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Cavers snap up the media spotlight in national competition

Two cavers have snapped up some of the spotlight in a national writing and photography competition. Descent editor Chris Howes won the photography category and ...
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Dig, dig, dig …. Descent 277 is coming soon!

Descent 277 will be on its way soon, and despite a second lockdown, there’s plenty of news plus reports of some very significant breakthroughs around ...
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Cave scientists travel the world from their armchairs …

Delegates from more than 30 countries came together virtually to take part in the 31st Cave Science Symposium of the British Cave Research Association on ...
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BCRA Cave Science Symposium and latest newsletter

The BCRA Cave Science Symposium is being held by Zoom on Saturday 14th November. You can still register for free. BCRA Newsletter In this newsletter: ...
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Council of Southern Caving Clubs and Mendip Cave Rescue issue joint statement regarding new lockdown

Following the announcement of the new lockdown measures, the Council of Southern Caving Clubs (CSCC) and Mendip Cave Rescue (MCR) have issued a joint statement ...
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BCA 2020 ballot results announced

The results are in! No, we don't mean the results of the US elections, we mean the results of the 2020 BCA AGM voting and ...
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Newsflash: Voting extended on BCA AGM ballot

At 6pm on Saturday 1st November BCA's webservers were taken offline for essential maintenance by their web hosting provider. This included the voting website for ...
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Annual J’Rat Digging Awards – 21st November 2020

Owing to COVID19, there will not be an event held in the Hunters for 2020 for the presentation of the Silver Shovel for Mendip and ...
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Book Review: Caves and Cave Diving

Alan Jeffreys dips into his bookshelf again to take a look at another caving classic. Back in the day when I was just starting out ...
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Les Williams photo courtesy of Gerik Rhoden
Les Williams has resigned as BCA chair with immediate effect. Phil Rowsell has been co-opted into the role and joins Howard Jones as Treasurer and ...
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Gear manufacturers Petzl are warning cavers to check their ropes after two critical defects were found on a low-stretch kernmantle rope. A customer unpacking new ...
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The Ghar Parau Foundation is on the lookout for a new secretary to take over from Phil Rowsell. Nick Williams, the interim acting secretary, said: ...
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As lockdown eases and caving resumes in most places, don’t forget that you can still take a break from the mad scramble to get back ...
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BCA have issued a new coronavirus update for cavers: BCA notes that travel restrictions across England, Scotland and Wales will, by the 6th July be ...
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One of the oldest and largest cave rescue teams in the country has put out an urgent plea for fundraising help to modernise important kit ...
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Naughty boys, grand follies, an underground control centre for a railway and a Quaker congregation falling through the floor into the cellar ... Peter Burgess ...
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The British Caving Association (BCA) and the Speleological Union of Ireland (SUI) have issued more advice about how to make a safe return to caving ...
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In the UK, the British Caving Association (BCA) has issued clubs with some guidance on cleaning tackle. As yet it's not known how - if ...
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Descent 274 has now arrived! This is the second copy to appear since lockdown so as can be imagined recent exploration doesn't figure highly but ...
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Following the recent resignation of Matt Ewles as Secretary of the British Caving Association, we are very pleased to inform our readers that a keen ...
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As lockdown restrictions continue, settle down in your favourite armchair with some reading material instead. It’s the next best thing to actually going caving, and ...
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Dave William Gill (not to be confused with Dave ‘Icarus’ Gill) will be known to many cavers in this country – and abroad – as ...
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The new guidelines introduced this week make it clear that the roads and fells are open and so are most caves, but the suggestion is ...
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The Wells and Mendip Museum has a long and fruitful relationship with the caving community. The late Herbert E Balch, arguably Mendip's most famous original ...
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As I type, the Craven Pothole Club (CPC) is well into its 91st year. The founder member in September 1929 was Albert Mitchell, FRGS, who ...
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When we at DB Towers received our copy of Robin Taviner's Somerset Underground Volume 1, we were intrigued to learn that one site that he ...
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A report on the big river caves of Papua New Guinea in the Nakanai Mountains and one on harvesting swiftlet nests in Sarawak by David ...
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