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Descent (283), December 2021
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Blacknor's Back Door

Two more caves have been connected on the Isle of Portland in a significant discovery for the area.

The Rescue

A feature-length film about the lauded cave rescue in Thailand premiered in October – but how did it stand up to scrutiny?

The Grand Traverse

Decades after it was first proposed, and years after the caves were connected, for the first time the Three Counties System has been physically traversed in a through-trip.

Discoveries in Crag

No matter how well worn the passage, more can always be found – in this case not one, but three extensions to Crag Cave.

The Underground Crossword

Nothing serious, a bit of fun, a means of whiling away some time over the festive season with a caving crossword puzzle. Click here to download a copy of the crossword grid. (Once open in your browser, you can print this or right-click to save the file.)

The Llethrid Saga

Access to Llethrid Swallet on Gower has been regained, revealing not only much mud, but beauty too.

Viewpoint: Our Access to Caves

Caving on open access land should be our right, cavers say. But Pete Glanvill wonders what the cost is and will be.

In the Founders' Footsteps

The Cave Diving Group is 75 years old, so its members celebrated in style.

The Descent of Alum

With a fine old photograph of Alum Pot in hand, its owner would like to know more of its history: who took it, when and why?

Five Lives of a Caver

Cavers change; they experience different lives. Five of them, it seems. The question is: which have you evolved into?

Win a Petzl ...

If you can answer three questions correctly, you could become the new owner of some fine Petzl kit.

Cover: Chris Jewell emerging from the Notts II sump during the Three Counties Traverse. Photo: Bartek Biela

Back cover: Jason Mallinson in Notts Pot during the Three Counties Traverse. Photo: Mark Burkey

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