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Descent (278), February 2021

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This edition of Descent announced support for the Ghar Parau Foundation in helping as far as possible to complete a full set of the magazine, for auction on eBay to benefit the foundation and its grants to caving expeditions. This closed on 28 February without reaching the GPF's reserve, so was returned to sale. Collectors should check the link at:

Yet More in Cussey

The Peak District’s Cussey Pot, where a major breakthrough was reported in Descent (277), continues to reveal its secrets.

Seven-eighths of a Hole

Placing hangers in Broken Finger Pot proved more of a challenge than was at first anticipated.

The Ultimate Cave Tour

Taking a commercial tour of the caves of Vietnam, including the immense Hang Son Doong, has yielded some superb images to Martyn Farr’s camera.

Gaining Depth Through Megzit

Ogof Ffynnon Ddu is not only the deepest cave in the UK, it still hides remote passages within its heights ... and has become a little bit deeper still.

The Kilnsey Enigma

A dig in Kilnsey Crag has fascinated cavers for years; Steve Warren looks at how the secrets are starting to unravel.

A Caver for Life

Another of our community has departed, with the speleohistory of Swildon’s Hole strongly recorded within this tribute to Len Dawes.

Decrypted Cavers

If you found the Cryptic Cavers crossword in the previous issue too, well, cryptic, we have the answers for you (and the winner).

Pilgrims in Lockdown

A lockdown, it transpires, cannot get determined cavers down ... but it can keep them underground, digging and digging away.

Write it Down!


John Gillett’s memories have been triggered by an obituary in Descent (276) – nostalgia has the ability to keep much alive.

Wrap-round cover: Rachel Smith ascending the Great Wall of Vietnam, Hang Son Doong. Photo: Martyn Farr

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