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Descent Publication Dates

The following table displays issue numbers and publication dates for Descent, with credit for the photographers who supplied the cover images and their locations.

Years are separated by a blue background; notes appear on a green background. Full details for each edition are linked from the issue number.

Issue no.


Cover location


Bruce Bedford, editor
Issues (1) to (20) by Tony Payne were all line drawings
Format: Approx A5 (actually, half foolscap), card cover
1Jan 1969Caver on ladder

Tony Payne

2Feb 1969Caver on ladder
Tony Payne
3April 1969Caver on ladderTony Payne
4May 1969Caver on ladderTony Payne
5July 1969Caver on ladderTony Payne
6Aug 1969Caver on ladderTony Payne
7Oct 1969Caver on ladderTony Payne
8Nov 1969Caver on ladderTony Payne
9Dec 1969Caver on ladderTony Payne
10Jan 1970Caver crawling out of entranceTony Payne
11Mar 1970Caver crawling out of entranceTony Payne
12May 1970Cavers campingTony Payne
13Aug 1970Cavers in dingyTony Payne
14Oct 1970Laddering a riftTony Payne
15Nov 1970Cavers on traverseTony Payne
16Jan 1971Pitch headTony Payne
17May 1971Traversing a riftTony Payne
18Sept 1971Abseiling caverTony Payne
19Nov 1971Cavers in passageTony Payne
20Feb 1972Pegasus Pot, Czech RepublicTony Payne
Cover illustrations from issue (21) are black and white photographs
21May 1972Alan Jeffreys, Jingling HolePhilip Clark
22Aug 1972Mammoth Cave, JenolanAndrew Pavey
23April 1973New Goyden PotPaul Deakin
24July 1973The Cascade, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IIClive Westlake
25Sept 1973Pool Sink, Ease Gill CavernsIan Davinson
26Jan 1974Old Roof Traverse, Lost Johns'P.R. Sanderson
27Mar 1974Carlswark CavernsPaul Deakin
28June 1974Long Churn route into Alum PotDave Eliot
29Aug 1974Jerry Wooldridge photographing in Carlswark CavernPaul Deakin
30Nov 1974Old Roof Traverse, Lost Johns'P.R. Sanderson
Publisher name changes to Descent Publications
31May 1975Iaro River Cave, New GuineaNo credit
32Sept 1975Rescue from Ariel Tunnel, PortlandReg Vincent
33April 1976Graphic of formationsNo credit
34Aug 1976Graham Moseley on Bolt Traverse, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IIan Davinson
Publisher name changes to The Mendip Press
35Jan 1977Gary Jones in Splash Inlet, Ogof Ffynnon DduAlan Jackson
36Mar 1977Cave diver, P8Dave Elliot
Publisher name changes to Mendip Publishing
37Dec 1977M. Keys, Rumbling HoleMike Smithson
38Mar 1978Hall of the Mountain King, Ogof Craig-a-FfynnonIan Davinson
39July 1978Fox Chamber, Winnatts' Head CavePaul Deakin
Format changes to A4, still a card cover
40Jan 1979George Cooper, Gouffre de Roque de CorPaul Deakin
41Mar 1979Geoff Yeadon, Keld HeadYorkshire Television
42July 1979Terminal Sump, P8Carter-White
43Sept 1979Rob Cobon, Alum PotDave Elliot
44Jan 1980First pitch, Diccan PotClive Westlake
45Mar 1980Nigel Dibben, Nettle PotWilliam Chiswell
46Sept 1980Paul Deakin photographing in Peak CavernWilliam Chiswell
47Jan 1981Prusiking the last pitch, Rift PotClive Westlake
