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Topic: Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/11/2019 13:40:01   Subject: Whitehaven Candlestick Chimney/Vent
a Roman Candlestick Chimney :o

MARK
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 11/11/2019 15:12:32   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
more here....

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/news/north-york-moors-mine-plan-could-be-rescued-by-%c2%a3465m-investment/ar-BBWAJE6?ocid=ientp

as always the low signal-to-noise rat
Topic: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/11/2019 19:09:44   Subject: Proposal to revive Cumbrian coal mining
According to Look North, its a Green Light for the mine :thumbsup:

usual knee-jerk reaction from the Flat-Earthers

we're still going to use 5m tonnes of coal in the UK each year,
Topic: Glencoynedale
legendrider

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

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

MARK
Topic: Mine pop videos
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/10/2019 07:41:14   Subject: Mine pop videos
and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StZcUAPRRac

MARK
Topic: AditNow Christmas Party 2019!!
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/10/2019 09:05:05   Subject: AditNow Christmas Party 2019!!
I would have loved to attend - put some faces to names.

unfortunately I have a big night out on Thursday 12th and will probably (definitely) be too hung-over to face the M62 (or even the B6
Topic: Silverband baryte mine late 70s/early 80s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2019 18:33:00   Subject: Silverband baryte mine late 70s/early 80s (photo)
[quote="Jim MacPherson"]John McNeill with yet another liberated ICI boilersuit which Roy Fellows dates as 1986 [/quote]

its an old-style wriggly roundel so the suit is pre-1987

I
Topic: Silverband baryte mine late 70s/early 80s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2019 18:21:06   Subject: Silverband baryte mine late 70s/early 80s (photo)
The other point I had wanted to make before I put on my rose-tinted nostalgia goggles, we used to use a similar belay technique in our early days exploring Skears FL, excepting that the belayer was se
Topic: Silverband baryte mine late 70s/early 80s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/09/2019 16:44:07   Subject: Silverband baryte mine late 70s/early 80s (photo)
I always look forward to Jim's photos and this one piqued my interest:

[link]119090[linkphoto]119090[/linkphoto][/link]

I can suggest that this was actually late 80's to early 90
Topic: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/09/2019 19:14:29   Subject: Lithium Mining in Cornwall
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]Nice. Many years ago, whilst at university....I "happened upon" some Potassium in the back of a reagent cupboard. Needless to say, this stuff was in VERY big chu
Topic: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 20/09/2019 13:06:23   Subject: Construction Phase of 'Woodsmith Mine' Launched by Sirius Minerals
Well, the definition of a Mine is "a hole in the ground into which you pour money"

hope it all pans out, I really do.

MARK
Topic: Deep mines with strong airflow
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/09/2019 14:47:46   Subject: Deep mines with strong airflow
yes... Boulby!

thats about as deep as they get and the upcast / downcast airflow is something to behold!

MARK
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 18/09/2019 10:03:39   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
my preferred MO is to use a small can of body spray from the pound shop. can be a bit cloying if you have to pass through a cloud of it, but its damned effective!

MARK

Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 12/09/2019 13:54:41   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
Thanks for the most interesting memoir Pete.

some air flow could be re-established (I daresay) by drilling a few holes through the stonework of the portal.

Next time we're in the
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 10/09/2019 12:07:35   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
[quote="PeteJ"]1964.[/quote]

just a shade before my time, I'm afraid! Must have been during or shortly after it was last re-worked?

MARK
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 09/09/2019 18:13:23   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
Interesting, Pete.

Do you know whenabouts the portal was walled-up?

Would have been nice to stroll along the level and abseil down Coalcleugh Shaft into Rampgill

MAR
Topic: Hello from Utah
legendrider

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/09/2019 14:01:49   Subject: Hello from Utah
Strath of Kildonan also allows permit-access panning, if you fancy a look up Caithness way.

