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The Story of The World of Caving 

8 Dec 17

Hey Hey We’re The Dudley It seems that my opening video for Hidden Earth this year was quite well received as I was approached by Andy Eavis during the conference to make an opening video for A Golden Age of Cave Exploration , an event organised to …


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The World of Caving 

22 Nov 17

Coming shortly to a computer/tablet/mobile phone screen near you a new film by Caver Keith – ‘The World of Caving’.


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Alum Pot – A Classic Yorkshire Pothole 

20 Nov 17

Alum Pot is a pothole with a large open 100 metre deep shaft on the eastern flanks of Simon Fell, North Yorkshire.


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2,000,000 Caving Video Views 

1 Nov 17

A huge thank you to anyone that has ever watched a Caver Keith caving video.


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Chunky and Caver Keith Wow The Wessex 

24 Oct 17

After dinner speakers R us Only 9 days before the event Les Williams contacted Mark and asked if he was free on 21st October as he needed an after dinner speaker for the 83rd Wessex Cave Club Annual Dinner.


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Hey Hey We’re The Dudley 

12 Oct 17

Here we come ab’in’ down a pot.


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Sump One & Back. Herding Cats In Swildons Hole 

7 Oct 17

Jess and I had a balloon flight booked for the Sunday on the weekend in Bristol, so we thought it would be nice to see if anyone fancied joining us on the Saturday for a day trip in to Swildons Hole.


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Hidden Earth 2017 

2 Oct 17

Hidden Earth is the name for the British Cave Research Association’s (BCRA’s) annual caving conference and Dudley Caving Club had some modest success in competitions at the conference last weekend.


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Pwll Dwfn 

17 Sep 17

I got up on the 17 th Sept expecting it to be raining due to the fact it had been forecast to rain so it was a pleasant surprise when it was just overcast, but even so i put on my waterproof hi-vis jacket and trousers and loaded my motorbike ready …


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Phil gets a little hotter in Otter 

13 Aug 17

Phil requested a trip in to the stunning Otter Hole a while back and so a trip was booked.


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Alum Pot……a Sunday trip? 

16 Jul 17

After a good nights sleep we headed to Inglesport for a full breakfast to start the day and also to pick up some 60m of club rope.


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A rather wet Swinsto Pull Through Trip 

15 Jul 17

With only Kay and I available for this weekend away I decided to head up to Yorkshire to introduce Kay to a couple of the Yorkshire classics.


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There’s nothing more dangerous than sunbathing! A trip in to Longwood Swallet 

8 Jul 17

Jess and I had offered to help man the bars for this year’s Priddy folk festival and so put out an email asking if anyone fancied a trip down mendips way on Saturday.


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A days photographic play in St Cuthberts Swallet 

10 Jun 17

Mr Marris has been absent for a while having moved a little further afield so we were chuffed to have him on a photographic trip in to St.


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Through to Cwm Dwr was a bit of a stretch for Mel! 

4 Jun 17

Mel arrived to a wet Welsh morning on time at 10am.


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The Top Five Things I Learned While Going Caving With the Dudley Caving Club by Sarah Lotz 

15 May 17

It started a couple of years ago.


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A North Wales Mine Exploration Weekend 

10 May 17

With Dudley Caving Club it’s not just about underground exploration, our weekends away are packed with subterranean shenanigans and other fun activities like eating ice cream, walking along a seaside pier, geocaching and hanging about in karaoke bars.


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A trip to the airlock in Tunnel Top 

7 May 17

After a much better nights sleep we chose Tunnel Top Entrance for our relaxing Sunday trip.


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A trip to The Far North. Dan Yr Ogof 

6 May 17

Kay and I headed down the SWCC on the Friday to get a decent nights sleep before our big trip on the Saturday.


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Day 3 Hendre Spa Mine 

1 May 17

For the last day of the club meet Ex member Heather Simpson kindly offered to lead us on a trip in to Hendre Spa Mine.


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Day 2…. The Great Orme Mine 

30 Apr 17

Day 2’s adventure would be a led trip in to the Great Orme Mine.


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Dudley North Wales Mines Weekend. The Croesor / Rhosydd Through Trip. 

29 Apr 17

Kay, myself and Jess travelled to Llandudno on the Friday night to avoid the bank holiday traffic.


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Caver Keith Videos 2017 

25 Apr 17

It’s been a crazy few months for my caving videos.


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Eastwater Cavern & The 13 Pots 

17 Apr 17

For Sunday we had been slated to lead a trip in the fairy quarry, but as most of the gang were rather either hung over, heading in for the short round trip or off to do some family caving in Burrington, Jess and I took a day off to play with the …


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Duck Hunting In Upper Flood Swallet. 

15 Apr 17

Dudley members were invited to attend the first ‘Cave Fest’ event being held in the mendips with Jess, myself and Loz signing up.


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P8 Jackpot my first trip as a leader 

8 Apr 17

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A Run Around Top….More Like A Marathon! 

