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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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News: Cambrian Mines Trust To Host NAMHO 2019

Cambrian Mines Trust will be hosting the NAMHO 2019 event in association with Dr Peter Claughton as lecture programme organiser. Peter has extensive experience in ...
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News: Update on Cwmystwyth Lefel Fawr works

Roy Fellows has sent us an update about the the underground works in Cwmystwyth Lefel Fawr. These are now completed and the Steel Road which ...
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News: New Entrance to Ogof Draenen Opens Further Controversy

Ogof Draenen in South Wales has once again been plunged into an entrance-related controversy following a connection made to the surface from inside the cave ...
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News: BCRA’s Cryogenic Cave Calcite Competition

We reported last year that cryogenic cave crystals (CCCs) had been found for the first time in the UK in Wookey Hole in 2015. Gina ...
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News: Cambrian Caving Council Newsletter for October 2017 Now Available

The October edition of Wales Underground, the Newsletter of the Cambrian Caving Council is now available. The newsletter leads with news of the discovery of ...
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News: Bristol Students Surveying in Co. Clare

At the beginning of the summer break of 2017, six members of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society (UBSS) travelled to County Clare on our ...
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News: Cave and Karst Science August 2017 issue Now Available.

Cave and Karst Science’s August 2017 issue is now available. Volume 44, Number 2 carries six main articles, starting with ‘Deeply submerged speleothems in Keld ...
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We've been approached today by Ashford Price and asked to publish the following statement. Ashford Price owns land in South Wales under which a number ...
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If like many cavers in the UK, and some abroad, you have just received an eight page ballot paper either by post or email and ...
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The British Caving Association are about to conduct a postal and email ballot of all members and in advance of this have emailed those members ...
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For those of us that remember rushing to Bernies or Inglesport to get our copy of Northern Caves 3 back in 1994 it's been a ...
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Joint Mitnor Cave deposit
In September 2015, Joint Mitnor, a nationally important cave in Buckfastleigh, Devon, was broken into by thieves who stole artefacts and caused serious damage to ...
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Analysis on an engraved human bone from the well-known Palaeolithic site of Gough's Cave, Cheddar, Somerset has shown that in Magdalenian times (about 17–12,000 years ...
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Mazeways - Dan-yr-Ogof
There are few cavers who won’t know the name of Martyn Farr, one of the world’s foremost cave diving experts. Martyn started caving in 1961 ...
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Talybont (Source: Roy Fellows) Access is now open with the rotten timberwork all stripped out and the access shaft concreted. Rotten ladders have been replaced ...
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The Hellenic Federation of Speleology has invited all cavers to join them in the 11th Balkan Caving Camp. The event is being held from August ...
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British archaeologist and researcher Dr Paul Bahn has recently discovered an engraving on the wall of the rock shelter of La Marche near Lussac-les-Châteaux in ...
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The British Caving Association Newsletter for July 2017 is available on the BCA website. The newsletter contains a report of the 2017 AGM and Party ...
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CNCC’s Cave Conservation Volunteers have been hard at work in the Ingleborough area during the last 18 months. A total of 78 individual volunteers have ...
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 SPELEO FILM FESTIVAL - Karlovac, September 23th, 2017. Your story...Your script...Your cave...Your choice... All cavers are welcome! The festival will be showing films created by ...
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Descent 257 is now available! As ever, Newsdesk will bring you up to date with news from around the world, including the news that the ...
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Information has just been received from Nathan Walding at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru that due to rainfall experienced yesterday and that forecast over the coming weekend, ...
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Due to the large volume of rainfall today in the region, information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that ...
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Descent 257 will soon be landing on your mats! If you’re not up to date with your subscription, now is the time to renew. The ...
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July 12th was a bright and sunny day on Casterton Fell Good job as it was a publicity day for Red Rose Cave & Pothole ...
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