Sunday, 17 November 2019

I entered this short video in the Art Salon at Hidden Earth this year and to my complete amazement I got a prize for the best work produced digitally.

And here's my prize, a hand-crafted statue of a caver made by Ceris Jones.

It's now proudly displayed in the CK film studio.


Saturday, 12 October 2019

Northern Lights, Ogof Ffynnon Ddu

A trip to Northern Lights in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu has got to be one of the best caving trips in South Wales. The caving is varied and adventurous with a few navigational issues and just the right degree of challenge, and the reward for those who undertake the trip is to get to see some amazing cave decorations.

Filmed on 6th July 2019.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Wild Wookey Adventure Caving 2019 - It's not just walking around a bit!

Wild Wookey is a three hour ‘adrenaline-fuelled, high-octane, exhilarating Adventure Caving Experience’ in the largest and most spectacular cave complex in the UK. Hidden deep below the surface of the rolling Mendip Hills, Wild Wookey at Wookey Hole Caves is a haven for explorers, thrill seekers and anyone wishing to sample a taste of true caving.

Venturing into the darkest recesses of this World famous cave, guided by highly experienced instructors, Wild Wookey will have you immersed in a secret subterranean universe. Rich in history, shrouded in mystery, with vast expanses of unexplored passageways and caverns – this caving adventure is the ultimate adult’s underground playground… Well that's what the Wild Wookey website says! Back in August I was invited to video the adventure caving route and I have to say in my opinion it's ace, but have a look at the video and judge for yourself.

Wild Wookey can be booked online at

Saturday, 6 July 2019

The Joy of Caving

I’m often asked why I go caving and the answer is, “Where else could one have as much fun as this?”
Filmed during a trip to Northern Lights in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, South Wales on Saturday 6th July 2019.
It's of Mark in yet another tight space and this one, for extra comfort of the participant and added viewing pleasure, is also a little damp. For even more more spectator enjoyment Mark gets his camera case wedged. What the viewer will not be aware of is that I had to go through first to set up my video camera and my box (which is identical to Mark's) got jammed in exactly the same place and there was no one to help me, but also no one to record the incident.

The complete video of the trip will be uploaded in a few weeks.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Tight Cave - Large Caver IV

Filmed in GB Cave, Somerest on Saturday 8th June 2019 en route to Bat Passage in the Ladder Dig Extensions. This time it wasn't Mark who needed encouragement. Kay, it seems, may have consumed one too many large breakfasts at the Priddy Good Farm Cafe.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Caving with the Scouts

At Hidden Earth last year I was honoured to be asked by Idris Williams if I would consider making a documentary video for the Shropshire Scouts Caving Team. The purpose of the video would be to show exactly what young people need to do to achieve their Caver Activity Badge.

Filming took place on Sunday 3rd February in Llanymynech Ogof, on Saturday 9th February in Porth Yr Ogof & Bridge Cave and on Sunday 10th February 2019 in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. I knew that editing together the footage would be a major piece of work but when I looked at it on my computer I  knew that a video of brave young people undertaking their first adventures underground could be really special. I felt that I needed to get something published as quickly as possible so on 13th February I uploaded a short teaser video.

After many hours in the studio the final video was uploaded to YouTube on 1st April. It runs for almost 22 minutes making it the longest video I've ever made. Initial feedback has been very positive. I hope the youngsters feel I've captured the the true essence of four very memorable caving trips.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

The Pompom, OFD1 – Cwm Dwr

To make it a through trip was my idea to help my route finding, but would make the trip a bit longer, so planned to meet at 1000. I forgot they mess with the clocks this weekend and went for my customary run thinking I have loads of time, oops!
Tony Seddon happened to be at SWCC so we both went on a shopping spree, Mark buying undersuits and yes you guessed it I bought over suit! Plus, a new helmet, having spent a lot of Sat hitting my head due to wearing a helmet 2” bigger than my actually head.
Wearing our new attire, we eventually got underground around 1130. I managed to navigate most of the way to the confluence with only a few pointers from Mark, we reached the climb up by the scaffold bar in about 2hrs.
Mark did a super job of rigging the pull through for the ladder pitch and we retrieved the rope for the awkward climb up in to the passage way that leads to the pompom. The rope being 8mm dynamic made the climb all the more interesting, with mark literally picking me up by my belt and lifting me up and over the edge of the 2ndledge, at that point I was struggling to grab the next knot with all the stretch in the rope, so was glad for the assistance. ;)
The gypsum passage was stunning and as we continued to the crystal pools things got even prettier! We carefully climbed over the pools with camera gear and got a good routine sorted for packing up between shots. Surprise, surprise we did end up taking a bit longer than anticipated doing photographs but well worth the results!
We existed via Cwm Dwr as it was shortest route but not the easiest each with bags, I only had ladder and rope bag, poor Mark had heavy camera bag and ended up using his head to get the bag up the final chimney as he didn’t have a sling. All in all a good trip, plus I also got my new helmet presented back to me with my Scurion attached, thanks Tony. :) 

Present: Mark Burkey & Loz Appleby

Trip report: Loz Appleby