Probably more cost-effective to mine at home for scrap gold - melt down a load of old ink cartr
Topic: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/09/2019 16:10:00   Subject: Buckden Gavel explorers 1987
SFB - Sh**-For-Brains?? :smartass:

MARK
Topic: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 08/09/2019 06:58:09   Subject: Coalcleugh level 1990s (photo)
Its still as it ever was - pic taken May 2019

[photo]117921[/photo]

MARK
Topic: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
legendrider

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/08/2019 08:57:23   Subject: Miles of rare gold have been discovered
[quote="staffordshirechina"]It must be one of them "rare earths" that they talk about?

So rare that nobody has found it yet....[/quote]

Uo - Unobtainium

MARK
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
legendrider

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/08/2019 15:36:27   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
[quote="Boy Engineer"]The Fresh Prince of Portreath wrote:
[quote]a pillowcase of steel wool/swarf. [/quote]
[/quote]
:offtopic:
Steel wool dipped in paraffin, when prodded with t
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
legendrider

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 09/08/2019 09:56:20   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
If anybody needs any casting bronze, I've a massive shell bearing that came out of the engine of a torpedoed WW2 merchant ship. PM if interested and I'll weigh and price up.

MARK
Topic: Southwest copper and tin
legendrider

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/08/2019 08:43:17   Subject: Southwest copper and tin
maybe start learning with commercially bought (or otherwisely purloined) metallic copper and tin and do your bronze alloy with those to get that part of the process right. When you're happy, source s
Topic: Access issues
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/07/2019 16:13:09   Subject: Access issues
as far as I understand, zero. If the portal is on someone elses land then they as landowner get to decide who can enter it (or most likely, not)

You could sink a shaft from surface down to
Topic: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
legendrider

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 23/07/2019 13:12:21   Subject: Responsible Exploration / sensitive sites.
I started with Oldhams. Back in those days NCB had a regional stores at Tursdale and you could sometimes, if you wrote nicely, procure 8h+ used lamps for a modest sum.

When they were final
Topic: Alex Fitzsimmons
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 22/07/2019 09:57:10   Subject: Alex Fitzsimmons
I am very sad to have received news of the death of Alex Fitzsimmons of Barnard Castle, aged 78

Alex was an unfailingly enthusiastic mine explorer since joining DDMS around 1988, taking maj
Topic: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2019 16:56:21   Subject: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
Neck-deep water, rotting timber, crawling on the roof.

What's not to like?? :thumbsup:

MARK

Topic: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2019 15:34:43   Subject: Video : A Dangerous Shale Reccie In The Old Dragon Mine : Abandoned Mine Explore #28
Yep, I reckoned I knew it from the title frame, clinched it for defo at the Bang Store. 'Tis a dark, wet, shaley hole to be sure, I'm sure Leif will agree ;)

I make no comment regarding th
Topic: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 16/06/2019 09:34:43   Subject: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
I went in a few years back with Dave and Andy - the spiral was interesting and challenging but we didn't bother with or feel that we really needed SRT. A hand rope would have made it a bit more wheel
Topic: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/06/2019 17:25:54   Subject: Video : Abandoned Mine Explore #27 : Finding Mineral Collectors & Descending To The Lake : Corkscrew Mine
concur with RJV

Mark
Topic: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 18:40:52   Subject: Another Collapse at Rampgill ?
[quote="poosticker83"]Bad news indeed Nick. Hope they aren't linked and that this is'nt the start of something bigger.[/quote]

I reckon if anything is going to let go, it'll be along Rampgi
Topic: Cumbria
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/06/2019 11:19:29   Subject: Cumbria
its a few years ago since I was last there, so I appreciate the 'heads-up' on that one - don't want to give anyone bad advice! Definitely seek recent knowledge to avoid disappointment!

MAR
Topic: Cumbria
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/06/2019 08:19:45   Subject: Cumbria
would recommend Force Crag. In the highest level, down the Laporte Incline and out by the mill. Loads and loads to see from old to modern, several hundred feet of vertical descent and no SRT.
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Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 15:04:41   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]
In light of what it is and the hazards present, I totally understand the CA's sentiment, with sealing places up.[/quote]

They also lurk on AditN
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/06/2019 14:10:10   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
When I was at ICI Wilton in the late 80's, there was one particular anecdote which a staple of plant safety talks.

