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Cave Exploration and Investigation

President: Toby Clark esq.

Newsletter No. 2003/4 October 2003

This newsletter is published for the dissemination of information and is copyright ©WSG 2003. Articles are the copyright of the respective authors. If you wish to reproduce any part, please include the source. Opinion expressed is that of the author and not necessarily that of the WSG.

Headquarters - Caerllwyn Cottage, Halt Road, Rhigos, ABERDARE. CF44 9UW Tel:01685 811080 Website: http://www.wsg.org.uk/

The Club meets on first and third Tuesday of the month at: Ship & Shovell bar, Craven Passage WC2. (Off Villiers Street under Charring Cross station) Normally from 7:45pm onwards.

ElliotEditorial: I dropped a large goolie last issue - missed Elliot from the list of helpers at the working weekend. As those that were there will testify, he was "Strimmer King"- Sincere apologies. By way of recompense, here's a pic of the Leprechaun our newest member…

There are some major upheavals in the caving world at the moment. I refer here to insurance. Please read Phil's words within and if you're on line, visit http://british-caving.org.uk/    It's important everyone, whether a Full, Life, Honorary, Provisional or Non-member understand and act appropriately - Ed.

More on the medals - Matthew Setchfield and Derek Fincham also received medals (like Toby) for voluntary rescue service. Well done to both. Click here to see our top models showing them off.....

Apologies if it all seems a bit packed in - it is!

See you all on the bonfire weekend. Cheers, Graham.

The caving calendar is on the main WSG website. Follow 'Club Meets' and 'Online Diary'. Members can access further information from the 'Members Only' part of the website. Follow 'Diary Dates' to check it out or 'Club Diary' to make changes/bookings for events.

 

Contact mail addresses for the club officers can be found on the main website under 'Contacts'.

The cottage can be booked on line ... click 'Cottage' then click 'Book Cottage'. There is also a multimap button to locate Caerllwyn.

Index to content:

Club News

Virtual Caving

Library Additions

Practice Rescue Dates for Autumn and Winter 2003

Articles

Slovenia 2003 - Martin McGowan

Vercors (France) - Martin McGowan

Cuba 2004 - Martin McGowan

A Dream of White Horses - Graham Adcock

A Visit to Svartshammer Hole - Toby Clark

News from the 18th Hole - Toby Clark and James Hooper

Hidden Earth 2003 - Fumpa

Slovenia (with ICCC) - James Hooper

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Club News.

Pete Jurd is now in Rwanda and the jungle drums have spoken. Here are a few words from him...
Mwiriwe! (Polite, plural greeting used after 11.00am) All is going well for me, a muzungu (foreigner with lots of money!!) in Rwanda. The population appears to be friendly and the rolling hills are very impressive. Kigali is a small city of shacks, houses and mud roads. 'Taxi-buses' (minibuses) with up to 22 people in them (the record so far) appear to be the best way of getting round and cost 100 Rfr. per journey (12p)! Rumours have it that the beer has formaldehyde in it and the water is certainly not safe to drink so I may prove hard to stay hydrated, especially given the altitude (1500m upwards). This has some beneficial effects: 1. Cool climate 2. Less mosquitoes But also has some problems. I was expecting baking hot African days and so did not bring enough clothes. So far I have remained fairly isolated within the VSO training compound with the other volunteers desperately trying to learn Kinyarwanda (the local language), but we have been out to visit the city and to go for a jog this morning.
As expected everyone else here are likeminded, which has made making friends easy. The main problem is the availability of the Internet and the speed of the connection. I fully expect the whole system to crash when I try to send out this...Anyway, others are waiting and I want some lunch.
Thanks to everyone what wrote. Expect some real letters in the future when I am settled in deepest Rwanda with no friends. My address will be: Pete Jurd, P.O. Box 47, Ranagama, Rwanda. Post should take about 10-14 days. Ngaho (goodbye), Pete. (Address corrected 24 Sept - Ed).

I've also heard from Jerry and Julia Complin who have found their feet up in Scotland. (Ed.).

