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Descent (167), August 2002

Gear Review

The Explorer 1 Harness

It seems that it’s time for a new generation of cave diving harness to appear on the market.
How good is Martyn Farr’s design?

‘Don’t Think It’s All That Deep ...’

But, of course, it was! Losers become winners in our tale of digging the Dales.

The Descent Caption Competition

There is only one reminder, as time is running out: take up the challenge today and win yourself a set of Otter Boxes.

Serious Injury Underground

Accidents will happen – the cave rescue statistics prove that ... Think seriously: how well would you manage if your friend suffered a fall and you were the only one there? Here is your essential reading on coping with a serious injury underground.

Tackling the Verneau Traverse

Do you have a couple of days free? Aspiring to undertake a really challenging trip that will create envy in your fellow cavers? What, you tackled the Verneau in France in a weekend?

Our Caving Capacity

You’ve probably never wondered how much cave passage has been explored in Great Britain. No, didn’t think so. Now that the idea’s been suggested, aren’t you interested in how many miles lie in our hollow land?

The Shortest Way to 10k

Finding a dry link between the Goyden and New Goyden systems has been on the agenda for many years. The Black Sheep Diggers reckon they have found a new approach to creating a 10km cave.

Great Guns Over Mendip

With the excitement of a gun carriage race and the delight of chemically persuading a cave to yield, live on a bar-room monitor courtesy of DigCam, Mendip Caving 2002 was an event for every caver.

Cover: The new bypass in the Reseau du Vermeau, France. Photo: Peter Goosens

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