confirm that the planned water release in the Mellte River on 8th December 2016 is no longer ...
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News: Iranian cavers discover one of the world’s deepest shafts

Story and photos courtesy of Yousef Sorninia and Sadat Lotfizadeh A large team of Iranian cavers led by Yousef Sorninia have discovered the second deepest ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on Thursday 8th December

Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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Secret Underground Bristol – The Clifton Suspension Bridge Abutments

Anyone familiar with the West Country will be aware of the iconic suspension bridge stretching high above the Avon Gorge on the south side of ...
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News: Cheddar Gorge Re-Opens After Major Repairs Following Storm Angus

Flooding at Black Rock Gate
Cheddar Gorge has now reopened to traffic – just days after the road was badly damaged by severe weather and flooding. The B3135 through the ...
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News: Storm Angus hits Cheddar Gorge

Neil getting very wet 22-11.2016
Back in the winter of 2012/13 Cheddar Gorge flooded, damaging the road, and had to be closed for several months, until it dried out and ...
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Has your Descent subscription run out? Be quick….

Coming Soon – Descent 253 The latest edition of the caving magazine Descent will be coming soon! Have you remembered to renew your subscription? Head ...
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News: 2016 J-Rat Digging Award Won by Tween Twins Team

The eighth annual J-Rat Digging Award winner was announced last night (19th November) at Priddy Village Hall during a joint celebration with the Mendip Cave ...
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Event: CHECC Forum – 25th – 27th November 2016

The following announcement is being made on behalf of the Council for Higher Education Caving Clubs (CHECC): CHECC are thrilled to announce this year's CHECC ...
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Event: Mendip Rocks! 2016, 20th October – “Underground and Overground in the Mendip Hills”

The finale of Mendip Rocks! 2016, which has been celebrating the 450 million year history of the Mendip Hills  is taking place at Wells Museum ...
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News: The Giles Barker Award 2016

Giles Barker lost his life while caving in Spain in 1992. An accomplished cave photographer, Giles was a member of the Red Rose CPC and ...
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Event: BCRA Cave Science Symposium, 2016

27th British Cave Research Association Cave Science Symposium - Saturday 22nd October, 2016 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford Field-trip - Sunday 23rd October, ...
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Event: Mendip Cave Rescue 80th Anniversary and J-Rat Digging Award 2016

This year the MCR will be 80 years old, and to celebrate they are having a party, to be held in Priddy Village Hall on ...
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News: Descent 252 Now Available

The latest edition of Descent is now available. Issue 252 is packed with news from around the regions at home and abroad. The four page ...
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A big thumbs up for the BCA Recreational Training Grant

It had never really occurred to me that caving instruction could be so enjoyable and simple to arrange. In the summer of 2016, I attended ...
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Bad Air Warning for Somerset Caves – September 2016

High carbon dioxide levels are currently reported in some Mendip caves. Manor Farm Swallet, Swildons Hole and G.B. Cavern are three popular examples. Other caves ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 9th, 10th and 11th September

Information has just been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that due to high rainfall predicted for tonight in the relevant ...
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News: Descent 251 Now Available

The latest edition of Descent is now available. Issue 251 is packed with news from around the regions at home and abroad, as well as ...
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CRO Tackle Theft Update

The Cave Rescue Organisation have tonight issued the statement below and ask that this information be circulated and shared as widely as possible to cavers ...
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Cave Rescue tackle stolen from Kingsdale Master Cave – updated

The Cave Rescue Organisation have condemned thieves who have stolen a recently installed traverse line and karabiners from the high level traverse in the Kingsdale Master ...
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News: Pen Park Hole Scheduled as Site of Special Scientific Interest

Laura Rawlings
Pen Park Hole, a spectacular hydrothermal cave beneath north Bristol, has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England ...
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News: ABIS and BCA Agree Joint Statement

Photography by GeoPictures.net
Following the one day closure of showcaves to cavers by the Association of British and Irish Showcaves as a protest against BCA's CroW campaign, subsequent ...
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Event: Gaping Gill August Winch Meet

As many cavers know, Gaping Gill is open to the public twice a year. This summer it's the Craven Pothole Club's (CPC) winch meet and anyone ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 8th August

Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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New Website : Northern Mine Research Society

If a society wants to thrive nowadays, it is important that they have a good website. It is by far the best way to promote ...
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News: New Comms System For Use On Cave Rescues

