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Posted: 09/02/2018 09:50:02
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Pete K wrote:

Hoping to do some work up there tomorrow afternoon.


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Can't join you today I'm afraid, I'm deep into a financial projection document for the Welsh Government and they want it by the end of the day Confused



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Posted: 09/02/2018 21:04:01
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Lucky you. I ended up on the steelwork team as they were short handed. 8 hours later the job is nearly done. No digging until next week sadly but Steve may go tomorrow on his own.

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Posted: 10/02/2018 21:12:39
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With me out of action yesterday with other tasks, regular masochist Steve stepped up today and spent some time at the dig. What follows is quoted from an update he sent me on Facebook.

10/02/2018
Steve (penyolewen)

I managed to spend about 3 1/2hrs on the incline today before I called it a day. I started at the top of the constriction, my thinking being that there was a great flow of water and if I could channel it into a concentrated area then nature would do its job, time will tell! I then moved to the bottom because the flow of water had increased to such an extent I thought that I would be needing a air supply if I went in further and it rose more. So at the bottom I spent some time shifting the big stuff from the middle where the brow is at its lowest, didn't get as much done there as I hoped for, time and being soaked a factor.
The flow of water was good but it had found its way into the right hand side channel again but not into the flooded chamber (after Beth finally managed to divert it).

Flowing into the top of the blockage at end of session:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/G6EiHs]">[web link]

Flowing out the bottom of main blockage at end of session:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/239FtLQ]">[web link]


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IP: 90.195.45.76 Edited: 16/02/2018 19:40:26 by Pete K
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Posted: 10/02/2018 21:14:59
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Speeding up the flow of water into the top of the constricted section should really help blow the debris out the bottom, especially on days like this where it has chucked it down for 10 hours straight. I will be passing tomorrow with a group so I'll be able to check out the progress myself. Cheers Steve!

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Posted: 16/02/2018 10:59:23
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Yesterday I spent a couple or so hours on the dig. The recent rain and flow of water has really made a significant impact to work already done so I concentrated on the debris at the foot of the incline just past the ‘Pool Chamber’.
“It’s time to start digging and help Mother Nature help us”.


https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNs8UqJNGuyl05oQDMHnWPq6RABlsu-516W4oxBLhaRoFbnWNY2cxsVQUSkXxKf8Q/photo/AF1QipP44NeIr9k-R5nrFBhnz4yNDSb2P3kaXcbYA8V_?key=X3FXcnVwVFJXVlk5UFZJV0lXa1U0dkloTklnYXR3

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNs8UqJNGuyl05oQDMHnWPq6RABlsu-516W4oxBLhaRoFbnWNY2cxsVQUSkXxKf8Q/photo/AF1QipPs6mau41Ov-NxL1NZv_hAN0m87tvTl7dLclSWj?key=X3FXcnVwVFJXVlk5UFZJV0lXa1U0dkloTklnYXR3
IP: 213.120.36.217 Edited: 16/02/2018 11:04:45 by penyolewen
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Posted: 16/02/2018 11:05:02
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Great work! Really brilliant to see it happening Thumbs UpThumb UpThumb Up

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Posted: 16/02/2018 11:19:36
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Great how much this is opening up, we always new it would be a slow process but I am amazed how much has happened in the matter of weeks!

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Posted: 17/02/2018 22:17:15
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17/02/2018
Pete K & Meaty

I was working in Cwmorthin all day to but really fancied a couple of hours on the project, if only to feel less guilty about Steve's 2 solo sessions to my 1. Luckily Mr Meaty was up for some exercise and popped over to meet me at 6pm. Half hour later we were digging rocks.
We shifted 30 very full barrows out of the low passage between the 2 chambers, steadily widening and lowering the watercourse. The aim is to make it a comfortable height to take a wheelbarrow in and out of for when we really start getting stuck into the main blockage and we need more stacking room.
We gained about 6 inches of height and a foot or so of extra width over the 2 hour session. Rough estimate puts us at shifting 1.5 tonnes tonight. Easy digging still.
Back at van for 8:36pm.

Downstream after last week's rain:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/GiAxV1]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/GiAxV1]Project Incline 17-2-18 (4)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr

Upstream at the end of this session:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/GiAzJb]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/GiAzJb]Project Incline 17-2-18 (3)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/GiABV5]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/GiABV5]Project Incline 17-2-18 (5)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr



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Posted: 20/02/2018 13:01:30
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Thursday 22nd day time is my next free slot. Anyone available to help? Failing that, Wed evening before.

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Posted: 22/02/2018 17:31:57
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22/02/2018
Pete K (solo)

I managed a few hours up there this morning before exhaustion set in and I needed to get back to Derbyshire. I got up to the dig at 10:30am and was back at the van for 2:00pm.
I moved about 30 barrow loads today and also a load of stuff by hand, so maybe another 1.5 tonnes ish.
I have made the passage leading up the blockage a much nicer height to take a wheelbarrow through now, although I am shorter than most of the team!

