Journal series 09, contents and abstracts

Title: Sardinia Expedition 1989
Author(s): Sims, M., Faulkner, M, Mills, M.T., Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 1, Autumn 1991, page(s) 2-55, 62-64
Abstract: Introduction with practical advice on getting there, camping, climate, geology, maps, etc.  The Lanaitto Valley: detailed descriptions and locations of nine caves including surveys of Grotta Tiscali; Grotta Monumentale (surveyed by SMCC to BCRA grade 5D due to extension), Grotta di Su Guano and Grotta Su Bentu; brief description and locations of a further 10 caves.  Codula de Luna and surrounding area: detailed descriptions and locations of seven caves including surveys of Grotta di Su Palu, Su Spiria and Grotta de Carcaragone. Also Is Angurtidorgius detailed description and survey, Goat Caves  (One, Two and Three). Details of 5 showcaves.  Schedules of the longest and deepest caves in Sardinia at the time. Details the larger caves of Sardinia, i.e. over 500m long and/or 50m depth:  Cagliara Province (43 caves) Nuoro Province (50 caves), Sassari Province (10 caves) all cross indexed to 147 item selected bibliography.   Useful addresses appendix.
 
Title: Italian-English Speleo Dictionary
Author(s): [Mills, M.T.]
Journal Series 9, Number 1, Autumn 1991, page(s) 56-61
Abstract: Italian - English speleo-dictionary of around 270 terms.
 
Title: The Caves of Tenerife
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 2, Spring 1992, page(s) 65-102
Abstract: Comprehensive account of the island including its principal features, surface geology, climate, walking, maps and guidebooks, etc.  Details the 17 lava caves visited,with 8 surveys undertaken, including Cuevas de los Roques - Main Cave, 1014m long, 5th longest on the island.  Three other sites were investigated.  Then details a further 63 known caves (including four surveys), schedule of the longest and deepest.
 
Title: Canary Islands Bibliography
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 2, Spring 1992, page(s) 103-110
Abstract: 188 item bibliography of Canary Islands caves.
 
Title: Below Belize 1991
Author(s): Sims, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 2, Spring 1992, page(s) 111-114
Abstract: First hand account of trips to the known caves of St Herman's Cave, Caves River Branch Cave, Mountain Cow Cave, Petroglyph Cave and Blue Creek Cave, followed by the trials and tribulations of day after day of jungle bashing near Quartz Ridge to discover Growling Hole a large river cave [Actun Xibalda] about 500 m long.
 
Title: Caves of the Nant-y-Craig, (Brasgyll Caves), Bont Newydd, Clwyd - a Footnote
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 9, Number 2, Spring 1992, page(s) 115-116
Abstract: Supplementary note with comments from the account in Spring 1989 Journal as a result of locating a significant missing bibliographical source.
 
Title: Extracts from the [SMCC] Hut Logs 1962
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 2, Spring 1992, page(s) 117-127
Abstract: 24 entries of possible scientific or historical interest are republished, including original explorations in Balch Cave, Priddy Green Sink, Swildon's Hole (including discovery of Seven and Eight and climbing Cowsh Avens); diving in Wookey Hole, Balch's Cave, Ludwell Cave, Swildon's Hole, passing Stoke Lane Sump 2; surveying in St Cuthbert's Swallet and Withybrook Slocker.
 
Title: A Computer Program To Optimize & Plot Survey Data
Author(s): Neads, S.
Journal Series 9, Number 3, Autumn 1992, page(s) 129-132
Abstract: Discusses and explains how to isolate errors in a multiple closed traverse system and optimize to a closed framework, as in Box Mine.
 
Title: Two Stone Mines Near Bath
Author(s): Reaich, N.
Journal Series 9, Number 3, Autumn 1992, page(s) 133-136
Abstract: Detailed accounts of the features and surveys of Brewer's Yard Mine and St Winifred's Mine.
 
Title: Caving In The Marguareis
Author(s): Sims, M., Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 3, Autumn 1992, page(s) 137-153
Abstract: On the France/Italy border: with practical advice on access, refuges, guide books, maps and useful addresses.  Detailed descriptions with surveys of Gouffre des Trois; Gouffre Penthotal, Trou Souffleur, Abisso Volante, Piaggia Bella and Abisso Scarasson.
 
