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Latest media briefing from the British Cave Rescue Council

Attached below is the latest update regarding the British involvement in the Thaiand Cave Rescue. Any press enquiries shoud be directed as detailed in the ...
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Missing Thai boys and coach found alive – rescue moves to next stage

It's probably fair to say that people across the world, not just cavers, are breathing one the largest collective sighs of relief for many years ...
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Newsflash: Thai boys have been found alive in Tham Luang Cave Rescue

Breaking news: All 12 boys and their football coach have been found alive after nine days missing in caves in Thailand, the regional governor says ...
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News: British Cave Divers join Thailand cave rescue

In a race against the clock three British cave rescue divers and their equipment left Heathrow just after 9pm last night on a flight to Thailand ...
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News: Chaldon Quarries, Surrey – Radiocarbon Dating Results

In January 2018, we reported that the Wealden Cave and Mine Society had been awarded the opportunity to get free radiocarbon dating work performed on ...
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NAMHO 2018 – Lecture Review

The 2018 annual conference of the National Association of Mining History Organisations was hosted jointly by Gloucester Speleological Society, Royal Forest of Dean Caving Club, ...
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Event: The 12th Balkan Cavers’ Camp, 2nd to 8th July 2018

The Romanian Speleological Federation is organising the 12th Annual Balkan Cavers' Camp which is being held between the 2nd to the 8th of July 2018 ...
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Review: Descent 262 Now Available

Descent 262 should have landed on your mats and in the shops by now! If you’re not a subscriber, we hope this short round up ...
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News: Cave Scientist Gina Moseley Receives €1.2 Million Research Prize

Dr Gina Moseley from the Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group will receive one of this year's prestigious Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) START prizes. The START programme ...
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News: CDG Wookey Hole Book Now Available at a Special Price

Special Offer! The CDG publication WOOKEY HOLE tells the story of the pioneers and their cutting edge approaches to exploratory diving at one of Somerset's ...
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News: Descent 262 Coming Soon

Descent 262 will be with you very shortly! If you’re not up to date with your subscription don’t forget that the lovely folks at Wildplaces ...
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News: New Connection in Wookey Hole

A recent connection has been dug in Wookey Hole Caves to link Charon's Chamber with the adjacent Troup's Rift. Charon’s Chamber is a high rift ...
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Subterranea Britannica: Budapest Weekend 12th and 13th May, 2018

Subterranea Britannica group enters the Kőbánya cellar system, 35 kilometres of underground quarry. Photo: Peter Burgess I was once an active member of Subterranea Britannica, ...
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Event: BCRA 29th Cave Science Symposium

British Cave Research Association 29th Cave Science Symposium Saturday 13th October, 2018, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol FIRST CIRCULAR & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS ...
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The Brewery, the Cave and the Caving Club

The caves in Reigate, Surrey, are in reality sand-cut cellars and sand-mines. The caves that were excavated in Tunnel Road in the nineteenth century were, ...
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News: Descent 261 Now Available

Descent 261 should have reached subscribers and shops by now! If you’re not a subscriber, we hope this short round up will whet your appetite ...
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Review: Cave and Karst Science, April 2018 Issue

The April 2018 issue of Caves and Karst Science is now available. Volume 45, Number 1 carries six main articles, starting with an appreciation of ...
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Safety Advice – Cwmystwyth Mine April 2018

Roy Fellows would like the following safety advice to be published: With regard to the ladder at the top of a very loose slope of ...
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Book Review: The Devil’s Dice

Respectable patent lawyer Peter Hamilton is found dead at a spot known as The Devil’s Dice, a remote crag in the Peak District which houses ...
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Review: Caves of North Wales Website

In today’s Information Age we’ve all become used to having what we want to know at our fingertips – literally! At times it seems as ...
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The ‘Definitive Opinion’ on CRoW and Cave Access

The ‘Definitive Opinion’ on CRoW and Cave Access
This article first appeared in the South Wales Caving Club newsletter for April 2018 and is reprinted here with kind permission from the author Gary ...
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Welsh Mines News Digest, Spring 2018

Here are some brief snippets of news, courtesy of Roy Fellows. Filming for "Hidden Wales" Lazerbeam Productions has been filming surface and underground at Cwmystwyth for ...
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Ritual Protection Marks in Caves under the Mendips

Conservation work in 2003 in Goatchurch Cavern on the Mendips revealed some fine inscribed marks on calcite flowstone next to the Giant’s Steps. The marks ...
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News: Cheddar Gorge Extreme Spring Clean

A team of rope access technicians are undertaking a radical spring clean at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. A total of 15 specialists are taking part ...
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Event: Expedition to the Deepest Cave in Bulgaria