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association is using a new communication system known as Cave-Link to help them on cave rescues. Communications are a critical part ...
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The British Caving Library

The British Caving Library (BCL) is a national research and reference library based in the Peak District, owned by BCRA and staffed part-time by a ...
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EuroSpeleo last call for Salon entries

EuroSpeleo have asked us to remind everyone that the last call for Salon Competition entries is now 1st August (not 23rd July as shown on ...
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News: New Rope Research Website

For many years, a small group of enthusiastic individuals have been having a lot of fun breaking caving rope, and all in a good cause, ...
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British Cave Registries

We at DB Towers were rather surprised that one of our number, on hearing of the new and very impressive Derbyshire Cave Registry and Access ...
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Caving in Derbyshire – DCA Cave Registry now online

The Derbyshire Caving Association have launched an online guide to Derbyshire caves in the form of the DCA Cave Registry, a new resource which builds on ...
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NAMHO Conference 2017 – Call for Papers

The 2017 Annual NAMHO Conference takes place over the weekend of 24th / 25th June, and will be based at Godstone in Surrey. It is ...
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Event: Mendip Regional Event, EuroSpeleo 2016

We're just a month away from the start of the EuroSpeleo 2016 event, "Caves and Caving in the Mendip Hills", and we're really looking forward ...
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Do BCA have your email address?

Since last year the BCA newsletter has only been distributed by email and BCA online are again appealing to cavers via Club Secretaries to help with building ...
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News: BCA July Newsletter is now available

The latest edition of the British Caving Association's Newsletter for July 2016 is now available. The contents include: a message from the Chairman, Andy Eavis, ...
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Site News: Errors after update

Apologies for the error messages you may have seen earlier at the top of the page. An update this morning led to these appearing. The problem seems to ...
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News: BCA Publishes Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines

After several years of work by the Conservation & Access Committee, BCA has now published its Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines. This takes the form of ...
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News: Latest NAMHO Newsletter highlights launch of mining research agenda

In the latest newsletter from NAMHO, Peter Claughton gives a detailed account of the launch of the Archaeology of Mining and Quarrying in England Research ...
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Haggs Brow Cave Excavations, Lower Winskill

Haggs Brow Cave Excavations, Lower Winskill Yorkshire Dales National Park. May 2016. A personal account by Vince Simmonds. Looking down the track to Lower Winskill ...
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Event: Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association Three Peaks Challenge

On the 25th June 2016, the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association are holding a fund-raising event, the Three Peaks Challenge. The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue ...
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News: Descent Reaches Milestone 250th Edition

The 250th edition of the caving magazine Descent is arriving on cavers’ mats this week and that’s a milestone in the life of Descent that ...
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News: Digfest is nearly upon us!

digfest
CSCC DigFest 2016 Ever fancied finding new cave? Now's your chance. The diggers of Mendip will be opening their digs for you to visit and ...
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News: Stunning New Discoveries in Bruniquel Cave

New dating evidence has confirmed that Neanderthal man made their way deep into caves in France and created complex structures from broken stalagmites and stalactites ...
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News: Showcaves Closed To Cavers In Protest Against BCA CroW Campaign

Statement from the Association of British and Irish Showcaves. The Association of British and Irish Showcaves ( ABIS ) is the lead body representing all ...
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News: Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Gets Funds Boost

The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team has been saving lives above and below ground for over 67 years and indeed their current base was the ...
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News: Cwmystwyth Mine works – Phase 1 completed

Roy Fellows reports another completed stage in the stabilisation program in Cwmystwyth Mine. The underground works phase 1, support of the stull above the skipway, ...
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Update: Still time to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

Back in April we reported that Tom Lord was inviting people to join the upcoming excavation of Haggs Brow Cave, at Lower Winskill near Settle ...
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News: Tratman Award 2015

The Tratman Award, 2015 The Tratman Award has been awarded annually since 1979 to a caving-related paper-based publication in memory of E.K. Tratman, who died ...
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South Wales Caving Club – 70th Anniversary

South Wales Caving Club has recently celebrated its 70th anniversary on April 30th. SWCC has been based in the Upper Swansea Valley for all that ...
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Equipment: Do You Use a Croll Ascender?

