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I've just read the biography of Jock Nimlin which includes stories about unemployed climbers from the 30s. There was a whole lifestyle based on climbing and walking.
Does anyone know of similar stories of unemployed cavers managing to get underground between the wars?
Don't know if this will help but may be worth a glance at:
Craven S A, 2007, History of cave exploration in the Northern Pennines of England: the work of clubs, 1892 - 1945. BCRA Cave & Karst Science 34 (1) pp.23 - 32. It covers all the main caving clubs in the Dales active during that period and has a reference list with 327 items.
Or try Melanie Reid (one of this guy's current PhD students):
Article mentioned by pitlamp is also available at:
Bob Grieve & Jock with Tom Weir in 1988 (from 7 mins):
& Jock in 1946:
I also just read his biography. Found very interesting and interested in similar stories. Thanks for sharing :)
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