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AR

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Posted: 20/04/2017 21:51:24
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There was also the time when I started dropping a shaft, then looked at my descender and realised the krab was undone!Shocked

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Posted: 20/04/2017 23:31:47
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In 1985 when David Bick was putting the finishing touches to his Frongoch Monograph (BM 30), he appealed for current underground photos.

I'd recently found the excellently preserved ladder road in Llwynynwch Shaft, accessible via the opencuts at the east end of the mine.

Drove over with a friend who wasn't feeling very well and set up the shot with a camera specially loaded with black and white film for publication. It was a lengthy process and my friend felt worse, eventually reaching the stage of vomiting between shots. Nevertheless, he hung on grimly whist a variety of shots with bracketed exposures were taken, spurred on at the prospect of achieving fame by featuring in a publication.

On getting home, I was mortified to discover that the camera was empty - I'd taken the wrong body. We missed the deadline to send in photos. When I returned to retake the shot in colour a few months later for my own record, the entire shaft had run-in and the ladder road had disappeared.
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Posted: 21/04/2017 06:56:53
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We had been exploring the back end of Smallcleugh via a surface shaft and where doing a trip to do some bolting.

Bolts & anchors - yes
Ropes - yes
Hilti - yes
Drill bits - no Cursing Cursing Cursing Cursing


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Posted: 21/04/2017 09:06:09
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Embarrassing - and lucky....

we placed a 75 kg's worth of plastergel in a scram drive and blew it over smoko using instant dets. After the big bang and break we fired up the electric slusher and with plenty of sugar visible in front of the grizzly we ran the slusher back and forth.

A few minutes later, at the far end of the scram drive (40m or so), a bright blue flash. With the slusher off we ventured up the scram to find around half the plastergel was still in place - much of it smeared all over the rock we were expecting to have bombed, with the dets and wiring a tangled mess.

Counting ourselves lucky to have prayed to the right gods that day we spent the next few hours gently pulling out all the dets that hadn't gone off, and collecting all the plastergel in a big heap to fire at the end of the shift.

And took home the mother of all headaches to boot with the shiftboss asking how come we'd used so much explosives with hardly any production. Blush
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Posted: 21/04/2017 09:19:50
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I left my wallet down moel fferna and i'm pretty sure its still there now, that was just before it took me 40 mins to haul myself up the shaft to get out! 6 hours exploring underground sure does take the minerals from you to be able to climb a 30ft steel rope ladder to get out!

If anyone comes across a black marvel comic wallet in moel fferna somewhere on the first level up or could even be at the bottom of the shaft then please post it back and keep any monetary contents if there are any Laugh

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Posted: 21/04/2017 09:28:34
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Mutagen wrote:

I'm a keen underground photographer and headed off down a local ironstone mine about eighteen months ago following an initial recce visit, hellbent on getting some decent shots of interesting artefacts and long drifts.

Tripod ... check
Camera ... check
Batteries/CF card ... check
Tripod plate for camera .... balls.


I've done every single permutation of forget tripod plate / forget battery / forget CF card Big Grin Cursing

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Posted: 21/04/2017 11:58:34
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Have you managed the camera yet? I have. I had the camera bag with all the gear in it and I was carrying the tripod, all of which was quite a hindrance as I was scrabbling down to the adit. I opened the bit of the camera bag that has the camera in it, and it didn't. All the gear seemed much heavier after I made that discovery. IP: 51.9.205.7
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Posted: 21/04/2017 12:17:10
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A bit off-topic, but another hobby of mine is shooting.

Any number of people that I know have arrived at a rifle range, got set up, rifle out, ammunition, eye and ear protection ... only to realise that they've left the bolt for the rifle back home in the safe (bolts have to be securely stored, but separately from the gun).

Fortunately, I've not done that - yet !
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Posted: 21/04/2017 13:18:51
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SimonRL wrote:


Most soul destroying moment underground was the Great Christmas Sandwich Disaster of 2007.


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Most soul destroying moment underground was the "Great Banana Disaster of Bedlams Bank Firestone Mine - December 2011" Sad

and what about the sandwiches, Simon, where they forgotten or squashed Smile

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Posted: 21/04/2017 13:30:23
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dwarrowdelf wrote:

SimonRL wrote:


Most soul destroying moment underground was the Great Christmas Sandwich Disaster of 2007.


