CSS Newsletters 2014 - Volume 56

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Nos. 1-2, January-February 2014

Cover: Gary Kiely in Ogof Draenen. Photo by Steve Sharp.
  • Reservoir Hole - Digging at Magic Smoke Dig and Skyfall in the environs of The Frozen Deep in Reservoir Hole.
  • Mendip Underground Reviews - Reviews of the newly released Mendip Underground 5.
  • LED Lights - How to build your own LED caving light.
  • New Holes! - Is the spate of recently opened sink holes related to current heavy rainfall?
  • Recent Trip Reports - A summary of the CSS Curry Weekend in Dec and Annual Dinner Weekend in Jan.
  • Swildon's Hole - Two trips to the Mud Sump in Swildon's Hole. 
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Nos. 3-4, March-April 2014

Cover: Andy Heath in Daren Cilau Entrance Crawl. Photo by Mark Lumley.
  • Cave Rescue in South Wales - Information about the South Wales cave rescue team and how to initiate a rescue call out.
  • Surveyors Recharging - The discovery and surveying of ‘Recharge’ near Midsummer Passage in Agen Allwedd.
  • Gibraltar - A tourist trip to Gibraltar with underground forays into The Keightley Tunnel and St Michael's Cave.
  • Daren Cilau - Bag Haul - A team effort of ferrying bags of rubbish from the rope climb in White Passage to Valentine's Chamber as part of an HRC clear out.
  • Strawberry Passage - Ogof Draenen - A trip to an under-visited and niche part of the Draenen cave system with a fortuitous meeting of 2 under-equipped teams!
  • Vallis Quarry Cave - Information and access about Vallis Quarry Cave in East Mendip
  • Reservoir Hole - Digging activities at Skyfall and Magic Smoke Dig and access arrangements for visiting the cave.
  • G.B. Cave - An evening trip to Great Chamber and Bat Passage in G.B. Cave.
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Nos. 5-6, May-June 2014

Cover: “Inner Worlds”. Photo by John Stevens.
  • Whisky Tasting Evening Report - Review of the Feb 2014 Whisky Night at Whitewalls.
  • Tham Xe Bang Fai - An exciting journey to Tham Xe Bang Fai Cave in Laos, home to world's largest spiders, alien egg formations and the world's biggest gour pools.
  • Access and Conservation News - News from Cambrian Caving Council.
  • Reservoir Hole March/April - An update of digs currently underway in the Frozen Deep area of the cave.
  • Ogof Craig a'r Ffynnon - Rock fall at the Craig a Ffynnon entrance.
  • Cae Coch Sulphur Mine - A short but interesting mine near Trefriw, North Wales.
  • Charterhouse… The Cold Wet Version - Trip to Portal Pool in Charterhouse Cave.
  • A Weekend Trip in the Forest of Dean - Caving trip to Slaughter Stream Cave and a tourist trip to Clearwell Caves.
  • CNWC - Daren Cilau - The Daren through-trip heading in Cnwc and out the Daren Entrance Series to celebrate Lee Hawkswell's 50th birthday.
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Nos. 7-8, July-August 2014

Cover: Mel Reid in Little Neath River Cave. Photo by Steve Sharp.
  • Windsor Hill Flood Sink - Digging in the environs of Windsor Hill Flood Sink, near Shepton Mallet in Mendip.
  • Withyhill Cave - A photography trip to Withyhill Cave.
  • Little Neath River Cave - Trip to Little Neath River Cave.
  • Swildon's Hole - Trip to Maypole Aven and Swynne-Puke Passage in Swildon's Hole.
  • News and Updates - With news on access rights on CRoW land and the location and access of new cave Twll Clogfaen.
  • A Mid-South Wales Caving Trip - Trips to OFD and Ogof Cnwc to Busman's and Antler Passage in Daren Cilau.
  • Reservoir Hole 27th May 2014 - Update of the Skyfall dig in Reservoir Hole.
  • CSS BBQ - Photos from the CSS Summer BBQ at Whitewalls, June 2014.
  • Speleo Focus - A spoof interview with caving character 'Daffy'. 
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Nos. 9-10, September-October 2014

Cover: Matt Voysey in Eglwys Faen. Photo by Mark Lumley.
  • Steve Tomalin - A tribute to Steve Tomalin who died July 2014, with an amusing letter penned by Steve back in 1991.
  • Frustration and Boredom in Baile Herculane - Review of the 2014 Eurospeleo conference in Romania, with caving trips to Pestera Epuran, Pestera Topolnita, Pestera Curecea and Grota cu Haiducilor.
  • Charterhouse - Trip to Diesel Duck, Quicksand Chamber and Skeleton Passage in Charterhouse Cave.
  • Caving with a Sexy Russian - Photography trip to Shatter Cave with a Russian model.
  • Neverland - Upper Flood - Trip to see the wonders of Neverland in Upper Flood Swallet.
  • Another Small Find in Agen Allwedd - New discovery at Upper Lower Southern Stream in Agen Allwedd. (Reprinted in CSS Newsletter Vol. 56 Nos. 11-12 with survey.)
  • Reservoir Hole Update - 4 digging trips made to Reservoir Hole in July and August 2014. 
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Nos. 11-12, November-December 2014

Cover: Lisa Boore in OFD 1 Streamway. Photo by Dan Thorne.
  • Upper Keyhole Extended - New discoveries at Keyhole Chamber in Agen Allwedd. Full article in CSS Newsletter Vol. 57 Nos. 1-2
  • Golden Oldies Meet - Events from the 2014 Golden Oldies Meet and recollections of the early days of CSS.
  • Armchair Caving in Port Quin - Sea caves and mines along the coast of Port Quin Bay in North Cornwall, visited while kayaking.
  • CSS Evening Trips - Evening trips to Porth yr Ogof and the recently discovered Ogof Twll Clogfaen.
  • Mendip Trip Reports - Round up of digs and trips done in 1 month, including Lime Kiln Dig, Longwood Valley Sink, Sludge Pit, Spider Hole and Swildon's Hole.
  • Reservoir Hole Diary - Diary of trips to Reservoir Hole from 2nd September - 7th October 2014
  • Full Story of Nick's Broken Arm - The events of the trip in which Nick Chipchase had his arm broken by a falling boulder in Reservoir Hole.
  • Return to Boreham - A diving trip to visit The China Shop and other parts of this impressive cave.
  • Peak District Weekend - The CSS Peak District Weekend Oct 2014, with a caving trip to The White River Series in Peak Cavern.
  • Another Small Find in Agen Allwedd - New discovery at Upper Lower Southern Stream in Agen Allwedd, with survey.
  • Paul Cornelius - Tribute to Paul Cornelius who died October 2014.
  • SRT in the Avon Gorge - SRT in the dramatic Avon Gorge.
  • Index to Volume 56 
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