We had an interesting time at Hidden Earth

Many thanks to everyone who came to help, mock and take photos. Picture courtesy of Hatstand, but if he did the photoshopping, he isn’t owning up to it!

The Joy of Caving

BBC Radio 4 interview Dave Nixon on the appeal of caving.

Here is a three minute clip from the interview, which can also be found here.

This is an astronaut






This looks like someone you might know, getting underground on a Saturday, doesn’t it? Actually, (according to ESA) it’s an astronaut from the European Space Agency training in Sardinia.

Well, they do say more people have been to the moon than to some of the places cavers go to!

(Photo courtesy of ESA)

“Old” Croll

Petzl have issued a news release concerning two instances of failure on the rivet head on the old style Croll. This is NOT a recall and Petzl say the problem applies only when the item is used intensively in a commercial environment – both the issues arose on a North Sea oil rig. See Petzl’s information release at:


It’s always worth digging…

…. but watch where you stand!

This picture courtesy of BBC News is of a sinkhole 49m wide which opened up on Christmas Eve in the village of Foolow in Derbyshire. Read the full BBC story at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-25554549

Out now – Mendip Underground

The new edition of Mendip Underground is out!

Including the new discoveries at Charterhouse Cave, Reservoir Hole and Upper Flood Swallet, topos, surveys, rigging guides and some really nice photographs.

What our customers did on their holidays, Part 1

This is Sverre Aksnes, Kjetil Avset, Professor Stein-Erik Lauritzen, Ane Mengshoel and Danja Mewes, at the base camp for their exploration of Trude Hole, a 4km long white marble cave in Nordland, Norway.

Speleo Olympics winners at Brno 2013

Starless River congratulates all the winners. Brits who brought home prizes were:

100m rope – male 18 to 44  – Henry Rockcliff

Ladder climb – female 18 to 44  – Becka Lawson

Obstacle Course – male 18 to 44 – Rob Eavis

Obstacle Course – male over 45 – Wookey (are you really that old, Wookey??)