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Pete Monkhouse

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Coniston through trip condition
Posted: 28/10/2019 09:31:50
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Hello! Heading up this weekend, one potential thing on the agenda being the pull through trip from the Levers water entrance to Hospital level. Done this a couple of times, but not for a few years. Is there anything new in terms of it's condition?
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Posted: 28/10/2019 16:44:07
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The Copper mines have always been an ever-changing environment.

The through-trip has changed.

Just be careful.

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The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. Henry David Thoreau
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Pete Monkhouse

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Posted: 29/10/2019 07:56:24
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Well- I appreciate that they are always changing. The first time we did the trip we rigged it and went through to make sure it was open, then did it again pulling the ropes down. To save having to do that this time, I’m really just asking if there was (for example) a collapse making the trip impossible.
Cheers, Pete
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Posted: 29/10/2019 13:27:29
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Just to tag on to this thread, is there much to see for the more casual 'walk in' explorer at Coniston? IP: 86.131.50.27
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Posted: 29/10/2019 13:35:34
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Firstly, there’s lots of interest on the surface. Deep level used to be a nice walk in to some interesting shafts - it’s now necessary to get wet but still very worth a look. Hospital level is interesting and goes a fair way - you need a harness and cows tails to pass holes in the floor. Several other levels (Taylor’s, Flemings, cobblers etc) worth going into as far as the stopes.

Have a look on here under Coniston - lots of info and surveys. And get a copy of ‘Coniston copper mines -a field guide’ by Eric Holland.
IP: 90.173.153.208 Edited: 12/11/2019 08:47:20 by Pete Monkhouse
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Posted: 29/10/2019 14:10:24
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Thanks Pete, Cowstails are the one bit of equipment that I do have so clipping on to a rope is not an issue. Are there ropes left in situ by the holes?

I plan to visit Old Man slate mine anyway so it's pretty much on the way up.

How wet is wet? Neck deep, waders?
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Posted: 29/10/2019 15:20:06
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There's an amusing little level as you leave coniston to go up the track to coppermines valley where the bridge crosses the stream. It's in the face of the waterfall and you have to wade through the pool to get to it.

It's in Eric's book.
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Posted: 29/10/2019 15:58:13
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For the surface wanderers there is also the reinstalled waterwheel;

https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/10/25/spectacular-waterwheel-returns-to-conistons-copper-mines-valley/

There was a bit on Look North yesterday as well, mainly about the construction process.

Jim
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Posted: 29/10/2019 16:40:03
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There are (were) fixed wire traverse lines and pretty solid planks over the holes in the floor of Hospital level. Deep level is (was) thigh deep, possibly wet goolies. Not done either for a couple of years but up there this weekend so could update you after that! IP: 195.171.160.194
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Posted: 29/10/2019 18:17:03
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Thanks for all the information. Are many of the levels gated?

Looks like I might be booking some lodging for a trip then. I don't like the look of those stemple traverses that I have seen.
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Posted: 29/10/2019 18:25:29
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The stemple traverses are on some of the more serious routes. Unless things have changed the only gated levels are the ones ending in shafts just inside, so unless you’re descending the shaft there’s no issue with the gates. A lot of care needed everywhere though! Smile IP: 195.171.160.194 Edited: 30/10/2019 10:51:15 by Pete Monkhouse
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Posted: 31/10/2019 23:03:16
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Posted: 03/11/2019 22:36:56
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Pete Monkhouse wrote:

There are (were) fixed wire traverse lines and pretty solid planks over the holes in the floor of Hospital level. Deep level is (was) thigh deep, possibly wet goolies. Not done either for a couple of years but up there this weekend so could update you after that!


Traverse lines are new and solid. Deep level is over welly depth but not much worse than that Smile
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