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Descent Magazine

The premier caving magazine of the UK, published regularly to bring the latest news, views, and reviews. The production values and picture quality are as good as any. Also - compared to the internet - the magazine format has the great virtue of telling you about things that you didn't know you didn't know.

Descent 275 
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Descent 275

An excellent blue cover, image taken in Greenland of all places! It's the nature of a sport in which people now partake into their middle (and later) years, that obituaries will figure. But it's sad that in this issue we take public farewell to another trio of characters who will be sorely missed. For the rest of us there are many treats in Descent 275; a full account of the impressive North Yorkshire finds in Jenga; a taster of adventures had (and to come) with Imperial in Slovenia; and an account of the significant finds in Longcliffe up in the Peak. All this plus lots of news!
Descent 274 
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Descent 274

The June issue. What more to say than - they've done it! And it has - nearly - enough to tide us through these thin times. Lots of reports, lots of science, a farewell to the estimable Dave Checkley (a lovely chap) .....and a possible answer to that old chestnut - which is the best sort of butterfly knot! You have to buy it just for this. Thirty nine pages with striking cover shots, front and back.
Descent 273 
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Descent 273

April's issue comes complete with a review of the much appreciated 'Somerset Underground' by R.M. Taviner. It also highlights some goodies that should be coming up for your bookshelves over the next few months - good to have things to look forward to! Two personalities feature in the last four pages: Simon Halliday and Chas Yonge, both of whom are regretted and will be sorely missed. Fortunately there is much to cheer too - from Goon's stories of strange goings-on in Spar cave (well worth a visit, by the way) to the brilliant work being done to facilitate access to the caves of the western Dales by the CNCC. Add in local news, the rescue statistics for 2019, and Chris and Gina's excellent account of their ground-breaking work in the Greenland caves... there's lots to enjoy. And for at least a bit longer, what other cave related activity are you going to do?
Descent 272 
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Descent 272

This February issue leads with Veryovkina (also spelled Verevkins), both in terms of one major article in its profile of Pasha Demidov, and also a pretty stunning cover by Robbie Shone. In forty pages there's lots of other things to admire...BUT first and foremost - the deepest cave in the world (at the moment) and that green, amazing cover. Enjoy!
Descent 271 
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Descent 271

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...
Descent 270 
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Descent 270

This issue has forty seven pages of full-colour news and opinion. This issue has the rescue statistics for 2018; and appropriately an account of Rescon 2019 that has hosted in Mendip this year. Lots of local features in this issue, in particular, maypoling in Thrupe Lane Swallet and work on the sumps in Speedwell Cavern. And for all fans of the northern Spanish caving scene, a well-illustrated account of the Tresviso trips of the last few years; it's very good to see this significant area attracting interest from British teams once again. Cover image is of warm, but wet, work in the Bahamas, by Martyn has rarely made diving look quite so appealing! Closer to home Gary Douthwaite has managed to capture something of the splendour of The Geryon - a back cover to rival the front.
Descent 269 
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Descent 269

This issue has forty seven pages of full-colour news and opinion. The main featured articles are related to mine exploration in Cornwall; a particularly interesting article by Hazel Barton & Co about exploration in Lechugilla; and a study of BCRC statistics over the last quarter century (where did *that* go...?) Also lots of local news, in particular, Ireland and an overview of the rather grim toll taken on Northern Cavers recently. A great issue but perhaps rather a sad one... Cover images are of warm work in Lechugilla, by Max Wisshak. Unsurprisingly, they're pretty fine!
Descent 268 
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Descent 268

Descent 267 
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Descent 267

This latest issue measures up to the usual high standard of cover images. Descent is always a bit of a visual treat but the juxtaposition of 'how one might take a picture of a caver on a rope' is very nicely done. Congratulations to both Mark Burkey and Clive Westlake on their images. This is an issue largely devoted to regional news - there are many stories to tell! But also accounts of caving in Northumberland, which has given rise to the latest guidebook to the area; and also Dave Gill's description of explorations in the Gunung Buda National Park. Special mention goes to Frank Pearson for introducing at least some Descent readers to the works of Ovid, via the poet Dryden. Like Lord Reith his aim is clearly to educate as well as to entertain!
Descent 266 
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Descent 266

The latest issue, celebrating FIFTY YEARS of Descent. Visually, Descent 266 has even more than usual to offer than usual. Chris has treated himself to the use of his front cover with a magnificent image (albeit somewhat phallic) of Cottonwood Cave in New Mexico; Philippe Crochet's picture on the back isn't bad either! The ten-page story of the photographic meet beneath the mountains of Gaudalupe completes the argument that print has its place even in the digital age... Elsewhere there are articles on recent discoveries in the Forest of Dean,up in Sutherland, and also down on Portland - nice to see work paying off outside the more 'mainstream' areas. The expedition report on the Dachstein 2018 triumph is, incidentally, very good. Hopefully it will encourage some keen young (and maybe not-so-young)tigers to go back; clearly there is lots more to do!



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