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Posted: 07/06/2017 20:25:15
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I keep going up and down past it on the train, it keeps staring at me! Think a proper explore is in order. Thumb Up

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Posted: 07/06/2017 20:44:43
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I agree. We explored the workings that are accessible from the top of the scree above the lake. We never noticed those areas above.
From memory we did try to climb up a bit, and got some way, but really climbing aids would have been needed. Or a very long rope from the top!

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Posted: 07/06/2017 20:50:58
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Bit of a sod to walk to though eh?

There is no way they link u/g, just firecamp talk is that.

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Posted: 07/06/2017 21:12:17
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Miles-M wrote:


Bit of a sod to walk to though eh?

There is no way they link u/g, just firecamp talk is that.


Not when you've got the train Laugh

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Posted: 07/06/2017 21:43:12
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got a Landrover! won't leave it up there I promise...

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Posted: 07/06/2017 22:54:07
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There could be an alternative coming in from the right, most likely with a scramble down from the Snowdon Ranger first, and then a traverse across the rocky shelf.

Or maybe going up where cloggy abuts the shelf. Wonder if any climbers have wondered across for an explore.

It's also interesting you've got that incline going up from the lake to the climber's path and then nothing.

I'd like to know the route the miner's took up to the stope. I still think it's the gully immediately below, but it does look like 150' of, if not climbing, at least a pretty exposed ascent.

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Posted: 07/06/2017 23:02:38
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I've just noticed now, in Phil's reply from 6 years ago about a trip of his from 1968 where a couple of the party visited the top stope, but nothing of any remark is noted.

Still, from a mining history point of view, a trip up there in order to determine the working methods and conditions would be a worthwhile project.

I can't think of any other similar, apparently death defying mining locations - at least in Wales anyway.

Also had a quick look at the geological map, and it seems to be associated with a basic intrusion. My colleague at work, who's a climber and a plant-nut (apparantly basic rocks=interesting Snowdonia plants) - maybe I could cajole him into being a guide.
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Posted: 08/06/2017 09:50:01
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I believe the incline does go to an adit but it's partially collapsed I think. I think there is a lot more scope for exploration here as it seems bigger than it should be. It was only ever worked on a small scale. Likely by the farmers who used to live in the valley.

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Posted: 08/06/2017 13:51:12
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I had a look years ago and found all adits collapsed

An open stope did not look promising either. I did see some higher workings however, but note previous comments.

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Posted: 08/06/2017 14:56:19
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How bad are the collapses?

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Posted: 08/06/2017 20:00:42
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Well, from experience you get to know that when you start digging them.

Its been a few years since I was up there but from memory pretty solid. I mean how would you get materials up there for spiling etc, never mind the tools.

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Posted: 08/06/2017 21:01:47
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We just walked up from Llanberis - it's not that far.

I think the miners used to work that mine in the summer, then drop down to the lower workings in the winter when the weather was worse.

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