Journal series 12, contents and abstracts

Title: More Caves In The Lot
Author(s): Waters, E.
Journal Series 12, Number 1, Spring 2007, page(s) 3-7
Abstract: In 2006 the club had a summer trip to the Lot region of France.  This article updates the reports of the club's trips in 1992 and 1994 with additional information on caves including Igue de Goudou, Grotte de Montclar and Igue de Couzoul de Senaillac.
 
Title: Of Caves Mines & Legendary Gulfs
Author(s): Waters, E.
Journal Series 12, Number 1, Spring 2007, page(s) 8-16
Abstract: A detailed report on the club's survey work on Sandford Hill, West Mendip.  As well as a surface survey there are surveys of Saville Row Shafts, King Mine and three smaller shafts.
 
Title: Litli-Bjorn/Vorduhellir
Author(s): Waters, E.
Journal Series 12, Number 1, Spring 2007, page(s) 17-19
Abstract: In November 2006 a small group of club members had a long weekend in Iceland to survey the Litli-Bjorn/Vorduhellir system (length 1,100m).
 
Title: Progress at Gibbetts Brow
Author(s): Butcher, Alan,, Butcher, Anthony, Waters, E.
Journal Series 12, Number 1, Spring 2007, page(s) 20-25
Abstract: The  club began operations at Gibbetts Brow Shaft in June 2003.  This report records progress until March 2007. The survey shows the cave has a length of 90m and a depth of 24m.
 
Title: Caving in North Wales in 1960
Author(s): Ellis, B.M., Ellis. M. (ed)
Journal Series 12, Number 2, Autumn 2007, page(s) 27-32
Abstract: In 1960 four club members were based in North Wales.  This is the caving diary of one of the team and is an interesting account of cave exploring in Britain at that time.  The work done during this period was published as Occasional Publication No. 2 'Caving in North Wales' in December 1960.
 
Title: Caving in Mallorca
Author(s): Steans, A.
Journal Series 12, Number 2, Autumn 2007, page(s) 33-53
Abstract: Based on a Pegasus Club occasional publication Al Steams gives an overview of the dry caving on Mallorca, Spain.  There are detailed descriptions of many of the caves including Cove de sa Campana, Cova des Diners, Avenc de Fra Raphael and Cova de Cornavaques.
 
Title: Book Review: Caves of Northern Thailand
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 2, Autumn 2007, page(s) 54-56
Abstract: Published in 2006 the 'Caves of Northern Thailand' by Pindar Sidisunthorn, Simon Gardner and Dean Smart has some very good introductory chapters on the geology, biology and archaeology of Thai caves.  The second part of the book has photographs and basic descriptions of 108 caves located in national parks in the northern provinces of Thailand.
 
Title: A Bibliography of the Caves and Karst of Thailand - 1730-2000
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 2, Autumn 2007, page(s) 57-79
Abstract: A bibliography listing 674 items published between 1730 and 2000 on the caves, limestones and karst of Thailand.
 
Title: "There's No F in Light": How to build an Ultra-Bright LED Caving Lamp on a Budget
Author(s): Lillington, A.
Journal Series 12, Number 3, Spring 2008, page(s) 81-90
Abstract: There are a multitude of LED caving lamps currently available on the UK market which include the recent introduction of some exceptionally bright caving lamps which harness emerging LED and Lithium-ion battery technology.  This is allowing ever more lightweight and powerful caving headlamps to be constructed.  This article describes how it is possible for the lay-person to construct a very bright LED caving lamp for relatively little expenditure using the latest in LED technology, readily available components, hand tools and a few spare evenings.  The construction of the prototype 540 lumen "Fin-light" Mk 2 LED caving lamp is described step by step from conception to reality.  The results of preliminary testing are also included.
 
Title: Dent de Crolles 2007
Author(s): Davey, A., King, S., Martin, R.
Journal Series 12, Number 3, Spring 2008, page(s) 91-112
Abstract: A report of the SMCC trip to the Dent de Crolles in 2007.  Route descriptions are included for the Trou du Glaz - Guiers Mort and Trou du Glaz - Grotte Annette through trips and a Guiers Mort round trip.  There is also a bibliography, GPS entrance co-ordinates and general information.
 