Do you use a Croll ascender? If so, we strongly advice you to take a look at this recent information release from Petzl for your ...
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Event: Raising the Profile – The future for mining and quarrying archaeology

Medieval quarry passage in Surrey, with good archaeological potential, discovered 2016. Photo: Richard Vidler
Raising the Profile: The future for mining and quarrying archaeology A seminar to launch the publication of the first part of: A Research Framework for ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 14 April

Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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Update: Cwmystwth Lefel Fawr work commences

The planned stabilisation work in Cwmystwyth Mine, reported here in December 2015, has now started. Roy Fellows reports: Work started on 10th April. Please note that ...
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News: Full lecture and field trip programme for NAMHO 2016

The full programme of lectures and field trips for the 2016 NAMHO conference has now ben published. The National Association of Mining History Organisations is ...
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News: New app helps lead mining come to life in the Yorkshire Dales

One of the pleasures I get from being involved in the underground exploration of old mine workings is discovering that there is often just as ...
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Why the BCA should listen to show cave owners.

Photography by GeoPictures.net
A recent article in Descent based on a letter from Ashford Price, member of the Association of British and Irish Show Caves (ABIS), expresses the Associations ...
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Access: CRoW update – divisions deepen

The issue of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 continues to divide the caving community. As we reported early in January, Tim Allen ...
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Birks Fell Cave breakthrough – 48 years ago

The Wet Cascade into the beginning of the Grand Gallery
Story and photos courtesy of Howard Beck - www.howardmbeck.co.uk Not every day is it that the average person is given opportunity to walk where no ...
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News: Descent 249 Now Available

Descent 249 is now available! Catch up with caving and mining news from around the regions. Features in this issue include: a fascinating article on ...
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News: Littondale and Settle Road Closures during April and May

Anyone thinking of heading up to Littondale over the next five weeks is likely to face road works from 4th April to 13th May according ...
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News: Roy Fellows Completes Impressive Efforts in Talybont Mine

Roy Fellows reports that his hard work stabilising Allt-y-Crib (Talybont) Mine is now completed. This project featured briefly on Darkness Below in January this year. Roy has ...
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News: An invitation to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

Photos and article courtesy of Tom Lord The first phase of excavations at Haggs Brow Cave, Lower Winskill http://www.lowerwinskill.co.uk/  will take place from Friday 20th ...
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News: Cave Find Rewrites Irish History

A bear bone found nearly 100 years ago in a cave in Co. Clare, Ireland has provided evidence enabling archaeologist Dr Marion Dowd to re-write ...
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News: Breakthrough in Tween Twins Hole, Burrington Combe, Somerset

A major breakthrough has been made in Tween Twins Hole, Burrington Combe, Somerset. Darkness Below has received the following report from the diggers: After many ...
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Descent 248 Still Available

Descent 248 is still available! Catch up with caving news from around the regions. Available from Wild Places Publishing ...
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News: Hunters Lodge Inn Sink, Somerset, Closed Due To Deliberate Vandalism

A report has just been received by Darkness Below of deliberate vandalism to Hunters Lodge Inn Sink on Mendip. We are sad to report that ...
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Event: Report on Southern CHECC

Darkness Below has received a report on the recent Southern CHECC 2016, held in the Mendips on the 4th-6th of March. Firstly, a massive thank ...
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Force Crag Mine Tours 2016

The National Trust is offering guided tours of the surface remains of Force Crag Mine, worked for zinc and barite, high in the Lake District ...
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March 2016 NAMHO Newsletter

In the March 2016 NAMHO newsletter, the headline story is, understandably, the closure of Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in Britain, which took ...
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Book Review: The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland by Marion Dowd

Ireland has long been a popular destination for cavers the world over. But there is much more to Irish caves than simply their sporting interest ...
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Event: Southern CHECC

Last call for anyone interested in signing up for training at the Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs' Southern event taking place on Mendip this ...
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News: Progress at Tankard Shaft, Somerset

In January, Darkness Below reported that work had started on a new dig called Tankard Shaft, an undocumented mine shaft, tantalisingly close to Tankard Hole, ...
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News: Alyn Gorge Caves – Important advice for North Wales cavers

The following letter has been circulated by Natural Resources Wales for the attention af all cavers and caving clubs active in North Wales, specifically the ...
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Update: Legal action over Drws Cefn entrance draws closer

We brought you news last year about the threat of legal action from cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers and on the responses from both Natural Resources Wales ...
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News: Pen-y-ghent by Trike

