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    Gingling hole: a fine day out

    I would agree with this. The 'Ammered 'Old is a short and tight pitch that leads with no difficulty the the final pitch. The Big Rift route has a few awkward drops down a tightish rift (that are tricky on the way back up, particularly when covered in slippery mud) and a series of awkward pitches...
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    Iran '77 - An illustrated memoir

    Same here ... only read the first few pages so far but it reads well.
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    Couple of questions about Meregill Hole

    I was there a couple of weekends ago and didn't spot either. The dive line through to the mere was trashed but no obvious wire. Not sure I would have spotted the Petzl anchors though as I'd already climbed up by then.
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    YSS SRT Facility - Feedback please!

    It's now more than 2 years since the opening of the SRT facility at the YSS. In that time hundreds of people have had a go on the various pre-rigged routes. We will shortly be replacing the ropes and are looking for feedback on the current layout, or indeed on anything else to do with the...
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    CRO HQ Open Evening

    As part of EuroSpeleo the CRO will be hosting an Open Evening at its HQ in Clapham on Wednesday 17th August any time between 5pm and 9pm. This will be a great opportunity to see how a different Rescue Team operates. Thanks to the CRO.
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    Kent to EuroSpeleo

    I know this is a long shot, but the person who was bringing the Speleo Olympics to EuroSpeleo is no longer able to make it. Does anybody have a van that is going from Kent to the Dales in the next week by any chance?
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    Draft Programme

    Congratulations to the Lecture Team who have pulled out all the stops and are able to publish a draft Lecture Timetable for the whole week ... see http://www.eurospeleo.uk/program/
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    Please bring ID

    If you are lucky enough to look under 25 (or have booked an under-25s ticket) UK licensing laws mean we will need to see ID to prove you are over 18. If you do not bring any, we will have no option but to give you an ?Under 18? wristband and you will not be able to buy alcohol all week. :o So...
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    EuroSpeleo FAQs

    Thought I'd put into a post some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about EuroSpeleo: When can we arrive? We will open for parking and camping from 6pm on the evening of Friday 12 August. A basic bar will be open until about midnight. When do we have to leave? If you are camping in the...
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    EuroSpeleo Tickets

    Less than 1 week to go for discounted tickets to EuroSpeleo or for tickets to the Banquet - advance bookings close at midnight on 31st July. Buying in advance means you save ?20, you bypass the queues at the Reception Desk and you've got no excuses for missing an amazing event! Banquet tickets...
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    Show Cave Discounts

    A number of discounts have been negotiated with local firms for Congress Delegates wearing the appropriate wrist band. I can particularly recommend trips to White Scar and Ingleborough, both of whom are offering about 1/3 off their normal rates ... for anyone who has not visited them, they are...
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    Caving at EuroSpeleo

    Want to go Caving at EuroSpeleo? More than 50 of the best region?s caving trips are being fully rigged for EuroSpeleo, from Calf Holes to King Pot. So, how do delegates go about visiting them? Go to the Caving Tent at EuroSpeleo, browse the mass of surveys, guidebooks and topos available...
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    Fancy a Long Weekend at EuroSpeleo?

    Not yet booked, but fancy a long weekend at EuroSpeleo? Friday night - arrive from 6pm for camping and basic bar  :beer2: Saturday - breakfast onsite, (quieter!) caving available all in many of our pre-rigged caves (but we can't guarantee at this stage that all will be rigged by this point -...
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    After-Banquet Speaker Confirmed

    I can confirm that the EuroSpeleo After-Banquet Speaker will be Tony Waltham. Tony has caved all over the world and is an accomplished speaker, so he will be well worth listening to. The Banquet is one of the few event "extras" and you need to have bought your ticket (?20) in advance. There...
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    EuroSpeleo Timetables

    With only a month to go, it's time to whet your appetites with what's happening at EuroSpeleo: Friday 12th August Evening arrival, pitch tents, settle in, bar 'till ~midnight Saturday 13th August Food all day, arrival, settle in, 8pm - Opening Ceremony follwed by Live Band and DJ until late...
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    EuroSpeleo Volunteers

    EuroSpeleo is on track to be an amazing event. We have sold over 1,000 tickets, have some amazing lectures and entertainment booked and will be rigging loads of amazing caves. We are now looking to fill up our team of volunteers, who will be so vital to the overall success. All volunteers will...
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    Norfolk - Request for Help

    I have received an email from someone in Norfolk asking for someone to have a look at some old chalk workings he is considering purchasing in Norfolk. I know no more than this, but am happy to put him in touch with anyone who might be interested.
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    Thistle Cave - Rockfall

    I understand there was a rockfall "just downstream" of one of the entrances to Thistle Cave on Thursday 12 November. If you're going there, take care!
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    2016 - Event Volunteers

    2016 is going to be a huge event and will, of course, need loads of volunteers. There will be an online form for potential volunteers to offer their services and, as with Hidden Earth, 1 day's free admission will be given for each half day's volunteering. This will be refunded after the event...
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    YSS Grant ... please Vote

    The YSS has been shortlisted for the final of a competition to win some SRT for use at our SRT facility. It comes down to the public vote, so it would be great if as many people as possible could help us out ... it'll take two seconds, but remember to tick the 'no mail' box! Vote for us here...