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Topic: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/02/2012 11:38:44   Subject: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
[quote="royfellows"] Glad you didn't drop the water level completely and spoil my fun[/quote]

Wouldn't dream of doing that ;) and besides, that'd be one hell of a job :o
Topic: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 03/02/2012 19:12:23   Subject: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked; Not any more
We had a look in from the other side today, enabling us to get up into the cavity above the collapse. With a few hours work, we've managed to dig back through and drop the water level back to its form
Topic: AA Size variables
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/01/2012 13:18:32   Subject: AA Size variables
I had this issue with one of my back-up lights a few years ago (a small single AA LED lamp), so I did a bit of "research" into the problem.

Initially I thought I'd fix the problem by remov
Topic: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/12/2011 22:33:49   Subject: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
It seems to be flowing through the lower parts of the fall as it did before, so I'd be fairly sure it wont have backed up too much if at all...

...but don't quote me on that when you're bre
Topic: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/12/2011 18:34:12   Subject: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
[quote="royfellows"]
I would then try poking with a long bar from the Caplecleugh side [/quote]
I picked up a 5' bar from nearby to have a poke, but on closer inspection decided 5' was close
Topic: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/12/2011 12:23:07   Subject: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
Roy, does this look a little less familiar?

[link]Personal-Album-1863-Image-70856[linkphoto]Personal-Album-1863-Image-70856[/linkphoto][/link]

The boulder to the left has I think
Topic: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/12/2011 12:17:12   Subject: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
[quote="royfellows"]Are you absolutely sure that the level is blocked completely?

Only it does look a bit familiar to me[/quote]

Absolutely.

As Mr Mike says, it is at
Topic: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 15/12/2011 09:19:58   Subject: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
[quote="christwigg"]Jeepers, that looks fairly terminal from the size of that boulder on the left.[/quote]

The one behind it is bigger...

My main concern is that the big one you
Topic: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 14/12/2011 22:38:26   Subject: Caplecleugh Horse Level Blocked...
Tittle says it all,

There's been another collapse in the horse level blocking it completely about 100 yards or so before you reach Bog Shaft. It's still drafting well and appears to be blo
Topic: item wanted
PeteHall

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 08/02/2011 20:16:46   Subject: item wanted
I've got a spare in decent condition that I don't use any more, though there's one on ebay new and very cheap right now...
[url]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/petzl-stop-self-braking-descender-single-rope
Topic: Updated Caplamp retrofit - RETRO XP
PeteHall

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/01/2011 20:45:21   Subject: Updated Caplamp retrofit - RETRO XP
[quote="burrower"]mates rates? haha! even better still, give me one for free and ill wear it everywhere...great advertising! :P
[/quote]

How about a part ex for my old one? ;)
Topic: New event added 'Nent Christmas Explore!' on 28th and 29th December 2010
PeteHall

Forum: Events   Posted: 27/12/2010 21:34:32   Subject: New event added 'Nent Christmas Explore!' on 28th and 29th December 2010
[quote="simonrl"]

Micra 2 : Land Rover 0

;D [/quote]

My Land Rover's working! :thumbup:

But unfortunately it seems I wont be able to make it...
My
Topic: New event added 'Nent Christmas Explore!' on 28th and 29th December 2010
PeteHall

Forum: Events   Posted: 27/12/2010 09:19:23   Subject: New event added 'Nent Christmas Explore!' on 28th and 29th December 2010
[quote="simonrl"]
Wanted: Discovery 4 or Range Sport for 48 hours. Promise to look after it :) [/quote]

Not quite a Range Rover, but there's a 4x4 scuby pick-up on my drive that you co
Topic: New event added 'Nent Christmas Explore!' on 28th and 29th December 2010
PeteHall

Forum: Events   Posted: 24/12/2010 19:55:44   Subject: New event added 'Nent Christmas Explore!' on 28th and 29th December 2010
I've got that whole week off work! :thumbsup:

I might just have to come along for a trip or two...
Topic: joe brown helmet and headlamp
PeteHall

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 09/12/2010 18:48:20   Subject: joe brown helmet and headlamp
[quote="Wormster"]
I expect that anybody on here who has one will be unwilling to part with them.[/quote]

I reckon you're right, I'll not be selling mine (it's yellow anyway ;) )
Topic: Chimney maintenance - silly questions
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/10/2010 16:08:55   Subject: Chimney maintenance - silly questions
I used to work in a unit in an old cloth mill; along the side of one of our workshops was an old wooden ladder something like 80 foot long.

