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Presenting caving’s future

Third year PR students at UWE Bristol were asked to come up with ideas for raising the profile and diversity of the BCA in the wake of the Thai rescue story. BCA newsletter editor David Rose reports back on the opening presentations. ...
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Descent 265 now available

If it looks like you’ll be restricted to armchair caving over the festive season, make sure you get the latest copy of Descent to keep ...
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Getting some elfy exercise

Chesney the Chipmunk and Valentine the donkey go caving in Reigate. Peter Burgess was there to record the occasion! Cavers do some pretty daft things ...
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Warning – access to caves around High Birkwith Farm in doubt

Jeff Wade abseiling in Calf Holes, Yorkshire Dales. Photo courtesy of Rob Eavis
High Birkwith Farm is now under new ownership and potentially this could cause problems for access to Calf Holes, Browgill, Old Ing, Birkwith, Dismal Hill ...
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Collapse at Cascades Entrance, Co. Fermanagh

The Speleological Union of Ireland has warned of safety concerns after two trips into Cascades Caves in Co. Fermanagh were cancelled on Saturday. The boulder entrance squeeze is ...
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Ritual protection in the Chaldon Quarries – health and safety in the 16th century

For the first time, curious chalk inscriptions on the walls of an ancient stone quarry in Surrey are being systematically recorded, as part of a wider research project to better understand the long and hitherto hidden history of this important source of stone for London. Many of the chalk inscriptions have been identified as ritual protection marks (RPM) ...
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Scotland dig in to take third win

The tenth J'Rat digging award has gone north of the border - for the third time in ten years. The 2018 winning entry was Uamh ...
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Dispatches from one of caving’s Rising Stars …

One moment Angharad Brewer Gillham was sitting behind a desk in Switzerland. The next, she's in South Africa on the prestigious Rising Stars expedition helping ...
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Descent 265 Coming Soon

Descent 265 will be winging its way to you very soon! If you’re not up to date with your subscription now’s the time to remedy ...
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 Veteran caving film maker Sid Perou has teamed up with photographer Ryan Deboodt to produce a compelling thirty nine minute film about the discovery ...
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Descent 264 will be with you very shortly! If you’re not up to date with your subscription don’t forget that the lovely folks at Wildplaces ...
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Photo courtesy of Chris Jewell
When Rick Stanton and John Volanthen surfaced in Chamber 3 of Tham Luang Cave on day 6 of the rescue to find four people waiting ...
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We've just added a new feature to the site. Email alerts are a quick and easy way to get an email notification each time we ...
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Emma Porter, the BCRC secretary, set up the crucial main communications centre so she had live contact with the divers and the surface support team. She was assisted by Graham Smith (right) from the Midlands CRO.
In the second part of Darkness Below’s interview with BCRC chair Peter Dennis, he tells Linda Wilson and Sharon Wheeler how disaster struck during the ...
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Peter Dennis, chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council, is interviewed on BBC’s Newsnight by Evan Davis, with John Volanthen’s images of the stranded boys in the background.
While the eyes of the world were on the divers taking part in the Thai cave rescue, an unsung band of volunteers were beavering away ...
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The August 2018 issue of Caves and Karst Science is now available. Volume 45, Number 2 carries five main articles; the first being a subjective ...
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The British Cave Research Association is pleased to announce the final details of the 29th Annual Cave Science Symposium to be held Saturday 13th October, ...
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The Darkness Below team will be out in force at Hidden Earth 2018 in less than two weeks time, and we'd love to meet as ...
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The BCA Cave Surveying Group have just announced an Intermediate Therion training course. The scope of this training course is to improve the skills of ...
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Breaking news, needle found in haystack. A new technique has been developed that can be used to screen otherwise unidentifiable bone fragments to allow identification ...
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Descent 263 is now available! If you’re not already got your copy, we hope this short round up will tempt you to subscribe now, so ...
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News has reached us from Doolin, Co. Clare, that the connection between St. Catherine's Cave and Doolin Cave has collapsed "just before the pretty grotto." ...
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In this newsletter ... * British Caving Library Updates * BCRA Publicity Officer * AGM Notice * 29th Annual BCRA Cave Science Symposium * BCRA ...
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Descent 263 will be out soon so now’s a good time to check if you’re up to date with your subscription! The hard-working folks at ...
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Appeal: South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team seeks £1,000
Following the amazing success of the recent Tham Luang cave in Thailand, one of the British cave rescue teams, responsible for getting some of the ...
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With the Thailand cave rescue operations now completed with the 100 % successful evacuation of all casualties and rescue divers, Darkness Below presents some reflections ...
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Photo courtesy of Chris Jewell
We can now confirm that all twelve of the boys and their coach have been successfully rescued from the cave. As well as one of ...
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