Title: The Caves of The Marguareis
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 3, Autumn 1992, page(s) 154-158
Abstract: Schedule of 182 caves of The Marguareis giving co-ordinates, altitude, length and depth.
 
Title: The "Thursday Nighters" are entertained by the MOD or how to reach the parts of Box Mine that other cavers cannot reach (without being arrested).
Author(s): Neads, S.
Journal Series 9, Number 3, Autumn 1992, page(s) 159-161
Abstract: Privileged account of a tour of the inaccessible MOD part of Box Mine, arranged by a chance introduction in a pub.
 
Title: Extracts from the [SMCC] Hut Logs 1963
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 3, Autumn 1992, page(s) 162-168
Abstract: 17 entries of possible scientific or historical interest are republished, including original explorations at Easter Hole (Fairy Cave Quarry), Stoke Lane Slocker III and discovery of IV and V; diving in the Mineries, Stoke Lane Slocker, Swildon's Hole and Balch Cave; surveying in Stoke Lane Slocker III and IV, Priddy Green Sink; and rescue at Longwood Swallet.
 
Title: The Aude Gorge Expedition 1992
Author(s): Sims, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 4, Spring 1993, page(s) 169-179
Abstract: The Aude Gorge in the Ariege region of France. CDG expedition to Trou de Vent du Caousous 1 (survey); Source de la Tirounere (survey) also taking in in the Dordogne a trip in Plussel, tourist trip in Gouffre de Padirac and a dive in Font de la Doue (survey).
 
Title: The Cistern Dig, Swildon's Hole
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 4, Spring 1993, page(s) 180-183
Abstract: Details ten trips between 22 December 1990 to 30 December 1992 to dig above the Lavatory Pan in the Wet Way of Swildon's Hole, Priddy, Mendip.
 
Title: The SMCC Hut Logs 1964
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 4, Spring 1993, page(s) 184-196
Abstract: 33 entries of possible scientific or historical interest are republished including original explorations in St Cuthbert's Swallet, Cannington Caves, Blue Pencil Aven (Swildon's Hole), and North Wales caves; digging in St Cuthbert's Swallet sump, Swildon's Hole including S. E. Inlet Series, Priddy Green Sink, Sandpit Hole and Gough's Cave; diving in Skeleton Pit (Gough's Cave), Stoke Lane Slocker; and surveying in Holwell Cavern.
 
Title: Short Gallery, Poulnagollum & Pollderreen, Co. Clare, Ireland
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 5, Autumn 1993, page(s) 197-203
Abstract: Examination and detailed description on the drainage into and through both cave systems and the apparent inaccuracies in the standard guidebooks.  Suggestions as to possible digging sites.  Pollderreen surveyed giving a length of 80m and depth of 10m.
 
Title: A Caver's Jaunt Around The Jura
Author(s): Turner, M., Turner, S.
Journal Series 9, Number 5, Autumn 1993, page(s) 204-234
Abstract: Concise guide to the area and detailed descriptions of nine of the most popular trips in the area (all except one with surveys).  Details of three show caves and four other points of interest.  Selected bibliography, schedules of the longest and deepest caves in the area.
 
Title: French-English Speleo Dictionary
Author(s): Turner, M., Turner, S.
Journal Series 9, Number 5, Autumn 1993, page(s) 235
Abstract: Glossary of around 170 French speleological terms
 
Title: A Brief Tour of the Coniston Copper Mines
Author(s): Neads, S.
Journal Series 9, Number 5, Autumn 1993, page(s) 236-238
Abstract: Detailed account of two evening trips in this mine complex - Top Level Extension and the Deep Level
 
Title: Surveying Box Freestone Mines
Author(s): Reaich, N.
Journal Series 9, Number 6, Spring 1994, page(s) 239-244
Abstract: Detailed account from a first trip in 1989 via the Thursday Nighters to develop regular surveying to produce the Northern Area survey, over 11 km of passage in 6 months, including survey procedures, equipment and its improvement, methodology, simple computer program for plotting. The Central Region took 2 years to complete with 32.2 km of surveyed passage and an estimated 10-15 km of unsurveyed links.  Next was the Southern part (Lower Hill Series) utilising a new computer program which would automatically generate the best fit for the closures, and plot the latest map to any desired scale.  This took over two years for 25 km of surveyed passage plus over 5 km of unsurveyed passage.
 