I was told it was used when cleaning the chimney,
Topic: Mining Engineering Jobs
PeteHall

Forum: Europe   Posted: 06/03/2010 23:55:54   Subject: Mining Engineering Jobs
[quote="Dean Allison"]I actually got offered a job in a mine in Africa the other day [/quote]

Wish I had...
I've applied for more jobs these last few months than I've had hot dinners,
Topic: Nuclear bunker for sale in Derbyshire
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/03/2010 13:37:26   Subject: Nuclear bunker for sale in Derbyshire
[quote="JohnnearCfon"][quote="christwigg"]Theres actually a second listed, but it looks like a complete scam to me, probably trying to rip someone off due to the press generated by the other.

Topic: Secret Caves......
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2010 23:22:04   Subject: Secret Caves......
[quote="ttxela"]the only thing I am definitely aware of under there are the old public bogs.
[/quote]

Durham has a similar "secret cave" under the market place, which rumour has it wil
Topic: 2010 Calendars - last few
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/02/2010 13:13:07   Subject: 2010 Calendars - last few
I've still got last December's Box Freestone Quarry hanging on my wall :confused:
I guess it's time for an update...
Topic: Weather Warning
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/01/2010 00:46:49   Subject: Weather Warning
Maybe I should have paid more attention to the warnings before going for a drive today...

We drove from Westgate, up to Rookhope, then over to Allenheads with no real problems, after that w
Topic: 'Proper' SRT Training Sessions
PeteHall

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 24/09/2009 19:30:05   Subject: 'Proper' SRT Training Sessions
Our university caving club runs weekly SRT training sessions in Durham. These are for the benefit of club members, but our membership is open to anyone, so pretty much if you want to learn SRT and you
Topic: Lake District/Nenthead September 12/13
PeteHall

Forum: Events   Posted: 04/09/2009 17:15:40   Subject: Lake District/Nenthead September 12/13
Well, I do know the way and would be very much up for doing it again, but unfortunately I think I may have other underground engagements that weekend.

You could easily do bits of it with no
Topic: Lake District/Nenthead September 12/13
PeteHall

Forum: Events   Posted: 03/09/2009 15:28:20   Subject: Lake District/Nenthead September 12/13
[quote="Hatstand"]
...now what was it someone said about a 10 hour 9.5km through trip... 8-)

[/quote]

[url]http://www.mineexplorer.org.uk/throughtrips/nentheadtraverse_24050
Topic: eimco....
PeteHall

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 01/09/2009 13:30:01   Subject: eimco....
[quote="AdrianP"][quote="derrickman"]I really find it rather disturbing that some well-meaning soul has got one of these things in his shed, and brings it out to frighten kids and pensioners at steam
Topic: Lake District/Nenthead September 12/13
PeteHall

Forum: Events   Posted: 01/09/2009 11:26:58   Subject: Lake District/Nenthead September 12/13
If you want to know about Nenthead and trips etc, I would have a look at Mr Mikes website [url]http://www.mineexplorer.org.uk/[/url]

He has a lot of very detailed trip reports covering most
Topic: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
PeteHall

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 22/08/2009 00:32:00   Subject: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
[quote="simonrl"]I've much reduced the size of the mine exploration forum drop-down

+ it's now much smaller and doesn't fill the screen

- it's no longer possible to single click
Topic: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
PeteHall

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 21/08/2009 17:12:01   Subject: Automatic drop down on mouse-over
I think it's a lot better than before, with everything being much easier to navigate, however, it is sometimes annoying when the dropdowns come up when you don't mean them too.

In particula
Topic: Destruction of the underground
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2009 17:40:39   Subject: Destruction of the underground
This thread has reminded me of my last trip to Burtree Pasture mine; in one area a passage has been sealed off where it crosses another passage. It was closed off during the working life of the mine,
Topic: Destruction of the underground
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2009 17:22:33   Subject: Destruction of the underground
[quote="Vanoord"]

Grahami's words are very apt: "Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints."


[/quote]

Carefull about leaving footprints, I know a f
Topic: Destruction of the underground
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/07/2009 16:31:07   Subject: Destruction of the underground
[quote="Peter Burgess"]This is a dilemma: In order to protect a site, do you publicise how important it is so as to attract the interest of those who might be able to help in their protection, or do y
Topic: WEARDALE/WEARVALLEY
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 22/07/2009 12:08:00   Subject: WEARDALE/WEARVALLEY
As above...

