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June 11, 2016, 12:05:04 pm by Pegasus | Views: 1599 | Comments: 42



The Matienzo Caves Project have kindly offered a prize of one of their hoodies (in your size/colour choice).

Matienzo is often a new caver's first experience of caving abroad - and an excellent one at that.

If you haven't been yet, check out their website.

I have added a sub board 'Matienzo' here:  and hope cavers who have visited Matienzo will share their experiences and knowledge of this fabulous caving area to encourage others to go - over to you Matienzo cavers..... ;D

For the hoodie, it's caption competition time!

3 entries per person and the winner chosen by Big Steve (I haven't asked him yet  :o but am hoping he'll agree, if not it'll be me)

Closnig date - 10pm, 30th June

 :thumbsup: Many thanks to Christine Grosart for the fab photo and Big Steve/The Matienzo Cave Project for supporting the forum  :thumbsup:

July 21, 2015, 10:33:34 pm by Pegasus | Views: 11194 | Comments: 111


'If in doubt, bring it out'

Cavers and diggers take kit underground which can get left there, either by accident or design for years, even sometimes for decades.

There are abandoned dig sites scattered throughout the UK’s most popular (and obscure) caves and even the most conscientious of cavers have patches fall off their suits or food wrappers worming out of holes in pockets unnoticed. All of which, over time has accumulated into a right old mess in many of our caves and disused mines.

It’s easy to cave past this rubbish as if it belongs there however the reality is that broken drag trays, sweet wrappers & lost knee pads etc simply don't and should be removed.

Thankfully many cavers 'do their bit'... The Buttered Badger Potholing Club for example recently decided to have a go at cleaning up some parts of two of Derbyshire’s most popular classic caves- Oxlow Caverns- East Chamber and North Rift in Giant’s Hole. They pulled 11 bags of rubbish out in just two trips.

Cavers on Leck Fell have also been busy removing cave clutter:


Discussions between the two have led to a new initiative to help clean up our caves, disused mines and 'above ground' caving sites - shake holes etc:


A significant prize fund valued at over £1500 has been gathered supported by:

CAN Geotechnical Ltd
The Buttered Badgers Potholing Club
The CNCC Conservation Volunteers
Mark Wright Training
The Berger Book
Hitch & Hike


 :thumbsup: Thank you  :thumbsup:

Rewards will be given to those individuals, groups or clubs who help with the clean up, in recognition of their conservation efforts.

Want to get involved?? Simple - clean up some stuff that doesn’t belong underground or in a shake hole. The chosen cave (or disused historic mine) should be in the UK. Post a trip report detailing why you chose that spot, what was there and some description of the clean-up. Before and after photos, or at least photos of the stuff you pull out would really help demonstrate what has been achieved. It doesn't necessarily have to be half a dozen bulky bags of heavy kit, one small
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