And, of course, Toby Hamnett is on Her Majesty's business - he would welcome some mail. He can be contacted at 554005 Capt RT (Toby) Hamnett, HQ 3 Division (Legal),Op Telic 2, BFPO 641 or
tobyhamnett@hotmail.com

Hello & Goodbye.
We sadly say goodbye to the following WSG members who for reasons only they can know have decided not to renew their subs. We wish them good luck and best wishes wherever they are.
Jerry & Julia Complin, James Evans, Tracy Kortight, Annie Kyrk, Steve Morgan, Jon Selby, Jon Woodhead, Peter & Aisha Young.
However, it's a big hello to-: Elliott Baker, Finta Bella, Dave Ellacott, David McConn, Will Miners.
The jury is still out on Adi Hooper and Tim (Shed) Wright. Has anybody seen them? If so please get them to give me a call. Jeanette.

Phil Mack has made various improvements to the website. These include an on-line logbook that pictures can be uploaded to. Set public or private for www or club only access.

Changes to the Bonfire celebrations to join in with the Croydon CC at Godre Pentre caused e-mails to fly from various parts of the globe. However, the last I heard, the 1st November had been agreed upon.

Pant Mawr Access Arrangements - The August / September CCC newsletter details changes to the access agreement for Pant Mawr Pot.
"There have been some changes to access\procedure to Pant Mawr Pot following the removal of some stal from the cave. Do not worry, formations were not destroyed. Cavers should collect a written permit from Penwyllt HQ to verify they have obtained permission. Permits can be collected directly from SWCC HQ on weekends however please contact Elsie Little for midweek permits. Those clubs who have previously gained access from the Little Neath side also need to carry a written permit".

Court Circular.
Duncan and Rachel are pleased to announce the birth of Isabel Julia Minty, born at home at 9am on Tuesday 19th August. Both mother and daughter are well and sleeping and eating lots. Isabel's weight, before she started consuming vast quantities of milk, was 8lb 12oz and she's starey eyed with lots of hair on top. (unlike her father - Ed.).

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Virtual Caving - (Send your mouse down a hole...).
http://www.geocities.com/pyrocorner/index.html …Hmmmmmmm….
http://www.soc.staffs.ac.uk/jdw1/ John Wilcock's Home Page
http://british-caving.org.uk/ The new BCA website
http://www.outdooradventures.co.uk/ Outdoor Adventures.
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/hape/ TrogNet …see the Crowborough Caves link (*/;-}
If you come across an interesting site, send me the URL and I'll post it here. Ed.

Articles.

Slovenia 2003 Martin McGowan.
This year Imperial and various Westminster guests once again visited the Migovec Plateau to continue the exploration of Gardeners' World. James Hooper and Clewin Griffith drove the hire van out from London, while Martin Mc Gowan rode his motorbike to Tolmin. Meanwhile the fourth member of the team, an Imperial fresher, who was setting up the camp, was staying at the local brothel (by himself), but nevertheless we all eventually found each other and our local contact Andre. The Evans' (Jim and Mark) had also set up the water containers so we had a large water supply, which proved invaluable as it did not rain once for the 4 weeks of the expedition. The next week saw all the food and equipment needed for the expedition carried up the hill and the cave rigged to nearly -450m. So when the main body of the expedition came they just had to get their own gear and tents up the hill.

From the second week onwards we were joined by several Imperial Expedition old lags and some WSG members (Jan Evetts, Pete Jurd and Tim Wright). The first camping trip was Martin and Colm Carroll who between them dragged 10 tacklebags of kit from - 400 to -550 through the annoying rifts. Camp was a cosy little corner, just out of the draught, in the Gallery of Anglo-Slovenia Friendship, and a sand and rubble pile was soon converted (flattened) into a camp with a stereo. This first trip killed some leads off the gallery, but two Slovenian cavers came down on a bounce trip to tackle the pitch at the end of Friendship Gallery. They manage to get within 20m of the floor before running out of rope and batteries for the drill.