I'm underground pretty often in the area, feel free to PM me if you're wanting a trip.
Topic: Solo in the Coppermines, Coniston
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/07/2009 18:27:30   Subject: Solo in the Coppermines, Coniston

I've just come across this thread and am pleased to see so many sensible opinions on the subject. Personaly, I spend far more time underground alone than with others, attracting a mostly critica
Topic: What Knot's This Then?
PeteHall

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 11/07/2009 07:37:00   Subject: What Knot's This Then?
[quote="RJV"]Sounds like hard work.
Given that we all no doubt perfect enough to rig pitches to be perfectly freehanging with no rub points, I can't see what the knot could get hung up on anyway
Topic: What Knot's This Then?
PeteHall

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 10/07/2009 18:16:07   Subject: What Knot's This Then?
[quote="Vanoord"]

Presumably in the case of using a rack and double rope, the first thing to do has to be to tie the two ends together in order to prevent absolute disaster and buy some thi
Topic: What Knot's This Then?
PeteHall

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 10/07/2009 18:12:51   Subject: What Knot's This Then?
[quote="RJV"]What happens if you make a cock-up of it and lets say your rope doesn't reach the floor. How would you get back up?[/quote]

As I think you know I use a rack, and that very ques
Topic: Kettleness Mines
PeteHall

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/06/2009 23:55:41   Subject: Kettleness Mines
Thanks for the info :)
Topic: Kettleness Mines
PeteHall

Forum: North East England   Posted: 14/06/2009 21:01:52   Subject: Kettleness Mines
As it was a nice sunny Sunday and we had nothing better to do, we decided to have a wander around Kettleness to try and locate some of the old workings. We found what looks like the remains of two und
Topic: Hagg's Dig
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/05/2009 19:27:12   Subject: Hagg's Dig
[quote="RJV"]Not a bad idea if you could time it right to make sure the rigging party were running slightly ahead of the deriggers.[/quote]

Slightly ahead??? I'd rekon play it safe and have
Topic: Hagg's Dig
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/05/2009 18:42:04   Subject: Hagg's Dig
[quote="RJV"][quote="PeteHall"]
If someone else was doing it and I happened to be nearby, I'd definitely do it again; but in the mean time, there's plenty more to do... :)
[/quote]

Topic: Hagg's Dig
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/05/2009 17:50:24   Subject: Hagg's Dig
[quote="ChrisJC"]'Tis a grand round trip - would you do it again??? I know I wouldn't!

Chris.
[/quote]

If someone else was doing it and I happened to be nearby, I'd definite
Topic: Bank holiday weekend exploring
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 26/05/2009 17:44:57   Subject: Bank holiday weekend exploring
In a word, yes :thumbsup:

Though I fear my exam this morning may have gone a little better had I not :o
Topic: Surviving the washer - a lamp's tale
PeteHall

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 20/05/2009 21:30:50   Subject: Surviving the washer - a lamp's tale
[quote="simonrl"]Not terribly relevant, but I was impressed :lol: [/quote]

That makes a pretty good review for the Sten I think :lol:
Topic: Shaft Fall
PeteHall

Forum: South West England   Posted: 14/05/2009 17:58:45   Subject: Shaft Fall
I came across this on the CRO incidents page:

[quote][b]2008 May 20 Tue 09.30 Sell Gill Holes, North Yorkshire - Animal Rescue[/b]
A four year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier gained the
Topic: eimco....
PeteHall

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 12/05/2009 22:17:48   Subject: eimco....
[quote="derrickman"]excellent!
I found a website which indicates there is still one in commercial use at a small mine in Weardale, run about 4 months a year for the specimen collection market.
Topic: favourite hard hat....
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 12/05/2009 17:45:13   Subject: favourite hard hat....
[quote="simonrl"]For purely recreational use you understand... the Guardian Caving Helmet (which was once sold by HB Climbing as the Olympus). [/quote]

Totaly agree, used to have one but ga
Topic: LED lamps
PeteHall

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 12/05/2009 12:54:25   Subject: LED lamps
[quote="derrickman"]Commercial users dispose of them by this point, and cavers would buy them and limp on for many years; there used to be one notorious one at my ( then ) club which was good for abou
Topic: Hagg's Dig
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/04/2009 15:37:10   Subject: Hagg's Dig
[quote="Mr Mike"]
Ian S - would have been stuck without those scaf poles, barrels and tools
[/quote]

Not to mention the way he moved all those huge blocks and hammered scaff poles
Topic: Hagg's Dig
PeteHall

Forum: North West England   Posted: 28/04/2009 15:29:39   Subject: Hagg's Dig
Me and Karli put in 4 more 6' scaff poles while all you lot were sitting around outside ;)
Topic: My first time... Ahem!!!
PeteHall

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/04/2009 20:19:23   Subject: My first time... Ahem!!!
This prompted me to have a look through my old trip reports and find the first one...
It was in fact GB Hole in Mendip (a cave not a mine); the thing that sticks in my memory best is the writing
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