If you're at a loose end from the 4th of April – 15th of April 2018, the Pod Raba Caving Club are organising an expedition ...
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News: Neanderthals were the first artists

Most of the popular coverage of the recent announcements about the possible Neanderthal link to parietal art in Spanish caves has, as usual, been focussing ...
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News: UNEXMIN UX-1 Robot, First Field Trials due in June

On the 31st of January and 1st of February, the UNEXMIN consortium partners and advisory board  members gathered in Bled, Slovenia, to discuss the current ...
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News: CSCC Locks are Changing

The Council of Southern Caving Clubs (CSCC) are changing the locks on all of the caves for which they administer access. The previously used locks ...
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News: Putting Cave Surveying In The Map

In September, Andrew Atkinson's article on Cave Surveying – the next steps proved to be of huge interest to readers. An open invitation was extended ...
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News: Exploring Large River Caves in West Papua

An Italian team, Achleoos Geo Exploring, is exploring and documenting underground rivers with very high flow rates. In a series of expeditions from 2012 to ...
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News: DNA Research Reveals More About 10,000-Year-Old Cheddar Man

DNA work carried out by researchers from the Natural History Museum (NHM) and University College London (UCL) has shed new light on Cheddar Man, a ...
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News: Radon Underground – Recent Changes

Bob Mehew has provided the following information with regard to the reduction in acceptable levels of exposure to radon gas, which might impact cave instructors ...
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Newsflash: Movement Reported in Ogof Draenen’s Second Boulder Choke

Following an incident on Saturday 27th January 2018, it has been reported to the Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) that there has been some ...
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News: Conservation Work in Ogof Draenen

Taping, for good or bad, is a vital aspect of caving that ensures most of the cave is kept safe for future generations, restricting the ...
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Rhosydd Slate Quarry – a classic book republished

A new print run of Rhosydd Slate Quarry, by M.J.T. Lewis and J.H. Denton, is now available. In 1974, the list of available literature covering ...
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News, Caves and Karst Science Now Available

The December issue of Caves and Karst Science is now available. Volume 44, Number 3 carries four main articles, starting with a paper on Karst ...
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News: Descent 260 Now Available

Descent 260 should by now have landed on mats all around the country! If you’re not a subscriber, we hope this short round up will ...
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News: The World’s Longest Underwater Cave System

Two of the largest underwater cave systems in the world have been connect, resulting in a new record, which brings the combined length of two ...
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NewsFlash: Trapped Cavers Freed.

The eight men trapped since Sunday in the Hölloch in Switzerland’s Muotathal valley are now free. The Schwyz cantonal police said that the men had ...
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News: Trapped Cavers Still Waiting For Release.

Eight men have been trapped in the Hölloch cave in Switzerland’s Muotathal valley since 21 January. They will not be released before this weekend at ...
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News: Descent Coming Soon

Descent 260 will be with you very shortly! If you’re not up to date with your subscription, now is the time to renew. The lovely ...
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Joint Statement by the Secretaries of Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) and Cambrian Caving Council (CCC).

A view along the Garndyrrus tram road. Photo: M. Jones
Joint Statement by the Secretaries of Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) and Cambrian Caving Council (CCC). There is a new entrance to Ogof Draenen, ...
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News: Pre Columbian Cave Art in the Caribbean

News: Pre Columbian Cave Art in the Caribbean
New research by academics from the University of Leicester and the British Museum, working with colleagues from the British Geological Survey and Cambridge University, outlines ...
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News: UNEXMIN: An Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

Thirteen organisations from seven countries across Europe are collaborating in an ambitious project to develop a submersible robotic system for surveying and exploration of flooded ...
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Wealden Cave and Mine Society Wins Radiocarbon Dating Award

In the summer of 2017, I was made aware of a scheme to encourage community archaeological groups to submit material for radiocarbon dating. The scheme ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 24th January 2018

Information has been received from Robert Griffiths at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru that they will be carrying out a scour test at 10am on the morning ...
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Appeal: Missing Caver – your help needed!

9/12/2017 Update: Please note we understand that the search for Michael Wood is now over. Cavers and walkers across the UK, particularly in the Yorkshire ...
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News: Descent 259 Now Available

Descent 259 is now available! Newsdesk’s five pages will bring you up to date with news at home and abroad and even outer space, with ...
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Review: Underground Worlds Calendar 2018

The internationally renowned Underground Worlds calendar for 2018 is now available from Wild Places Publishing, better known to most of us as the publishers of ...
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News: Ogof Draenen – Update

A view along the Garndyrrus tram road. Photo: M. Jones
Following recent reports of the opening of a new entrance to Ogof Draenen and the statement from the Trustees of the Pwll Dhu Cave Management ...
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Happy Birthday (or is it anniversary?) – to us!