The Big Rock Candy Mountain pitch (70m) was soon conquered, although the top of it was still full of loose mud, and Colm, with Brian Cullen, discovered a horizontal series at the bottom of the shaft. This was the Leprechaun Series, and it would take the luck of the Irish to be on the trip that pushed the strolling size passage. This ignited the expedition and soon there was serious talk of connecting Gardeners' World to the main system. Brain and Martin went down again to the end of the series and pushed a short pitch to continue in walking passage with a sandy floor. The area of highly decorated fossil streamway even had a section of false floor to crawl under and ended in a pitch. The original plan was to drop from the main passage in a conventional way with a back up. Unfortunately Martin could not find a decent piece of rock to bolt for the main pitch , so instead, scrambled over a ledge to a far corner setting up a traverse line and a handline down a loose boulder/sand pile from a large flake.

At the bottom, the passage continued down slope until the roof dived down to almost meet the floor. From a 10cm high gap a howling draught issued forth. Deeply disappointed that they had found an old filled in sump Martin told Brian the good news. Brian started to enthusiastically dig at the sand floor with his Stop, seeing this Martin was soon at the coalface pushing sand out of the way with his boots. Within an hour there was just enough space for Martin to squeeze through and with a bit of further work Brain popped through. This was the Crock of Gold squeeze at the end of Rainbow pitch. A quick run around revealed tons of leads, but Martin insisted that the passages be surveyed and put in the book. So the next day the duo decided to return to the Red Cow Roundabout (A pub in Dublin) and finish off the upstream survey from the last station.

(Un)fortunately fate dealt them a cruel blow, Brain's Stop had got some grit in the latch, so it became impossible to a changeover on the rope without taking it off. So the leads were left for the next team (Jan and Tim) to push and that extra bit of surveying as well. Over the next week the horizontal series grew into a spider's web with leads popping up left and right. Some of the streams were not pushed as getting wet at -700m is more than unpleasant. Soon it was the last week, so James and Pete did the last pushing trip and de-rigging camp trip getting over 200m in the book. Martin was not caving as he'd had an infected finger sliced open to drain the pus, so he cooked a slap up meal of Soya mince etc while everyone hauled bags out from - 450m. Overall a great expedition, this year with nearly a kilometre of horizontal passage found that was below -700m. Great potential for next year and we still have not connected the two systems together.

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France (Vercors) Martin McGowan.
After Slovenia Martin and Pete headed to France on the motorbike to meet up with Dave Farey, Phil Mack and Alys Vaughan-Willams in la Chappelle-en-Vercor. There was a hot ride across Italy at 160 kph, stopping in Turin, then a very enjoyable and breathtaking spin over the Alps. On the first evening in La Chapelle there was an unbelievable thunderstorm with large bits of hail bouncing off the road. At this point Phil and the others had not arrived and Martin and Pete did not have a tent (Pete had also 'lost' his sleeping bag in the hire van in Slovenia). So all of those people left stranded in 2001 can feel that karma does come back to haunt us. Anyway eventually that night the others arrived.

The first trip was the easy Glace D'Autrans, which this year had no ice in the shakehole. This was found to be already rigged, so there was a quick descent and exit by the group. Although there was very little ice around the cave was still freezing. The following day proved to be a different story, as the caves attempted turned out to tight, full of useless spits and despite being beside the road were more difficult to locate than Glace D'Autrans. Phil and Martin happily free climbed a '14m pitch' and then wondered why the rope would not reach the bottom of the next pitch (35m). But this bit of an abortion of a day did have a silver lining as we bumped into the Wessex in La Chappelle and got invited over to the Trou De Glaz. That evening we waved farewell to Pete as we saw him step onto the train to Paris. At least we now know he is safe and sound in Rwanda.

After a mid week shopping, eating and generally chilling day we had an early start (6am) to get to the Trou de Glaz. A storming French style trip was undertaken, with a tacklebag full of food and wine so we could have a relaxing lunch underground. This summer we found that there were many restrictions on access to the hills because of the heat-wave, in fact the day we did the Trou de Glaz, the Dent de Crolle was supposed to shut due to the fire risk. We could only do the bit that said naked flames and smoking were banned. At Pont de Royans there been a fire closing one of the gorges into the Vercor.

