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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 270 
£6.40

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!
Descent 264 
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Descent 264

Descent 263 
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Descent 263

The latest issue, complete with a four page report about *that* rescue. Using a day-by-day format, it starts to give a sense of what actually happened, rather than what the internet said. Elsewhere there are articles marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Great Flood of ‘68 on Mendip, and this year’s NAMHO conference in the Forest of Dean. Also, the usual area reports. Of especial interest to expeditioners going out in a few weeks, is a fairly full account of Cueva del Nacimiento, better known to Tresviso regulars as Cueva del Agua. Visually, Descent 293 is a treat that, as usual. The front cover is by Bill Nix, the rear cover is one by Dave Watts; nice to see that photography of a high standard continues to develop in British caving circles.
Descent 262 
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Descent 262

Forty pages of good stuff in this issue. A nice cover image by Stu Gardiner is balanced by Bill Nix’ portfolio on the rear panel. As always, Descent looks fabulous. Lots of articles, including John Gunn’s article on passage shapes; Christine Grosart’s beautifully presented story of a dive project in Croatia; and an account of the Imperialist’s expeditions to Migovec over the past half decade. Of particular interest to this reader is Frank Pearson’s article ‘Caverns of The Mind’. More of this sort of thing!
Descent 261 
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Descent 261

Forty pages of news, opinions and images in quality (and durable) form. The front cover is a lovely image by Paul Swire, which makes a pitch in Heron Pot look much nicer than it probably is when you’re actually there. In local news, Peak cavers are well served with the release of the Son of Lancliffe breakthrough; it’s nice that this very interesting site can now be reported. Further afield, expeditionary cavers who like deep holes will find food for thought in David Rose’ article on the Riesending. The rescue of 2014 is recognised as an epic, and its successful outcome is a tribute to all concerned. What is less well recognised is that exploration in this prime site continues, and which we learn more about here. In Ireland, Dr Marion Dowd brings a great deal of authority and expertise to the subject of underground archaeology - not so much what is dug up, as what you might stumble on in caves and souterrains. For various reasons the country is a prime location for such...
Descent 260 
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Descent 260

A bumper issue of forty eight pages of all the news that's fit to print, in a durable and club-hut friendly format. The front cover is one of Chris Howes’ own, of Krem Sakwa in Meghalaya. Lots of regional news, with some emphasis on South Wales in this issue. Across the Bristol Channel there’s an account of Hidden Earth at Churchill last year. This is also the big issue for caving in India, with a full account of twenty five years in Meghalaya. As there have been a lot of visitors over the last quarter century, we expect this to be of relevance to many regular readers! Lastly there is an account of the life of Brian Schofield; personally I’d say that Scoff was one of the best people I’ve met in caving, and this article seems to show that I wasn’t alone in thinking this. Read it, draw a deep breath, and raise a glass to him.



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