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Posts by Monty Stubble

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Topic: Exploring with Fighters - a warning to all mine explorers, cavers and URBEXers
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/11/2020 20:37:37   Subject: Exploring with Fighters - a warning to all mine explorers, cavers and URBEXers
Statement from Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit (COMRU) and Coniston Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) - Team Leaders

COMRU and CMRT are members of LDSAMRA, the umbrella body for Mountain Rescue in
Topic: Smallcleugh vandalism
Monty Stubble

Forum: North East England   Posted: 24/11/2020 20:34:25   Subject: Smallcleugh vandalism
Apparently the Gullyback Crosscut one isn't in G X-cut... A little post lockdown excursion needed with a wirebrush ... then we need to go in the mine and clear up. :curse:
Topic: Youtube Mining Videos
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/11/2020 21:42:25   Subject: Youtube Mining Videos
This has just been posted on various channels ...

[i]Statement from Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit (COMRU) and Coniston Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) - Team Leaders

COMRU and CMRT a
Topic: Boxed Off
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/11/2020 09:21:45   Subject: Boxed Off
How long until this place is well and truly secured? More Youtube Warriors.

Corsham Police

Four males were rescued overnight from the Box Hill stone mines. The rescue involved
Topic: Exploring with Fighters - a warning to all mine explorers, cavers and URBEXers
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/11/2020 13:43:54   Subject: Exploring with Fighters - a warning to all mine explorers, cavers and URBEXers
Their latest video of Coniston Copper Mines Hospital level is now out However, their previous effort and others like it has led to a huge gate and padlock on the track just past the Youth Hostel.
Topic: Par consols, any maps available?
Monty Stubble

Forum: South West England   Posted: 07/11/2020 22:02:40   Subject: Par consols, any maps available?
Mark Twain, I thought.
Topic: Carrock Mine Info
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 05/11/2020 16:40:39   Subject: Carrock Mine Info
Some of the ore chutes in the far reaches are pretty bad so don't climb on them.
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 31/10/2020 07:44:26   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
[quote="Coggy"]With the deposits in Chile its doubtful that deep mining can make money digging out Lithium[/quote]

Well, with £1.7M raised by crowdfunding (according to the Daily Fail), if
Topic: Interesting Development
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/10/2020 09:46:00   Subject: Interesting Development
https://www.gov.scot/news/pardon-for-miners-convicted-during-strike/
Topic: Looking for impressive workings
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/10/2020 13:48:16   Subject: Looking for impressive workings
Amazing one of Parys Mountain. What about Coniston Copper Mines - Red Dell and Paddy End?
Topic: Coniston
Monty Stubble

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/10/2020 12:19:08   Subject: Coniston
Just checking, I don't think the surface shaft would have been much more that 15m deep.
Topic: Coniston
Monty Stubble

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/10/2020 11:53:24   Subject: Coniston
[quote="royfellows"]Thanks for this info.
So in other words, the deep adit is just a means of reaching an ore pass directly from the high stope hundreds of feet above. They probably expected to c
Topic: Coniston
Monty Stubble

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 06/10/2020 10:55:22   Subject: Coniston
[quote="Pete Monkhouse"]Is it possible to climb the shaft / ladders at the end of Tilberthwaite level? How high is it and what's up there?[/quote]

Absolutely not, they are in a very perilou
Topic: Coniston
Monty Stubble

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 04/10/2020 22:55:11   Subject: Coniston
[quote="royfellows"]While we are on, has anyone done the Tilberthwaite through trip?
I am not particularly excited by through trips, but wonder what there is to see on the way down. Any significa
Topic: Shaft Exploring
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/09/2020 16:41:57   Subject: Shaft Exploring
bu***r, Selfridges have sold out!




https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/gravity-industries-gravity-flying-jet-suit_5161-10212-GRAVITYJETSUIT/
Topic: Shaft Exploring
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/09/2020 13:50:01   Subject: Shaft Exploring
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtvCnZqZnxc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3XqHgw5EQ45Wm_t5-C_pu1bO76XcEIufNt1NjD-V9Tf5qOArc5_LA_o7M


Just wait until the Youtubers get one!
:thumbdown:
Topic: Shaft Exploring
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/09/2020 10:12:36   Subject: Shaft Exploring
Could be the future for those tiresome deep shafts?