On the last day we booked a canyonning trip with a guide. We paid about 50 Euros each for the day. Normally when you hear of cavers going canyonning without a guide the commonest complaints are the cold, the difficulties in keeping afloat due to using a caving wetsuit and of course the epics about getting the rope getting stuck. None of this happened as we were given 5mm long johns and tops so could not sink or get cold, which was quite lucky for Martin as at the first jump he turned to listen to the instructor and promptly slipped off. He was flung into a star position, with his arm waving as though it might save himself and hit the water side-on trying to say something. Nevertheless he got back up and jumped off the drop again. A totally mad and addictive day, and great having a guide who knew the local situation so could encourage to jump some drops we may have just rappelled down. So overall a great summer trip for WSG.

Cuba 2004 Martin McGowan.
Several people have said that they may want to go back to Cuba at Easter next year. So I will organise another trip there. The cost of the expedition will be about £1000. The dates of the trip are between 27th March 2004 to 18th April 2004. This is three weeks, but we can arrange a two week trip to suit people's holidays. The plan is to look at the leads in Hoyo de Fructa, Sima del la Novellia and Punta del Pan de Azucar . It is hoped to have a trip to another part of the island if people want it. There is also some diving that can be done near Cueva Chiquita so if you know a diver who would like to come out let them know the details. To go on the trip just email at mmcgowan@brentwood.essex.sch.uk so I can set up an email list and I will let everyone know by bonfire what the story is.

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A Dream of White Horses HVS 4c,4c,4c…..      Graham Adcock.
No, not some class A drug-induced fug but Tim and I on a minor diversion from caving.

Loz and I arrived late in Llandudno to find domestic bliss - Tim with the remains of a bottle of wine - we crashed on his lounge floor.

Friday dawned bright and sunny. After some brekky and a sandwich-gathering trip, we headed out to Holyhead. There was a slight breeze as we walked out toward North Stack Lighthouse - the weather was perfect. Tim and I were to climb and Loz would gather photographic evidence from the promontory.

The route traverses the walls of Wen Zawn - three or four pitches depending upon tidal conditions. In our case, with a rising tide, we opted for three. The approach requires a 70-foot abseil from a perched block above a niche in the cliff. Getting to the block, down the loose scree some 300 feet above the sea, is perhaps the most precarious part.

I abbed in, set up a hanging belay and Tim came down. We sorted ropes and I lead off, climbing downwards for 25 feet or so to the traverse line. I placed some gear and continued, rising slightly for 100 feet or so to the vertical crack of 'Wen'. Here, I set up a hanging belay, placing 3 good pieces in the crack before gingerly sitting back some 150 feet above the sea below. Tim came across and joined me before leading through as a seal watched our 'activities' from below.

Picture shows Tim leading Pitch 2 whilst I'm belayed in the crack of 'Wen'.

This 100-foot pitch ascends quite steeply using a large flake for your hands until it peters out. From here, the route descends a few metres to a belay in 'Concrete Chimney'. Tim set up another hanging belay in a spectacular position now some 250 feet above the sea. The main sound here is the sea 'whumping' in the caves below as the waves rise and fall.

From this point, the route changes direction and bears left out above the back of the zawn. The climbing becomes slightly more difficult and exposed but the gear placements are adequate but have to be extended so as to avoid rope drag. I led off below the immense overhang and worked my way airily across the zawn to a shallow chimney, the top of which gave access to the steep path down to the promontory. I belayed and brought Tim across, unable to see him for the last half of the pitch until he emerged, smiling, from the chimney. A great and atmospheric climb.

Picture shows the final pitch under the roof. The exit is top left of the photo. (GA).

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A visit to the Svartshammerhole - August 2003. Toby Clark.
This cave is well described by Vidar Lund who has written a brief description of Norwegian caves (search Caves Norway and you will find it) which includes a detailed description of the Svartshammerhole, including accurate instructions on how to get there. The cave contains Norway's largest chambers and also a glacier.

I left Irene sitting in the car with her knitting and set off for a 200m ascent up a steep slope into a hanging valley. As Vidar Lund says, you can feel the cold draught from the entrance before you actually see it and I ascended the path to find myself looking down a slot in the mountainside where the vertical wall above intersects the lateral moraine of a long-departed glacier. A steep rubble slope descended for maybe 30m to the dirty surface of a glacier within the cave itself. I walked across this for maybe 300m to the end (a bit eerie with my light penetrating below the surface! and a similar distance beyond to where the chamber ended up a slope which closed down.

