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Descent (285), April 2022


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For the notification on Brazilian Caves in Danger reported in Newsdesk click on the link (opens new window)

For documents concerning caving and the invasion of Ukraine, some of which were reported in this edition of Descent (the others being released after going to print), follow links for an address by the Ukrainian SA (dated 4 March 2022), the European Speleological Federation statement (11 March), the UIS statement (17 March), and the Ukraine SA reaction to the UIS statement (updated version released 22 March). BCA and BCRA issued statements on 24 March, presented here in a single document. On 26 March the UIS changed its stance and issued a new statement strongly supporting Ukraine and freezing all cooperation with with Russian caving organisations, also indicating an intent to suspend Russia from UIS membership and exclude Russian as an official UIS language. The Ukrainian SA responded with:

The Ukrainian Speleological Association welcomes the revised UIS Bureau Statement on the war in Ukraine, which is now strong and unambiguous. We deeply thank the international speleological community for the powerful support of Ukraine and its people in these dramatic times. We thank the UIS Bureau for making our position and numerous voices of support heard and recognised. Ukraine continues its struggle for freedom and democracy and is determined to win. The international support is invaluable.
Presidium of the Ukr.S.A

Descent stands equally firmly in support of the Ukraine peoples and cavers in totally denouncing the unprovoked, aggressive invasion of their country.

Finding Big ...

Even during the pandemic, big things have been found in Matienzo’s underworld.

A Race Against Time

Cavers have at long last entered the Stoney Middleton Master Cave. We have an account of the find and, to place it in context, a catchment area survey of all the region’s caverns.

Lightening the Load

Placing hangers sometimes requires holding a heavy drill in an extremely awkward position, so how about removing the battery to a separate harness?

Cave Rescue 2021

Learn from the year’s rescues: what to avoid, what went right and what went wrong?

At the Boutique Inn

Shepton Mallet CC’s two expeditions to Myanmar have exposed its members to a new culture and caving experience.

The Sherford Discovery

The most significant archaeological find for decades has been made at Sherford Cave Devon.

Write it Down!
Fifty Shapes of Grey

Pete Towndrow is heading underground in the 1960s on a trip that left him hooked on caving.

Cover: Alistair 'Tack' Smith in Clearwater Cave, Mulu. Photo: Chris Howes

Back cover: The Stuffed Monk in Cueva-Cubío de la Reñada, Matienzo. Photo: Juan Corrin

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