:o

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-54331994?fbclid=IwAR23_LG4NVRJNZ7uk9y6ZiXvG6UUpEUl3YwF9i-SIlGrXLJJN_tbXiQEHps
Topic: COMRU GEAR
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/09/2020 11:54:49   Subject: COMRU GEAR
https://www.gofundme.com/f/rescucender-for-comru?utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email%2B4904-welcome-wp-v5
Topic: COMRU GEAR
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/09/2020 10:10:04   Subject: COMRU GEAR
I can start a JustGiving page - does that break forum rules?
Topic: COMRU GEAR
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 21/09/2020 00:17:05   Subject: COMRU GEAR
Following a practice last weekend in Hospital Level, at the Coniston Copper Mines, COMRU are missing a Rescucender (a specialist bit of Petzl gear used in hoisting set-ups).

Despite a deta
Topic: Gas Monitors
Monty Stubble

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 15/08/2020 17:08:16   Subject: Gas Monitors
COMRU use both Honeywell and Crowcon 4 gas monitors.

Just a heads up in terms of rescue. Their protocols say that the team should exit the area if the gas detector alarms regardless of wher
Topic: Parc Lead Mine - 3D
Monty Stubble

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 10/08/2020 16:40:32   Subject: Parc Lead Mine - 3D
Would love to see Smallcleugh done this way.
Topic: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
Monty Stubble

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 30/07/2020 20:26:45   Subject: Minera, deterioration at Meadow Shaft
At the risk of being controversial. Why do we need all these sites?

I have this discussion regularly with people. Britain and Ireland are covered with an incredible amount of heritage site
Topic: Powdered milk
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/07/2020 22:48:52   Subject: Powdered milk
Well at least they're not mentioning mines all the time. Who could be interested in them - weirdos!
Topic: Powdered milk
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 13/07/2020 10:45:07   Subject: Powdered milk
"Squeezy" condensed milk or "Conny Onny" is still available.
Topic: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
Monty Stubble

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/07/2020 13:36:54   Subject: Rocks found on Cwmorthin tip Help with identification
Oh dear, my wife, who's a geologist by training ws more interested in the Welsh blanket... :-[
Topic: Covid - 19 and Mining
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 05/06/2020 17:36:09   Subject: Covid - 19 and Mining
Don't know if this relates to mine exploration as well.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/05/mines-coronavirus-hotspots-report-us-canada?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Topic: Back underground ????
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/05/2020 13:40:00   Subject: Back underground ????
This from COMRU in Cumbria.

"Travel to Open Spaces but not the Mountains or Underground.

COMRU - your underground rescue team.

We cannot stress enough the importance o
Topic: Back underground ????
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2020 14:07:08   Subject: Back underground ????
The current method of operation for underground rescue teams is a problem.

Not only are you at risk from an unknown casualty but also from your team members. Masks aren't much use in this
Topic: Back underground ????
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/05/2020 19:46:41   Subject: Back underground ????
From a rescue point of view I can say that underground rescue teams are not happy with this.

A quick glance at various sites seem to signify they're sitting in their cars waiting for the of
Topic: Top Tip
Monty Stubble

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 10/04/2020 09:45:59   Subject: Top Tip
Ripped Bin Men though.:thumbup:
Topic: Exploring with Fighters - a warning to all mine explorers, cavers and URBEXers
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/04/2020 14:32:38   Subject: Exploring with Fighters - a warning to all mine explorers, cavers and URBEXers
The worry is, their income will be dropping in the present crisis and they start getting bold. They decide to go underground and get in trouble.:curse:
Topic: Nuggets!
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/03/2020 18:59:10   Subject: Nuggets!
This from my other hat in COMRU. Apparently people still going underground in the North Pennines.

"Underground Explorers

The current spread of Coronavirus, Covid 19 in the UK is
Topic: Evening folks
Monty Stubble

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 23/03/2020 23:34:52   Subject: Evening folks
I suggest you do nothing until the current crisis is over.