Returning to the entrance, it is possible to go under the glacier on a continuation of the entrance rubble slope but this becomes iced all over about 20m down and I could safely descend only that far with a hand line. But it was another 30m or so to the bottom and I could not go any further, remembering Jerry Complin's fall on ice in Switzerland. Thus I missed the large chambers in the lower cave. Next time perhaps.

For me, a triple first: my first Norwegian cave, my first underground glacier, my first cave North of the arctic circle.

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Developments at the 18th Hole. Toby Clark.
18th Hole, Sunday 6th July 2003. A short but productive visit by Dougal, Fumpa and me to remove 30 buckets of loose infill. This and the 50 buckets cleared on the last visit has opened it up considerably and we are now going sideways under what seems to be a rock arch. The influent trickle of water emerges from the cliff face and flows down over a band of clay, disappearing into the gravel floor. Small voids are appearing ahead where water has washed out mud between stones, the digging is easy and overall the prospects are excellent.
Weekend of 13/14 Sept 2003
Team: James & Adrian Hooper, Dave Farey, Harry (visitor) & me
Another 85 buckets of spoil removed (3/4m3) and the scaffolding and shoring reorganised. The dig is now 4m deep, timbered to the bottom and capacious. The way seems to be straight down through loose, easy fill and is in perfect condition for the next 'big push'. Needs 3 persons to work efficiently. All equipment is on site other than a scaffolding spanner and hammer. We have run out of scaffolding and any contributions are warmly welcomed.

And the Dig goes on... James Hooper.
Even before the ends of the detonator wire connected with the battery, there was a tingle of excitement. We'd felt the draft. We'd heard, we thought, the faint trickle of a small stream. Was this it? Would I be writing a resignation letter that evening and be living at the cottage with survey instruments permanently round my neck for the next two years? I'd started to dream again when the BANG came. Grinning, we ran towards the eighteenth hole...
On a crisp Saturday in September, I woke up at six, desperately hung-over, and immersed myself in a cold bath before packing my kit and heading off to Paddington. The cold bath was a mistake - it's just that I wasn't with it enough to operate the taps correctly. I woke up again as my train arrived in Wales. Changing in Cardiff, I caught a Valley Lines train to Aberdare; the conversations around me bringing it home to me that I was definitely in a foreign country. Toby and Dave met me in Aberdare and we were soon at digging HQ, drinking tea, waiting for Adi and his friend Harry to arrive and for work to commence.
The resumption of digging at the Eighteenth was pretty easy - no large boulders and an effective bucket hauling system. We took turns at the pushing front, once you filled ten decent sized buckets you could clamper out and watch the next man sweat away. Initially, Harry, a non-caver, seemed highly bemused but as the day progressed he seemed to become more and more intrigued, to relish the ostensible perversity of it all. He began, perhaps, to understand the infectious 'bug' to some degree. By all accounts we had a pleasant, productive day. The dig is going straight down, is currently about 12 feet deep and was left with the fresh brown remains of an 85-bucket spoil pile. But what about the BANG? Well it wasn't needed at all, and there is, in fact, no draught, but it would surely be inconceivable to spend a day with Toby and Dave and not let off at least one small charge...
After beers in the Red Lion, some sleep in the fabulously re-furbished bunk room and a Sunday morning mow of the lawn, Toby and I returned to the 18th to re-jig the scaffolding and shore up the sides of the proto-shaft with planks of wood. The dig is now looking better, and more promising, than ever. The tale of the big breakthrough will hopefully be told sometime soon. In fact, I've already written a draft of the first paragraph (above).

