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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The British Caving Association Newsletter for November 2017 is now available on the BCA website. David Rose has now taken on the job of newsletter ...
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If you've been watching carefully you'll have noticed over the last couple of months that the BCA have set up a Facebook page, and have ...
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We recently reported that a loose section of wall in Suicide Cave posed a potential risk. Pete Knight has been in touch again with an ...
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Wells and Mendip Museum is hosting a stunning exhibition featuring the work of artist and film maker Sean Harris. 'Playing with Time (Or a Concise ...
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Information has just been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru that due to a severe weather warning forecast for Saturday 21st October, they ...
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When I first began caving, I eagerly worked my way through as many of the caving classics as possible. Most of the ones I was ...
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Warning: Suicide Cave Winnats Pass
Correspondent: Pete Knight There has always been a nasty bit of rock on the wall at the far pitch in the roof of Suicide Cave ...
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Descent 258 is now available! As ever, Newsdesk will bring you up to date with news at home and abroad. A new world depth record ...
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The Tratman Award 2016 The prestigious Tratman Award, administered by the Ghar Parau Foundation, is given annually to a caving-related paper-based publication in memory of ...
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Information has been received that Costain will be blasting in the Clydach Gorge on Friday 6th October, and as a consequence of this, Ogof Nant ...
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