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Descent (170), February 2003

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Descent (170), February 2003

Tales of a Vietnam Virgin

I looked at Snablet: ‘That’s meant to be dead!’... With rope past its sell-by date and plummeting rocks, active breakfast ingredients were the last thing to worry about.

Radon in the Forest

An extended survey into the prelevance of radon gas in the Forest of Dean’s unique mixture of caves and mines is underway.

Measuring Ingleborough’s Stal

The Victorian penchant for collecting and measuring is well known; insects, birds, plants were all grist to the mill. How interesting, though, to discover that stal in Ingleborough Cave was measured in 1853 – how has it changed since then?

When Cavers are Cool

Hypothermia can kill! Here is every caver’s essential reading: how to recognise the threat, and how to deal with it.

Beneath The Scars

A bit of mapwork, some serious effort and ... a new cave is revealed in the Yorkshire Dales.

Crouching Tigers, Hidden Dragons

Cave exploration in China is all the rage; the attraction, though, is simple to see. Gigantic caverns, elusive canyons ... and the compelling search for the Hidden River.

Images from the Past

Giant’s Cave

Once again we have a mystery photo from the distant past. Can anyone identify Giant’s Cave?

Quote of the Month: My Life

Darwin’s theories caused a furore, but he was not the only man seeking the truth. Wallace, also, went into the world, suffering hardship as he collected specimens. An interesting man, sleeping out at Porth yr Ogof.

The Descent Caption Competition

There’s still time to enter the latest Descent Caption Competition and win an oversuit – all it takes is a good laugh!

Cover: Stunning formations in Ai Dong, China. Photo: John Whalley

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