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Posts by Speedycaver

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Topic: Croesor Rhosydd through trip
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/09/2020 22:12:38   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd through trip
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 als
Topic: Back underground ????
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/06/2020 18:19:16   Subject: Back underground ????
Yep, sounds like my neighbour.
Topic: Back underground ????
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/06/2020 18:13:34   Subject: Back underground ????
I am reading these comments and see the same thing my neighbour is doing. He is going out in his car for no reason but insists that it's OK because he washes his hands and stays away from other peopl
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/03/2020 16:41:54   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Yes, that rope was a bit fast (small diameter) to be left as the main abseil rope but it was borrowed to assist with the refurbishment of the equipment and currently is being used elsewhere in the min
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/03/2020 14:09:13   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Silly boy! ::)
Topic: Coniston Copper Mine (mine)
Speedycaver

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/03/2020 13:22:44   Subject: Coniston Copper Mine (mine)
Love that mine.
I have only been there once and did the through trip from top to bottom, absolutely amazing!

I'd be interested when you guys are thinking of going as it'll be nice to j
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 04/03/2020 13:14:58   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
I untie the stopper knots every time I an in there.
Why people insist on putting them in when the rope reaches the floor I have no idea. You would need to dig a hole to be able to abseil off the
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Speedycaver

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 24/02/2020 13:44:03   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
[quote="royfellows"]Overdriving LEDs, more fuel for the flames.

I am still running lab tests with some surprising results. In meantime, something to ponder on.

http://www.gardaso
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Speedycaver

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 17/02/2020 11:11:46   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
[quote="lozz"]From the specs. I make it approx. 12.6 to 12.7V for 1500mA.

I wouldn't recommend exceeding the manufactures spec for current by nearly 50%, at least not for continuous current
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Speedycaver

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 17/02/2020 09:40:01   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
[quote="royfellows"]

If you extrapolate the output graph you will get the output they state 1500 mA.[/quote]

Ah yes, I see.
It would give a fv of over 12.5 volts too.
S
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/02/2020 22:30:26   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
[quote="royfellows"]I swam the 2 with bridges many years ago using a rubber air bed as an aid.
:lol:[/quote]

:thumbsup::guns:
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Speedycaver

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 15/02/2020 20:05:02   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
I have already looked through your post and yes, it is interesting.

I still rely on my trusty Ultrfire WF 502B's. I use them as my back-up torch for underground as well as my main torch fo
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/02/2020 19:33:53   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
[quote="derrick man"][quote="JonK"]I am often puzzled why people bother with the boats. I have always worn a wetsuit and a buoyancy aid and swam across. Be warned however I once got tangled in one of
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 15/02/2020 19:28:24   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
[quote="TheCret!n"]What color was said torch?
My accomplice found a head torch in that side chamber before the climb and the incline up, Croesor.
We also found a silver torch at the bottom o
Topic: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
Speedycaver

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 14/02/2020 13:13:24   Subject: 3W Cree torches in Tesco's
I've still got one and still use it in the shed.
Mind you, I have a feeling the one I have was when they sneakily dropped it to a 1W LED as I didn't get to Tesco quick enough. Still reasonably w
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/02/2020 13:05:14   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Must have just missed you. We also came up from Croesor not Cwmorthin side.

There must have been a group go through earlier on Friday or possibly Thursday last week too as on Friday mornin
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/02/2020 13:16:06   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
[quote="TheCret!n"]Went through on Saturday.
All fine. The new rigging is well done..[/quote]

Ah, haa! We were probably just behind you. We were in there around 11am. We came out at
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/01/2020 15:10:13   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Hi Roy :flowers:

Yes, a long time indeed.
Yes, still in the UK, always have been.

I do have a quick look on your lamp forum now and again just for interest. Been a long ti
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/01/2020 13:50:20   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd TT - latest gear/boat situation?
Hi all.

The first two abseils are ok although the ropes are old, dirty and getting rather fluffy. They will need replacing at some point soon.

PLEASE CHECK THEM BEFORE YOU JUMP
Topic: Idea for Thursday Night 26th May * NOW 2nd JUNE *
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/05/2016 13:22:56   Subject: Idea for Thursday Night 26th May
Hi all.
I'm so excited to say that I hope to be able to join you guys tomorrow evening.
Llion, shall I collect you from mums house on way in?

