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Coming soon in Decent 273 – why some cave tourists got an eyeful!

As we enter interesting times across the country, you can still lose yourself in underground worlds by making sure you get your copy of Descent as soon as it appears, so take a moment to ...

Losing yourself down the rabbit hole – an anthology of Mendip cave rescues

If you're anticipating having a lot of time on your hands and wondering what on earth you are going to do with your time during what could be a protracted period of social distancing, then ...

Review: Adventures Underground

Following Alan Jefferys' review of Concrete Evidence by Victor S Wigmore, Darkness Below heard from Jim Pennington who came across another novel by Wigmore. Jim now takes up the tale ... Adventures Underground grabbed my ...

BCA Newsletter now available

The BCA Newsletter 37 - February 2020 is now available. Editor David Rose has put out a bumper edition which is both visually attractive, thanks to laying out work by Matt Ewles and Gary Douthwaite, ...

In the news …

Here we go with our latest round-up of news and views from around the world. If you see anything you think we might have missed, do drop us a line. Many thanks to Herman de ...

Somerset Underground – Volume One. Book Launch

The Mendip Cave Registry and Archive (MCRA) are pleased to announce the launch of Volume 1 of ‘Somerset Underground’, at the Hunters’ Lodge Inn at 8 p.m. on Saturday 7th March. Costing a rock-bottom bargain ...

The Caves of Mid-West Ireland

UBSS, Bristol. 2019. 364pp, 20 colour photographs, 136 maps and surveys. Hardback, 180mm × 248mm. £20 ISBN 978-0-9545850-1-3 In one sense, Caves of Mid-West Ireland is the fourth edition of this caving guidebook, while in ...

In the news…

In a new feature for 2020, we're now bringing you a round-up of some of the news and views from around the world. Where multiple similar reports exist, we've opted for what appears to be ...

Concrete Evidence – a curious manuscript

Alan Jeffreys recently came across a curious manuscript entitled Concrete Evidence, a speleo novel by Victor Stephen Wignore and reviews it here for Darkness Below. Squirrelled away amongst the papers of Eli Simpson and the ...

Shining a light on the new Lynx X Basic

Peter Burgess' trusty old Petzl Duo lamp finally gave up the ghost after 15 years. He reports back on its replacement - the Lynx X Basic. Before we start, please bear in mind that I ...

Cave fish, cake and karst

The BCRA's 30th annual science symposium took place at Keyworth,hosted by the British Geological Survey. I attended the Saturday session and was impressed by the depth and variety of scientific work being undertaken by British ...

Brits showcase their exploits at home and abroad in the latest Descent

Descent 270 has now arrived! If a copy hasn’t reached you, it’s time to head over to Wildplaces Publishing to subscribe now or if you’re lucky enough to have a caving shop anywhere near you, ...