GSG Newsletters

Back issues of recent GSG Newsletters which were distributed electronically are made available here. Newsletters are issued every couple of months but the main GSG organ, the Bulletin, is not available online, sorry. Newsletters 155-166 which are not currently available will be added as soon as the current and previous newsletter editors getup to speed on the workings of the website and can catch up on the back-log.

Annual General Meeting, GSG Annual Dinners 2010 & 2011, GSG Membership for 2010, Portobello Bear gains almost 5000 years!, Caving - Assynt, Skye, Air Quality Tests - sunglasses required!, Appin Access, Ingleton Parkers Beware!, QRA Field Meet NW Scotland, White Nose Syndrome in Europe, Meghalaya 2010, Snow Sunday at Jeanie Barrie's Cave, Snow, Titan and a Birthday Meal - 16 January 2010, Lost Johns Cave - 6th March 2010 "A finger of fudge", 2010 Meets and Events, GSG Jubilee Activities, Membership News, Elphin Caving Centre, Assynt News, Internet Caving.

Scotland's First Pleistocene Bear, The GSG Wedding of the Year, Caving - Assynt - Rhue - Skye, Mendip News, Croatian Cavers Visit Scotland, The Scots Truffle Story, Hitler Goes Caving, The Marshall Bay Kelp Tunnel, The Barjarg Waterwheel, NAMHO, 2009 Meets and Events, Membership News, Elphin Caving Centre, Assynt News, Internet Caving, Scottish Cave Rescue Organisation Newsletter, Cave Rescue Conference 2009, Training Events, Equipment, Meetings and Events.

Scotland's Finest Bear Skull Found in Claonaite, GSG Annual Dinner 2009, Caving - Assynt - Skye - Yorkshire - Mendip, AN OFFER FOR BUSY MEMBERS, The Red Traligill - An Assynt Mystery, Fishing for Caves in West Assynt, An Artificial Cave for Scotland, The Allt Bealach Choinnich Outcrop - A Preliminary Visit, 2009 Meets and Events, World's Largest Cave Passage, Membership News, Elphin Caving Centre, Assynt News, Internet Caving, Surveying made Easier.

GSG Membership 2009 BCA CARD!!, Annual General Meeting 2009, GSG Annual Dinner 2009, Caving - Assynt, A VERY PERSONAL CHALLENGE, The Claonaite Bear Bones, BCRA Cave Science Symposium, Creswell Crags and their Cave Art, Smugglers' Cave, Aberlady, Emergency Funding for Scottish Mining Museum, 50 Year Celebration, Descent II, Membership News, Request to Budding Authors, Elphin Caving Centre, Assynt News, Internet Caving, Scottish Cave Rescue Organisation Newsletter.

Annual Dinner 2008, GSG Annual Subscriptions for 2009, Caving, Talks in Assynt, The GSG on TV, Scanning High Pasture Cave, Caves In Egypt, Meet Report - South Korea, 2009 Meets and Events, Scotland Street Tunnel to be Youth Club, Membership News, The Rat Fest, Equipment Reviews, Elphin Caving Centre, Assynt News, Internet Caving, GSG Email List.

When I looked to see if all my various devices were listed I noticed that his description of how to use a Neill Box was wrong - he was using his upside down!. Evidently it arrived without instructions. He's amended his description, but still prefers his way of using it!!!

On December 30th Tony Jarratt became the first person to reach Claonaite Seven without diving gear as he entered Belh Aven from Rana Hole. A fitting climax to the 12 years and 12 weeks since we started digging and almost 32 years since J'Rat had recorded finding Rana in April 1976.

The extra page mailed out with the last Newsletter told the story of two successive breakthroughs in Rana Hole. The first on Monday October 30, just after the Annual Dinner weekend, found the first section of passage since digging started in 1995 - on October 7th if my records are accurate. This 30m extension was reduced to comparative insignificance by the discovery of the following day.

The NASA Odyssey spacecraft currently orbiting Mars has found evidence of caverns on the red planet. It has photographed what appear to be circular openings in the Martian surface on the northern slopes of the volcano Arsia Mons at 121 west longitude 9 south latitude. The thermal imager on Odyssey found that these spots are cooler than the surrounding surface in the day and warmer during the night. This is what would be expected if they were deep holes or openings into underground caverns. Comparable cavities on earth include Mexico's El Sotano a 410m deep pit with a 450 x 200m entrance.

Caisteal Maol is a ruined castle on the Isle of Skye opposite Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland. It was occupied by a Norse princess nicknamed Saucy Mary who married Findanus MacKinnon in about 900AD. They ran a heavy chain across the water and extracted a toll from every ship passing through the straits - the Caol Acain (Kyle Akin): which is a roundabout way to introduce the venue for the 2007 GSG Annual Dinner. It is being held in Saucy Mary's Lodge, Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. You will be relieved to hear that the new bridge is now toll free.