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Hidden Earth 2003. Hanley Castle High School , Upton upon Severn. 3rd - 5th Oct.
Having arrived at the school around 19.30 on Friday, the gym was being transformed into Sarawak Hall by the traders & dedicated show organisers. I quickly acquainted myself with the set up of lecture halls etc, then went in search of the hamlet pub, The Three Kings. This dated to roughly 16th century. The beer tasting much the same. (Although they did provide the 16 barrels for Balch's beer tent, which was excellent.
Saturday morning came chilly but essentially bright and sunny. I'd heard the catering was not up to much so a few of us went into Upton for a traditional fry up to help get us through the long day ahead and briefly acquaint ourselves with a suitable location for an evening meal.
An excellent turnout from WSG members, although we didn't have a club stand this year. May be next year we could have one, as it's a few years now since our last effort.
As usual the events on the programme consisted of regional round-ups, expedition lectures from around the world and a selection of audio visual experiences by the known well established stalwarts.
Other events that took place included various SRT & ladder races with a one off special of a fashion parade exhibiting various traders clothing & wares on a catwalk with soundtrack & commentary by Jon Whiteley. Also the photographic & art displays. While Bob Mehew carried out rope testing on his rig. In one test I saw him undertake, it took him five attempts to break a piece of 11m static rope. Each drop was 80kg.
Late afternoon on Saturday saw the BCRA AGM followed by the conference dinner, with after dinner speaking from Jack Pickup (ex-CRO controller in the Dales) while others popped down to the town in search of a variety of food & ale.
Some of us volunteered (were volunteered) as security for the stomp. This entailed clearing away tables from the conference dinner and sorting out seating arrangements as well ensuring no one sneaked into the stomp thru' the many back doors. The reward for this was free entry to the stomp.
When the band Loose Change stopped for an interval Jon Whiteley & Paul Mann kept the crowd entertained by holding a sing around of old caving songs. The band now refreshed then carried on with gusto as everyone was now on the dance floor strutting their stuff. Several encores later the band were well rewarded by chanting & applause.
As last orders had been called, some retired to the sports pavilion for party games into the early hours while many others retired to their tents, caravans or more salubrious accommodation.

Sunday started even chillier & with certainly many more hangovers. The majority of lectures today consisted of expeditionary trips to the Far East, namely Chongqing (Bill), Yunnan , Guangxi and Vietnam among others. There must be more British cavers underground out there than nationals.

Specialist workshops also took place in the Solari studio which covered insurance, surveying, cave radios & electronics & art. Surveying competitions also took place on the campus.
The last lecture I attended was the de-watering of Parys Mountain, Amlwch, Angelsey. This was an interesting talk about the ancient bronze age copper mines & the race against time to save the port village from being deluged by 200m cubic gallons of highly acidic (ph2) water held back by a concrete eroded dam.
The finale saw the presenting of prizes & awards sponsored by various trade stands followed by a visual presentation by the master - Sid Perou.
Next years' event is likely to be in the Ingleton region.

WSG delegates : Martin Creavin, Matthew, Phil , Sarah , Dougal, Kiwi Dave, Dave, Steve, Andy, Simon, Bill, Tim & Pauline, Alys, Chris, Fumpa plus apologies to anyone I may have forgotten.

Many photo's were taken over the weekend and may soon arrive on a site near you.
Thanks also to Sarah for providing her marquee. Cheers, Fumpa.      (Look out for pix on the website - Ed.).

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Slovenia 2003 with ICCC   James Hooper.
"Major discoveries at depth" is a good summary of this year's Imperial College expedition to Migovec, Slovenia. Quite a few WSG members are also members of ICCC (and vice versa) and this summer Martin McGowan, Tim Wright, Pete Jurd, Jan Evetts and myself were all lucky enough to be part of what was, for me anyway, one of the best expeditions in recent years.

Camp X-Ray, a two-man underground camp (with a good sound system) was efficiently set up in Gardener's World Cave at a depth of -550m, the previous limit of exploration. From here, an exposed 80m pitch dropped down, on 9mm rope, into a large series of fine horizontal passages. Horizontal became the new vertical. Deep the new shallow. It was almost too easy, a case of getting your tape measure out and starting to survey. In total, about 1.5km of new cave was found and mapped, all below a depth of -600m. Many leads were left for next year and a connection to the main Migovec System is a big objective for the 2004 expedition.

Further details, photos and surveys can be found at http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/rcc/caving/.