48Mar 1981Winding drum, Sir Francis MineMike Smithson
49July 1981John Cordingley diving at Buxton Water Sump, Peak CavernRob Franklin
50Sept 1981Andy Walsh, Roaring HoleDavid Barker
51Mar 1982Martyn Farr diving into Ray Cay Blue Hole, BahamasRob Palmer
52Oct 1982The Canal, Little Neath River CaveGavin Newman
53Jan 1983Town Drain, South WalesGavin Newman
54Aug 1983Alum PotPaul Deakin
A new publisher takes over: Ambit Publications; cover now paper rather than card
55Nov 1983Climb out of Waterfall Chamber, Waterfall SwalletDave Elliot
Cover format changes from black and white to full colour photographs
56[Jan 1984]Peter Bolt, Llygad Llwchwr, South WalesChris Howes
57Mar 1984Bob Cross, Long ChurnChris Howes
58May 1984Blue Holes, BahamasMartyn Farr
59July 1984Dave Arvascough, Boss Aven, Giant's HolePaul Deakin
60Sept 1984Hall of the 13, Gouffre Berger, FranceBali Ballmann
61Nov 1984Steve Ainley, the White Company, Daren CilauChris Howes
62Jan 1985Crystal Pool, Dan yr OgofChris Howes
63Mar 1985Hugh Rice near the Confluence, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IIChris Howes
64June 1985Between Poseidon and Python, Nare River CaveDave Gill
65Aug 1985Cueva de la Pena Colorada, MexicoRob Parker
66Sept 1985The Time Machine, Daren CilauTony White
67Nov 1985Rob Parker, Wookey HoleRandal Bohrer
68Jan 1986Location uncreditedUncredited
69Mar 1986Ian Rolland, Encilio Passage, Daren CilauColin Boothroyd
70May 1986Judith Calford, the Candlewax Formations, Dan yr OgofChris Howes
71July 1986Mike Starr, Gouffre de la Baume, FrancePete Spink
72Sept 1986Martyn Farr, Elm HoleStewart Baggs
73Nov 1986[Cocklebiddy, Australia][Francis le Guen]
74Feb 1987Hugh Rice, The Punchbowl, South WalesChris Howes
75April 1987Paul Taylor, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IITony Baker
76June 1987Cath Jones, Prod's PotTony Baker
77Aug 1987Industrial tunnel, South WalesMartyn Farr
78Oct 1987Abseling, Algar da Agua, PortugalTony Baker
79Dec 1987Helen Richardson, Pi Chamber, Ogof Ffynnon DduGavin Newman
80Feb 1988North Passage, Stargate, BahamasBill Stone
81April 1988Phil Thomas, blue-green formations, Daren CilauPete Bolt
82June 1988Main Stream Passage, Lancaster HoleMalcolm Halsey
Bruce Bedford, editor, leaves Descent; Keith Creighton, publisher, edits the next issue as an interim measure
83Aug 1988[Hugh Penney], Ogof Igam Ogam[Pete Bolt]
Chris Howes takes over as editor
84Oct 1988Rhino RiftGavin Newman
85Dec 1988Malcolm Herbert, Traverses, Ogof Ffynnon DduTony Baker
86Feb 1989Top of Block Hall, Speedwell CavernPete Bolt
87April 1989Jodie & Craig's Secret Playground, Ogof CapelPete Bolt
88June 1989Gours, Cuei Feng Dong, ChinaGavin Newman
89Aug 1989Piccadilly, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IITony Baker
90Oct 1989Rob Wallis, Festival Cave, RussiaKeith Wright
91Dec 1989Alan Walker, Main Drain, Lancaster HolePaul Deakin
92Feb 1990The White Company, Epocalypse Way, Daren CilauGavin Newman
93April 1990Steve Foster, Serendipity Pitch, Link PotGavin Newman
94June 1990Malcolm Stewart diving in Porth yr OgofPete Bolt
