December's issue comes complete with gear reviews of the new Petzl Rig, Petzl Stop, and the associated braking krab, the Freino Z; all by Mark Burkey, who is not just a very snazzy photographer...
Two personalities feature particularly in this issue - Harry Hesketh, better known as Eski, who should be most famous for his decades of Dales exploration but is sadly perhaps more recognised as 'the poor chap who died in Yorkshire this summer'. His obituary may begin to set this right; he was a true stalwart and moving force in many of the finds over decades.
The other person to make an impact is Pavel Demidov, or Pasha, who has in his turn has been a prime mover in deep cave exploration in Abkhazia for quite a few years. Another example of what it takes to find cave under less-than-ideal circumstances.
There are accounts of Eurospeleo and Hidden Earth this year; and a masterly historical account of exploration in the Peak - Speedwell system by J N Cordingley, and man who has done his share in that endeavour!