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Descent (281), August 2021


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Seeing Things

Join Frank Pearson as he delves into the depths of Mayday Hole and reports on how the dig broke through to reveal more pitches.

The Binns Collection

A collection of historic photographs by the talented photographer Peter Binns has been added to BCRA’s Online Archive.

It Was Only a Look ...

It was only for a quick look, a chance taken during a brief visit, that led to a dig. But just look at what they found!

A Caver's Worst Nightmare

A thing to dread is an unexpected flood that rages while you are underground. Dave Baines covers the warning signs that all cavers should respect.

The Day of the Goon Suit

Memories of times long gone, of the equipment and techniques once commonplace as used by friends, feature large in Ken Dawe’s mind.

Another Pointless Connection

Projects that create through-trips or round-trips seem to always attract attention. Dave Ramsay wonders if there was a point to the dig in Pippikin Pot.

Stactijack Repairs

It happens – stal, by carelessness or vandalism, is broken and ought to be repaired. Mike Mansur has the measure of things ...

Write it Down! Lifelining Can Be Groovy

Before SRT, all pitches were climbed using ... ladders. Perhaps novice cavers are all unknowing, but take a look at the evidence that the lifelines left behind.

Three Questions: Competition Time

You only have to find three answers tucked away in this issue, and you could be the new and proud owner of a Petzl Boreo Caving helmet.

Cover: Tim Allen on Baby pitch in Mayday Hole. Photo: Mark Burkey

Back cover: Emma Key in Wilf Taylor's Passage, Lancaster Hole. Photo: Bill Nix

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