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Glencoynedale
Posted: 04/11/2019 19:15:26
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Does anyone know the current state of the above mine descent to Lucy Level please?
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Posted: 04/11/2019 19:27:50
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I believe that the Glencoyne level is currently locked due to the dangerous state of the descent. The chain ladder has been cut away by persons unknown and this is now SRT. There has been some further issues lower down.

I will be seeing a person in the know in a couple of weeks at the NAMHO Council meeting and will ask. I have not been there for quite a few years.

In meantime someone from CAT may be able to tell you more.

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Posted: 04/11/2019 20:49:10
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royfellows wrote:

I believe that the Glencoyne level is currently locked due to the dangerous state of the descent. The chain ladder has been cut away by persons unknown and this is now SRT. There has been some further issues lower down.

I will be seeing a person in the know in a couple of weeks at the NAMHO Council meeting and will ask. I have not been there for quite a few years.

In meantime someone from CAT may be able to tell you more.


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Glencoynedale
Posted: 05/11/2019 10:27:23
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it was a bit hairy 25+ years ago.

the top 6 feet of the first ladder was nothing but cobwebs

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Posted: 05/11/2019 10:38:44
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Bit of a story here.

I used to partially descend solo in the 1990s. First trip I got down to about the last of 3 sections below what I understood to be the 48 fathom level. This is the one with the trapdoor in the floor. 1996?
A massive flake of rock had broken off the side of the shaft and was resting against a stemple, as I recall it. This was my turn back point. On a later trip it had moved.

Later an RSJ was dragged over the fells by a party including Ian Tyler and me. It was eventually fitted into the shaft and the 'boulder' as it became known hung on wire ropes.

At this time the Lucy was being dug and I was in a party that made the descent to take a look on the other side of the digging. We got all the way down bar a final ladder section which was missing, the level was gained by a 30 foot SRT.

Heading outbye along the Lucy we got into deeper water until it sumped out.

Rolling forward a few years to the Lakes NAMHO I did the through trip. It was SRT down from the 48 through the trapdoor, about 200 feet. A lot of the ladders below had gone.

It appears that with the reopening of the Lucy the air currents have exacerbated the decay of the ladders and timberwork. There may also be issues with platforms higher up. I will come back on this when I have more info.

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Posted: 05/11/2019 15:38:05
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That route is no longer available. Various ladders became highly unstable, some ladders are detached or missing and the platform stagings were rotten and no longer regarded as fit for purpose. The final pitch (with the unstable boulder in it) also now has various other large bits of debris blocking the vertical hang. Any accident on the through route would have placed impossible challenges in the way of a rescue team. So the access and egress gates are now both securely locked.

If any groups still wish to access Lucy Tongue Level that might be possible through arrangement with CATMHS.
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