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Books Technical and Historical

These start off with the 'what we did' types of publication, and continues with 'this is how we do it now'.

Bumbling In The Dark 
£15.00

Bumbling In The Dark

It's brilliant, and it is available soon! A second print run, due to popular demand. Scoff has a fund of stories that he tells with aplomb. Dave Ryall has done a great job of bringing it all to publication and is to be commended entirely, it's a brilliant service that he's done for a man who was a good friend to so many. Hard cover, 232 pages, published by the Bradford Pothole Club. DUE IN STOCK LATE DECEMBER, TAKING PRE - ORDERS NOW. NB WE CAN'T GUARANTEE CHRISTMAS DELIVERY.
CDG Training Manual 
£27.50

CDG Training Manual

The official training manual of the british Cave Diving Group, distilling much knowledge of diving in UK conditions.Very much a revision of previous works, incorporating the Group's latest thoughts on many subjects. Compiled with input from ten very experienced exploratory divers, it has something to offer to most divers with an interest in this esoteric pursuit. Soft bound, 224 pages in B5 size.Comes with 52 colour images.
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...
The Darkness Beckons, Third Edition 
£25.00

The Darkness Beckons, Third Edition

Probably the definitive account of cave diving world wide, at this moment. From historical background, to accounts of recent technical developments, to stories that set your teeth on edge (the Plura River Cave tragedy and the most recent pushing dive in Pozu Azul among others), Martyn Farr's book has lots of food for thought. Without being either a training manual or a technical guide, there is nonetheless much useful information in here. Soft cover, 416 pages. More than 250 digitally remastered photographs, many in colour, and also copious hand-drawn explanatory diagrams. Author Martyn Farr, published by Vertebrate Publishing.
Cave Rescuer's Manual SSF 
£18.00

Cave Rescuer's Manual SSF

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.
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 
£31.00

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.
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.



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