Weeeeeee....! :o

I'm a '
Topic: Croesor - Warning, Damaged Equipment - NOW REPAIRED
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/05/2016 21:06:00   Subject: Croesor - Warning, Damaged Equipment
Thanks Pete and Ian.
No contributions necessary my friend, I am simply happy to help out with my favorite playground. :flowers:
Topic: Croesor - Warning, Damaged Equipment - NOW REPAIRED
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/05/2016 14:53:32   Subject: Croesor - Warning, Damaged Equipment
Hi Roy. I'm doing OK ta.
Glad to see you're still developing lamps, good work.

Guess I'll be in the UK till I go on holiday next...! :blink:

Only posted here cos I thought
Topic: Croesor - Warning, Damaged Equipment - NOW REPAIRED
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/05/2016 13:57:01   Subject: Croesor - Warning, Damaged Equipment
We replaced the zip line on Saturday with a new 9.5mm diameter steel cable.

The bolts and hangers at the top end and the general rock around them all appeared to be in good condition and so
Topic: Croesor-Rhosydd 1st Pitch
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/10/2011 10:15:05   Subject: Croesor-Rhosydd 1st Pitch
Wow, that trip really does get a lot of traffic now. We are going through ropes so often. :blink:

Thanks Gwyddno for the information. :thumbsup:
Topic: rhosydd
Speedycaver

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 13/07/2011 19:43:03   Subject: rhosydd
Hmm, I know the place and that confused me Corin.. :blink: :-[

In to Rhosydd via the No.9 adit and up the incline towards the Twll. Exit the incline to the right once you have climbed
Topic: Cwmorthin-Slate-Mine-18-03-2006-Image-015 (photo)
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/05/2011 10:26:43   Subject: Cwmorthin-Slate-Mine-18-03-2006-Image-015 (photo)
[quote="Lister"][quote="simonrl"]PM sent :)[/quote]

Is it a seceret location Simon? LoL Please enlighten us all.

...Lister;~)
[/quote]
It's not in Cwmorthin...... ;)
Topic: CRTT - Ropes & Dinghies
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 16/11/2010 21:18:54   Subject: CRTT - Ropes & Dinghies
Yay..!! Glad you had a good trip and thanks for the praise on the recovered bridge. :thumbsup:

We'll be in there again soon to carry out some more maintenance.
Topic: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/11/2010 14:53:09   Subject: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
[quote="steve turbo"] speedy your idea of fun is rather strange.. ;) [/quote]
No it's not, ask Crazy Claire, she thinks I'm perfectly normal..! :smartass:
Topic: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/11/2010 11:13:29   Subject: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
[quote="Vanoord"]I'd be more happy to see the bridge with the zip wire and the single support de-rigged and the traverse improved a bit - actually, it's not too bad at the moment as long as you have a
Topic: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/11/2010 23:19:25   Subject: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
[quote="simonrl"][quote="Speedycaver"]No, I was thinking of the traverse only, keep the remains of the bridge completely free from any traffic. No zip-wire. :ohmygod: Probably even remove the rema
Topic: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/11/2010 22:30:58   Subject: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
[quote="simonrl"]Double rope traverse as well as a single zip wire? I guess that give a bit of variety! Main thing is that bridge is going to fall down one day, just hopefully not with somebody clippe
Topic: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/11/2010 20:49:07   Subject: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
[quote="lab rat"]lets go for the 1st wknd in dec 4th and 5th?? there seems to be a fair amount of guys who can make this one (M.E guys as well).
:) [/quote]
I have booked off the friday b
Topic: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/11/2010 21:03:55   Subject: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
[quote="Vanoord"]Incidentally....

A while back, we were planning to do something along the lines of a tyrolean in that chamber, but never got round to it.

I still have something
Topic: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/11/2010 19:59:37   Subject: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
[quote="Vanoord"][quote="Speedycaver"]As far as I recal, they have always been there (at least ever since I have been travelling through). They were well tucked away and I'm sure very few people ever
Topic: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 02/11/2010 19:43:02   Subject: Croesor - Ladder Bridge Update
[quote="simonrl"]Were these metal bits anything to do with you chaps ;)