Title: Survey v2.30 - An Overview
Author(s): Neads, S.
Journal Series 9, Number 6, Spring 1994, page(s) 245-251
Abstract: An outline of the philosophy behind the survey program and to explain the fundamental mathematics by which the program optimizes the loop closures.  Includes generating equations to position the junctions, the weighting function, solving the equations, and getting the most from the data.
 
Title: The SMCC Hut Logs 1965
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 6, Spring 1994, page(s) 252-264
Abstract: 35 entries of possible scientific or historical interest are republished, including explorations in Eastwater Cavern, High Chamber, St Cuthbert's; Fault Chamber, Swildon's Hole; inductorphone location at Stoke Lane Slocker sumps 3 and 7; digging in Lamb Leer, Priddy Green Sink and Swildon's Hole; and surveying in Yorkshire, North Wales and Mendip.
 
Title: SAM Does A 'Lot' Of Caving - France, August 1990
Author(s): Cave-Ayland, D.
Journal Series 9, Number 6, Spring 1994, page(s) 265-270
Abstract: Account of the Club visit in August 1990, detailing the Gouffre de Reveillon, Gouffre du Saut de la Pucelle, Gouffre de Roque de Cor, Grotte Themines and visits to Padirac and Lascaux II show caves
 
Title: Cave Observations In The Area of El Chorro, Sierra Nevada, Southern Spain
Author(s): Sims, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 6, Spring 1994, page(s) 271-273
Abstract: Some thoughts on the possibility of caves in the two limestone areas visited: El Chorro and El Torcal de Antequera.
 
Title: Stunning Slovakia
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 9, Number 7, Autumn 1994, page(s) 274-282
Abstract: Descriptions of the sporting caves and show caves visited on the Club's 1993 summer trip: 16 caves in all.
 
Title: Borneo: Land of the Lubang, Leech and Longboat!
Author(s): Turner, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 7, Autumn 1994, page(s) 283-306
Abstract: A journey from Sri Lanka, via Kuala Lumpur, Kuching in Borneo visiting Bako National Park and Senenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.  Then on to Sarawak via Miri to Mulu and detailed accounts of trips to Simon's Cave, Lubang Nasib  Bagus (but did not get far), Cave of the Winds and Clearwater Cave through trip, Lady's Cave, Lagang's Cave, Frog Cave and Stone Horse Cave, Langs Cave and Deer Cave.  En route to Clearwater Cave - Secret Garden involved in long boat collision resulting in 5 broken ribs and 2 weeks hospitalisation.  Much background information on other things to do, Mulu wildlife, geology, permits, accommodation, tours, insurance, outline information on Niah National Park, although not visited.
 
Title: Eighteen Acre Swallet
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 7, Autumn 1994, page(s) 307-309
Abstract: Brief history of exploration.  Surveyed to BCRA grade 5D, length 63 m, depth 18 m.
 
Title: More About Steep Holm Caves
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 9, Number 8, Spring 1995, page(s) 310-311
Abstract: Summarises previous state of knowledge about the caves, before updating this from two recently published books.
 
Title: Caving in the Lot, France
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 8, Spring 1995, page(s) 312-341
Abstract: Schedule of the longest and deepest followed by detailed descriptions of 36 popular caves in the area, cross referenced to a 62 item bibliography
 
Title: An Aspect of the Himalayas Rarely Seen: An account of a reconnaissance caving expedition to the Mahabharats Hills in Nepal
Author(s): Pickering, N.
Journal Series 9, Number 8, Spring 1995, page(s) 342-244
Abstract: Introduction on how to embrace the Nepali way of life; in Tanahun District two caves: Siddha Gupha (length 73.5m) and Chomeru Gupha (60m long), visited and surveyed.
 
