• Hello From Descent

    The publication date for issue 289 is the 10th of December, meaning subscribers should receive their copies during the week leading up to that date. It is also available from caving suppliers such as Inglesport and Starless River, or from our new website

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    For those who are scared..

    Hi everyone ! I really want to find a neat way to help those who are beginning caving/ thinking of caving find it less intimidating. Does anyone know of any good statistics ( with sources?) which represent how safe caving can be ? For instance, I hear about how you are more likely to...
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    Historical Caving Attire

    Hello! I'm looking to do some research on the history of caver attire. (from tweed caps to hard hats!) -Does anyone recollect information from any books they know about the history of caver attire? -Does anyone have/know a friend who would be willing to lend me a working carbide lamp? For...
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    Carslwark Oyster bed question

    I feel silly for asking, so here goes: I remember reading / hearing somewhere that Carlswark Cavern's Oyster Bed is the largest in Europe. Can anyone confirm this? I'm looking for a source. More broadly: I'm looking for information on Carlswark Cavern. I'm just really interested in the place...
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    Purple Stalactites

    The image below was taken this year in a tourist cave. I saw this purple tinge on the bottom right on the calcite. There was no purple lighting I this photo. My question is; why on earth is it purple ? What mineral creates this purple tinge ? this is not the first time I've seen it happen...
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    Rare Casting Call for Documentary!

    Hello everyone, I am looking for people within the caving community to discuss some subjects on camera to make my current documentary series I am producing a little more interesting. You will have the chance to discuss your ideas and factual knowledge on the subjects below. I am doing this as...