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Descent (160), June 2001

Probing Ingleborough’s Secrets

With access to the countryside curtailed throughout the British Isles, showcaves such as Peak Cavern, White Scar Cave and Dan yr Ogof offer some of the few opportunities for trips. At Ingleborough Cave, normally closed to cavers, there has been some exciting exploration.

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Etché Caving Boots

A boot’s a boot’s a ... But not so, says Dave Elliot: here’s a welly from out of his past!

The Rescues of 2000

The British Cave Rescue Council has released an account of the incidents of 2000: read and learn where others went wrong.

Between a Rock and a Wet Place

Now and then there is a daunting push at the far end of Wookey Hole, but what of the rest of the cave? Peter Glanvill recalls how a determined series of dives revealed Edmunds’ Chamber.

Have You Done the Curtain?

Peter Borthwick concludes his tale of 1950s Peak District caving with more exploration in Giant’s Hole. ‘Have you done the Curtain?’ was once a yardstick of caving ability ...

Caving’s Road to Recovery

The effects of foot-and-mouth disease all but shut down British caving, with closed huts and people banned from footpaths and fells. So what is foot-and-mouth, and what does it mean for the future?

Booty and the Beast

Out on the moors, cavers and animals pass like sheeps in the night. If you think that pun is bad, just wait for this unforgettable tale of how one of those woolly bleaters got its own back.

Images from the Past

Information on caver-associated memorials and plaques was requested by a reader - resulting in a flood of pictures and notes.

Between 45m and G’day Cobber!

‘Head down, young man,’ to paraphrase a quote. Just so - and when the Strangle Pot breakthrough came it brought tears and laughter and some beautifully emotive text!

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Lucido T7 Headtorch

A seven-LED headtorch is under the spotlight.

The Descent Caption Competition

A new competition starts this month, with a wetsuit as a prize for the best giggle.

Cover: Adrian Hall in Malham Cove Rising. Photo: John Cordingley

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