CHELSEASPELÆOLOGICALSOCIETYCaving in Wales,the South of England,and beyond
CSS Newsletters 2009 - Volume 51
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The Fool in Fernhill - Version on The Beatles classic 'Fool on the Hill' for the Fernhill diggers/Daren Cilau - Frog Street - A brief summary of the events of the HRC Daren camps from May 08 - Jan 09 including the discovery of the Helibeds.More Frogging Passage - Photos of the Helibeds and a write up of the breakthrough that happened in the passage beyond on January 09.
No. 1, January 2009
No. 3, March 2009
Just One Easter Weekend - Recollections of a caving weekend Easter 1963 with a major breakthrough in Daren and the first dive of the terminal sump in Agen Allwedd.J-Rat's Bequest - Mendip Underground by D.J. Irwin and A.R. Jarratt and Mendip - Its Swallet Caves and Rock Shelter by H.E. Balch books bequeathed by Tony Jarratt.Ogof Garn y Bica - A bolting and surveying trip to Ogof Garn y Bica located near Trefil Quarry. Includes survey and grid ref.Frozen Cnwc - An icy trip to Ogof Cnwc, with bats, ice formations and a stubbornly frozen door!Fernhill Regained - An update from the Fernhill dig on Mendip being undertaken by ATLAS and CSS diggers. The Descant - Ideas for a spoof screenplay based on the film 'The Descent'.Caving Terminology Explained - A comedic take on the meanings behind a selection of caving words.Noxon Park Iron Mine - A diving trip to Noxon Park Iron Mine in the Forest of Dean.Pottering About on Mendip - Trips to Swildon's Hole and a Cnwc-Daren through trip. Joe Duxbury's Book Review - A review of 'The Descent' by Jeff Long. A book that has been recently made into a caving horror film.Frog Street - A brief account of digging at Frog Street during the February HRC Daren Camp.
No. 5, May 2009
Goatchurch Cavern - An evening caving trip with the Axbridge Caving Group.Swildon's Hole - Shatter Series - Trip to the Shatter Series in Swildon's Hole with it's notorious ducks.Pottering About on Mendip - Two trips to Swildon's Hole in April 2009Caving Terminology Explained - A comedic take on the meanings behind a selection of caving words.Vercors 2008 - Caving trips to Pont du Loup, faux Gour and the Trou Qui Souffle - St Glace through trip, where the team learn the hard way the importance to checking out both ends of a through trip before hand.Joe Duxbury's Book Review - A book review of 'Deeper' by Jeff Long, the sequel to 'The Descent'.Draenen Round Trip - For the Larger-Built Caver - An alternative route through Squirrel Rifts on the Draenen round trip, more suited for the larger built caver. Survey Included.Priddy Green Sink - aka Priddy Grim Stink - A sporting through trip from Priddy Green Sink to Swildon's Hole, a true Mendip classic!Chelsea Working Weekend - A collection of photos from the April 2008 Whitewalls Working Weekend.
Caving B.C. - Part 5: The Dig Face Beckons - Duncan's tales of his caving exploits before joining CSS continue as he recollects early digging forays into Daren Cilau.Breaking the Craig a'r Ffynnon Curse - After a series of mishaps conspire to prevent Gary from ever going to Craig a Ffynnon he finally breaks the curse on a trip to The Hall of Mountain King.Craig a'r Ffynnon - Another first time visit to this impressive and well decorated cave.Wigmore Swallet - Write up pf a trip to Wigmore Swallet, Mendip. Pottering About on Mendip - Mendip caving trips done by John Cooper in December 2008.Memories of an Agreeable Rat - Reminiscences of Tony Jarratt and the many interesting events shared with this much loved caving character.
Library Additions February 2009 - Addition of the 'Rock Steady Crew' Daren camp logbooks from 1986-1991 coving the discovery of the Hard Rock extensions and Dweebland. The Quest for the Mynydd Llangynidr Master Cave - Digging in Chartist's Cave on Mynydd Llangynidr.Ogof Craig a Ffynnon - A first time trio into Craig a Ffynnon to the Hall of the Mountain King.More 'Wigsy' - A trip to this sporting Mendip cave delivering diving cylinders to the sump. Snippets from the Log - Trip reports take from the Whitewalls logbook including digging trips in Agen Allwedd and Daren Cilau.Further Breakthroughs in Frog Street - New discoveries and updates on the dig sites currently being pursued by the HRC Daren digging team beyond Frog Street. Includes survey.Minutes of the Annual General Meeting - Minutes from the AGM held on 1st Feb 2009.Snowboarding in the Brecon Beacons - Snowboarding adventures on Pen y Fan.
No. 4, April 2009
No. 6, June 2009
The Old Soaks in the Yorkshire Dales - Yorkshire caving trips to Bruntscar Cave and Great Douk.Daren Cilau, that's a terrible place! - Paul recollects a most notable caving trip back in 1984 when we took part in a major Daren breakthrough and first explored Epocalypse Way.Who Are ATLAS Anyway - The history and cave digging efforts of the Mendip multi-club digging team of ATLAS.Major Extension to Charterhouse Cave - News of a recent breakthrough in Charterhouse Cave, Mendip.Caving Terminology Explained - A comedic take on the meanings behind a selection of caving words.A Purbeck Stone Mine - Exploring a stone mine discovered while walking in Purbeck.Pottering About on Mendip - With four trips to Swildon's Hole in April/May 2009.Star Shaft - An SRT trip in Star Shaft, a very interesting mine in Shipham, Mendip.
