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Books Technical and Historical

These are a mix of 'how to' guides, and general accounts of exploration. There are some very good and entertaining reads among the latter!

Adventures Underground 
£24.95

Adventures Underground

An excellent combination of story telling with historical accuracy, laced through with practical information. Following on from Gemmell and Myers 1952 classic, Underground Adventures, this book gives the reader an insight into the determination, ingenuity and derring-do that has been expended in the ongoing exploration of the caves of the Yorkshire Dales. Over the course of seventeen chapter, Dave Haigh and John Cordingley take us through trips and projects ranging from the 'Hunt for The Penyghent Master Cave' to 'Underwater Boulder Mining', via pushing in West Kingsdale and Gaping Gill. As active 'pushing' cavers in the Northern caves for quite a few decades, Dave and John are particularly well placed to give this account, as they have first-or second-hand experience of many of these discoveries. A book for all cavers who realise that "it's about the story", as well as those who are practically interested in what it takes to find new ground in this heavily-worked, but still enticing...
Gaping Gill 
£5.00

Gaping Gill

An interesting and well illustrated, book by Kevin Dixon. Kevin has been instrumental in the creation of a new and detailed survey of Gaping Gill and is very well qualified to write this succinct guide to the geography, history, geology and layout of this classic Dales system. This would be a good introduction for a caver visiting from a different caving region, or even a present for a potholer's non-caving relative who wants to know what the sport is all about. There's nothing too alarming in here for those outside the troglodyte tribe! Soft cover, forty two pages. A5 size. Many colour illustrations and a fold-out map. Published 2015.
NPC Journal 2015 
£16.00

NPC Journal 2015

Subtitled 'Explorations and Happenings 1987 - 2015', the long awaited exploration journal is a fitting culmination to years of work carried out by a group of volunteers from 'The Pennine', one of the Yorkshire Dales' foremost caving clubs. Herein may be found stories of derring-do, to while away the time between caving; and also hard to find details of explorations on Fountains Fell, the enigmatic Black Keld system, and elsewhere. This Pennine Journal is, of course, a vital resource for all club libraries; but it an excellent read for anyone with an interest in Dales exploration, both past and future. Soft cover; A4 size, 196 pages. Many illustrations both colour and monochrome. Clive Westlake's cover picture of the Notts II Streamway is particularly striking.
ULSA Explorations Journal '69 
£12.00

ULSA Explorations Journal '69

The reissue of this classic record of exploration in Northern England. Published originally in 1969 this A4 sized softcover book is a mine of information, covering details of the finds made on Leck Fell, very especially in Kingsdale, and the Allotment. Written with contributions by several caving legends, the ULSA Explorations Journal contains fifteen surveys plus several black and white photographs to add atmosphere. Seventy three pages.
ULSA Explorations Journal II 
£8.60

ULSA Explorations Journal II

The most recent journal from this prolific northern club. Published in 1989 this A4 sized softcover book is a mine of information, covering details of the finds made in Mossdale, Langcliffe, Kirk Bank Cave, Penyghent Pot and many other interesting locations in the Yorkshire Dales. Written in an engaging style by Paul Monico, ULSA Explorations Journal II contains twenty surveys plus several black and white photographs to add atmosphere. One hundred and thirty pages.
Cave Surveying C.S.S. 11 
£3.75

Cave Surveying C.S.S. 11

Cave Surveying. BCRA Cave Studies Series number 11. By Anthony Day. A detailed and thorough updating of the classic "Introduction to..." by Bryan Ellis.It provides a solid grounding in basic approaches to the subject, as well as a good definition of BCRA 'standards'. Where information change is an issue (this booklet was published in 2002) updates are available online at bcra.org.uk/surveying. 40 A5 pages, with ample diagrams and photographs.
Caving Technical Guide 
£27.00

Caving Technical Guide

The latest thinking on caving, and especially vertical caving, from the FFS of France. These are people who do a lot of vertical work! And as such all of their conclusions and advice are worth serious consideration. A lavishly illustrated and well translated book, covering: equipment, progression techniques; planning; rigging; rescue; and many more things beside. It is very up to date, and while less utterly comprehensive than Alpine Caving Techniques, some of the ideas are newer, and the layout and presentation appears much more user friendly for those teaching the information contained. Not a replacement for ACT but very definitely a useful adjunct; and perhaps more appropriate for those approaching the subject for the first time? Soft cover. 256 pages. Full colour illustrations.
Alpine Caving Techniques 
£29.00

Alpine Caving Techniques

Alpine Caving Techniques, by Marbach and Tourte. Third edition, 2002, 394 pages and fully illustrated. If you are serious about your technical caving, as regards climbing, rigging, and general exploration of deep caves, then you should have this book. The authors are exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced (Marbach founded TSA, and Tourte is the key product developer for MTDE)so even seasoned cavers should find a lot to think about in here.
Cave Rescuer's Manual SSF 
£16.80

Cave Rescuer's Manual SSF

Cave Rescuer's Manual SSF. Author B Tourte. The cumulative wisdom and experience of Speleo Secours Francais. Wide ranging in its scope, from organisation to equipment to specific techniques, it presents a lot of food for thought. As those who have dealt with them know, the French cave rescue is a very professional outfit! Not all British teams use these techniques - different caves, different methods - but they have been proven to work in the bigger systems of the continent. Very worthwhile reading for those going 'further afield', and of interest to all those associated with cave rescue in the UK, too. This is the most recently published edition, with full updates. 98 pages. High quality colour illustrations.
Underwater Potholer 
£19.00

Underwater Potholer

Underwater Potholer by Duncan Price is a picaresque survey of the triumphs and occasional trials of a well travelled and experienced British cave diver. By no means a technical manual, but it offers an interesting view of one type of exploratory psychology, which might be viewed as archetypally British. Dry humour and understatement abound, and those who enjoy reading between the lines will reap some extra rewards. For those interested in the exploration of Agen Allwed, Daren Cilau, and Elm Hole, this is a genuinely useful introduction to some parts of the bigger story. For those who like a series of ripping yarns, it has a lot to offer. If you are a young cave diver, it is not one to give as a present to your loved ones... Personally I enjoyed it very much, as it covers an era of exploration that I remember, although diving in different areas at the time. Not at all influenced by a fleeting mention (oh, the siren song of fame!) Soft cover, 188 pages with various images both colour...



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