95Aug 1990Pete Glanvill, Arete Chamber, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IIChris Howes
96Oct 1990Roo Walters, Gua Aleya, Irian JayaKev Senior
97Dec 1990Ian Rolland, Icing on the Cake, Daren CilauMartyn Farr
98Feb 1991Alan Walker, Main Drain, Lancaster HolePaul Deakin
99April 1991Straw, Whisker Cave, South WalesChris Howes
100June 1991Reproduction of first cover and Grant Brennan in Cyclops Pot, TasmaniaTony Payne / David Stuckey
101Aug 1991Steve Redwood, Wigmore SwalletPete Bolt
102Oct 1991Geoff Crossley, Little River Spring, FloridaGavin Newman
103Dec 1991Summit Hole, PeruJerry Wooldridge
104Feb 1992Curtain, St Cuthbert's SwalletPete Glanvill
105April 1992Beaded helictites, Cave of the Winds, ColoradoChris Howes
106June 1992Steve Jones, Hagg Gill PotGavin Newman
107Aug 1992Neil Weymouth, Mini Columns, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IITony Baker
108Oct 1992Neil Pacey, White River Series, Peak CavernGiles Barker
109Dec 1992Main Chamber, Gaping Gill (shot in 1951)Len Cook
110Feb 1993Gavin Newman, Illu River Cave, Irian JayaKev Senior
111April 1993Flood Entrance Pot, Gaping Gill SystemMartyn Farr
112June 1993Jane Mitchell, Llygad LlwchwrChris Howes
113Aug 1993Traverse, Cueva de la Lugana, PeruJerry Wooldridge
114Oct 1993Gavin Newman, Noxon Park Iron MinesChris Howes
115Dec 1993[Link Pot: location used as a competition question]Gavin Newman
116Feb 1994Waterfall, Sistema el Chorreadera, MexicoDave Bunnell
117April 1994Janice McLauchlan, M16, MigovecTony Baker
118June 1994Glen Malliet, Vesuvius, Lechuguilla Cave, New MexicoPeter & Ann Bosted
119Aug 1994SRT pastel illustrationMark 'Gonzo' Lumley
120Oct 1994Jason Pitman, Cueva de Arbol de Resistol, MexicoAdrian Gregory
121Dec 1994Judith Calford, Gilwern Passage, Ogof DraenenChris Howes
122Feb 1995Chris Stine, Lechuguilla Cave, New MexicoPeter & Ann Bosted
123April 1995Dave Checkley and Kev Senior, Upstream Doline Cave, ChinaTony Baker
124June 1995Malcolm Stewart, Ogof DraenenChris Howes
125Aug 1995Nick Geh, Cueva d'es Pas de Valgornera, MallorcaMartyn Farr
126Oct 1995Ann Bosted, Red Passage, Lechuguilla Cave, New MexicoPeter & Ann Bosted
127Dec 1995Jo Chapman, Cullaun IIGavin Newman
128Feb 1996Chris Stine, YO Acres, Lechuguilla Cave, New MexicoPeter & Ann Bosted
129April 1996Barry Keenan, Cascades Rising Cave, Co. FermanaghJohn Kelly
130June 1996Pauline Rigby, Ogof DraenenTim Guilford
131Aug 1996Grasping for straws, a manipulated photoDave Bunnell
132Oct 1996Steve Thomas, Dip Sump, Ogof Ffynnon DduGavin Newman
133Dec 1996Steve Openshaw, Tham None, LaosAdrian Gregory
134Feb 1997Pant Mawr Pot (watercolour)David Bellamy
135April 1997Little Fishes Cave, Flood Cave and Crawling Dog Cave, ChinaGavin Newman
136June 1997Unnamed caves in the Guadalupe Mountains, New MexicoPeter Jones
137Aug 1997Dave Elliot in Alum Pot, Maurice Hewins in Clag Hole, MendipDave Morrison
138Oct 1997Diana Gietl, Moulin de la Souverainete, GreenlandMarc Tremblay
139Dec 1997Cueva de Cuchilla, MexicoPeter & Ann Bosted
140Feb 1988Pat Cronin, Altinbesik Cave, TurkeyMartyn Farr
