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Anyone interested giving a hand on any of these digs should contact the people concerned at the Waggon on Thursday evenings.

ST. CUTHBERT’S          Gour Rift Dig – Dave Irwin or Keith Franklin.
                                    Dining Room Dig – Dave Irwin.

HUNTER’S HOLE          Dear’s Ideal – Phil Coles or Keith Franklin.

ROOKHAM WOOD SHAFT – Jock Orr.

EMBOROUGH SWALLET – Phil Coles or Keith Franklin.

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by B.M. Ellis & D.J. Irwin

EXPEDITION ’67 TO THE GOUFFRE BERGER:  Report by R. Watkinson and others.  Published by the Pegasus Club, Nottingham.  10/-

At the start it should be pointed out that this is a report on the expedition by the Pegasus Club and not the more publicised expedition led by Ken Pearce; the latter suffered from’ moral trouble’ and many of the team left the cave and refused to re-enter it. Pegasus Club, assisted by a few from Pearce’s party, did manage to reach the bottom of the cave.  The report is divided into sections on the Preparation, the Expedition itself, Medical, Communications, Food and Photographic reports. One aspect which I, for one, was pleased to see was that part from the list of expedition members, the text does not mention a single person’s name and this made a pleasant change when reading the report.  The exception for me was the communications report which fell between two stools in that it gave no technical details but was still too technical for me to follow it easily.  This is a small criticism on a very well produced report that contains some 29 photographs, most of them excellent.  It is hoped that other expeditions will follow this lead in producing an easily obtainable report of their exploits.

B.M.E.

Some Preliminary Observations on the Geomorphology of the Dan-yr-Ogof System by A.C. Coase.  (Reprinted from Proceedings of B.S.A. No.5. 1967).  14pp. + photographs and line drawing.  Separate survey (plan) at scale approx 1” = 166ft.

The whole work is printed by offset litho.  The contents are divided into three sections: a) Location b) Description and c) Formation. The distance to the farthest part is 2½ miles and is said to be rather strenuous.  The survey seems to have been reduced from a much larger scale drawing, though quite clear a magnifying glass would help to read the very small print. In the time available since the discoveries Coase and Judson are to be congratulated in producing the survey so quickly.  The text is very readable and the photographs appear to be taken from colour transparencies – hence their flatness and lack of detail.

D.J.I.

CAVES AND CAVING – A guide to the Exploration, geology and Biology of caves by Marc Jasinski, with English adaptation by Bill Maxwell. Published by Paul Hamlyn. 1968. 5/-. 160 pages (Not available from BME)

It is easy to criticise a book of this nature but examination of the criticisms that come to mind shows that they are only of a minor character and very often only differences of opinion.  The sub-title very aptly describes the nature of the book and its contents – it is an introduction to caving is all about.  There are five sections to the book.  The first, of forty pages, deals with equipment (individual and club), exploration technique and dangers.  The second section, thirty three pages, describes the geology of cave formation and formations.  A brief introduction to biospeleology makes up the third section of fifteen pages, and the fourth (twenty five pages) covers caving activities.  This is mainly concerned with cave photography but there are shorter sections on water tracing, archaeological digging, surveying and looking for caves.  The last section, ten pages, is a very brief summary of the caving areas in Britain and extremely short notes on the rest of the world.     Finally there is the bibliography of 29 books; an apparently very arbitrary list of 12 caving clubs; a list of the “major caves and potholes in Britain” (the only one for North Wales is, in fact, a mine); lists of the longest and deepest caves in the world; and a glossary of caving terms.

This book has only one rival in its field.  “Know the Game – Potholing and Caving” by D. Robinson which gives greater detail of caving techniques.  It is thought that Caves & Caving is better value for money.

B.M.E.