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Descent (165), April 2002

Money Down the Hole

Well, we told you so! If you build on karst, you really should know what to expect.

The Descent Caption Competition

With four prizes to give away, who has the best captions this month?

Beyond The Eye

A breakthrough in Llygad Llwchwr has been long sought after. In part two of his article, Martyn Farr explores this latest discovery in South Wales.

As Far as you Kango

Clapham Bottoms Pot – ignored for so long, but not forgotten. What awaited the White Rose, beyond Kango Crawl?

Desperate to Dig

Prevented from caving by foot-and-mouth restrictions, Forest cavers utterly desperate to dig ... find a new cave!

The First Ingleborough Cave Survey

In 1838, the year after the gour dam was broken down to enter what became Ingleborough showcave, a superb professional survey was produced.

Gear Review

Otter Boxes

Does your gear need protection? Look no further than an Otter Box.

Take Some More Tea

An expedition with a difference, having an arduous time surveying Ghar Alisadr: Iran’s longest cave.

Images from the Past

There’s a picture with a query and another to amuse, in this month’s Images from the Past.

Coccyx Down, Blue Underpants Onwards!

Brian Judd’s life is nothing if not spectacularly unusual – at least, his caving trips seem always to yield the unexpected. This time he’s in China, dealing with a downed SRT novice and being led underground by ... well, read it for yourself!

Cover: Peter Bolt in Llygad Llwchwr, South Wales. Photo: Chris Howes

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April 2002
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