141April 1998Ben Lovett, the Ice Castle, F41, Picos de Europa, SpainTim Guilford
142June 1998Run to the Mill Cave, TennesseeMarc Tremblay
Publisher changes to Wild Places Publishing
143Aug 1998Deborah Morgenstern, Honeymead HolePaul Stillman
144Oct 1998Cave diver, Hurtle Pot (pastel drawing)Mark 'Gonzo' Lumley
145Dec 1998Commerson's Leaf-nosed Bats, Drotsky's Cave, BotswanaBen Lovett
146Feb 1999Diving in the Doux de Coly, FranceGavin Newman
147April 1999Titan, Peak Cavern, and His Lordship's Hole, MendipPaul Deakin / Simon Muir
148June 1999Pat Cronin, Altinbesik Cave, TurkeyMartyn Farr
149Aug 1999Sue Hagan, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IChris Howes
150Oct 1999Ogof GofanMartyn Farr
151Dec 1999Lathkill Head CavePaul Deakin
152Feb 2000Swildon's Hole / Rescue from the Vitarelles, FranceHarry Savory / SSF/FFS
153April 2000Maomaotou Yan, Guilin, ChinaAndy Eavis
154June 2000Hugh St Lawrence, The Stripper, Trapdoor PotPete Hall
155Aug 2000Andy King, Torca del Regalon, Picos de Europa, SpainTim Guilford
156Oct 2000Carol Vesely, Santa Cruz, MexicoRon Simmons
157Dec 2000Guiem Mulet, Cova des Pas de Vallgornera, MallorcaTony Merino
158Feb 2001Dave Hardwick, Fishmonger's SwalletChris Howes
159April 2001Notts IIPaul Deakin
160June 2001Adrian Hall, Malham Cove RisingJohn Cordingley
161Aug 2001Judith Calford, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IChris Howes
162Oct 2001Maria Antonia Garau, Cova des Pas de Vallgornera, MallorcaTony Merino
163Dec 2001Dashiwei doline and Leye River System, ChinaJames Alker
164Feb 2002Pam Fogg, Easter Cave, Western AustraliaTim Fogg
165April 2002Pete Bolt, Llygad LlwchwrChris Howes
166June 2002Claire McElwain, Pozu del Xitu, SpainBen Lovett
167Aug 2002Bypass in Reseau du Verneau, FrancePeter Goosens
168Oct 2002Steve Marsh, Ballymaglancy CaveMartyn Farr
169Dec 2002Cova des Pas de Vallgornera, MallorcaTony Merino
170Feb 2003Ai Dong, ChinaJohn Whalley
171April 2003Alum PotJohn Forder
172June 2003Pestera Vantului, RomaniaHugh Penney
173Aug 2003Diving in Nascente do Rio Formoso, BrazilMartyn Farr
174Oct 2003Maria Antonia Garau, Cova des Pas de Vallgornera, MallorcaTony Merino
175Dec 2003Ben Lovett, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IChris Howes
176Feb 2004Champs Elysees, Da Dong, ChinaDuncan Collis
177April 2004Planinska jama, SloveniaMartyn Farr
178June 2004Steve Jones, Boreham CaveGavin Newman
179Aug 2004Robbie Shone, Elevator Cave, MuluAndy Eavis
180Oct 2004Judith Calford, Black Chasm, CaliforniaChris Howes
181Dec 2004Grotte du Crotot, FranceAndi Schober
182Feb 2005Jenny Pinder, Alum PotMartyn Farr
183April 2005Dave Nixon, TitanRobbie Shone
184June 2005Stan Allison, Chandelier Ballroom, Lechuguilla Cave, New MexicoGavin Newman
185Aug 2005Ged Benn, Goldrush pitch, Klondike PotDave Ryall
186Oct 2005Dersios, GreeceRobbie Shone
187Dec 2005Diving Murra-El-Elevyn, Nullabor, AustraliaMartyn Farr
188Feb 2006Martin Beale, The Courtesan, Agen AllweddMartyn Farr
189April 2006Mark Brown, the Night Watchmen, White Rock Cave, MuluRobbie Shone