Above the Pool in 'Take Nothing'
Top: Moondust
Photo Credits - James Hooper
Bottom: Playboy

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Practice Rescue dates for the autumn and winter 2003.
Just a quick reminder of the 2 remaining WBCRT Rescue Practises for 2003

Saturday 18th October War Game
Penwyllt at 10.00am
This is a Desktop scenario in which a team co-ordinate a large scale rescue callout. It provides a good insight into Rescue issues, planning, logistics, etc.
All welcome to take part in what is always a challenging event and a great opportunity to learn more about Cave Rescues in South Wales. Helpers wanted also.
Please could you let us know if you will be participating or can help with the delivery of the event.

Saturday 6th December OFD 2
Penwyllt for a 10.00am start
A full underground Rescue Scenario practising all elements of a Rescue from an underground location through to evacuation of a Casualty from the cave.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me by reply or on 01639 730806 or
contact the WBCRT Training Officer, Jules Carter at julescarter4@hotmail.com or on 02920 844558

WESTMINSTER SPELEOLOGICAL GROUP: NEW ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY.
(between 17/07/03 - 22/09/03)
Domestic Publications:
Adventure Wales (Donated by Andy Sewell)
BEC Belfry Bulletin Summer 2003 Vol.53 No.2 Number 516
BCRA Members Newsletter August 2003
BCRA "Speleology" Issue 3 September 2003
Chelsea Speleological Society Newsletter Vol.45 No.8/9 August/September 2003
Croydon Caving Club (Pelobates) No.82 (no date but found at Caerllwyn so must be 2003!)
Descent No.173 August-September 2003
BCRA Cave & Karst Science Vol.29 No.3 2002
Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club Newsletter Vol.40 No.2 September 2003
Wealden Cave & Mine Society "News of the Weald" Issue 50 August 2003
Wessex Cave Club Journal Vol.27 No.286 September 2003
Whit Rose Pothole Club Newsletter Vol.22 Issue 3 August 2003
Foreign Publications:
BAT News August 2003
Blue ridge Grotto "The Carbide Dump"Vol.38 No.2 February 2003, Vol.38 no.3 March 2003, Vol.38 no.4 April 2003, Vol.38 no5 May 2003, Vol.38 no.6 June 2003, Vol.83 no. 7 July/August 2003
Greater Cincinnati Grotto: "The Electric Caver" Vol.43 No.8 August 2003
O Carste: Vol.15 No.2 Abril 2003, Vol.15 no.3 Julho 2003 (Brazil)
Regards No.49 Juillet-Août 2003, No.50 Septembre-Octobre 2003
Speleologia (Italian) Anno XXIII Dicembre 2002
Book purchases:
Beneath the cloud forests-a history of cave exploration in Papua New Guinea - H. Beck (2003) {352 pages long and full of photo's!}
Tony Oldham donations:
Grottan Nr.2 Juni 2003 (Sweden)
Jaskinie 2(31) 2003 (Poland)
Laichinger Höhlenfreund 38.Jahrgang Heft 1/2003
NSS News: Vol.61 No.2 Feb 2003, Vol.61 No.5 May 2003, Vol.61 No.6 Jun 2003, Vol.61 No.8 Aug 2003
Polish Camp-sites handbook
Poland 2001 Tourist Guidebook
Show cave leaflets:
St, Beatus Höhlen (Switzerland), Les Grottes de Vallorbe (Switzerland), Grotte aux Fées (Switzerland), Musée Suisse de Spéléologie (Switzerland), Lac Souterrain St.-Léonard (Switzerland).

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Last Gasp

Copy deadline for the next issue is 4th January 2004.
Writing for the Newsletter or Bulletin is simple - Just write down what you've been up to lately - in any format, then send it to me! Cheers, Graham.
Thanks to this edition's contributors: Toby Clark, Martin McGowan, Phil Mack, Fumpa, Jeanette Rosato, James Hooper, Matthew Setchfield.
Your name could should be here!

Photos (not all in the paper version).

James Hooper in the 18th Hole
2003 Working Weekend
Jeanette and Sarah modelling the medals
Not sure how Dave got in on the action...

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