News

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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The results of the ballots following the recent AGM have now been announced and the results of the elections are as follows: Chair: the winning ...
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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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Reigate has a brand new tunnel, thanks to the efforts of High Peak Geotechnical Ltd., acting on instruction from the Wealden Cave and Mine Society ...
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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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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 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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This year there are two candidates to be the next BCA Chair: the incumbent, Russell Myers, who stepped up from his previous role as Secretary ...
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Anybody visiting Powell Street, Penwyllt, in the last 18 months would have noticed how little activity there has been, largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ...
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The 2021 JRat Digging Award presentation will take place in the Long Room of the Hunter's Lodge Inn on Saturday 20th November. The evening will ...
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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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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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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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ATLAS (the Association of Thrupe Lane Advanced Speleologists) are planning a maintenance session at Thrupe Lane Swallet and are keen to get some help. You ...
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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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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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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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In a world first, British caver, polar explorer and climate change scientist Gina Moseley is preparing to lead an expedition to the planet’s northernmost caves ...
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The following note has been received from Dave King of ATLAS (the Association of Thrupe Lane Advanced Speleologists) "Following concerns and requests from local residents ...
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