If you are not a walker, getting to the summit of Pen-y-Ghent is a serous hike. For most walkers it's a good day out - ...
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Event: Northern CHECC

This year’s fast approaching Council of Higher Education Caving clubs satellite event (Northern CHECC) is a mini student caving forum mainly for northern student caving ...
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Event: Irish Student Caving Forum

This year's Irish Student Caving Forum is being hosted by the Dublin City University Caving Club in Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim on the 25th - 28th ...
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Expedition News: The Caves of the Kosua, Papua New Guinea

PNG Southern Highlands
Far from the floods back home, a team of fifteen cavers, mostly from Ireland, spent Christmas and New Year exploring caves in the Papua New ...
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Update: Goyden Pot News

As already reported numerous and severe recent floods have resulted in changes at Goyden Pot. The Black Sheep Diggers have visited the site and report ...
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News: Farleigh Down Quarry clean-up welcomed

The old Farleigh Down Quarry workings in Wiltshire have been the target of some serious vandalism recently, and also some controversy over what to do about ...
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News: 10 Secret Historical Sites Beneath London

Have you ever wandered around the streets of London wondering what's beneath your feet, or driven around the countryside nearby not even knowing you're passing ...
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Event: Wilderness Lectures, Caves of North-East Greenland

As part of the Wilderness Lectures series, cave scientist Gina Moseley talks about a ground-breaking expedition to the caves of North East Greenland. The talk ...
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News: Swildons Rescue 11 February 2016

In the early hours of the 11 February, a rescue took place in Swildon's Hole, Priddy, on the Mendips. This following report has been received ...
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Newsflash: Instability in Goyden Pot

Due to high water levels in Nidderdale there are reports of instability in Goyden's stream entrance passageway & some areas of breakdown. We are told ...
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News: Remarkable 5,000 year-old silver mine discovered in Greece

A team of mining archaeologists, supervised by Prof. Dr Denis Morin of the University of Lorraine, connected with the UMR National Center for Scientific Research ...
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Caption Competition – an apology!

We'd like to extend an apology to anyone who has already entered the current Darkness Below Caption Competition as we have lost your details and ...
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News: Doux de Coly resurgence and Dordogne rivers in flood

Having seen the weather reports from Britain's caving areas, your intrepid correspondent was quite happy to be safely ensconced in the Dordogne region, with little ...
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News: BCA February News Page now available

The latest edition of the British Caving Association's Newsletter for February 2016 is now available. The contents include: news about the Eurospeleo 2016 congress; funding ...
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News: Cambrian Caving Council Newsletter now available

The latest edition of the Cambrian Caving Council Newsletter for January 2016 is now available. The Newsletter contains reports from all over Wales, including a ...
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Book Review: The First Man by Xavier-Marie Bonnot

The mysterious and dangerous Le Guen’s Cave near Marseille claims another victim, an experienced diver who has been studying the Upper Palaeolithic paintings and engravings ...
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Events: Nenthead Mines Open Days for 2016 Published

For many mine explorers, Nenthead in Cumbria is the Mecca of British mining, with a vast amount of underground exploration potential. For those who prefer ...
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News: Tungsten Mine opened in Devon

Mining firm, Wolf Minerals, has opened the UK’s first new metal mine in 40 years at its Drakelands Mine near Hemerdon, Plymouth. The huge site ...
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Research: Searching for Cryogenic Cave Crystals

Special calcite crystals that form when water freezes to ice in a cave have been discovered in Wookey Hole. Now the researchers would like your ...
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News: Exploration progresses at Wookey Hole

Since the completion of the show-cave tunnel to Chamber 20 in Wookey, last year, a number of groups have been digging and exploring in various ...
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A good source for news on things that matter to mine explorers and historians is the NAMHO newsletter. The latest issue, for December 2015, has ...
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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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At midday on 18th December 2015, the last shift of miners was brought to surface at Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire. The papers and television channels ...
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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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Scheduled Ancient Monument consent has been granted for underground works in Lefel Fawr which involves stabilisation of a sagging timber above the skipway and improvement ...
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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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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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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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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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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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The Cave Rescue Organisation responded to a call from North West Ambulance Service unable to reach Dent to attend to a wheelchair user, upstairs and needing hospital ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Mine-explorers usually have a passion for what remains above ground as well as delving deep into the earth. Groverake Fluorspar Mine closed in 1999 and ...
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