Title: Book Review: 50 Years of Texas Caving
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 12, Number 3, Spring 2008, page(s) 113-114
Abstract: A review of the history of Texas caving by Carl E. Knuth, published by A & K Enterprises in 2007.
 
Title: The Shepton Mallet Caving Club Hut Logs 1969
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 3, Spring 2008, page(s) 115-139
Abstract: Edited excerpts from the club's Hut Log for 1969.  This includes digging in St. Cuthbert's Swallet and the passing of Sump One in that cave, the survey of Shatter Cave, cave diving in South Wales and the Mendips and various other Mendip digs.
 
Title: Thailand's Top Twenty
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 4, Autumn 2008, page(s) 140-232
Abstract: This is a sporting guide to Thailand's twenty longest caves and twenty deepest caves. Surveys are included for all the caves including the first published surveys for Tham Phra Wang Daeng, Tham Pung Hung, Tham Khang Khao, Tham Sua/Tham Lom, Tham Sra Kaeo, Tham Ban Luang, Ma Phong Sui Tung, Dead Robber Waterfall Cave, Tham Pha Phueng, Pigs Play In The Mud Cave, Tham Song Hong, Tham Phra Wattanaram, Tham Pha Khan and Tham Ban Luk Khao Lam.
 
Title: Introduction
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 12, Number 5, Spring 2009, page(s) 233
Abstract: An introduction to the 60th Anniversary History of the Shepton Mallet Caving Club
 
Title: The Last 10 Years - A President's View
Author(s): Dummer P.
Journal Series 12, Number 5, Spring 2009, page(s) 234-236
Abstract: A summary of the club's activities from 1999 to 2010
 
Title: The Bryan Ellis Award
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 12, Number 5, Spring 2009, page(s) 237-239
Abstract: The history of the club's Bryan Ellis Award and a summary of the winners from 2000 to 2009.
 
Title: 10 More Years Under The Volcanoes
Author(s): Waters, E.
Journal Series 12, Number 5, Spring 2009, page(s) 240-246
Abstract: An account of the club's vulcanospeleological research in Iceland and the Canary Islands between 2000 and 2008.
 
Title: Keep On Digging
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 12, Number 5, Spring 2009, page(s) 247-261
Abstract: A summary of the club's digging activities on Mendip throughout it's 60 year history.
 
Title: The Shepton in Siam
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 5, Spring 2009, page(s) 262-269
Abstract: The SMCC first visited Thailand in 2000 and have become the most active foreign club in the country.  This is a brief history of the many expeditions and trips that have surveyed over 38 km of cave.
 
Title: Getting The Measure Of It
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 12, Number 5, Spring 2009, page(s) 270-283
Abstract: The club has had a long reputation for producing surveyors.  This is an account of the development of cave surveying techniques and the  problems that have been overcome during the club's 60 years.
 
Title: Napps Cave, Berrynarbor, Combe Martin, Devon
Author(s): Marangone, G.
Journal Series 12, Number 6, Autumn 2009, page(s) 285-290
Abstract: A report on recent visits to this little visited SSSI, famous for it's aragonite formations. Photographs are included and the survey republished.
 
Title: On Caves in the Cape Verde Archipelago
Author(s): Lillington, A., Lillington, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 6, Autumn 2009, page(s) 291-302
Abstract: This paper provides a description of some of the lava tubes formed on Fogo Island.  This island forms part of the Cape Verde Archipelago, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 km off the coast of Senegal, in West Africa.  Fogo Island is volcanically active; the last eruption occurred in 1995 and there have been many eruptions spanning back hundreds of years with frequent earthquakes.  This constant activity has led to the creation and destruction of lava tubes as new lava flows overlay earlier lava flows.  The advent of the annual rainy season in July also results in the in-wash of quantities of lapilli into the entrances which appear ultimately to obstruct tubes over the passage of time.  A description is given of several caves visited in March 2009 which are at different stages in the cycle of creation and destruction.
 
