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Posted: 28/08/2020 09:05:42
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Thanks all. Went through yesterday with no major problems.

We couldn't get the canoe to us as the line had wrapped itself around the pole in the middle of the chamber (would be useful if somebody took a hacksaw next time) but the rubber dinghy had been pulled up to the top of the abseil. We were able to use this to retrieve the canoe and the dinghy was returned to the top.

There was LOTS of fresh rockfall on the way up to the Twyl/Twll. Initially we thought we might be going the wrong way as it was a bit of a squeeze to get through.

Other than that, everything was in good condition - somebody's done a lot of work down there! Both the first "zip-wire" and the last bridge now have fixed cables to walk along. This made things much easier. The "tension traverse" has had a revamp too and now has a staple ladder at the start and a small foot bridge at the final tricky section. These are made from old parts found in the mine, which we thought was a nice touch.

I took my 13 year old daughter with me and she did great. Had to set up a 3:1 hauling system to get her out of the Chamber of Horrors though. So the only real issue of the day was a pulled muscle in my shoulder. Laugh




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Posted: 28/08/2020 10:06:38
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Well done that's a proper adventure with your girl, she's a brave kid Thumbs Up

Cheers for the feedback on the route, will be helpful to others.
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Posted: 29/08/2020 18:58:58
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IP: 81.140.252.69 Edited: 29/08/2020 18:59:27 by glyndavidson
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Posted: 07/09/2020 22:12:38
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Great video, thank you for posting it.
Glad you all enjoyed the trip and well done Ada, most of those obstacles would be daunting to experienced mine explorers, let alone a newby.
Thanks also for the comments and report of the in-situ gear. Glad you found it all easy to use.
The canoe in the Chambers of Horrors has always been a problem. We have re-installed the pulley system so many times but it seems people simply can't work out how to use it and end up cutting the rope. Angry As soon as they do this it can't be reset without an entire new rope some 250 ft long or so. We have given up replacing it.
The best thing is to ensure each group has an inflatable dinghy with them and that they take it out with them too. Thumbs Up
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Posted: 08/09/2020 14:15:13
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royfellows wrote:

Pete Monkhouse wrote:

Are you registered on the site? If you still can’t find it PM me and I’ll email it tomorrow. Drunk now! Smile


Yes you are drunk. If he not registered would not be able to post.
Irish malt?

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Thank you Roy!
Fair point, well made....
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Posted: 08/09/2020 17:20:35
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Glad you took it the right way, only a joke.
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Posted: 09/09/2020 21:52:35
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Speedycaver wrote:

Great video, thank you for posting it.
Glad you all enjoyed the trip and well done Ada, most of those obstacles would be daunting to experienced mine explorers, let alone a newby.
Thanks also for the comments and report of the in-situ gear. Glad you found it all easy to use.
The canoe in the Chambers of Horrors has always been a problem. We have re-installed the pulley system so many times but it seems people simply can't work out how to use it and end up cutting the rope. Angry As soon as they do this it can't be reset without an entire new rope some 250 ft long or so. We have given up replacing it.
The best thing is to ensure each group has an inflatable dinghy with them and that they take it out with them too. Thumbs Up



Hi Pete!
The canoe is always the most awesome bit of the trip! Smile Just wondering if a large diameter roller / pulley (something like an empty cable drum) at each end might work for the canoe pullback rope? It would tolerate a knot on the rope then, maybe use a bigger diameter rope (10mm?), might be more robust? I’d still take a dingy in a rucksack but the canoe is such a treat!
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