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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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News: BCA November 2017 Newsletter Now Available

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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News: British Caving Association on Facebook

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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News: Suicide Cave Update

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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News: Playing with Time, An Art Installation at Wells and Mendip Museum, Somerset

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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Newsflash: Possible Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 21st October 2017

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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Review: Adventures Underground

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

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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News: Descent 258 Now Available

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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News: Tratman Award 2016

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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Newsflash: Blasting Work in the Clydach Gorge, South Wales

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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News: BCA Ballot Result Announced

The BCA Chairman Andy Eavis has announced the ballot result today via the BCA's Facebook page. In summary all four proposals have been approved by ...
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The Darkness Beckons Tour

To accompany the launch of his latest book, The Darkness Beckons, cave diver and explorer Martyn Farr went on tour with a series of exclusive ...
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Hidden Earth Survey Salon and Competition 2017

Hidden Earth are holding a survey salon and competition. The purpose  is to promote cave surveying and provide the opportunity for clubs or individuals to ...
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Cave Surveying – the next steps?

The backbone of cave surveying is the data, in other words the numbers. We spend many hours collecting them, and some time building up pictures ...
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Descent 258 Coming Soon

Descent 258 will be winging its way to your doormat very soon! If you’re not up to date with your subscription, now is the time ...
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Earby Pothole Club on bikes for charity!

SMRC Charity Bike Ride
September 30th will see members of the Earby Pothole Club joining friends to raise money for the Preston based Specialist Mobility Rehabilation Centre (SMRC) in ...
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Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 15th, 16th and 17th September 2017

Due to the large volume of recent rainfall in the region, information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that ...
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Cavers’ Classroom First Aid Event – 7th October 2017

The Wealden Cave and Mine Society have some spaces available for a one-day event: ‘First Aid Training for the Underground Environment’. The date is Saturday ...
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BCA Ballot – a landowners view

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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The BCA Ballot Explained

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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BCA email poll – have you received your email?

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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News: Northern Caves – new guide coming soon!

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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News: Joint Mitnor Cave Re-Opens

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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Ritual Cannibalism at Gough’s Cave, Cheddar

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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Close Shaves (and How To Avoid Them) by Martyn Farr

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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Summer 2017 Mining News Digest

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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Remembering Mossdale fifty years on
On Saturday 24th June 1967 a strong team of ten cavers led by Dave Adamson entered Mossdale Caverns on a beautiful summers day intending to ...
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Caver and photographer Mark Burkey impressed the judges so much at the recent Mendip Cave Photography Exhibition and Competition that he swept up the prize ...
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Simon Newman would be the first to admit that a bad fall eight years ago, climbing in Wales, gave his confidence, as well as his ...
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The BCA AGM was held on Sunday 11th June, with a raft of constitutional matters on the agenda. Darkness Below has received the following summary ...
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Descent 256 is now available! As ever, Newsdesk will bring you up to date with news from around the world. A new species of blind ...
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Paul Dold's death last year in a diving accident in Cornwall shocked his many friends in a way only the unexpected death of someone with ...
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Due to the continuing heavy rain in the region, information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is ...
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Descent 256 is on its way! Make sure your subscription is up to date so you don’t miss out on all the latest caving and ...
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Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club have recently received a grant of £400 from the Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale (South Lakeland) Community Grants Fund to ...
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Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...
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Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany have developed a new method of retrieving hominin DNA from sediments, even in the absence of ...
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News: Successful Cave Diving Rescue in Mallorca
Spanish cave diver Xisco Gracia (54) survived 60 hours stranded in an air bell in the cave of Sa Piqueta in Cala Romantica, Mallorca after ...
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Descent 255 is now available! As ever, the edition starts with the information-packed Newsdesk, featuring a rapid run-down  on news and events around the world ...
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The Clapham Bunk, Cafe and Bar is the venue this Saturday (8th April) for a book signing by Adventures Underground author Dave Haigh. Dave explains ...
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UPDATE: 6th April 2018 - the work described below has now been completed. Roy Fellows has been in touch with the following notice: Cwmystwyth Lefel ...
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Descent 255 is on its way! Make sure your subscription is up to date so you don’t miss out on all the latest caving and ...
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The bone caves of north Wales have received increased attention from archaeologists in recent years. Excavations have taken place at Llanarmon Cave (Llanarmon-yn-ial) and Ffynnon ...
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Inspired by the 1952 caving classic Underground Adventures by Arthur Gemmell and Jack Myers, Dave Haigh and John Cordingley have resumed the tale of cave ...
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