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Descent (188), February 2006

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Descent (188), February 2006

Editorial: Sport for Some

It's a changing world for cavers and caving, affected all the more by outside agencies. Caving, it seems, is now considered a worthless sport.

The Courtesan Beckons

After years of struggling at the extremities of Agen Allwedd and Daren Cilau in South Wales in the hope of forging a connection, a team has made a breakthrough in a crucial block of limestone. With the surprising discovery of some stunning formations along the way, excitement is running high ...

Safety Point

The latest RESCON - the international cave rescue conference - was held in Poland, where British cavers joined their compatriots from around the world to swap tales and, more importantly, techniques.

Cavers Go Back to School (Part 2)

Cavers enjoyed an excellent weekend's lectures and demonstrations on Mendip during Hidden Earth 2005. This is the concluding part of our report on this packed event.

A Deeper Frog

The Black Sheep Diggers of Nidderdale have probed the Goyden Pot riverbank, bed and surrounding area for years in their search for a dry route into the divers' extensions. Finally, Frog Pot has yielded to the onslaught - shafts and drops now lead to a walk down a streamway, with all-important leads to follow.

The Chemistry of Rope

As cavers, we are used to not only using but caring for ropes. After all, we wouldn't wish to spend hard-earned cash on a new SRT rope and ruin it due to a lack of maintenance - but can that very care we lavish on cleaning cause damage, or does it help to extend a rope's life? Just what happens to the insides of a rope when detergent is used? Steve King takes the scientific approach to rope care.

Descent's Competitions

This month sees the close of two competitions for two copies of a book on exploration and a DVD of The Descent along with a Sony DVD player - check here for who won. Plus, here's your last chance to enter the Descent Caption Competition, with an excellent chance of your receiving one of thirteen watches on offer as prizes.

Cover: Martin Beale with The Courtesan, a discovery in Agen Allwedd. Photo: Martyn Farr

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  • Size: A4
  • Pages: 40
  • Publication date: February 2006
  • ISSN: 0046-0036
  • Back issues: In stock