Title: Mahabharats '94
Author(s): Pickering, N.
Journal Series 9, Number 8, Spring 1995, page(s) 345-352
Abstract: Visit to a further three caves in the Hanahun District, another cave called Chomera Gupha (length 37.5m), Damauli Cave  (246m - then the longest in Nepal) and Stalagtite Cave 11m long (no survey).  Brief information on the geology  of the Mahabharat Hills, useful travellers' information, references, maps and useful addresses.
 
Title: A Spring Bank Holiday Visit to Belgium and Northern France
Author(s): Neads, S.
Journal Series 9, Number 9, Autumn 1995, page(s) 353-362
Abstract: Description of visit to Grotte de Han, then on to France to visit the emplacements of the Maginot Line, a series of self-contained forts along the German border.
 
Title: Ogof Draenen
Author(s): Porter, E.
Journal Series 9, Number 9, Autumn 1995, page(s) 363-364
Abstract: Report of a couple of trips to Balcony Pitch and Hanging Basket
 
Title: Groundstone Quarry
Author(s): Neads, S.
Journal Series 9, Number 9, Autumn 1995, page(s) 365-366
Abstract: Noticing that someone had forced the grille at the end of Shock Passage the author and others ventured through until they encountered a red camera.  Later returned to survey 1114m of passage up to the boundary of the MOD establishment.
 
Title: The SMCC Hut Logs 1966
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 9, Autumn 1995, page(s) 367-374
Abstract: 29 entries of possible scientific or historical interest are republished, including maypoling in St Cuthbert's, climbing in NW [Stream] Passage Swildon's, 3 rescues and 2 practices; digging final rift in Eastwater, terminal dig Vicarage Passage in Swildon's, sump in St Cuthbert's, Palmer's Passage in Lamb Leer; Hyatts Hill Cave; and surveying in St Cuthbert's and Holwell [cave].
 
Title: A Caver's Memoirs: Part 1.  The First Five Years
Author(s): Beckett, N.
Journal Series 9, Number 9, Autumn 1995, page(s) 375-381
Abstract: Personal reminiscences of the trials and tribulations and all that can go wrong on Mendip and in South Wales.
 
Title: Poulacapple Pot and B1e, County Clare, Ireland
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 10, Spring 1996, page(s) 382-384
Abstract: Records the outcome of digging during Easter 1995, includes BCRA grade 3D survey of Poulacapple Pot, both caves approx. 5m long and 2m deep.
 
Title: A Brief History of Mendip (only the last 400 Million Years)
Author(s): Collett, P.
Journal Series 9, Number 10, Spring 1996, page(s) 385-186
Abstract: Simplistic and humorous account of Mendip's geology, together with details of geological maps, guides, etc.
 
Title: The SMCC Hut Logs 1967
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 9, Number 10, Spring 1996, page(s) 387-398
Abstract: 50 entries of possible scientific or historical interest are republished, including a new cave [Lower Little Neath Cave], South Wales; digging Hyatts Hill Cave, Blackmoor Swallet, North Hill Swallet, St Cuthbert's sump, Swildon's Hole First Mud Sump, re-opening attempt Eastwater Cavern, East Twin Swallet; diving at Swildon's Hole sump 12, Ogof Blaen Crownon, Ogof Rhyd Sych and Porth yr Ogof (S. Wales) and Devon's Pridhamsleigh Cavern lake; and surveying in St Cuthbert's, Holwell Cavern and Nant-y-Craig (N. Wales)
 
Title: Holwell Cavern, Merridge, Somerset: A Brief History
Author(s): Irwin, D.
Journal Series 9, Number 10, Spring 1996, page(s) 398-409
Abstract: Holwell Cavern, discovered in the early years of the 19th Century is one of the four sites where the rare aragonite crystals are to be found in the UK.  It was also one of the minor show caves of South West England, frequently visited by members of county and local natural history and archaeological societies of the last centuries.  The author has reviewed all known contemporary and later manuscripts, books, caving publications and other sources to prepare this short history.