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Posts by Pete Monkhouse

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Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 26/08/2019 10:04:19   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Just to round this off with visit #3. Climb to the top of the Cwmorthin tips, and contour round under the rather splendid crags. Then head round up a grassy / tufts /marshy slope for a good while, kee
Topic: Anything worth visiting between Peterborough and Birmingham?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 26/07/2019 12:38:57   Subject: Anything worth visiting between Peterborough and Birmingham?
And / or flights of locks? Foxton locks and inclined plane?
Topic: Anything worth visiting between Peterborough and Birmingham?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 26/07/2019 12:37:33   Subject: Anything worth visiting between Peterborough and Birmingham?
Canal tunnels? Blisworth, Braunston, Dudley, Netherton, Wast Hill and others. Netherton has towpaths so you could walk through it.....
Topic: Digital Altimeters?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 15:05:56   Subject: Digital Altimeters?
1 mbar is about 8 metres of height.
Topic: Digital Altimeters?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Exploration Chat   Posted: 14/06/2019 13:04:27   Subject: Digital Altimeters?
How about a bit of (say) 10mm bore flexible pipe, water filled, pressure gauge at each end? Take one end to the far side of the blockage and read both gauges? Assuming the pipe is full all the way thr
Topic: Cumbria
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/06/2019 21:57:20   Subject: Cumbria
If SRT isn’t an option, you could spend a nice couple of hours poking around the other Coniston levels. Deep level / Taylors /Flemings / and a few others worth a look in and solid as far as the stopes
Topic: Cumbria
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/06/2019 21:47:18   Subject: Cumbria
The Coniston through trip from Levers water to Hospital level is very fine. Abseil through -pitches are 6m, 29m, 23m and 25m. You obviously have to be up to the SRT, but there’s no other difficulties.
Topic: Cumbria
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/06/2019 20:47:40   Subject: Cumbria
What's your level of competence (ie SRT ability), what gear do you have (ie ropes etc?)
Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/05/2019 10:15:16   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Ok - visit 2 and heeding Jons tip I contoured round. But unwisely from Tanygrisau not Cwmorthin. Ended up on the cliffs below where I wanted to be, faced by desperate climbs both up and back and wishi
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/05/2019 16:18:28   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
I’m up for Sunday Pete.
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/04/2019 07:29:18   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
[quote="staffordshirechina"]Why is it that people think that they used canaries to monitor oxygen??[/quote]

I meant a Norwich City supporter. They are more expendable.
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/04/2019 07:26:44   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
[quote="Big-G"]Did you manage to get to Sir Francis over Easter ??[/quote]

I didn’t in the end. But having bought the meter I must do so shortly!
Topic: Maenofferen
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 14/04/2019 13:28:52   Subject: Maenofferen
Anyway - stop stropping at us you Welsh lot or we’ll have our castles back! :)
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/04/2019 20:30:00   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
Just come across this. Top of Snowdon (and many others) has less oxygen than the alarm level (if it's ~ 19%)

https://hypoxico.com/altitude-to-oxygen-chart/
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/04/2019 20:21:21   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
I'm very tempted. A canary and a candle would be quite cool to take down a mine. Bit I still think calibrating both against an oxygen meter is a cunning plan.....
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/04/2019 21:08:03   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
I’m hoping that St Francis is the patron saint of Easter Eggs.....

Once again, many thanks all for some invaluable information. I’ve appalled the mean part of me (most of it) and after some
Topic: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/04/2019 20:52:15   Subject: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
Is there still enough to see to make it worthwhile crawling in the water under the gate where it all comes out?
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2019 18:23:37   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
Ok - meter recommendations? O2 level limits? A lot of the meters seem to have a 2-year operational life - are they in the bin after that or can they be serviced or recalibrated?
Many thanks for t
Topic: Easter visit to St Francis level
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 10/04/2019 10:53:34   Subject: Easter visit to St Francis level
Advice please!
I’m contemplating a St Francis trip at Easter, and am wondering the best approach to possible bad air. I don’t have an oxygen meter.
Do I
(a) buy one, and if so what is
Topic: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/04/2019 13:01:34   Subject: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
Bum :(
Topic: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/04/2019 12:37:41   Subject: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
Has this area been quarried away?

Photograph:

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Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 07/04/2019 22:02:22   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Thank you very much all - I definitely need another visit with a little more determination in the vertical direction!
Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/04/2019 18:44:22   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
B***er :( Will have to go up again!
Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/04/2019 18:39:57   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
A pitiful reward indeed for my ascent then!
Thought it might be something like that.
Topic: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 05/04/2019 18:22:01   Subject: Nyth Y Gigfran - what’s going on?
Between Tanygrisau and Blaenau, more or less behind the Kings Head is a splendid incline ascending the steep hillside. It’s not got the majesty of the Rhosydd, Creosor or Wrysgyn inclines but it’s sti
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 24/03/2019 14:27:16   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
All was well there yesterday. The sign on the adit indicated that a combination is still required - clearly it's not since the chain is bolted in place. I can't help feeling that someone will unbolt a
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 22/03/2019 09:56:36   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
Pete - would it be possible to spring load the gates so they return shut? And to fit a latch which can be opened with a spanner but latches when the gate shuts? I would be happy to help with fabricati
Topic: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 21/03/2019 13:12:26   Subject: Mandale Mine - Lathkill Dale
[quote="Pete K"]
Could do with a hand dragging steel and concrete here in a week or 2 if anyone is interested![/quote]

More than happy to help with this. Either post on the thread or P
Topic: Sir Francis Level
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 20/03/2019 21:17:15   Subject: Sir Francis Level
Was on the trip there last June, air was fine. Water was chest deep. Must go back!
Topic: Advice needed on lamp improvements
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 10/02/2019 10:40:16   Subject: Advice needed on lamp improvements
Hi Roy (and others!)

