Hidden Earth 2019 Session Abstracts

Hidden Earth 2019

Reasons for, and perceptions of access restrictions to caves and recreational mines within the mainland Britain

Robert Middleton

Access to caves and recreational mines has been a divisive issue in mainland Britain since the growth of caving as a pastime following the end of the 2nd World War. The subject has been further heightened in recent years by the campaign to include caving within the Countryside Rights of Way Act. This lecture highlights the results of masters dissertation research which used a mixed methods approach including interviews, questionnaires (advertised on UKCaving thanks) and case study analysis to increase understanding of the myriad of access restrictions present to caves and mines in Britain, and cavers’ perceptions of these restrictions. The results show several significant factors at play in both reasons for cave access restrictions, and cavers’ perceptions of these restrictions and offer a unique board based overview of the issues involved.

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Youth and Development: Getting involved

Dr Rostam Namaghi

An update of what the BCA's Y&D team have been doing over the past year, what's planned and how to get involved in keeping our community vibrant by supporting young cavers coming into the sport.

We will also be holding a meet the members session: an ideal opportunity to find out what your club could be doing to make it easier for young people to join up and get caving.

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Hidden Earth 2019

The Rednecks and Redcoats Expedition: Mapping Mountain Eye

Dr Rostam Namaghi

Last year we gave a lecture on Mountain Eye, a system Paul Fairman and I began a survey and totted up 6 miles of cave. We managed to lure 24 cavers to experience Tennessee with the promise of fabulous (if not necessarily virgin) borehole.

Come along if you fancy hearing a little geology, some tales of adventure, some 'touristing' (karstic and carbine), some survey geekery (check out our survey in the competition) oh and the dive rescue of Sir Josh Bratchley MBE that hit international headlines.

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Expedition: Overlooked Armenia

Alex Ritchie

We will report on our expedition to Armenia (July 2019). This small ex-USSR country in the Caucasus has a number of Karst areas and a small number of excellent known caves, but very little history of speleology. We will have investigated a number of previously unexplored Karst areas in Armenia, working together with the Armenian Speleological Association. Depending on what we have found, we will launch a much larger expedition in 2020 to explore the on-going passages that are measureless to man? Well we best make sure the disto is charged!

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Cutthroat Caverns, a new 2.4km discovery in the North Pennines

Chris Scaife and Ben Coult

Cutthroat Caverns is a phreatic maze cave, with a vadose entrance series, that has recently been discovered in the North Pennines AONB, and surveyed to a length of 2,425m. This lecture will give an entertaining account of the discovery and exploration of this significant find.

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