CHELSEASPELÆOLOGICALSOCIETYCaving in Wales,the South of England,and beyond
CSS Newsletters 2019 - Volume 61
Pwll Y Gwynt - An SRT trip to one of the lesser-visited caves of the Llangattock escarpment. Dan yr Ogof - A trip to the '37 Series and Corbel's Chamber, both interesting parts of the cave system not necessitating doing the Long Crawl.ODSS Scaffolding Weekend - Photographic account of the preparations made to the Old Daren Sunday School in April 2019 in readiness for the new roof work.My First Caving Trip or How I began my Illustrious Caving Career. - Six CSS members tell how they came to be cavers and what their first trips were. Aggy Bat Count - Report from the 2019 Annual Bat Count in Agen Allwedd.Tyning's Barrows Swallet - Write up of a trip to Tyning's Barrows Swallet with advice about tackle requirements.Loose Rocks in Agen Allwedd - A trip to Cascade Inlet and back and a surprising rock movement encountered along the way.Cova de Sa Gleda - Diving exploration, surveying and photography in a spectacular Mallorcan cave.Mendip Photography Weekend - A weekend of photography with trips to Hunters' Lodge Inn Sink, Eastwater - Dark Cars and Sunglasses, Beechen Series, Twin Verts, 13 Pots and Swildon's Hole to Mud Sump and Sump 1.Epocalypse Chokes - A trip to the Epocalypse Chokes in Daren Cilau to take some photos of this under-visited part of the system.Aggy and Daren Trip Statistics - Charts and statistics showing which destinations are the most popular in Agen Allwedd and Daren Cilau.The ODSS Big Roofing Week - During the week of 23rd May-2nd June 2019 much work was done on the Old Daren Sunday school, including the removal of the old roof and a start on the re-building of a new one. My Review of Eglwys Faen - Trip report from a father and daughter trip to Eglwys Faen.
Nos. 1-3, January-March 2019
Adventures in Frongoch Mine - A trip to Frongoch Mine, and old lead and zinc mine in Ceredigion with mining artefacts, formations and flooded stopes.A Schoolboy's Introduction to Squalor, Darkness and Adrenaline - Mark 'Gonzo' Lumley's tells of his introduction to caving back in 1969, with trips to Goatchurch Cavern, Sidcot Swallet and Sunset Hole.Mendip Meanderings - Digging updates for Reservoir Hole and Vurley Swallet and the filming with the Freem's in Fairy Cave Quarry.Epocalypse Chokes - Daren Cilau - A trip to the Epocalypse Chokes in Daren Cilau.Pant Mawr Pot - An SRT trip to Pant Mawr Pot visiting the Organ Loft and a massive toad.Parc Mine - An SRT through trip in Parc Lead Mine, North Wales.More Work on the ODSS - Work done on the Old Daren Sunday School on 8th-10th Feb and a caving/surveying trip to Cnwc.Pom Pom Passage - OFD II - A trip to Pom Pom Passage and Fault Aven Series in OFD done as part of a through-trip from Cwm Dwr to Top Entrance.Goodbye, Harry - Tribute to Harry Pearman, a founder member of CSS who died February 2019.Silverline 361253 Heavy Duty Cable Puller - A Gear review for Silverline 361253 Heavy Duty Cable Puller and how it's been put to good use at a dig in Half Mile Passage, Daren Cilau.
Nos. 7-9, July-September 2019
Book Review- Bats by Phil Richardson - Review of Bats by Phil Richardson, Natural History Museum Life Series.The Longer Llangattock Traverse - The tale of the epic Daren through trip entering Cnwc and diving out Pwll y Cwm initially undertaken on Connor's stag weekend.Frostbite in a Heatwave - A trip to North-West Inlet - Craig a Ffynnon, involving a railways and an enormous crocodile.Darn Near Killed I! - An inspirational journey through the cave system and the sites that might yield more discoveries.Carrion Slocker - Description of the cave, location and history and an update on the dig.ODSS Roofing Part 2 - Progress report on the re-roofing of the Old Daren Sunday School and work done on the CSS BBQ weekend on 27th-30th June.Mid Wales Mines - Write up the CSS Mid-Wales Mines Weekend with trips to Henfwlch, Camdwrbach and Cwmystwyth Mines.Sunday School Take 3 - Old Daren Sunday School working weekend on 19th-21st July 2019 which saw the completion of the main roof.Ogof Fawr - Write up of a caving and photography trip to Ogof Fawr.
Nos. 10-12, October-December 2019
Ogof Rhyd Sych - A trip report from a notoriously tight and flood prone cave with fine formations.Surveying Parc Lead Mine - Details of techniques used while solo surveying in Parc Lead Mine, Gwydyr Forest.Rescon'd from Wookey - Duncan's experience of being dived in a stretcher from Wookey chamber 22 to 20 in rescue practice for Rescon 2019 conference, with a report from the Dave Pike incident of 1987.The Famous Five go Loopy in Derbyshire - A trip to the former showcave of Wapping Mine and Cumberland Cavern with a variety of loop routes and some facts about its history.Peak Cavern! - Description of a streamway trip undertaken in Peak Cavern.Five Have a Wonderful Time - A Maskhill Mine Oxlow cavern Exchange - Trip report from an SRT exchange trip from Maskhill Mine to Oxlow Cavern in Derbyshire.Giant's Hole - The Giant's Hole round trip, a Derbyshire classic!Titan! - Write up of a trip to the Peak Cavern System via the mighty Titan Shaft.Helen and Trevor Have Fun Not Caving in The Peak District - A tale of drinking, caving games, walking the Tissington Trail and visiting Creswell Crags on the CSS Derbyshire weekend.South Wales Cave Fest Weekend - Mandy takes a jolly motley crew of Cavefest participants on the Daren round trip.Daren Cilau: HRC and Western Flyover Clean-Up Project - Plans to clean up HRC and the old Western Flyover camp in Daren Cilau, and report from the last camp. New Life at Whitewalls - Discovery of a Springtail colony living at Whitewalls.Easy Drain Grundies - Why cheap lacy panties are well suited to caving.