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  1. mrodoc

    Climbing technique in a narrow vertical shaft

    The St. Cuthbert's Swallet entrance rift is the best most used example on Mendip. It was Rostam Namaghi who suggested using a Pantin to me as a way of heaving my septuagenarian frame up it. Worn on the left foot it works well to pass the constriction part way up - worn on the right led to...
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    Viagara Rift. Shatter Cave.

    I am going to be very boring and quote from my log now! Pete Rose and I did a very frustrating photo trip in Shatter Cave on 21st September 1999. On the way in I heard a stream flowing inside the entrance. I visited the cave again on 15th October with Peter Rose, Nigel Cox, Simon Brooks and...
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    Caving Illnesses

    Funnily enough many years ago our local public health consultant wrote to me wanting to research radon absorption in cavers by getting volunteers to go into a cave and provide blood samples. I might still have the letter somewhere. I suggested he would have trouble finding volunteers from the...
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    Caving Illnesses

    I wondered how many lead miners got lung cancer? And I found this: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/644266/
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    Caving Illnesses

    Regarding Lyme Disease I saw one of the first cases to be reported in the UK. The serological test had only just been invented and the first samples went to Porton Down to a visiting researcher who scooted back to the US without reporting back. It was 18 months before we got the diagnostic...
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    Caving Illnesses

    Have you been to some of caves in Thailand then?
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    Caving Illnesses

    We're doomed, all doomed! In a blatant plug for my new book (see the media forum) I can say this is commented on to quite an extent in it. Histoplasmosi is the cave disease! As for cellulitis I have a huge olecranon bursa secondary to an infected graze on my elbow about 40 years ago.
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    Spectacular formations in new cave in northern Iceland.

    Agreed, spectacular. There is a nice ice cave in the Myvatn area that is now used for tourist caving and of course there is Grotaja, a thermal spring cave, which was fun to swim in although access restricted now as got too popular due to Game of Thrones.
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    Using Conveyor Belt.

    I originally got some 20 metre rolls from Oscar Mayer a food processing firm in Chard as they had to be discarded if even slightly damaged (at a cost of £900 a roll). They have left Chard but worth considering such locations for reject belt. A lot lighter than quarry belts.
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    Northern lights

    To find out more you need the latest Caves of Assynt!
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    Northern lights

    These are pretty good too. I suspect this is one of the least visited passages in Britain.
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    Joujar - deep cave in Iran

    I am not surprised about the big pitch. Shahbanou entrance was over 100m
  13. mrodoc

    Joujar - deep cave in Iran

    Where is it exactly? Some of the description is reminiscent of the caves we found in my book and there were hard to reach at a similar altitude.
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