No. 7, July 2009
Lot 2008 - A motley crew spend a week caving and cave-diving in the Lot region of France visiting a good variety of interesting caves.Petzl Pantin - Gear review of the merits of the Petzl Pantin SRT foot jammer.Gwent Cave Rescue Team Practice - Cave rescue practice in Eglwys Faen with a new type of 'roll up' stretcher given a test run.Selected Caves of France - Part 1: Franche-Comte - A collection of trips done by Andy in the Franche-Comte region of France, including Gros-Gadeau, Chauveroche, Baume Sainte Anne and Gouffre Vax.Radon Gas in Agen Allwedd and Eglwys Faen - Results from radon tests conducted in Agen Allwedd and Eglwys Faen during 2007-2009. Otter Hole - A trip to Otter Hole, experiencing the delights of both muddy squalor and wondrous formations.Pottering About on Mendip - Caving trips to Swildon's Hole and the newly discovered extensions in Charterhouse Cave. Under The Ground - Caving song first published in CSS N/L July 1989Pat "Twink" Fletcher - News of the sad death of "Twink" Fletcher following an accident in the Dolomites.
Nos. 8-9, August-September 2009
Photographs of Fernhill Cave - A collection of photos showing Fernhill Cave from the initial digging efforts to the cave and formations rediscovered.Fernhill Regained - The ATLAS digging team rediscover Fernhill Cave, previously 'lost' beneath a quarry tip in Fairy Cave Quarry.Librarian's Report - Progress report on the relocation of the CSS library in the new extension of Whitewalls.More Thoughts on the Pantin - A review of the Petzl Pantin for use in SRT.Selected Caves of France - Part 2: Franche-Comte - A selection of caves in the Franche-Comte (Jura, Doubs) region of France. With trips to Jerusalem, Baume des Cretes, Bief-Bousset, Baudin and the mighty Verneau Traverse.Heale Farm Cave - An Update on Access - A brief description of Heale Farm Cave in Mendip, with an update on the access situation. At The Sharp End - A memorable Daren Camp back in January 1996 when the dig at Spaderunner finally yielded after 6 years of digging.Pat "Twink" Fletcher - Obituary to "Twink" Fletcher who joined CSS in 1966 and died June 1009 after a fall in the Dolomites.
No. 10, October 2009
H-Harnesses, An Appraisal - Review and comparison of the various types of SRT chest harnesses.When in Mendip do as the Mendipians do - Exploits from a caving trip to Shatter Series in Swildon's Hole. Selected Caves of France - Part 3: Haute Savoie - The focus of this instalment is the Tanne des Trois Betas - Grotte de la Diau through trip. A splendid and varied multi-pitched pull-through journey combining SRT and active streamway.Steve Allen - Obituary to Steve Allen, CSS member and Daren digger, who died in a paragliding accident in August 2009.Montenegro 2009 - Excellent trip descriptions of caving, rigging and exploring the PT4 cave system on the multi-club Montenegro 2009 expedition.Pottering About on Mendip - Detailing trips undertaken on the July CSS Mendip Meet plus trips to Charterhouse, Swildon's and Ogof Cnwc.Recent Work in Fairy Cave Quarry - Update on the various digging projects in Fairy Cave Quarry, Mendip. Including Fernhill, Withyhill and Balch Cave.
No. 11, November 2009
Urine for a Shock - Report of innovative new batteries powered by piss and how this could revolutionise caving weekends.The Mighty Titan - An evening trip into the Peak Cavern system via the awe inspiring Titan Shaft.Digging in Daren - A weekend camping at the Hard Rock Café digging at The Inconvenient Truth and Southend on Siege.Selected Caves of France - Part 4: Vercors - A selection of trips done by Andy in the Vercors region of France including Grotte de Bournillon, Grotte de Gournier, Scialet de Trisou, Les Saints de Glace and Gouffre Berger.Withyhill Drainage - A project to improve drainage in Withyhill to prevent damage caused by flooding in the system.
No. 12, December 2009
Free Tikka Anyone - A trip to the 'Holy Cave' on the mountain of Vaishno Devi on the Indian border of Jummo.Drws Cefn - The discovery and subsequent gating of the Drws Cefn entrance of the Ogof Draenen cave system.Selected Caves of France - Part 5: Vercors - A continuation of Andy's informative guide to caves visited in the Vercors region of France, including Glacier de Carri, Scialet des Sarrasins and Scialet Vincens.Pottering About on Mendip - Caving and digging trips undertaken by John Cooper during October 2009.Box Stone Mine - A trip to Crane Country in Box Stone Mine, a complex and impressive Bath-stone mine in Wiltshire. Dead Dog Cave - Digging and surveying in Dead Dog Cave on the Llangattock escarpment. Survey included.Electronic Surveying - Guide to electronic cave surveying techniques and the different types of kit used.Letter to the CSS Chairman - A letter of complaint from Graham Price regarding recent articles featuring Fairy Cave Quarry access, "Priceless Grotto" in Withyhill and 'suggest' problems with water from Withybrook Slocker. Original Mountain Marathon 2009 - Running the 2009 OMM, a 2 day mountain marathon held in the Elan Valley, using Whitewalls as a base camp.Index to Volume 51 - Index of contents of Vol.51 CSS Newsletter