Steve added 2 drag trays to the project which came in handy today but will really pay off as we start to get deeper into the main blockage.

Lights are visible through the blockage now from groups on the incline.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/24w9d9s]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/24w9d9s]Project Incline 22-1-18 During (2)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr

[url=https://flic.kr/p/23dScsn]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/23dScsn]Project Incline 22-2-18 After (2)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr

Loads more pics on the Flickr album linked in the OP.

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Posted: 23/02/2018 09:01:27
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Nice one Pete, Meaty, Penyolewen and Tagnut Smile

Pete - Don't forget to tell Meaty that there is copper in the rocks and the China boat is in dock. He'll clear the lot in a flash! Thumb Up

Really good to see it happening well done Thumbs Up

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IP: 87.224.72.55 Edited: 23/02/2018 09:02:46 by RAMPAGE
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Posted: 26/02/2018 21:02:54
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Quick update, managed to spend a couple of hour's today at the dig.
Continued where Pete stopped on his last visit digging a channel up the incline.
(Only managed 10 "barra" loads, sorry Pete Smile )

Recent photos added to link.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/0fbWInNucaHeNKWM2
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Posted: 26/02/2018 21:24:36
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Cracking job mate. Getting ever closer to being able to comfortably barrow and dig in the main blockage.

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Posted: 27/03/2018 09:07:32
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I forgot to post up a few weeks ago that Beth has also spent a couple of hours solo up at the dig too.

I'm heading over today and then again on the 10th April. The deadline and busy season is looming so any help appreciated.

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Posted: 27/03/2018 09:44:36
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Cracking job.

I went and had a look the other day, MC showed me how things were going. Looks awesome! Love it Smile

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Posted: 27/03/2018 18:49:27
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Cheers sir.

27/03/2018
Pete K (solo), 3 hours.

I had to be in N Wales very early tomorrow so I opted to come over a day early and do something useful. Typically, the sun came out and most of the people I bumped into before heading up thought I was certifiably insane for going to the dig.
I arrived about 12:30pm and was up at the dig for 1pm. With the barrow off at it's proper home now I had hand tools and drag trays to progress with. I set to work digging into the real blockage for the first time and quickly ended up soaked to the skin kneeling or laying in the rather chilly water. I widened and deepened the channel on the right, moving the spoil into the old left hand channel. The aim was to turn the flat out, shoulder width crawl into a hands and knees affair, something a little more inviting. I think by the end of the session I was somewhere between a third and half way through the main blockage. The digging was easy if wet. The next half will be a harder job as there are 2 streams instead of one, meaning less of a channel already there to expand. It'll really benefit from having a second person next time so the drag trays can be, well dragged, and not manhandled in and out of the dig.
The alarm went off at 4pm and I headed out. Walking along the adit tunnel it began to occur to me that I was probably borderline hypothermic and could not feel my hands or feet. In fact, as I write this now at 6:45pm, I have only just got the feeling back in my feet. Too much laying in cold water today without my usual neoprene kit.
Anyone want to come out on the 10th April? One more hard push with a few helpers.

State of play at the start of 27th March 2018:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/FTKnkt]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/FTKnkt]Project Incline 27-3-18 (1)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/FTKiFK]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/FTKiFK]Project Incline 27-3-18 (2)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr

The state of things at 4pm when I left:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/FTKeSx]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/FTKeSx]Project Incline 27-3-18 (3)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/25u7Mw7]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/25u7Mw7]Project Incline 27-3-18 (7)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr
[url=https://flic.kr/p/FTKaxR]">[web link][url=https://flic.kr/p/FTKaxR]Project Incline 27-3-18 (4)">[web link] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/peakinstruction/]Pete Knight">[web link], on Flickr

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Posted: 25/04/2018 14:15:35
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Update 25/4/2018

The main aims of this project have now been met. That does not mean we're done with it, but it does meant the pace of work is likely to drop off a bit.
The goal of re-opening this route to explorers as a bypass for the dodgy steel/wood supports on flr 2 was achieved early on. The supports could then be replaced in the knowledge that if they all collapsed, the way out the bottom was still open via the incline.
The goal of adding this section of the mine to the instructed 'approved' route was also completed last week when the inspector visited the site and approved this addition.

I still feel that in order to complete this project we need to make the passage at least crawl height all the way through, a distance of 10-15m still. It is passable right now but that section is flat out in water. Storms and wet spells will now start to open this route up again and we'll be monitoring the way it moves the debris down the adit, clearing dams and silt where and when we need to. I hope that 2 more good sessions will finish the main dig and will try to complete this as soon as possible, but with most of us who have been involved working in the tourist trade, time is at a premium for a few months now.

Thanks to all who helped and supported us in this project. Probably not the most useful thing to do and certainly not a new trade route, but enjoyable and, at least to me, worthwhile.

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Posted: 25/04/2018 23:55:52
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Nice one.

I'd like to say a big well done to all those who worked on this, I think it is certainly useful work done. In awkward and wet conditions.

Good to see this stuff get done. Hats off to you Thumb Up

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