1 Apr 17

Ollie’s first outing last week to Bagshawe Cavern hadn’t put him off and he turned up on Thursday evening keen for more and so a weekend at South Wales was arranged to try and beat the enthusiasm out of him! We stopped off for the usual breakfast to …


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Dudley Peaks Weekend: Peak Cavern to Titan….and back! 

26 Mar 17

As Jess and I had to work on the Saturday we arranged to meet the gang in Castleton early evening for a meal.


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Behind the locked doors of Bagshawe Cavern 

25 Mar 17

After meeting for the obligatory full English breakfast in Buxton, our convoy headed in the direction of Bradwell village, in search of Ye Olde Bowling Green pub where we were due to meet our ‘fixer’.


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Highlights of the Caving Year 2016 

21 Feb 17

Dudley Caving Club 2016 Round Up.


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Potholing – Where Big Men Get Into Small Holes 

27 Jan 17

The Dudley visit Eldon Hole in Derbyshire.


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Withyhill Cave 

16 Jan 17

On 1st November 2015 Dudley Caving Club members Phil, Ian, Brendan, Mark and myself set off for the Mendips to visit Fairy Quarry to explore Fernhill and Withyhill Caves.


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Caver Keith Caving Videos 2016 

2 Jan 17

It has been a very successful year (2016) for my caving videos.


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Caver Stuck in the Lobster Pot, Sidcot Swallet 

1 Jan 17

We all have bad days, days where nothing seems to go right, days when things that are usually easy such as a particular obstacle in a cave become next to impossible.


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The Dudley, Caving and Cakes – The Box Set 

26 Dec 16

As the Yuletide offerings on TV are a little disappointing this year I thought I’d treat my fans and upload the full series in one easy to watch package complete with the added bonus of outtakes (or should it be outcakes?).


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The White Road 

23 Dec 16

Release date: 4th May 2017 Adrenaline-junky Simon Newman sneaks onto private land to explore a dangerous cave in Wales with a strange man he’s met online.


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Caver Keith Goes In Search of the Real Santa Claus 

16 Dec 16

X Certificate Rating WARNING : This video contains highly disturbing images and should NOT be watched by children or anyone of a nervous disposition.


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The Dudley, Caving and Cakes – Episode 5 

15 Dec 16

The 5th and final episode.


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The Dudley, Caving and Cakes – Episode 4 

8 Dec 16

Here is part 4 of Dudley Caving Club’s five-part subterranean serial.


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The Dudley, Caving and Cakes – Episode 3 

1 Dec 16

How is Chunky going to get out of last weeks predicament? Who’s going to end up in trouble this week? Watch episode 3 to find out.


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The Dudley, Caving and Cakes – Episode 2 

24 Nov 16

The next instalment of our caketastic adventures can now be viewed on YouTube.


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The Dudley, Caving and Cakes – Episode 1 

17 Nov 16

From the Caver Keith Film Studios comes this heart-warming tale from the underworld of triumph over adversity, where friendships are made and broken, adventures abound and cake rules supreme.


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Zipping along for Milwr Time 

16 Oct 16

Paul Fairman of the BEC had arranged a weekends play in North Wales and had kindly invited Jess and I along.


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Rocking around in Rifleman’s 

25 Sep 16

After a Daren trip on the Saturday a more sedate trip was called for on the Sunday.


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The Vice Ogof y Daren Cilau (Warning: Do NOT watch if claustrophobic) 

24 Sep 16

My plan was to record a mockumentary of Ian’s 70th birthday bucket list trip in Daren but after The Vice Ian had to admit that perhaps the Daren entrance crawl was not the place to be when suffering from very painful sciatica.


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Caver Keith Caving Videos – 500,000 Views 

29 Aug 16

I set up my YouTube channel in September 2009 to showcase my caving videos.


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Agen Allwedd Erse Passage & Beyond 

7 Aug 16

Trip report to Follow Jess Kay in Main Passage (Photo Brendan Marris) Jess in Main Passage (Photo Mark Burkey) Jess near Trident Passage (Photo Brendan Marris) Kay near Trident Passage (Photo Mark Burkey) Kay and Jess in the first chamber, Erse …


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We all have to start somewhere, now where is that bleeping cave ? 

31 Jul 16

This was a taster trip for Ross to see if he would like to take up caving as a hobby, the original plan was to do Ogof Pen Eyre followed by Shakespeares cave, but due to extensive roadworks and difficulty parking i decided to take him to Eglwys Faen …


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Dudley Caving Club 50th Anniversary Open Day 

16 Jul 16

Being on the Committee I fully appreciate the organisation that goes in to even the smallest of events and so when it was proposed that we open up the Ruiton Mill for an open day I knew we were taking on something of a task.


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Ogof Tee – Stuck in the 19th Hole 

19 Jun 16

Our second cave for the day was just across the valley from the first.







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