Other Sites and Blogs

We can’t hope to bring you every story, but there are plenty of caving and mining blogs out there you can browse at your leisure! Have a read through some of the best! If you know of a blog you’d like us to add to this page please let us know!

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Pulling SPIT anchors – Back garden test

Pulling SPIT anchors – Back garden test

This week I thought I’d embark on a little back garden test of some brand new SPIT self driving anchors and some SPIT Grip 10mm sleeve anchors. Both take a normal M8 bolt and hanger ...
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One Poached Egg too many 28.10.15

SWCC: Tabitha, Paul Tarrant and Claire VivianThis was a trip to introduce Tabitha to an area of OFD2 she hadn't yet had the chance to visit. Missing out on my usual fight with the lock ...
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OFD1 Evening 20.10.15

SWCC: Stewart Avey, Paul Tarrant and Claire VivianThis was a quick evening trip to provide Stewart with his first visit to OFD1. We met at 6.30pm at SWCC to collect a key and then swiftly ...
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Mendip Caving, 17-18 Oct. 2015

SWCC: Bill Buxton, Chloe Francis, Laurence Brown and Claire VivianMCG: Ben CooperFor a change, I'll start at the end. The moral of the story is that if you haven't been to Upper Flood Swallet, you ...
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Fossils reveal humans were greater threat than climate change to Caribbean wildlife

Nearly 100 fossil species pulled from a flooded cave in the Bahamas reveal a true story of persistence against all odds -- at least until the time humans stepped foot on the islands ...
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Aggy for the evening 13.10.15

SWCC: Stewart Avey, Paul Tarrant, Claire Vivian.Guest: Rory Parker.At SWCC we are definitely keen and flexible at short notice. This was going to be a first Craig a Ffynnon trip for Adrian, but due to ...
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Pull Testing Ground Anchor Pins

Pull Testing Ground Anchor Pins

It is quite common that where you need to anchor ropes to things, there are no natural things there to anchor to (like boulders). Climbers and cavers get round this by installing bolts and/or ground ...
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Only above-water microbes play a role in cave development

Only the microbes located above the water's surface contribute to the development of hydrogen-sulfide-rich caves, suggests an international team of researchers. Since 2004, researchers have been studying the Frasassi cave system, an actively developing ...
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Scientist solves 20-year-old cave diving mystery

Scientists have solved a decades-old geological mystery into what caused the death of a Florida cave diver ...
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Paris Catacombs 2015

Paris Catacombs 2015

Another fantastic weekend in and mostly underneath Paris with a some awesome people. Many thanks to Tom for driving, Big Steve, Di, Adam, Joel, Alistair, Bekah, Doldy, and Josh ...
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A Traverse of the Brenta Dolomites

I seem to have the same love-hate relationship with via ferratas as I do with caving. As I'm clinging to a frayed metal cable half way up a cliff, legs shaking on a rusty stemple, ...
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Matienzo Summer 2015

Matienzo Summer 2015

Nigel's Trip Report ...
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Chinese cave ‘graffiti’ tells a 500-year story of climate change and impact on society

Unique inscriptions found in a cave in China, combined with chemical analysis of cave formations, show how droughts affected the local population over the past five centuries, and underline the importance of implementing strategies to ...
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Underground gourmet: Selected terrestrial cave invertebrates and their meal preferences

Doubting whether cave invertebrates feed on just anything they can find in the harsh food-wise environment underground, researchers conducted a research in Slovakian and Romania caves. They studied a number of microwhip scorpions, oribatid mites, ...
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Video: The Geology of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu

Learn about the geological features of England's Ogof Ffynnon Ddu National Nature Reserve with Dr. Keith Ball, a retired British Geological Survey geologist and life-long speleologist ...
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Video: Divers Experience Malta’s Billinghurst Cave

Visit inside Billinghurst Cave, a large underwater sea cave along the coast of Malta that has very little natural light thanks to a dip in the middle ...
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Human Skull in Sinkhole Prompts Homicide Investigation

Police are investigating at a Kentucky sinkhole after a human skull was spotted inside on Tuesday ...
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Watch: Cave Divers Explore Pandora Cave

Visit inside a recently discovered underwater cave covered with bacterial straws and webs, which rain down on the divers with every exhalation ...
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Telegraph Article Promotes the Adventure and Camaraderie of Caving

Folks are encouraged to try caving, the ultimate activity for those with a sense of adventure, in a recent article in The Telegraph ...
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Video: TAG Multi Drop Caving in Hang ‘Em High Cave

Watch as a group of young cavers explore Tennessee's Hang Em’ High Cave during a past Sewanee Mountain Cave Fest event ...
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Bat disease: Yeast byproduct inhibits white-nose syndrome fungus in lab experiments

A microbe found in caves produces a compound that inhibits Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, researchers report. The finding could lead to treatments that kill the fungus while minimizing disruption ...
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Deepest cave-dwelling centipede discovered

Scientists have discovered the deepest underground dwelling centipede. The animal was found in three caves in the Velebit Mountains, Croatia. Recorded as deep as 1,100 meters, the new species was named after Hades, the god ...
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Remote cave study reveals 3000 years of European climate variation

Research on limestone formations in a remote Scottish cave has produced a unique 3000-year-long record of climatic variations that may have influenced historical events including the fall of the Roman Empire and the Viking Age ...
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Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits

It turns out that the steady dripping of water deep underground can reveal a surprising amount of information about the constantly changing cycles of heat and cold, precipitation and drought in the turbulent atmosphere above ...
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New cryptic amphipod discovered in West Caucasus caves

Scientists have discovered a new species of typhlogammarid amphipod in the limestone karstic caves of Chjalta mountain range -- the southern foothills of the Greater Caucasus Range ...
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Research links two millennia of cyclones, floods, El Niño

Scientists have created a 2,200-year-long record of extreme rainfall events that might also help predict future climate change ...
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Concept of hibernation challenged: Bat species is first mammal found hibernating at constant warm temperatures

The Middle East, with temperate winters, was until recently considered an unlikely host for hibernating mammals. Now new research is set to change the very concept of hibernation. Researchers discovered two species of the mouse-tailed ...
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Tiny glassy snails discovered in caves of Northern Spain

Two new species of tiny subterranean snails enrich the biodiversity of Northern Spain. Zospeum vasconicum and Zospeum zaldivarae belong to a group of blind, diaphanous snails known to inhabit caves from Northern Spain to the ...
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The Grind Traverse

14th February After several trips that probably weren't worthy of being blogged about, I had a feeling this one might be different. Tom and Emma had dreamed up a particularly perverted itinerary for Tom's romantic ...
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Reduced rainfall in the northern tropics linked to industrial emissions, research suggests

Scientists have produced a rainfall record strongly suggesting that man-made industrial emissions have contributed to less rainfall in the northern tropics. The research team reconstructed rainfall patterns stretching back more than 450 years by analys ...
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