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Posted: 02/11/2019 19:44:14
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Visited this mine for the first time this week, as part of a walk around Cwmsymlog, Bwlch etc.

Curious about 2 things and would welcome any feedback:

1. On both the main drive and those along the vein there are a series of modern (8mm?) drill holes in batchs of 4 at intervals of 15 metres along each passage. Each hole is within a yellow spray paint circle and the distance is marked at each interval.

Is this research project or did Santa bring someone a shiny new drill last Xmas?

2. On reaching the vein, it is possible to head west into a largish stope with a loose and steep slope of spoil. The loose material with large boulders make this climb interestingBlink, although the owner of the spray can seems to have driven some helpful wooden stakes up the slope. From here a pitch on the other side seems to drop down the level horizon again.

Does this still connect with Level Newydd or Bwlchyrennaid shafts?

Any information much appreciated

Alan
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Posted: 02/11/2019 20:29:24
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Hi Alan

The steep slope was a collapse of years ago which blocked a direct route to the other side under dodgy timberwork which failed. The other side the is Bwlchyrennaid shaft complete with kibble track etc. Level Newydd shaft is near to the crosscut adit, you pass below it on the same left hand branch of the lode.
See Simon Hughes book, BM 35.

I have not been there for some time and no nothing about spay cans except how to make someone who uses them underground swallow one.

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IP: 92.24.29.253 Edited: 02/11/2019 20:30:57 by royfellows
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Posted: 02/11/2019 21:48:04
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Thanks Roy
I did look at Simon Hughes 'Goginan Mines' after the visit.

It also looked like the collapse on the parallel branch was pretty terminal, so the up and over option may now be safer if the collapse has had some time to settle. I guess there must be about 10m of material on top of the level/stope at the high point.

The descent looked to be bolted with 8mm bolts, but a handline on the slope would definitely reduce the chances of pulling something big down on yourself, particularly when descending again.
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Posted: 03/11/2019 19:34:28
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Just for the record, I have climbed up to the top of the slope, but not been down the other side. Its one of those things one intends to do, but never gets round to.

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