Have you built any lamps with boost/buck regulators? I'm looking at the LTC3454 although I suspect there are many alternatives. It would seem to offer both a good effic
Topic: Advice needed on lamp improvements
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 08/02/2019 09:21:23   Subject: Advice needed on lamp improvements
Soldered onto each end of the (protected) cell pair. Wrapped in self amalgamating tape, then insulating tape. Bargain basement but they’ve lasted 8 years :)
Topic: Advice needed on lamp improvements
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 07/02/2019 18:19:15   Subject: Advice needed on lamp improvements
Many thanks indeed Roy. XPG-2's ordered, but I couldn't find any suitable reflectors. Will try bonding the existing ones in place as a starting point.....

I knew you were going to say that
Topic: Advice needed on lamp improvements
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 07/02/2019 13:08:40   Subject: Advice needed on lamp improvements
Hello all!
I have a batch of 12 home made LED lamps, with which I take gullible groups of friends caving and mining. Unfortunately they are getting a bit long in the tooth (both the lamps and the
Topic: Gwynedd Archives
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/12/2018 12:52:29   Subject: Gwynedd Archives
£30 - worth a punt....

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mofek-1920x1080P-Camcorder-Recording-Function/dp/B01N6HEDRJ/ref=pd_sbs_60_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01N6HEDRJ&pd_rd_r=16162a64-0a9f-11e9-ab4f
Topic: Cwmystwyth Lead Mine (mine)
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 26/12/2018 22:05:04   Subject: Cwmystwyth Lead Mine (mine)
PMed you Roy
Topic: Cwmystwyth Lead Mine (mine)
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 25/12/2018 22:50:57   Subject: Cwmystwyth Lead Mine (mine)
Hoping to head over that way next year Roy. If there were some navigational hints or a plan I’d love a copy!
Cheers, Pete
Topic: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/12/2018 09:26:31   Subject: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
Miles - what you have done and continue to do with the mine, your business and the interaction with the local community is an absolute credit to you and your staff. It makes me proud to be part of the
Topic: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/12/2018 15:57:55   Subject: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
Disappointed that you didn’t leap out on the free fall machine in an Angel costume.....
Topic: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/12/2018 12:36:40   Subject: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
Which chamber Miles? You didn't manage to tempt them all into the lost world for an hour of digging I guess?
Topic: Maypole colliery wigan
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 07/12/2018 13:16:24   Subject: Maypole colliery wigan
There's a facebook group - UK mine plans & maps. Might be worth joining / searching / asking on there.
Topic: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/11/2018 19:10:36   Subject: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Many thanks Mae and others! A great day in there checking out the level and having a wander around Hodge close. The dig is extraordinary - incredible effort! What do you get to if you ascend the ladde
Topic: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/11/2018 15:29:33   Subject: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Many thanks! Open access?
Topic: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 09/11/2018 11:55:03   Subject: Great Langdale - what’s to see?
Staying near Elterwater this weekend. Any recommendations for an hour or two underground? Done Coniston reasonably thoroughly, what’s next? :)
Topic: Coniston Copper Mine info please guys
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North West England   Posted: 11/07/2018 10:02:38   Subject: Coniston Copper Mine info please guys
Search for Coniston on here, then read the Coniston copper mines rediscovered’ series. Hospital level survey in part 2.
Topic: Croesor Rhosydd through trip
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/06/2018 21:42:02   Subject: Croesor Rhosydd through trip
Dosserboy - I'm really sorry but they're right. You can't learn SRT in there, and you can't do the trip safely without a reasonable level of competence. It would be perfectly possible to take a beginn
Topic: Lake District visit - mine recommendations
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/06/2018 12:09:05   Subject: Lake District visit - mine recommendations
[quote="danswift"]Have Aditnow ever done a coniston through trip meet? Would love to visit those mines but ideally with someone who knows the route![/quote]

Sent you a PM
Topic: Nottingham
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 13/06/2018 16:15:32   Subject: Nottingham
Your challenge surely is to find a discreet way into the ‘no public access’ Welbeck and Park tunnels :) And then tell us how to get in!
Topic: Lake District visit - mine recommendations
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/06/2018 19:05:11   Subject: Lake District visit - mine recommendations
[quote="AR"]Might I also suggest supporting your friendly neighbourhood mining bookseller rather than Amazon?

https://www.moorebooks.co.uk/-USED-Coniston-Copper-Mines-A-Field-Guide.html
Topic: Lake District visit - mine recommendations
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/06/2018 12:28:59   Subject: Lake District visit - mine recommendations
You can have a splendid few hours in Coniston without gear, with lots more to do if you're SRT competent.
Well worth getting hold of a copy of Eric Hollands field guide :
https://www.amazon.
Topic: Rhosydd Slate Quarry
Pete Monkhouse

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 17/01/2018 22:13:33   Subject: Rhosydd Slate Quarry
Ordered - thanks Mike and Pete! Really looking forward to this one :)
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