[link]Croesor-Slate-Mine-User-Album-Image-53468[linkphoto]Croesor-Slate-Mine-User-Album-Image-53468[/linkphoto][/link
Topic: Croesor/Rhosydd Info
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2010 21:00:03   Subject: Croesor/Rhosydd Info
You don't have to use that system if you don't want to. You can always just pull your self along the lower fixed rope to the shore in your own boat with a bit of tat tied to your boat to pull it back
Topic: Croesor/Rhosydd Info
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 11/10/2010 19:17:00   Subject: Croesor/Rhosydd Info
We done the thru trip about 4 weeks ago and the hand lines up the incline were missing then. I was going to take a bit of tat with me next time to re-rig it.
As Simon said, the rest of the riggi
Topic: Bolting a vertical ascent
Speedycaver

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 26/07/2010 21:44:05   Subject: Bolting a vertical ascent
Last weekend I bolted my way up a full 70ft vertical wall (actually, there was an 18" overhang half way up. Took me about 2 1/2 hours and was very funny.

I used a 2 stage 20ft aluminium la
Topic: Croesor/Rhosydd Info
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/07/2010 22:44:39   Subject: Croesor/Rhosydd Info
[quote="Vanoord"] The Chamber of Horrors has something of a boat deficiency, plus the "endless rope" system that's been rigged is a complete and utter nightmare and needs ripping out and replacing wit
Topic: Croesor - Rhosydd Through Trip rope damage
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/07/2010 22:26:46   Subject: Croesor - Rhosydd Through Trip rope damage
Crazy Claire, Llion and I done the thru trip yesterday (Monday 19th July).

We found the first abseil rope was damaged in two locations, one about 2/3 down and the other about 10ft below tha
Topic: 3800 mAh batteries
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2010 21:07:28   Subject: 3800 mAh batteries
[quote="royfellows"]

Good on you Speedy, I didn't think of those.

My lamps at a standstill waiting for parts. What else is new.
I have 2 new wicked designs but stymied.
Topic: 3800 mAh batteries
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/04/2010 18:10:19   Subject: 3800 mAh batteries
You can get AA size Li-ion but they only have a capacity of 800mAh (realistically around 600 to 650mAh).
Three Li-ion cells in parallel would give you 3.7V @ 2400mAh (rated).
Three Ni-MH cel
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd Through Trip - 3rd July 2010
Speedycaver

Forum: Events   Posted: 17/04/2010 10:02:17   Subject: New event added 'Croesor Rhosydd Through Trip July 2010' on 03/07/2010 at 10:00
[quote="simonrl"]

Either of you good chaps (or Vanoord) know if you're free that day to go with a second group? I've got a mob of 8 angry people outside the house demanding to do the CRTT![
Topic: Luxeon III leds up for grabs
Speedycaver

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 11/03/2010 18:13:10   Subject: Luxeon III leds up for grabs
Thanks Simon, kind offer.
I used them on the first lamps I made when I was first introduced to proper mine exploring 2 years ago, they worked fine and I have yet to kill a single one. As you say
Topic: Luxeon III leds up for grabs
Speedycaver

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 11/03/2010 17:56:13   Subject: Luxeon III leds up for grabs
Q5's did you say...?

... oh, Luxeon III's,... hmmmm..... :-[ :lol:
Topic: Suitable Replacement for Maglites
Speedycaver

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 21/02/2010 12:52:56   Subject: Suitable Replacement for Maglites
[quote="Imageo"]Thanks for that James,

I might try and get one of those for a trial when I'm in the UK in July. There's also a German brand out which looks half handy:

[url]http
Topic: What Slate mines are in this footage??
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2010 12:20:16   Subject: What Slate mines are in this footage??
Yeh, I watched it a couple of times as I didn't realise the inclines ran that fast. I always assumed they worked at little more than walking pace for some reason. Just shows how powerful the winding
Topic: What Slate mines are in this footage??
Speedycaver

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/02/2010 10:12:14   Subject: What Slate mines are in this footage??
Hammond, good find. :thumbsup:
Fascinating to watch. Never seen people riding down the inclines before. I assume they were riding specially made 'carts'? They must have had some kind of bra
Topic: modern water wheel in cwmorthin
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 08/02/2010 20:10:22   Subject: modern water wheel in cwmorthin
[quote="mountainpenguin"]
Is this the work of some one here ?
I looks very good.
How much power did/does it generate?
there is a video
[/quote]

Is the fab work of
Topic: Cwmorthin gate unlocked.
Speedycaver

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 01/02/2010 17:20:18   Subject: Cwmorthin gate unlocked.
I was in there yesterday, arrive late morning to find the chain and padlock (still set to the code) laying on the floor outside. There had been around 3" of snow that morning and there were no previo
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