A process vessel had been nitrogen-purged, and left with the ground-level
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 19:20:22   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="jagman"]
Apparently even oxygen levels of 19% can be sufficient to impair rational thought[/quote]

There are some muppets who struggle at 21% :smartass:

MARK
Topic: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/06/2019 18:30:14   Subject: Exploring Coal Mines - Gas?
[quote="The Fresh Prince of Portreath"]I'd like to see a proper coal mine with a decent seam in situ. I suppose this is really unlikely, even going in places like Big Pit.[/quote]

Caphouse,
Topic: Scraithole portal (photo)
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 26/05/2019 07:20:42   Subject: Scraithole portal (photo)
Thanks for the clarification, John.

I also did wonder about the second egress, although there is at least one day shaft still open (as evidenced by the British Standard Sheep test)
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/05/2019 10:51:45   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
Thanks Nick, Leif and everybody who pitched in.

I hope my armchair encouragement from the sidelines proved invaluable :flowers:

MARK
Topic: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/05/2019 06:59:41   Subject: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
Thanks the clarification, Pete.

Additionally, not far inside the culvert there is a small (about 9" square) and apparently defunct box drain joining on the RHS at mid-level, presumably to
Topic: Cloburn Granite Quarry (mine)
legendrider

Forum: Scotland   Posted: 21/05/2019 19:14:34   Subject: Cloburn Granite Quarry (mine)
Digging up commercial quantities of mineral with big yellow toys qualifies as appropriate in my book.

welcome to AditNow :flowers:

MARK
Topic: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/05/2019 08:37:06   Subject: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
[quote="Jim MacPherson"]perhaps he and you are lacking girth to really pull it off :angel:

Jim[/quote]

aye, maybe.. I can still squeeze through the wooden BC portal barrier - h
Topic: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
legendrider

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/05/2019 16:02:31   Subject: Possibly Barneycraig drainage level (photo)
John beat me to the punch there, but I'd been pondering the Barneycraig outflow for a while. Just inbye, there is a low-level arched culvert on the 'river' side of the horse level between the portal
Topic: Eckington Colliery closure?
legendrider

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 17/05/2019 12:50:51   Subject: A different sort of sad news!
"Assetz Capital" - the name sound like they would have loan shops on any shite high street between the tanning salon and the bookies

"neither a lender nor a borrower be"

MARK
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
legendrider

Forum: North West England   Posted: 06/05/2019 13:59:19   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
regret have to tender my Apologies - my Dance Card is full this week.

MARK
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 06/05/2019 09:48:53   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
[quote="moorland"]Hi
Well im that bloke you met in the bar,

moorland.:lol:[/quote]

Well we must be members of a VERY small, exclusive club, wonder if Paul Marvin has joined
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 03/05/2019 06:47:25   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
Theres a possibility that our go-to tech guy might be able to borrow a device known to us as the 'Idiot-Cam' which we have used successfully to probe flooded stopes, albeit not to that depth yet but d
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/05/2019 15:17:56   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
It was a scheme we cooked up in York Uni Sub-Aqua Club, following a long weekend wreck-diving off Oban. This was because we'd be a bit more N2-absorption tolerant as the site is deep, cold and at alti
Topic: Wiregill Low Level
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/05/2019 11:15:56   Subject: Wiregill Low Level
Thanks Chris, Pete,

a recce last week revealed a large amount of shale spalled from the roof, just outbye of the arching on the main level at "48" just aboce "Zero Point" on Pete's plan, th
Topic: Sir Francis Level, query
legendrider

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/05/2019 07:40:59   Subject: Sir Francis Level, query
in 1985 I dived the shaft to 33 metres without reaching bottom. Sadly the only thing I could see for definite was my depth gauge. Ugh!

MARK
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