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Roy Morton

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Posted: 03/12/2012 01:22:50
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Before capping had taken place at Tresavean, a bunch of us had abbed down a shaft, worked our way through some stopes and then down again into a short level.
The level opened into a large stope and way over in the corner was a small shaft with a windlass still in place on the top.
While some of the boys were rigging the shaft I happened to glance back at the level we had emerged from.
A whimpy looking timber over the level appeared to be holding up a huge vertical wall of very loose looking deads with the rest of the world perched on top.(3by2+600 tons = Shocked )
The windlass shaft didn't go. We did.....very carefully.

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Posted: 01/01/2013 00:15:22
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I'll freely admit to being easily freaked and with not a jot of the experience of others, but.... more of a situation than a place.

An iron mine I took a friend in, been there loads of times as a teen years earlier. Had not considered what else may have changed in the area since my last visit, like that old quarry workings above may have changed hands. Got a long way in from the entry adit, into a chamber that was open to sky. Then heard the wail of a siren. From the quarry above. Two minutes of total terror as we made our way not so carefully out of the workings, the bang going off as we crossed the final chamber. Sounded like being in the centre of the worst thunderstorm, and felt like those old black & white WW2 films of submarines being torpedoed.

For a week afterwards I jumped every time a car door slammed or similar, and the noise of an air raid siren now brings a horrible chill to the soul.

But it's funny to talk about now. Shocked
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Posted: 01/01/2013 01:47:11
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ivortheengine wrote:

Then heard the wail of a siren.


Now that does sound truly terrifying! Not surprised everything made you jump for a while afterwards! HNY Smile

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Posted: 02/01/2013 17:34:12
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i think i would have shat my self. lol IP: 109.158.73.232
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Posted: 02/01/2013 19:59:19
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I was bored the other day and decided to go for a quick run around a local mine with an easy 100ft abseil into a massive underground waterwheel chamber with associated levels.

When I went to go out it was raining in the shaft due to the massive storm right above. I decided to get out and de-rig asap and as I got on the rope and was right in the middle of the chamber there was a bloody great big flash and a sodding great big thunderclap. It was biblical and stunning. I believe the term is "brown adrenaline"
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mikebee62

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Posted: 02/01/2013 22:18:56
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I'm off to Russia in 2 weeks !! , Might be the only person that would rather be in the Salt mines, than putting up a plaster ceiling !!!! Laugh

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Posted: 12/10/2020 12:10:54
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Yes, a couple of years ago, kind of what you might call an old school 'countryman'??? IP: 79.75.163.169
D.Send

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Posted: 12/10/2020 17:48:49
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Back in the 60's, I got lowered down a 200 foot shaft at Mount Wellington mine. A flooded level led off at the bottom, so in case it didn't go far, I took a look. A few steps away, rotten boards under a thick layer of ochre gave way, and a whirlpool gushed downwards below my feet. I fell about a foot into a crosscourse adit below, but managed to brace myself and stepped back out ok.
After that, I decided never to go exploring without being roped up! And a good thing too, for it saved many a nasty fall through rotten floorboards on 'first' trips into very old mines !

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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 12/10/2020 21:04:36
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Quite a few sections of old quarry workings with ceilings like badly fitted and loose jigsaw puzzles. The sense of danger is greatly enhanced when you are on hands and knees or even lower, too close for comfort to said ceiling. IP: 209.93.224.78
pwhole

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Posted: 13/10/2020 01:09:22
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I've lost count of the worrying places to be honest, but this one possibly takes the biscuit - with photographic evidence at least:



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royfellows

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Posted: 13/10/2020 14:06:34
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Not particularly a place, but....
I wanted to put a drainage pipe into Henfwlch internal winze to make a round trip for NAMHO 2019. The winze takes quite a bit of water.

Managed to get 6 metres in with two pieces assembeld and secure it with a bracket. Got another 3 metre section in and came to secure it with a bracket. Just above me was a bit of a cavity with stacked deads, some had gone already with the remainder forming a bit of an arch held by whatever.

I was swinging about in space on SRT, over a bit of an overhang, about to use a 24V impact drill right underneath, yes. I started wondering if it was likely to come down on me and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed likely. I gave up, that mine did not have a round trip at NAMHO.

So if anyone goes in there and wonders about the pipe, here is the answer.

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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 13/10/2020 14:16:29
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Proving that thinking is dangerous. IP: 85.115.53.201
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Posted: 13/10/2020 14:28:48
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Peter Burgess wrote:

Proving that thinking is dangerous.


A very good trip in any case though Roy Thumb Up
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royfellows

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Posted: 13/10/2020 14:42:55
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Peter Burgess wrote:

Proving that thinking is dangerous.


Ooo, rather flies in the face of what we are often told. "Think!", it could be the very reason I am sitting here typing this.
How many people from their hospital bed - "I didn't think" etc

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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 13/10/2020 14:45:44
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Sorry, Roy, I wasn't thinking.
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royfellows

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Posted: 13/10/2020 15:09:48
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Peter Burgess wrote:

Sorry, Roy, I wasn't thinking.


Give that man a cigar!
LaughLaughLaugh

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Posted: 13/10/2020 16:31:16
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Actually I was pointing inside an excavated climbing shaft on Saturday, whose ginging was slowly unpeeling at the level of my feet - it was a race to the bottom! Made it though, as I'm still typing. Pete had it worse, as most of it fell out whilst he was down there in one big clump. We will find out if it's still there on the next visit. IP: 81.174.241.13
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Posted: 13/10/2020 16:56:14
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pwhole wrote:

Actually I was pointing inside an excavated climbing shaft on Saturday, whose ginging was slowly unpeeling at the level of my feet - it was a race to the bottom! Made it though, as I'm still typing. Pete had it worse, as most of it fell out whilst he was down there in one big clump. We will find out if it's still there on the next visit.


"its" still there, hopefully not "he's" still there!


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Posted: 13/10/2020 17:02:49
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I've recently had a significant breakthrough in a Tamar Valley mine. After the initial breakthrough we thought that the way on was up through one of the dodgiest stopes I have ever seen. We named it "Limbo of Doom" stope after one section where you had to limbo under a rotten timber which was holding up several tons of hanging death. Add to that the fact that the hanging wall was made out of something akin to granulated sugar it it certainly wins the award for one of the nastiest places I've been in. We spent several sessions in here slowly working our way up and installing fixed ladders as we went. A very stressful place to spend time. One false move would have brought the place crashing down around our ears.

Fortunately a twenty minute dig has now bypassed this stope; a truly horrible place. We have now stripped out the ladders and we are more than relieved that we will never have to enter that stope again.
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Posted: 13/10/2020 22:47:32
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Geez, I'm scared just reading about some of the horrible situations you guys have been in.

Only time a mine has made me catch my breath, or made my heart stop was exploring some old coal mines in Colsterdale, long before I was experienced enough to wear such neccessities as hard hats, head torches, back up torches or have friends along... went in alone, took my rucksack off and left it outside (but otherwise no one in the world knew where I was) walked in a ways, round a few twists, then something moved under my foot... a rotten board perhaps.. I never saw it, caused me to stumble, lost my grip on my hand torch, when it fell on the floor, it broke... so now, pre-mobile phone, I made my way out of a very dark mine on my hands and knees until the remote pinprick of light got bigger and bigger... surfice to say I have never been back in. Oh My God

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