Caving News

Descent 286 coming soon, with bones, big stuff and more …

Descent 286 will be winging its way through the post shortly so take a moment to check whether or not your subscription is up to ...
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BCRA Cave Archaeology Group – Recording Historic Graffiti & other markings, 4th/5th June 2022

The BCRA Cave Archaeology Group is holding a weekend field meeting on Recording Historic Graffiti & other markings in the Yorkshire Dales, based at Lower ...
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BCA and BCRA react to the Russian war on Ukraine as Ukrainian caver Alexander Klimchouk accepts offer of honorary membership of BCRA

The British Caving Association (BCA) and the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) have issued their own open letters after widespread condemnation of the statement by ...
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Descent 285 coming soon, with discoveries at home and abroad!

Descent 285 will be out soon so take a moment a moment to check your subscription is up to date and if not, head over ...
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BCA needs you!

The deadline for nominations and proposals for BCA's upcoming AGM is fast approaching as BCA Chair Russell Myers explains: The deadline for Proposals and Nominations ...
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BCA offer grants for young cavers to attend International Congress in France 2022

The BCA's Youth and Development team have announced the availability of two grants of £500 to help groups of young cavers attend the 19th International ...
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BCRA Cave and Karst Ramble to the Upper Dove Valley – 19 March 2022

An introduction to the geology, hydrology and landforms of the upper Dove Valley. This is one of the best places in the country to examine ...
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Cave and Karst Science Vol 48 No 3: Tourists, bone, and travertine cascades

) The latest issue of Cave and Karst Science opens with a study of the impact of tourists on air flow in Poole's Cavern. Later ...
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Descent 284 coming soon, with an extra eight pages on the OFD rescue

The first issue of Descent for 2022 will be out soon so take a moment to check your subscription is up to date and if ...
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Waterwheel Swallet gate vandalised

Following recent vandalism to the gate on Waterwheel Swallet, Mendip, the CSCC Conservation and Access Officer, Graham Price has issued the following information. "Waterwheel has ...
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BCRA Cave Science Symposium, 15th January 2022, and other BCRA news

On the afternoon of 15th January 2022, the BCRA is hosting their 32rd Cave Science Symposium, a series of online talks postponed from November 2021 ...
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Descent 283: The Grand Traverse, return to Llethrid, and how old is that dog?

If you want to guess the age of an old dog, and help a rescue team at the same time, you can find out how ...
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Descent 283 coming soon … with the Grand Traverse, The Rescue documentary and more!

Christmas is coming and as a present from the lovely folks at Wildplaces Publishing, there’s an extra eight pages this issue! Do take a moment ...
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The Three Counties Traverse – showcasing the best of British caving

Two of Britain's most proficient cave divers recently completed the formidable challenge of a full traverse from one end of the Three Counties cave complex ...
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A few words from the new BCA chair

The first ever contested election for the post of chair of the British Caving Association resulted in a win for acting chair and former BCA ...
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BCRA Newsletter and AGM details

In this newsletter: BCRA Cave Science Symposium. Saturday 27 November 2021, BCRA AGM. Saturday 27 November 2021, BCRA Annual Review for 2020, December Seminar, BCRA ...
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Massive effort underway to rescue injured caver.

Hillside overlying much of the OFD system. Photograph by Linda Wilson
A massive effort is underway to rescue a caver injured in a fall on Saturday in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu (OFD) in South Wales, the deepest ...
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Descent 282: Bolts, deep caves and problems with postage

Descent 282 should have reached you by now, but if not, it’s time to head over to Wildplaces Publishing to subscribe or if you’re lucky enough ...
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BCRA Newsletter

In this newsletter: British Cave Research Association Cave Science Symposium. Saturday 27 Nov 2021, BCRA AGM. Saturday 27 Nov 2021, Volunteer needed to help with ...
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BCA eAGM Sunday 10th October 2021

The British Caving Association AGM is being held by Zoom (as it was last year) on 10th October 2021. There is now a link on ...
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Descent 282 coming soon … with bolting, pushing, a special centenary and more!

Descent 282 will be out shortly, so please do check your subscription is up to date, and if you’re a subscriber in the EU and ...
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Review: Thirteen Lessons That Saved Thirteen Lives

In the summer of 2018, few people in the world with access to news reports could fail to have been gripped by the story of ...
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Review: A Darker Domain

Caves turn up regularly in crime fiction, and this time it's Scotland's turn to see some speleological literary action. Karen Pirie, the main character in ...
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Descent 281: Mayday and more!

Bored with the rain and fancy some armchair caving instead of a wet walk to get underground? Then settle down for a good read, with ...
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Descent 281 is coming soon with breakthroughs, warning signs, goon suits and more!

With things getting back to normal in the UK and caving well underway again, keep an eye out for the latest Descent and take a ...
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Events round-up: Hidden Earth cancelled, BCRA talks/AGM and a case of possible cannibalism in South Gloucestershire

Covid continues to create certainty for events organisers, with some cancelled and others moving online, but there might be light at the end of the ...
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Access to Singing River Mine, Mendip

The following information has been provided by the Council of Southern Caving Clubs regarding access to Singing River Mine on Mendip. Just before the beginning ...
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Descent 280: an honour with a difference for hero Aussie cave divers

, If you want to know why a couple of Aussie cavers have had two new species of cave spider named after them get your ...
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Coming soon … Aquanaut by Rick Stanton

The Thai cave rescue had everyone on the edge of their seats as what might have been the grimmest reality TV show ever was played ...
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Digging deep … Descent 280 is coming soon!

Descent 280 will be on its way shortly, so you’ll be able to relax after a caving trip with a beer and something to read ...
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