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News from October to December 2013


12 December

Some books to buy for Christmas

These two superb books will make excellent Christmas presents for the one you love.  They are expensive but lavish beyond belief and extremely scarce.  Even if you can't read Spanish or Italian you can spend many happy hours looking at the pictures. 

Dimensione Buio (Dark Dimension) by Loenardo Busellato e Gruppo Grotte Schio 1991.  528 pp, 420 colour photos, hundreds of surveys, maps etc, and a bibliography of 238 references.

This is a massive tome, complete with slip case which describes around 450 caves discovered and explored by the Schio Caving Club in the alpine regions of northern Italy during the 60 years up to publication.  In Italian. Printed on good quality art paper and weighing over 3 Kg it is lavish beyond words.  Very scarce.  Condition as new.  £50  + postage


 Cuevas de Espana, 1985 19x25. 308 pág. Ilust. y fotos en color. Enc. de la Edit. Altamira, Puente Viesco, Tito Bustillo, Valporquero, Mallorca (Hams, Drach Y Arta) Superb presentation copy in simulated leather binder with gold lettering.  Complete with slip case in Spanish.   Printed on good quality art paper and weighing over 1.5 Kg this is another lavishly illustrated book. Very scarce. Condition as new. £50  + postage

There are more scarce caving books in the Boggarts Books section of the website.

Use the Contact Us thingy if you want to buy.


10 December 

An elf spotted in Ingleborough Cave last Sunday 8 December


8 December  

Edward Easton in the new artificial cave at Yeadon Tarn on November 29th


2 December


Pete Metcalfe above the Chapter House in Yordas last Saturday - a fantastic grade 3 SRT trip


27 November


Dinosaur tracks are known from 20 sites in Portugal, from Middle Jurassic through to Upper Cretaceous. Two Boggarts (Kay and Edward) were lucky enough to visit one of the best, in the magnificent limestone area of Serra d'Aire, where there are more than 15 separate tracks, with around 200 individual footprints, including the world's longest known sauropod trackway.
The tracks were made by different groups of dinosaurs crossing the shallow water at different times, and were discovered in 1994 as the result of limestone quarrying. Quarrying was stopped, and the site developed as a Geopark attracting 50,000 people a year (though Boggarts had it to themselves on a weekday in March).


November 13



Keith Turner in a secret location last week.  Keith was one of the first people down a recently opened up disused coal mine when a hole suddenly appeared in a farmer's field.  The mine itself was only a few feet below ground level and the hole gave access to pillar and stall workings and the main gallery along which coal was once hauled to the surface. 

November 2


Ken Geddes took this picture at Back Lane Reservoir, Clayton le Woods yesterday.  Tomorrow is the last day when visitors will be allowed to visit this piece of extraordinary Victorian architecture which is being destroyed to make way for some very ugly and totally unnecessary new houses.

October 27



Pete Monk on his last Munro - Beinn a' Chaorainn - yesterday with Mr David Anderson 

October 22


Richard Matthews explains the nature of the pump house to Ken Geddes, David Taylor and Andrew Farrow at Dunkirk

Richard Matthews and Brian Jeffery did an excellent job of showing us round their excavation of the surface workings of the Dunkirk Coal Pit.  In fact it took 5 hours for them to talk their way around the site.  The group split naturally into two and no doubt got different information, so much was there to tell.  The coalfield is on a syncline with three main seams worked in the area: the Arley, the Upper Mountain and the Lower Mountain.  The Dunkirk Coal Pit dates back to the late 1700s when they worked the top seam (the Arley) before technology enabled the miners to go deeper.  Richard and Brian did the excavation and restoration work without any outside help, a task that kept them occupied several times a week for 5 years. 

Although Richard and Brian walked us over a wide area to show the extent of the tramways and where the water was pumped from the mine  -  now completely flooded -  the site restored was where a water wheel drove a drum that pulled the trucks a kilometre or so from an underground depth of 200 feet at an angle of only one or two degrees.  The arrangement was unique in that trucks pulled to the surface were taken straight on to where the coal was transported away using a complex and dangerous system of ropes and chains, and young children, to switch the trucks from the double track underground tramway onto the single track tramway to the haulage depot. 

See the pictures in the Photo Gallery


October 12