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Monthly Notes No. 33

by ‘Wig’

A new edition of ‘Caves of Mendip’ is to be published during July and August this year.  The price will be about 14/-.  This edition is being completely re-written by Nick Barrington and Willie Stanton and will contain over four hundred entries! Copies can be obtained from Dave Irwin as soon as they are available.  A small profit will be made for the hut fund.

Since re-writing the description of Cuthbert’s for the new edition of ‘Caves of Mendip’, your scribe (acknowledgements to O.C.L.) had to do some quick addition to determine the length of the cave.

For those who collect records of such things, here are a few facts and figures to be going on with: -

Cuthbert’s I                    Surveyed length………………………….16,000 feet

                                    Remaining passage estimate………………3,000 feet

Cuthbert’s II                   Length…………………………..............    …1,000 feet

TOTAL PASSAGE LENGTH………………………………….20,000 feet

Depth of Cuthbert’s I = 405 ft.      Cuthbert’s II = 60 ft.        Total depth 465 ft.

1. SWILDONS (23,000 ft.)

2. CUTHBERT’S (20,000 ft.)

3. G.B. (7,000 ft.)

4. AUGUST/LONGWOOD (5,000ft.)

5. WOOKEY HOLE (4,000 ft.)

Spaeleologist – R.I.P.

When the first Spaeleologist fits made its appearance, one thought that at long last, here was a magazine of all round interest to the caver.  Unfortunately, irregular publishing dates, lack of topical information and the thought that it might never appear again made it a doomed publication from its early days.  Changes of format and price increases did not help any, and cavers appeared to have had their backs to the publication – without whose help any such magazine must fade out.  After five years, it has finally happened.  The lack of caving editorial staff when faced with the more popular ‘Descent’ did little to help the cause of the Spaeleologist.  It would appear that Descent has an assured future with virtually no competition in the national field.  Another ‘National’ – The British Caver – is also in a doubtful position. Its founder and editor, Gerard Platten, whose death has been recorded in this B.B., makes one wonder if A.D.O. will carry on the good work.