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Descent 265 Coming Soon

Descent 265 will be winging its way to you very soon! If you’re not up to date with your subscription now’s the time to remedy ...
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Book review: Styx

As part of a new series on classic caving books, both fact and fiction, Linda Wilson reviews Styx, a 1982 adventure novel with a surprisingly ...
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Landowners speak out on Twll Du closure

Twll Du before and after. Photo courtesy of Caves and Cave Diving on Facebook
The Ogof Draenen landowners have spoken for the first time following Cadw’s announcement of the closure of a controversial access into the cave system. The ...
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How to check caving conditions from the comfort of your bed!

CPC Webcam at Horton
Why not check out Dales water levels before you decide whether to get up? Craven Pothole Club have gone live with a River Ribble monitoring webcam in Horton. Anyone viewing the sites will be able to view live feeds of river conditions to give an indication of how high water levels are ...
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Book review: Underground Adventure

As part of a new series on classic caving books, both fact and fiction, Alan Jeffreys takes a look at Underground Adventure by A Gemmell ...
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Hold the front page: caving’s moment in the international spotlight

British cavers suddenly found themselves on the front pages of the world’s media through the Thai cave rescue drama. Journalist Sharon Wheeler takes a look ...
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The BCA is missing you – here’s how to get the newsletter!

Last night the latest BCA newsletter should have popped into your inbox, but the chances are it didn't. Despite earlier appeals here and elsewhere only 8% of the BCA membership are currently signed up to receive the newsletter by email - some 520 members. The good news is caving clubs are doing rather better, with 170 so far signed up. If you didn't receive it and would like to in future read on ...
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From Thai heroes to diggers to tiny stalactites – the best of Hidden Earth 2018

Darkness Below's roving reporter Peter Burgess provides a flavour of the busy weekend at the 2018 Hidden Earth conference which boasted a wide range of ...
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Hidden Earth 2018 video salon

Making videos underground is becoming easier with very compact and versatile equipment within many cavers' budgets, but making GOOD videos is still as much a ...
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How to piss off the French in one easy lesson – and why voles are important

Linda Wilson picked up some intriguing tips at the British Cave Research Association's 29th cave science symposium as well as drinking plenty of tea ...
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News: J’Rat 10th anniversary digging award 2018

31st August 2018 is the tenth anniversary of Tony Jarratt’s death and we would like to calculate how much new cave passage has been found in ...
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News: Descent 264 Now Available

Descent 264 is now available! If a copy hasn’t arrived with you, it’s time to head over to Wildplaces Publishing to subscribe now or if ...
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News: Repairs to the Hunter’s Lodge Inn Sink vandalism

Following the horrific vandalism in Mendip's Hunter's Lodge Inn Sink two years ago, cavers have worked hard to repair as much of the damage as ...
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Book Review: The Archaeology of Darkness

By way of preface to Archaeology of the Caves of Ireland in 2012, archaeologists Marion Dowd and Robert Hensey brought together a number of specialists ...
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Book Review: The Anomaly

TV archaeologist Nolan Moore is in search of a mysterious cavern in the Grand Canyon, discovered in 1909 by Kincaid, a man who returned with ...
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From foot fungus to explosions under the stairs

Compare that with a Go Pro. The biggest Housing with one loading gave 5 minutes of film. With Guy Meauxsoone in Greece ( 1983) fiiming "Drowned river of Daracos". In fact Paul Atkinson did the cave diving filming as both Guy and I were novice divers.
Camera expert Sid Perou looks back over a career of often dramatic and sometimes risky filming adventures, including the risk of foot fungus, and explosions under ...
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News: 1960s Mendip dig makes it into print

Accounts of an archaeological dig on Mendip have appeared in print – 50 years after initial discoveries took place. Picken’s Hole is a small, partially ...
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British Cave Research Association Newsletter September 2018

In this newsletter ... * Annual General Meeting * Notice: Ghar Parau Foundation * BCRA Annual Review 2017 * Keeping in touch with BCRA Annual ...
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Film Premier: Tales from Cuthbert’s by Andy and Antonia Freem

Andy and Antonia have been making films for some time now, mostly about caves and caving. Many of their previous productions can be found on ...
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Hang Son Doong- the cave that built a village

Veteran caving film maker Sid Perou has teamed up with photographer Ryan Deboodt to produce a compelling thirty nine minute film about the discovery of the world's largest cave passage in Han Son Doong cave in Vietnam, the resulting development of tourism in the area and the beneficial affects not just for the local population but also for conservation. Shot on location earlier this year the film follows the impact of the area of the Vietnam war, early discoveries by British and Vietnamese cavers and includes stunning footage of the cave. Watching the film it's hard to believe Sid's contribution to the film, comprising over 50% of the footage, was shot using just a £400 handy-cam and a zero budget! ...
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News: Descent 264 Coming Soon

Descent 264 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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Breaking News: British cave divers also rescued four trapped Thai rescuers in Tham Luang Cave

Photo courtesy of Chris Jewell
When Rick Stanton and John Volanthen surfaced in Chamber 3 of Tham Luang Cave on day 6 of the rescue to find four people waiting for them they first thought they'd somehow found the boys of the trapped Wild Boar team. In fact they'd discovered four lost Thai rescuers who had been trapped by the rising floodwaters. In the chaos of the early days of the rescue the absence of the men had been unreported and so had not been noticed by the Thai authorities and or the outside world. What followed was a dramatic and unparalleled "snatch" rescue mission perfectly conceived and executed as they dived the four men through three sumps to safety ...
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We've just added a new feature to the site. Email alerts are a quick and easy way to get an email notification each time we ...
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Behind the scenes with the BCRC at the Thai cave rescue – Part Two

Emma Porter, the BCRC secretary, set up the crucial main communications centre so she had live contact with the divers and the surface support team. She was assisted by Graham Smith (right) from the Midlands CRO.
In the second part of Darkness Below’s interview with BCRC chair Peter Dennis, he tells Linda Wilson and Sharon Wheeler how disaster struck during the preparations for the final rescue dives. ...
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Behind the scenes with the BCRC at the Thai cave rescue – Part One

Peter Dennis, chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council, is interviewed on BBC’s Newsnight by Evan Davis, with John Volanthen’s images of the stranded boys in the background.
While the eyes of the world were on the divers taking part in the Thai cave rescue, an unsung band of volunteers were beavering away behind the scenes to ensure that the divers had all the kit and assistance they needed. Peter Dennis, chair of the British Cave Rescue Council, tells the backroom story to Linda Wilson and Sharon Wheeler ...
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Review: Cave and Karst Science, August 2018 Issue

The August 2018 issue of Caves and Karst Science is now available. Volume 45, Number 2 carries five main articles; the first being a subjective ...
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Event: BCRA 29th Cave Science Symposium, Full Programme

The British Cave Research Association is pleased to announce the final details of the 29th Annual Cave Science Symposium to be held Saturday 13th October, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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