Topic: Man killed in mine shaft in Fife
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/03/2020 09:57:27   Subject: Man killed in mine shaft in Fife
Think the authorities will be a bit circumspect since the last episode.
Topic: Coniston Deep level Video
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 23/12/2019 10:46:35   Subject: Coniston Deep level Video
You just walk in ... a bit wet now though.

And as for suicidal diving, it has been dived on a few occasions, by me amongst others although my paltry efforts are as nothing compared to the
Topic: Mine Explorer Journal volume7 ?
Monty Stubble

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 22/12/2019 15:29:47   Subject: Mine Explorer Journal volume7 ?
I have a copy and it makes fascinating reading, more so because my name appears in it many times from the early days doing things I had long forgotten about and in places I shudder to think about.
Topic: Nent Force Level
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 18/11/2019 17:15:39   Subject: Nent Force Level
Dropped Haggs Shaft in the 80's by SRT. In those days there was a building over the shaft so we belayed off the rafters.

Got to the bottom but there was a lot of water funnelling off down t
Topic: Coniston Coppermines Waterwheel
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 02/11/2019 22:24:19   Subject: Coniston Coppermines Waterwheel
The owner of the converted sawmills up at the Coppermines at Coniston has begun construction of a 32' waterwheel to enhance the building's use as a holiday home and wedding venue.

The water
Topic: Northwest Spanish mines and industrial heritage
Monty Stubble

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 02/11/2019 15:47:39   Subject: Northwest Spanish mines and industrial heritage
Last visit (2 weeks ago), I went to Borralha, Minas das Sombras, Minas dos Carris and a quick visit to Portelo.
Topic: Northwest Spanish mines and industrial heritage
Monty Stubble

Forum: Mining Heritage   Posted: 28/10/2019 19:31:03   Subject: Northwest Spanish mines and industrial heritage
Many thanks. Over the years I have visited many sites in this area and also northern Portugal. Lots to see.
Topic: Coniston through trip condition
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/10/2019 16:44:07   Subject: Coniston through trip condition
The Copper mines have always been an ever-changing environment.

The through-trip has changed.

Just be careful.
Topic: Vale
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/09/2019 19:15:38   Subject: Vale
I understand that Alen MacFadzean has died at his home in Spain. Alen was a personal friend and a fount of knowledge on Cumbrian Mining and in particular the Furness Iron Mines and Wythburn Iron Mines
Topic: Graphite, Fluorite and Jet
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 09/08/2019 13:04:17   Subject: Graphite, Fluorite and Jet
Love the 'Prognosticator'. Couldn't believe it when I first saw it!:o
Topic: Tilberthwaite Mixed Mine (mine)
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 01/07/2019 06:02:23   Subject: Tilberthwaite Mixed Mine (mine)
I don't want to belittle your effort but I happen to know that the pin was changed last year for one of the new titanium ones with the QD aluminium head. The whole thing can be dismantled to fit in a
Topic: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 20:15:24   Subject: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
Someone stirring it 'oop north?
Topic: Sad news
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/05/2019 12:47:23   Subject: Sad news
Shocked to see this confirmed on social media.

Sad to report that the fearless Cumbrian mine explorer Kate Tyler has died. Taking up the reins from her father she was at forefront of mine
Topic: Thriddle Shaft, Coniston.
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 23/02/2019 20:42:45   Subject: Thriddle Shaft, Coniston.
I was on the team that originally went through back in the late 80's. It was a difficult descent with many short pitches and re-belays in order to by-pass some of the tons of rubble and dodgy woodwork
Topic: Coniston Mine Bomb
Monty Stubble

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/06/2018 13:52:39   Subject: Coniston Mine Bomb
I saw it when it was discovered.

Had the 'bomb' gone off, very little would have happened immediately. The oak plug was thoroughly investigated and a hole drilled in it. The water level beh
Topic: Hartsop
Monty Stubble

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/06/2018 07:47:32   Subject: Hartsop
COMRU had a practice there a few weeks ago and noticed the new bolts at the time. They were apparently placed by an explorer just before the practice.

Incidentally, COMRU's gas detectors re
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