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Descent (193), December 2006

A British Standard for Expeditions

You've heard of legislation covering work at height, of being forced to use double ropes not SRT, of insurance requirements, of more and more rules and regulations. Now, get ready for a new British Standard covering expeditions!

The Best Trip Ever

'I emerged at the edge of a huge passage! My heart was pounding. We stared, aghast. With a whoop we started the climb down.' Join Tim Francis on a trip of a lifetime, making the breakthrough in Upper Flood Swallet.

Subterranean Stardom

When cavers are asked to help film a television episode of Dalziel and Pascoe, you might expect some fun to ensue.

So You Want to Go Caving

How might we encourage more people to take up our sport? Perhaps a new initiative is required – and that is exactly what we have.

The Caves of the Mavri Laki

In the summer Crete's caves called to a band of explorers from Sheffield USS, who took along their secret weapon: fresh, new cavers to tackle the shattered rock of the White Mountains.

A Night at the Speleomovies

Not one, but four caving films have been released on DVD, just in time for Christmas.

Queen of the Moorlands

September once again found cavers gathering for the annual Hidden Earth conference, this year using a school in Leek. Here is part one of a major report on the event.

A Question of Anchors

BCA's anchor scheme has been running for ten years and, with supplies of DMM P-hangers almost gone, it is time to consider an update.

The Darker Side of Mexico

Ed Waters heads for Mexico, attracted by the rich blackness of its lava tubes.

Cover: Rob Eavis in Parthenon Pot, Crete. Photo: Robbie Shone

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