From us to you - a very big thanks! No cake, although maybe we should take a leaf out of  the Dudley Caving Club's book ...
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News: A Golden Age of Cave Exploration

To celebrate 50 years of pioneering British cave exploration and scientific research, renowned explorers of the subterranean world will come together to share their discoveries ...
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News: Statement from the Trustees of Pwll Du Cave Management Group

A view along the Garndyrrus tram road. Photo: M. Jones
We have been asked by the Trustees of Pwll Du Cave Management Group to publish the following statement, which is also being published today in Descent ...
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Poll Breugair (Liar’s Sink) – This Year’s J-Rat Digging Award Winner

Liar's Sink is the name given to an obvious sink in the burn a short distance from the Cave of the Liar, Applecross. The following ...
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News: The Winner of the 2017 J-Rat Digging Award is….

The winner of the 2017 J-Rat digging award was announced at the Hunter's Lodge Inn last night, 25th November. The winner is Toby Speight and ...
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News: The Ario Dream Wins People’s Choice Award at the Kendal Mountain Festival

The Ario Dream, a new film reflecting on 57 years of cave exploration by Oxford University Caving Club and the Ario Caves Project, premiered at ...
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Descent 259 Coming Soon

Descent 259 will landing on your mats very soon! If you’re not up to date with your subscription, now is the time to renew. The ...
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News: The 2017 J-Rat Digging Award

The deadline has passed, the figures are in and the 2017 annual J-Rat Digging Award will be announced at a gala evening at the Hunters' ...
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News: Northern England Caving Awards for Exploration Announced

The Northern England Caving Awards For Exploration (NECAFE) have been announced. For the first time cavers in the North of England are being invited to enter, ...
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Report: Beneath those Mountains Again

Me bolting in 27/9 (photo Mark Sims)
I’d been caving for perhaps nine hours. We’d been going slowly, carrying a lot of equipment and I was tired. Very tired. Now I was ...
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Respectable patent lawyer Peter Hamilton is found dead at a spot known as The Devil’s Dice, a remote crag in the Peak District which houses ...
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In today’s Information Age we’ve all become used to having what we want to know at our fingertips – literally! At times it seems as ...
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The ‘Definitive Opinion’ on CRoW and Cave Access
This article first appeared in the South Wales Caving Club newsletter for April 2018 and is reprinted here with kind permission from the author Gary ...
Read More
Here are some brief snippets of news, courtesy of Roy Fellows. Filming for "Hidden Wales" Lazerbeam Productions has been filming surface and underground at Cwmystwyth for ...
Read More
Conservation work in 2003 in Goatchurch Cavern on the Mendips revealed some fine inscribed marks on calcite flowstone next to the Giant’s Steps. The marks ...
Read More
A team of rope access technicians are undertaking a radical spring clean at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. A total of 15 specialists are taking part ...
Read More
If you're at a loose end from the 4th of April – 15th of April 2018, the Pod Raba Caving Club are organising an expedition ...
Read More
Most of the popular coverage of the recent announcements about the possible Neanderthal link to parietal art in Spanish caves has, as usual, been focussing ...
Read More
On the 31st of January and 1st of February, the UNEXMIN consortium partners and advisory board  members gathered in Bled, Slovenia, to discuss the current ...
Read More
The Council of Southern Caving Clubs (CSCC) are changing the locks on all of the caves for which they administer access. The previously used locks ...
Read More
In September, Andrew Atkinson's article on Cave Surveying – the next steps proved to be of huge interest to readers. An open invitation was extended ...
Read More
An Italian team, Achleoos Geo Exploring, is exploring and documenting underground rivers with very high flow rates. In a series of expeditions from 2012 to ...
Read More
DNA work carried out by researchers from the Natural History Museum (NHM) and University College London (UCL) has shed new light on Cheddar Man, a ...
Read More
Bob Mehew has provided the following information with regard to the reduction in acceptable levels of exposure to radon gas, which might impact cave instructors ...
Read More
Following an incident on Saturday 27th January 2018, it has been reported to the Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) that there has been some ...
Read More
Taping, for good or bad, is a vital aspect of caving that ensures most of the cave is kept safe for future generations, restricting the ...
Read More
A new print run of Rhosydd Slate Quarry, by M.J.T. Lewis and J.H. Denton, is now available. In 1974, the list of available literature covering ...
Read More
The December issue of Caves and Karst Science is now available. Volume 44, Number 3 carries four main articles, starting with a paper on Karst ...
Read More