190June 2006Cave pearls, Lechuguilla Cave, New MexicoGavin Newman
191Aug 2006Ben Lovett, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IChris Howes
192Oct 2006Helen Rider, Ordinskaya, RussiaMartyn Farr
193Dec 2006Rob Eavis, Parthenon Pot, CreteRobbie Shone
194Feb 2007Mike Richardson, Neverland, Upper Flood SwalletMark Shinwell
195April 2007Flo Gruner, Gouffre Euzedes, FranceAndi Schober
196June 2007Mark Brown in a shaft, White Mountains, CreteRobbie Shone
197Aug 2007Dave Harley, the Event Horizon, TitanRobbie Shone
198Oct 2007John Robinson, Long Churn CaveDave Ryall
199Dec 2007Maypole Inlet, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu IIPaddy O'Reilly
200Feb 2008Mosaic of all 199 previous covers[design by Chris Howes]
201April 2008Jim Lister, Pickering's Passage, Peak CavernRichard Tooley
202June 2008Matt Ewles, Holy Grail formation, Excaliber PotGary Douthwaite
203Aug 2008Rob Eavis, Tripa tou Voria, GreeceRobbie Shone
204Oct 2008Tony 'Badger' Radmall, Ogof DraenenPaul 'Footleg' Fretwell
205Dec 2008Eishohle, Tennengebirge, AustriaAndi Schober & Gaspard Magarinos
206Feb 2009Tim Webber, teh Cascades, TitanRob Eavis
207April 2009Serena Povia, Peak CavernToby Speight
208June 2009Toni Sharp and David Holmes, Swildon's HoleSteve Sharp
209Aug 2009Mandy Voisy, Fernhill CaveMark 'Gonzo' Lumley
210Oct 2009Fleur Loveridge, Ogof DraenenBen Lovett
211Dec 2009Annie Guiraud, Stephens Gap, AlabamaPhilippe Crochet
212Feb 2010Hauling gear in J2, MexicoKasia Biernacka & Marcin Gala
213April 2010Dan Hibberts, Fox Chamber, Winnats Head CaveRob Eavis
214June 2010James Alker, Pompom Passage, Whiterock Cave, MuluRobbie Shone
215Aug 2010Krizna jama, SloveniaAndi Schober & Gaspard Magarinos
216Oct 2010Annie Guiraud, Grotte de la Cocaliere, FRancePhilippe Crochet
217Dec 2010Eishohle, Tennengebirge, AustriaAndi Schober & Gaspard Magarinos
218Feb 2011Richard Mercer, Witches IIMark Shinwell
219April 2011Tim Allen, Boxhead PotRobbie Shone
220June 2011Toni Mulet, Cova des Pas de Vallgornera, MallorcaTony Merino
221Aug 2011Martin Barnicott, Reseau Felix Trombe, FranceRobbie Shone
222Oct 2011Annie Guiraud, Kazamura Cave, HawaiiPhilippe Crochet
223Dec 2011Aven du Mont Marcou, FranceSergio Laburu
224Feb 2012Serena Povia, Wretched Rabbit, Ease Gill CavernsMark Shinwell
225April 2012Cova des Pas de Vallgornera, MallorcaTony Merino
226June 2012Pete Bradford, Swildon's HolePaul Dold
227Aug 2012Annie Guiraud, Cueva de Santa Catalina, CubaPhilippe Crochet
228Oct 2012Red Seas area, Lechuguilla Cave, New MexicoKevin Downey & Urs Widmer
229Dec 2012The Astrodome, Cueva de la Hoyuca, Matienzo, SpainPaul 'Footleg' Fretwell
230Feb 2013The Triple Jump, Shep PotFrank Pearson
231April 2013Sam Townsend, Cliffstile MineRob Eavis
232June 2013Golokratna jama, SloveniaPeter Gedei
233Aug 2013Steve Sharp, Maypole Inlet, Ogof Ffynnon DduPaul Dold
234Oct 2013Aaron Bowering, Goatchurch CavernSteve Sharp
235Dec 2013Laura Trowbridge, St Cuthbert's SwalletStu Gardiner
236Feb 2014Erin Lynch, Cloud Ladder Hall, Quankou Dong, ChinaRobbie Shone