Title: Caribbean Crusade 2004
Author(s): Mills, M.T.
Journal Series 12, Number 6, Autumn 2009, page(s) 303-311
Abstract: A visit to Anguilla, the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, 26 km long, 6 km maximum width, area 91 sq. km, maximum elevation 65 m.  Entirely miocene limestone with characteristic karst typography.  Katouche Cave visited with Amblyrhiza Inundata ("giant rat") skeleton remains, Fountain Cavern with petroglyphs of engraved faces of the Taino (Arawak) Indian culture carved around 900 AD, cave under consideration for UNESCO World Heritage designation; Gavanagh Cave, mined for phosphate fertiliser in 1868.  Also visited nearby Puerto Rico and Cavernas del Rio Camuy show cave (subsequently closed in January 2008).
 
Title: An Introduction to Caving in Vang Vieng, Laos
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 6, Autumn 2009, page(s) 312-318
Abstract: As well as describing how to get to Vang Vieng in central Laos, descriptions are given of visits to Tham Phou Kham, Tham Po Na and the Tham Hoi/Tham Nam Xang system.
 
Title: Book Review: The Caves of Krabi
Author(s): Faulkner, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 6, Autumn 2009, page(s) 319
Abstract: Written by Martin Ellis, this is the first volume in a projected series of guidebooks to the caves found in Thailand. 205 caves and speleological sites are included in this second edition that was published by Takobi in 2009.
 
Title: Þeistareykjabunga, North-east Iceland
Author(s): Lillington, A., Lillington, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 6, Autumn 2009, page(s) 320-340
Abstract: This paper discusses the findings of a one week exploratory tour in July 2009 to the basaltic shield volcanoes of Storaviti and Langaviti (Bunga), which are located in the Þeistareykjabunga area in the north-east of Iceland.  The intention of the expedition was to investigate the potential of several interesting features, which build upon a preliminary visit in June 2008.  During the course of the trip, several lava tubes were explored and subsequently surveyed, one of which included a chamber about 20 metres in diameter.  Several other cave entrances were noted but not entered.  Some thoughts are also presented on the method of creation of lava tube entrances in this area and potential indicators of subterranean tubes.

 

Series 12 Number 7

Title: Ban Mani Phruk Expeditions 2009 & 2010, Thailand
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 7, Spring 2010, page(s) 342-69
Abstract: After a gap of three years SMCC organised a ninth major expedition to Thailand in February 2009. For this expedition the club moved further north, to Nan province, and aimed to explore caves which were more alpine and vertical in nature. The 2009 expedition was based in the village of Ban Mani Phruk, in northern Nan province, and during the seven days spent in the field one cave, Tham Pha Phueng, was explored to a new Thai depth record of -306 m and two other very promising caves were found, but not entered. Following this very successful trip plans were made for a return in February 2010, and the second expedition to Ban Mani Phruk in February 2010 saw Tham Pha Phueng extended to a depth of -367 m and a length of 3.2 km while the two caves found in 2009 were explored to sumps at -175 m and -138 m. The other known caves in the area were visited and several new caves were located.

 

Title: “Do Not Stare Into Beam With Remaining Eye”, LED Lighting for Cave Photography and Video Use
Author(s): Lillington A.
Journal Series 12, Number 7, Spring 2010, page(s) 370-79
Abstract: This paper describes the design and construction of a portable battery powered floodlight for underground video and photography use. The floodlight builds on several previous prototype designs and uses new generation LED technology available from October 2009. The output of the light (based on LED manufacturers’ figures) is estimated at about 4,400 lumens, or about 250 watts halogen light equivalent. A novel form of heat-sinking is introduced in the form of an extruded aluminium water bottle. This (ultimately) provides an ideal warming drink after depletion of the batteries. A number of underground field trials undertaken in February 2010 are described in order to demonstrate the capability of the lamp as a flashbulb replacement.

 

Title: Tham Khoun Lang, Kasi, Lao PDR
Author(s): Bolger, T, Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 7, Spring 2010, page(s) 380-88
Abstract: Although some areas of the Lao PDR are open to tourists, and caves can be explored without excessive bureaucracy (e.g. in Vang Vieng and Khammouane) other regions, particularly the more remote areas, require prior permission from various national and local government bodies. As a way of establishing our bona fides as cave explorers, surveyors and speleologists with the various government departments and NGOs, the authors volunteered their services to survey and to make some recommendations on the management of the show cave.

