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Hidden Earth 2008

Hidden Earth 2008 Saturday, 27 September 2008 I had a particularly successful year in the annual British caving conference Hidden Earth. I’ve just uploaded the pictures I entered in the photography competition where I won best colour print and the Speleo Technics prize for best photograph of one of their products in use. You can […]

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Valley Entrance Avens and the Window Aven Extension (almost)

Valley Entrance Avens and the Window Aven Extension (almost) Sunday, 15 July 2007 Part of a weekend mission to reclimb the various avens in the roof tunnel between Valley Entrance and the pitch into the Kingsdale Master Cave. Partly to find out where they went, and partly to practice bolt climbing before going to Matienzo […]

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Toyland Surveying and 3D Photography Trip

Toyland Surveying and 3D Photography Trip Sunday, 29 April 2007 After the successful surveying workshop the previous day, and a long breakfast in Ingleton, it was finally decided to go back to Valley Entrance and have a leisurely trip up into Toyland. I had a new 3D cave photography setup to try out, and we […]

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Giant’s Cave (Malvern Hills)

Giant’s Cave (Malvern Hills) Sunday, 11 March 2007 A tough trip to explore what is arguably one of the most difficult caves in Herefordshire. A gruelling walk-in to the entrance, located near the summit of the highest point in the county. Once there we were lucky to meet another explorer who was able to give […]

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Iles Inlet Extensions and Corkscrew Chamber in Agen Allwedd

Iles Inlet Extensions and Corkscrew Chamber in Agen Allwedd Saturday, 24 February 2007 What was to have been an easy weekend’s caving, taking my niece and brother-in-law caving for the first time, turned into a bit more of an epic when my family couldn’t make the weekend. We were staying at a hut which Paul […]

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Riano inlet expedition (Matienzo)

Riano inlet expedition (Matienzo) Sunday, 10 December 2006 After two days down Torno Paying our respects to Granny and looking at a few leads including around 30 unsurveyed meters down to a sump at the bottom of Torno, we set out on our second project of the trip. Tour guide Footleg managed to get the […]

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Lancaster Hole to Link Pot via Cape Kennedy

Notts II – the old gits Christmas Trip Saturday, 2 December 2006 Ruthless efficiency saw Tim breaking down the door of Inglesport before it was open to gain his cup of tea. The rest of the team arrived over the next few hours. After a bit of car rationalisation we headed up to Leck Fell […]

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Discoveries in Riano 1, Matienzo

Discoveries in Riano 1, Matienzo Friday, 14 April 2006 – Friday, 21 April 2006 This was my first visit to Matienzo, and initially I felt a bit lost over where to start to try and get a feel for the area and its caves. After spending day on the surface bashing new shafts with Jim […]

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Grotte de Pène Blanque to réseau du Maillon Manquant

Grotte de Pène Blanque to rseau du Maillon Manquant Tuesday, 30 August 2005 This was the big trip I had been thinking about a lot during the past year as I scanned and laminated surveys for the Summer visit to the Felix Trombe. I was eager to explore here mainly because of a trip into […]

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Gouffre Raymonde – The Big Pitch

Gouffre Raymonde – The Big Pitch Sunday, 28 August 2005 Caroline Fretwell, Footleg, Martin Jahnke, Olly Betts, Paul Dold Returning to the Gouffre Raymonde for a second day, we quickly reached the top of the fourth pitch, which we still had to rig. This pitch has a superb take-off, using a bolt traverse across the […]