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The Caving Alphabet
« on: March 04, 2021, 09:48:08 am »
I've had an idea for a new film.
It's at the conceptual stage, and whether it gets made or nor depends on finding caving related words beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
I've had a go but I'm really struggling with some letters.
Just for fun over the next 26 days, starting with A today, B tomorrow and so on, can forum members suggest caving related words beginning with each letter of the alphabet please?

I'll kick it off with A is for Abseil. How many more As can you come up with?



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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2021, 09:53:29 am »
The "Caving Alphabet Song" springs to mind, but since it begins with "A is for Ar***hole...." I'm not sure it would make for a great film sequence!
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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2021, 10:00:30 am »
The I'r de o Ddraenen project will be well set up for this. Although most of our work in the past three years has, by chance, been at Site A, we also have a Site Z and almost all the other letters in between.

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2021, 10:28:08 am »
Adit, aquifer, aven, artichoke (Ok I made the last one up).

One of my 'cant go to sleep' games is to go through the alphabet naming a cave that starts with each letter. Sometimes I make restrictions - so caves in one regions, caves that I have been down etc.

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2021, 10:31:01 am »
Anastomosis, air-bell, aragonite.

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2021, 10:53:36 am »
There is already:

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2021, 10:56:15 am »
The "Caving Alphabet Song" springs to mind, but since it begins with "A is for Ar***hole...." I'm not sure it would make for a great film sequence!

Well, there's always the Ar** (Devil's) in Castleton.
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2021, 11:45:12 am »
You could start with a trip down Agen Allwedd, for example.

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2021, 12:04:27 pm »
....or A for Ale, B for Beer, C for Cider, etc..
All good caving related words.  ::)
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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2021, 12:46:02 pm »
Airedale, Aygill, Avanti, Aven, Aditnow, Ahhhhhhh......

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2021, 12:54:13 pm »
Airedale, Aygill, Avanti, Aven, Aditnow, Ahhhhhhh......
Love the last one.

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2021, 01:41:18 pm »
There is already:
That's a jolly little film. Where, and who, was it?

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2021, 02:29:45 pm »
There is already:

"... H is for the helectites we love to kick in.."  !!??  :o

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2021, 02:50:27 pm »
There is already:
That's a jolly little film. Where, and who, was it?

Shot in Spain in 1978 and Yorkshire in 1979. I know Colin Boothroyd is in it (and first sent it to me after a singing session we had in mulu a couple months before the pandemic).

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2021, 03:53:44 pm »
From http://www.cancaver.ca/music/Lyrics_KarstFever.pdf (Dangerous Dick and the Duckbusters). Was available on CD in Bernies a few years ago.

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The Caver’s Alphabet

Words and music © 2003 by Adrian C. Duncan
(with a tip o’ the helmet to Boomer for the last line!!)

A for ascender which we use to climb
B for the bullshit we hear all the time!
C is for crawlway, to make us all sweat
And D for the ducks that we’d rather forget!!
E for the expert whose theories sound swell
F for the facts that blow theory to hell !
G for the granite at which we all scoff
And H for the Hens that we all love to quaff!!
I is for insult, to exchange with yer mates
J for the jokes when they catch yer mistakes!
K is for karst, where the caves can be found
And L for the lights which we need underground
M is for manky, the state of our gear
N is for nervous, the first stage of fear
O for the ouigee, so timid and slow
And P for the Power Bars we eat on the go
Q for the quorum, the AGM’s goal
R for the ropes that we rig down the hole
S for the surveys that get us confused
And T for the time that they cause us to lose!!
U for the underground, we’re all its pals
V for the vandals who bust all the stals
W for water, so wet and so cold
And X marks the spot if yer digging for gold!!
Y for the yell that we give when we’re stuck
There’s no rhyme for Z, b’yes, but who gives a !?@#!$?!
I'm not a complete idiot: some parts are missing!

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2021, 05:25:04 pm »
For some reason they drink Old Speckled Hen!

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2021, 05:30:50 pm »
Shot in Spain in 1978 and Yorkshire in 1979. I know Colin Boothroyd is in it (and first sent it to me after a singing session we had in mulu a couple months before the pandemic).

I-spy Colin getting on the ladder at the beginning, and emerging from the sump. I suspect that it was filmed by Chris Baxter.

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2021, 05:37:09 pm »
It was indeed Chris Baxter (& says he only finished it in 2019)

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2021, 10:21:02 am »
Thanks for all the As and for sharing the great film.

Today's letter is B.

B is for ...

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2021, 10:25:40 am »
Thanks for all the As and for sharing the great film.

Today's letter is B.

B is for ...


Bl**dy freshers?
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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2021, 10:36:23 am »
Today's letter is B.

B is for ...
bungy jumping down Gaping Gill Main Shaft.

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2021, 10:44:46 am »
Boulder choke, belay, bowline, beer, Blue Hole, bedding plane, bang, bat, bypass, blind fish, brachiopod.

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2021, 11:05:28 am »
Boggarts Roaring Holes
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2021, 11:25:02 am »
Surely it has to be 'Beer'.
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Re: The Caving Alphabet
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2021, 11:35:27 am »
Buttock-clenching traverses...

 

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