• 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

    New Descent board here:


Ian Ball

Well-known member
Vulcan said:
Skippy starts installing random lids near to existing ones to confuse visitors.

I was thinking the latest Welsh/Mendipian conservation technique of installing fake entrance lids for people to grind locks off.


Smiles all round as a Cornish caver passes their Mendipian lock/gate removal exam.

[Should add, I'm very much in favour of uninformed public dissuading measures such as lids where needed and also I have no reason to suspect the Cornish are more gate breakers than installers but being from Devon,  the odd chance to insult the Cornish is appreciated]


Staff member
The judge is working on finding a winner.  Announcements to be made as soon as she can.  Sometimes other matters take priority.  Be patient please.

Roger W

Well-known member
Don't let the pressure get to you!


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Staff member
Thanks to everyone who took part, a great response  (y) ;)

The shortlist is (including Mark's favourites):

1)  Vulcan: The cast for the the new series of the Clangers begins to be revealed.  (I loved the Clangers as a kid  ;))

2)  cavermanmike:  We must have been under water longer than we thought
                                Captain, there's an awful lot of sediment on this submarine

3)  roo.walters4:    Cavers find a foolproof way out of Wales during lockdown.

4)  langcliffe:  Finals of the UK Whac-A-Mole National Championship.

5)  mrodoc: Is the pandemic over yet?

6)  digscaves:  Nature watch surprises a very rare creature, an active caver, emerging from a government subsidised isolation burrow. Please maintain at least 2m distance.

7)  tobyk:    After months of lockdown, these first few moments are a kin to lowering yourself in to a hot bubbly bath...it feels gooood...

8 )  IanP:  Uh oh, can open, Skippys everywhere!

9)  RogerW: Caverns measureless to man?  It goes straight down and I'm standing on the b*~~dy bottom!

10)  Duckditch: I?m standing on the shoulders of giants.

11)  Topimo  We hit the motherlode! There's 5000 more Berger books down here!

Over to Random.org and the winning number is 6 - digscaves - congratulations!!

Thanks again to everyone who took the time and trouble to enter.

More competitions coming soon - if you have a photo suitable for a caption competition, please PM me, thank you, Pegasus  ;) (y)


New member
Thanks Mark for donating the prize and Pegasus for organising the competition. Look forward to reading this.