 

Title: Fingals Cave, Staffa
Author(s): Mills, K.
Journal Series 12, Number 7, Spring 2010, page(s) 389-402
Abstract: Fingal’s Cave is on the island of Staffa, off the west coast of the Island of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. It is reached by sailing from Oban to Mull and then driving the 31 miles down to Fionnphort and sailing out to Staffa. There are several boat operators who offer tourist sailings to Staffa throughout the summer months and usually, weather permitting, a landing is made, and approximately an hour to an hour and a quarter can be spent on the island. This allows enough time to visit Fingal’s Cave and walk round the top of the island. This article gives the history of the exploration of this fascinating cave.

 

Series 12 Number 8

Title: The Shepton, Cave Diving Club
Author(s): Sims, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 8, Autumn 2010, page(s) 403-91
Abstract: A complete history of cave diving activities of Shepton members, including a discussion on the equipment used and a description of the numerous discoveries made by Shepton cave divers over the years. The article also lists all the cave dives made by Shepton members that have been recorded in the hut log books.

 

Series 12 Number 9

Title: “The Third Largest Cave In The World”
Author(s): King, S.
Journal Series 12, Number 9, Spring 2011, page(s) 494-514
Abstract: A personal account of a trip to Río Camuy in Puerto Rico, which took place in 2011.

 

Title: Puerto Rico 1984
Author(s): Woodward, J.
Journal Series 12, Number 9, Spring 2011, page(s) 515-20
Abstract: A diary account of a trip to explore caves of Puerto Rico in 1984, including trips to Río Camuy.

 

Title: “How My Wife Inadvertently Went Caving Again”
Author(s): King, S.
Journal Series 12, Number 9, Spring 2011, page(s) 521-28
Abstract: A personal account of a trip to Cheung Po-Tsai cave in Hong Kong, which took place in 2010.

 

Title: Book Review: The Log of the Wookey Hole Exploration
Author(s): Mills, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 9, Spring 2011, page(s) 529-30
Abstract: A very favourable review of the recently re-published Log of the Wookey Hole Exploration, printed by the Cave Diving Group, including a comparison with the original publication.

 

Title: A Visit To Smoo Cave, Scotland
Author(s): Brush, J.
Journal Series 12, Number 9, Spring 2011, page(s) 531-34
Abstract: An account of a visit to Smoo Cave, Scotland, including historical context and a number of photographs.

 

Series 12 Number 10

Title: Recollections of Chris Wood
Author(s): Mills, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 10, Autumn 2011, page(s) 536-46
Abstract: This article is a personal remembrance of Chris Wood, a long standing member who sadly passed away in January 2012. Chris had many involvements with the SMCC over the years, and this article also covers his contributions to caving in general and lava caving in particular worldwide.

 

Title: Lava Tubes in the Búrfellshraun, Northeast Icceland
Author(s): Lillington, A.
Journal Series 12, Number 10, Autumn 2011, page(s) 547-53
Abstract: This article presents the findings from a brief reconnaissance trip to an area of lava located in the Ódáðahraun, in the north east quadrant of Iceland in July 2011. The area of interest is located close to Búrfell about 17km to the east of Lake Mývatn, 6km to the east of the Lofthellir ice cave, and a few kilometres to the north west of the Taglabunga shield volcano. 27 cave entrances were recorded, and some were entered to explore over 370 metres of cave passage.

 

Title: Some Caves in Thailand, part 3
Author(s): Ellis, M.
Journal Series 12, Number 10, Autumn 2011, page(s) 554-78
Abstract: Since 2005, when the second part of this series was published, the work by the SMCC in Thailand has continued. Although the surveys of caves found on the main expeditions to Phetchabun and Nan have been published in the expedition reports, numerous other caves have been explored and surveyed. This article gives 20 new cave surveys, from seven provinces, are included along with location details and a description.

 

Title: Some Caves in Greensand
Author(s): Lillington, A.
Journal Series 12, Number 10, Autumn 2011, page(s) 579-85
Abstract: This article describes a number of inland caves and tunnels on the Isle of Wight. Whilst the caves are not very extensive, they are mildly diverting from a speleological point of view, in that they are located in Upper Greensand. The caves are generally located in an area known as the Undercliff, which is situated at the southern tip of the Isle of Wight.

 

Title: An Index to Series 12
Author(s): Begley, J.
Journal Series 12, Number 10, Autumn 2011, page(s) 586-88
Abstract: Series 12 of the Shepton Journal is indexed by article and author.