237April 2014Kieran McKay, Nettlebed, New ZealandNeil Silverwood
238June 2014Annie Guiraud, Martinska jama, SloveniaPhilippe Crochet
239Aug 2014Chris Blakeley, Gouffre Berger, FranceRobbie Shone
240Oct 2014Martyn Farr, Avalon Hall, Totara Cave, New ZealandMartyn Farr
241Dec 2014Henry Dawson, Swildon's HoleStu Gardiner
242Feb 2015Judith Calford, Moai formation, Easter Cave, MuluChris Howes
243April 2015Emma Battensby, Krem Ksow Lamet, MeghalayaHellie Brooke
244June 2015Matthew Wood, Grand Circle, Agen AllweddSteve Sharp
245Aug 2015Neil Warrington, Bulmer Cavern, New ZealandNeil Silverwood
246Oct 2015Andy Kempster, The Narrows, Nettle PotMark Burkey
247Dec 2015Havva Yildirim Coltu, Mencilis Cave, TurkeyPaul Dold
248Feb 2016Kelda Jones, Selenite Tunnel, Ogof Ffynnon DduChris Howes
249April 2016Tony White, Conviction Cave, MuluRob Eavis
250June 2016Sharon Hussey, Swamp Creek, Ogof Ffynnon DduBrendan Marris
251Aug 2016Jess Burkey, Swildon's HoleMark Burkey
252Oct 2016Paul Dold, G.B. CaveSteve Sharp
253Dec 2016Adrian Hall, Tinkle Tubes, Boreham CaveDave Ryall
254Feb 2017Annie Guiraud, Sao Mateus II, BrazilPhilippe Crochet
255April 2017Paul Mackrill, Krem Mawpun, MeghalayaChris Howes
256June 2017Russ Brooks, Devis Hole Mine CavesDave Ryall
257Aug 2017Honeycomb Hill, New ZealandNeil Silverwood
258Oct 2017Andy Eavis, Deer Cave, MuluChris Howes
259Dec 2017Lucy Greenwood, Curtain Chamber, St Cuthbert's SwalletStu Gardiner
260Feb 2018Marcel Dikstra, Krem Sakwa, MeghalayaChris Howes
261April 2018Roxanne Ramsay, Heron PotPaul Swire
262June 2018Lucy Greenwood, Bluewater Cave, PhilippinesStu Gardiner
263Aug 2018Paul Fairman, Manor Farm SwalletBill Nix
264Oct 2018The Sunflower, Grotte de Saint-Marcel, FrancePhilippe Crochet
265Dec 2018Nicky Bayley, Marble Showers, Ogof Ffynnon DduMark Burkey
266Feb 2019Cottonwood Cave, New MexicoChris Howes
267April 2019Jane Allen, Heron PotMark Burkey
268June 2019Yana Bilynets, Velika Rutarjeva jama, SloveniaPeter Gedei
269Aug 2019Rainer Straub, Lechuguilla Cave, New MexicoMax Wisshak
270Oct 2019Helen Rider, Ralph's Cave, Abaco, BahamasMartyn Farr
271Dec 2019Annie Guiraud, Kagekiyo-ana, JapanPhilippe Crochet
272Feb 2020Pavel Demidov, Verevkina, GeorgiaRobbie Shone
273April 2020Kalvarija, Krizna jama, SloveniaPeter Gedei
274June 2020Pete Hodkinson, Grotte de Quatre, GreenlandRobbie Shone
275Aug 2020Cova des Coloms, MallorcaVincent Gerber
276Oct 2020Harwood Hole, New ZealandMax Wisshak
277Dec 2020Dylan Kocher, Cussey PotRob Eavis
278Feb 2021Rachel Smith, Hang Don Doong, VietnamMartyn Farr
279April 2021Annie Guiraud, Grotte de la Vieille Folle, FrancePhilippe Crochet
280June 2021Cave of the Hundred Columns, CaliforniaDave Bunnell
281Aug 2021Tim Allen, Baby pitch, MayDay HoleMark Burkey
282Oct 2021Kevin Speight, Rhino RiftBartek Biela
283Dec 2021Chris Jewell, Notts II sumpBartek Biela
284Feb 2022Graham Linnane, Ogof Ffynnon DduSMWCRT
285April 2022Alistair 'Tack' Smith in Clearwater Cave, MuluChris Howes
286June 2022Emma Key in Death's Head Inlet, Lost Johns' CaveBill Nix
287Aug 2022
288Oct 2022