Thoughts on warmwear

Just a small consideration of undersuits and general insulation, in the wake of my recent trip to Snezhnaja Cave in Abkhazia, and thinking about the differences between my trips of winter 2016 and 2017. The cave itself is a steady … Continue reading

Taking your Scurion in hand luggage – Dubai warning

Scurion have reminded us that normal IATA rules say you should be able to carry your Scurion (or any Li-ion light) in your hand luggage provided the labelling on the battery is not worn so that the security officer can’t … Continue reading

Competition – win winter training and a Petzl ice axe

Lyon Equipment have passed on to us details of this competition from the BMC, Petzl and Glenmore Lodge for the chance to win a two-day winter skills course at the Lodge, and a Summit Evo Ice Axe. The competition details … Continue reading

In Praise of Washing Up

It is strange how, as SRT cavers, we don’t look after kit. Unlike cars or washing machines or computers, it’s all pretty eighteenth-century stuff. All your jammers, descenders and harnesses need is a little, little bit of TLC. You can … Continue reading

How to get the right size gloves

Measure from the bottom of your palm to the tip of your middle finger to get your finger length in mm. Use the longest finger length to determine your size. If your finger length falls between two sizes, buy the … Continue reading

Starless River buff

Starless River now have a new Starless River buff. In case you were wondering, the model is Clive Westlake. Photo courtesy of Robbie Shone.

“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 … Continue reading

Lyon pvc suit recall

CAVING_SUIT_RECALL Click on this link to see Lyon’s recall notice.

2013 Pantin and Croll

We have just received the 2013 version of the Pantin ascender. We’ve been fans of foot jammers since before Petzl started making them, and have already been trying it out to see how it compares with the old version. This … Continue reading

Holloch “type anglais” – the new Titan suit

The Holloch oversuit from Aventure Verticale has long been one of our best-selling ranges. However, over the last two years we have come to realise that there are a few differences between French caves and cavers and their English / … Continue reading