They seem quite enamoured with Carbide and seem slightly behind the times equipment wise... (note the 'and'!).
I was checking the Peak District website for something work related, when I started procrastinating and had a look at their section on caving. To my surprise, this was quite good, with some good links (the BCA, DCA, BCL etc), and seemingly fairly informed. For newcomer info however, as well as a link to the BCA website with an instruction to follow the new to caving links for leaflets etc (I believe this should now link to newtocaving.com, but I can't find any links anywhere), it also had a link to startcaving.co.uk.Having looked at both, I am a little perplexed. They are both very similar, with well designed sites offering the same kind of information for beginners. The main difference I noticed was an alternate (reduced?) set of clubs listed on startcaving. I have a vague memory of being contacted to put our club on startcaving not long after we were listed on newtocaving. I think I declined because I didn't feel like adding any more banners to our website (especially seemingly redundant ones). Perhaps other clubs thought this too, and this has contributed?I guess my question is: why do they both exist? From my perspective, they were set up at around the same time. Are they some proxy battle in a war between our UKC overlords and some unseen opponent? Or just coincidentally filling the same niche? It's worth mentioning that newtocaving is now the BCA certified site, so is presumably in the top spotIf anyone has any idea I'd be interested. Or perhaps I've just let off a proverbial firework in an animal shelter, in which case I look forward to 7000 replies
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