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Most soul destroying moment underground was the "Great Banana Disaster of Bedlams Bank Firestone Mine - December 2011" Sad

and what about the sandwiches, Simon, where they forgotten or squashed Smile


Ah if only they'd been squashed.... Wringing foul mine water out of the saturated blob that was your sandwiches in an attempt to find an edible corner; freezing after spending all day in nostril deep water whilst your companions gorged themselves on piping hot soup and other tasty treats. First time in Nent and I'd not thought to bring a waterproof container Stupid

The banana disaster will have been minor in comparison Wink

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Posted: 21/04/2017 13:42:23
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Em... scaleburn and somebody who brought along some roof supports which were more subframe than substandard Laugh IP: 176.24.127.215
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Posted: 21/04/2017 14:18:22
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On the packed lunch theme I think the previous WCMS trip co-ordinator will probably still remember the wicker hamper, pink champagne, smoked salmon, paper napkins and tartan rug that the ladies from my former workplace brought along to a mine trip having been recommended to 'bring something to eat and drink'

Fortunately they were persuaded to leave it all in the boot of the car until we got back out again.
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Posted: 21/04/2017 14:29:40
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I'm going to bring this topic from the delights of pink champagne into darker regions. Sad

One properly embarrassing moment was when I proved I am better at telling other people what to do than to look after myself; I was climbing up a rope with Willy Eckerslyke keeping the rope at tension. He noticed I had my rope in the wrong place, and advised me (in better-chosen words than I had used years before) that I should move the position of my leg relative to the rope. I thought that was an excellent idea. Believing I was way above him I liberally swung my leg around. I was grossly overestimating myself, though, and my foot was actually at the level of his head. And I might have very modest feet that tend not to hurt anyone, but they were clad in big clunky heavy steel-toed miner's boots. I was very, very glad to by sheer coincidence miss his head... Oops
Sorry David. Flowers
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Posted: 21/04/2017 18:02:12
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First time I descended Ystrad Einion Engine Shaft in the mid 1980s, I had advice from a friend who had descended it the previous week: "It's only 75ft".

So the rope was duly rigged with just over 75ft dangling down the shaft. As it was a walk-out-at-the-bottom through trip, I left my ascenders on surface. Abseiling happily down, I became aware that the end of the rope was rapidly approaching but that the bottom of the shaft (a blockage actually) was a good deal further down. Also, there was no knot in the end of the rope.

With a scant six feet of rope below me I noticed a side level (the Middle Adit) and swung into it with considerable relief.

There followed much confused and semi-audible shouting to instruct the surface team to re-rig the rope with all available slack in the shaft. On measuring the rope after the trip, we established that the shaft was 100ft, not 75ft.

Since that trip, I've conscientiously always put a knot in the end of the rope and have always put on full SRT kit.
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Posted: 21/04/2017 21:28:43
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Hi,
Way back in 1968, I was negociating a duck-squeeze to get into unknown territory. As I inched forward, a waterproof tin of carbide in my chest pocket popped out in front of me, and opened. Impossible to get a hand in alongside my body to snuff out my helmet-mounted acetylene lamp..... Bubble, bubble BOOM! Luckily no damage done, and having spare torch batteries I was able to find my way in, and out again!
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Posted: 21/04/2017 21:43:47
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Um, I must have loads.

I blew up my friends fine new Ash blow-pump recently. And his screw driver. And an extension-lead reel. all in the same shot...

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Posted: 21/04/2017 22:39:16
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... Fully rigged, & caught very, very short! BlushCrying

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Posted: 22/04/2017 15:57:53
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I don't think any of us regretted it, but a few years ago the "Thursday Nighters" spent several weeks working our way up an interesting mine, climbing with a maypole and bolting as we went. Eventually we discovered a large chamber, waded along a passage and popped out a couple of yards from where we'd walked previously oblivious of the presence of the adit. IP: 87.115.244.107
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Posted: 22/04/2017 19:37:34
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Miles-M wrote:


Um, I must have loads.

I blew up my friends fine new Ash blow-pump recently. And his screw driver. And an extension-lead reel. all in the same shot...


Oh how I miss Ashley my blow up, erm ash pump.

I had a friend who forgot his wellies once and we had to wheel barrow him into a mine Thumbs Up

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Posted: 22/04/2017 20:07:04
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towim wrote:

Miles-M wrote:


Um, I must have loads.

I blew up my friends fine new Ash blow-pump recently. And his screw driver. And an extension-lead reel. all in the same shot...


Oh how I miss Ashley my blow up, erm ash pump.

I had a friend who forgot his wellies once and we had to wheel barrow him into a mine Thumbs Up


It was a perfectly satisfactory way to be transported around. I just needed someone feeding me grapes and fanning me with a palm leaf.

Walking is for peasants.

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