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British Caving Association – hustings for election of chairman

This year there are two candidates to be the next BCA Chair: the incumbent, Russell Myers, who stepped up from his previous role as Secretary ...
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South Wales Caving Club celebrates 75 years

Anybody visiting Powell Street, Penwyllt, in the last 18 months would have noticed how little activity there has been, largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ...
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Save The Date: JRat Digging Award November 20th 2021

The 2021 JRat Digging Award presentation will take place in the Long Room of the Hunter's Lodge Inn on Saturday 20th November. The evening will ...
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Review: Thirteen Lessons That Saved Thirteen Lives

In the summer of 2018, few people in the world with access to news reports could fail to have been gripped by the story of ...
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Review: A Darker Domain

Caves turn up regularly in crime fiction, and this time it's Scotland's turn to see some speleological literary action. Karen Pirie, the main character in ...
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Descent 281: Mayday and more!

Bored with the rain and fancy some armchair caving instead of a wet walk to get underground? Then settle down for a good read, with ...
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Volunteers wanted for surface work at Thrupe Lane Swallet, Mendip!

ATLAS (the Association of Thrupe Lane Advanced Speleologists) are planning a maintenance session at Thrupe Lane Swallet and are keen to get some help. You ...
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Descent 281 is coming soon with breakthroughs, warning signs, goon suits and more!

With things getting back to normal in the UK and caving well underway again, keep an eye out for the latest Descent and take a ...
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Events round-up: Hidden Earth cancelled, BCRA talks/AGM and a case of possible cannibalism in South Gloucestershire

Covid continues to create certainty for events organisers, with some cancelled and others moving online, but there might be light at the end of the ...
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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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It is impossible to either ignore or underrate this fine book, which is part of my triumvirate of classic cave writing dating from the 1950s, ...
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