- Back issue sets
- Back issues
- Current issue
- Descent second-hand
Descent (162), October 2001
Descent (162), October 2001
Prices include delivery
We reuse packing materials
Descent (162), October 2001
The Battle of the Bilge
‘Having a thoroughly Foul time. Wish you were here!’ Join Batty, Eski and Walker as they challenge a skull’s impetus under gravity and find a use for biscuit wrappers with a 50,000 year half-life.
Building on Karst
The fear was there: a huge building project – including railways and an airport – within an internationally famous karst area could do untold damage to its caves. As the project gets underway and cavers line up in opposition, an unrelated environmental disaster proves how wrong the developers can be.
More Pain with Little Gain
There’s the euphoria of exploration, of making that elusive breakthrough and finding new passage. Then there’s the squalor that cavers suffer in order to make it happen. Read how determined you have to be, to delve beneath Austrian mountains.
Images from the Past
Back when Bar Pot was explored, mysterious marks on the wall were noted by many and photographed by Jack Myers. Can anyone explain their providence?
An English Cave Diver
Jack Sheppard, who died this summer, is renowned for passing the first ‘trap’ in Swildon’s Hole using home-made equipment. This is his tribute.
Swildon’s: the first hundred
‘Further progress seemed barred by a combination of a deep and low archway over a pool, but Mr. H. Hiley, regardless of a waterfall down his back, and the icy coldness of the water, crawled through.’ Modern exploration in furries and oversuit? No – pushing into Swildon’s Hole, one hundred years ago.
The HeyPhone Story
For many years cave rescue organisations have used the Molefone to communicate with the surface. Time moves on, and with it technology – enter a new cave radio: the HeyPhone.
Taking Sight of Entropy
Could the signs and symbols found in palaeolithic drawings be a window into the artist’s mind?
The Descent Caption Competition
At last, the winner! Laugh at the captions and wonder where the ideas come from.
Magpie: Mining and Murder
The gaunt remains of a lead mine stand isolated, strikingly preserved on a bleak skyline. Magpie,
site of violence and ... murder.
Cover: Maria A. Garau, Cova del Pas Vallgornera, Mallorca. Photo: Tony Merino
Postage costs, included in the purchase price, are subsidised by Wild Places Publishing
VAT is not charged on UK publications. Orders to the EU are posted without tax paid: you are responsible for VAT and any other charges on delivery
Click here to subscribe or renew an existing subscription
- Publication date:
- October 2001
- Back issues:
- In stock
If stock is available for all post destinations, selecting any set of options will allow you to place your order immediately.
If stock is limited, for example with a single copy of a second-hand book, it will be assigned to UK stock. If you require posting to an address outside the UK, selecting your options may not allow an order to be placed, even though stock is available. If this is the case, please contact us to enable the options you require.
Please see our FAQs relating to deliveries, and the Delivery page linked from the bottom of each page, before placing your order if time is an important element for your order.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL DESCENT SUBSCRIBERS OUTSIDE THE UK
We regret that due to the volatility of Royal Mail postage charges, we have been forced to remove the option for two-year subscriptions. We have also been forced to remove the option for economy mail to the EU, given indications that Royal Mail intends to remove this service.
All international mail is now being despatched in paper wrapping using Royal Mail customs and address labels mandated by them. We also regret this means we can no longer indicate the last issue of your subscription on the mailing sheet or supply a reminder to renew with the final edition. Please track your own subscription ending or check with us at any time. Subscriptions begun since September 2021 have a comment added in your account (under the tab for the order) which records the final issue to be supplied.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EU CUSTOMERS
On 1 July 2021 the EU removed all exemptions for tax and customs duty on low value items posted from the UK to the EU, meaning that although VAT is 0% on books and magazines in the UK, it is charged within the EU and the VAT (potentially plus a handling fee) now apply to all orders to the EU.
Ideally, the VAT should be paid at the point of posting, but doing so requires registration with an agent to handle the payments, and this is incredibly expensive and not financially viable. To be clear, all small publishers in the UK are in the same position and we are unable to post any items to the EU with VAT or other duties paid.
Ordering any item from Wild Places, including a Descent subscription, requires that you accept responsibility of paying the VAT and any other local charges on delivery.
To be clear: Wild Places will NOT cover any charges levied by your country; it is your responsibility to accept these when placing an order.
We apologise for the situation, but it is outside our control. We will maintain a link from the left-hand column on the home page with the latest updates. If you are an existing subscriber to Descent and have not replied yet to our enquiries concerning your deliveries, please make contact.
NOTE: Subscribers in Norway or Switzerland (which are outside the EU) should place your order on the Subscription International page or contact us first.
No customer reviews for the moment.