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    New GEO 'Kingsdale' Suits

    Come back TSA, all is forgiven. My wife has fond memories of a size zero Troll suit even. In the unlikely event I was going down a deep cave now the only option for me is buy a new suit like a AV Titan and assume it is toast after a couple of weeks. Maybe take two. It’s very annoying. I...
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    Inflatable Recommendations for use as buoyancy aids

    Go tubing. We have floated on large inner tubes through canals up to a km. Easy to progress. Comfy. You just need a bike pump. Inner tube rubber is pretty robust, not a blow up toy. Blow up bouyancy aids are rare because they are easily damaged. Lifejackets that blow up you can’t swim in and...
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    16340 batteries

    I have a number of 10 year old Panasonics that have not measurably declined, and I have never had any fail in any way. A protected 3400mAhr Panasonic NCR18650B is less than £10. Good for 6A. I don’t think you can buy a better cell, maybe some the same. You don’t get anything for buying a...
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    Wezzit?

    Meregill?
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    Vegan food

    I buy whatever Booths has to offer generally, but you could could always get Tesco to deliver. Or is this a Co-op thing? I avoid the Co-op normally, because once you are up in the west coast it is the only shop for weeks/months at a time. I need to space it out.
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    BCA Outdoors for All

    We had the other thread on What Did The BCA Do For Us, but it’s not overly helpful. Thanks for contacting that guy. I would indeed like to see some serious discussion on access and legislation, but maybe led by someone at BCA with the appointed job. Getting legal access to caves is not going...
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    BCA Outdoors for All

    There is some sort of charity called the same thing, which isn’t it. This is a campaign run by the national organisations. They have cross-party support so I think something is def going to happen. Be nice if caves were on the agenda this time.
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    BCA Outdoors for All

    This is better. I think the cunning thing to do would be to call the canoeists who seem to have kicked it off. https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/outdoors-for-all/ https://paddleuk.org.uk/a-manifesto-for-millions-of-people/
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    BCA Outdoors for All

    " Moderator comment: 5 Posts moved to this new thread." Please tell me the BCA has joined the “Outdoors for All” initiative. I can’t see it to date, but maybe I missed it. Every outdoor activity I can think of is a member, certainly the non-caving ones I belong to. This is the umbrella group...
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    BCA finances

    Hundreds of thousands of accounts have been frozen/closed belonging to companies and organisations, usually with no explanation. That have trapped peoples money for many months without the slightest concern - they don't give a damn. It's got to the point that banks are going to have to be...
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    Borneo Caving Contacts

    The via ferrata on Kinabalu is a laugh. Long day if you do the full one after going to the summit. Keep you busy.
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    Borneo Caving Contacts

    When I last lived in KK about 8 years ago we had the Chinese on the horizon trying to invade from the west, and a war going on in eastern Sabah with some Filipinos who believed Sabah belonged to them: last time I went diving there we had a dozen guys with assault rifles standing guard. Malaysia...
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    Borneo Caving Contacts

    There are some show caves near Kuching, but not overly exciting. I would not try in Sabah on a holiday, it won’t work. It is more organised on Peninsula Malaysia with Malaysian cavers more involved, but still not really that easy for a tourist. There are a lot of “local issues” around the place...
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    Borneo Caving Contacts

    It’s possible to go caving in Mulu if you pay for it. There are several companies. Cave of the Winds to Clearwater and even Sarawak Chamber. Several massive others near the HQ. You don’t need vertical gear. You can’t go without Park guides. Niah Caves you just need a decent head torch, not even...
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    BCA pros and cons

    New Zealand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accident_Compensation_Corporation It solves a vast number of problems, not least liability for doctors.
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    BCA pros and cons

    My wife once made a poster at work showing the wife and kids sobbing over a hospital bed. It was to try and get people to put less faith in God and more on their driving standards. It was deemed rather shocking, not sure how long it lasted. But you get the idea. Afterwards is not the time to be...
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    BCA pros and cons

    This is not accident insurance. There have been many incidents over the years and the insurance has never been invoked as far as I am aware. it cannot be relied upon for “widows and orphans“. At one point I had life and critical illness insurance that covered caving. It was a hell of a lot more...
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    BCA pros and cons

    The other thing is having clear separation between access and club membership. Some people just love being in clubs with some sort of exclusivity. In my caving lifetime we have had clubs jealously guarding access rights and even barring women from membership (and hence barring women from cave...
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    BCA pros and cons

    There are a number of gated entrances on CRoW land in Wales. Presumably once I finally get a legal right to go down these caves the gates will be removed? Insurance will obviously not be required unless I personally feel the need. My impression was that Labour wanted to extend CRoW to large...
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    Caving Memes

    It is the cumulative effect of a number of people being attacked recently over objectively trivial (or non-existent) issues. Disagreeing with a policy (or lack of one) is one thing, having a go at individuals is another. And even then you should have some sort of alternative suggestion, however...
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