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Topic: Cwmorthin chamber 8 East
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/09/2019 21:26:29   Subject: Cwmorthin chamber 8 East
Many thanks for the info. I don't really know much about the chambers lying to the east of 8E, except
some mention that they have all experienced considerable falls and aren’t really recommended
Topic: Cwmorthin chamber 8 East
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/09/2019 23:50:31   Subject: Cwmorthin chamber 8 East
The stairs still seem Ok'ish, but the chamber needs care and attention to traverse, and I advise against taking newbies there. There are safer ways around now, especially with the accessibility of th
Topic: Cwmorthin chamber 8 East
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 24/09/2019 22:33:38   Subject: Cwmorthin chamber 8 East
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't ever remember seeing the floor B level in either direction in chamber 8 E old vein, (stairs chamber). Maybe this is only because I've been concentrating on
Topic: Cwmorthin stripy vein
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/09/2019 13:57:24   Subject: Cwmorthin stripy vein
I have often wondered if the stripy vein between the back and old veins in Cwmorthin was named because of the presence of bands of striped "chert" as seen best in the opencast above Cwmorthin. I am c
Topic: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 12/04/2019 13:54:15   Subject: G Pump Turbine and belt sheaves (photo)
Always been interested in this. Could never quite work out its relationship to the more well known bits
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
dwarrowdelf

Forum: Events   Posted: 05/02/2019 19:03:10   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
This sounds really great, especially the geology, which my main interest when I go underground. Must try and make it this time! :)

Sadly, so far, I've never managed to get to a NAMHO con
Topic: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2019 13:50:53   Subject: Caban- Oakeley and Votty magazine
I bought the full set of unwatermarked copies on disc from JonK a while ago: A wonderful resource which I wouldn't be without. Would be keen to know if this is the whole set, which I believe it is -
Topic: Merry Christmas 2018!
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/12/2018 15:38:42   Subject: Merry Christmas 2018!
Happy Christmas to all, and here's to yet more great underground exploring in the new year ;D
Topic: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/12/2018 17:43:57   Subject: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
Just wonderful! many thanks;D
Topic: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/12/2018 22:14:10   Subject: Cwmorthin on TV tonight
Yes, the little I saw was great. That chamber, I know so well, looked fantastic all lit up. The cathedral acoustics sound wonderful even in that little snippet of the soloist.

Would l
Topic: Cwmorthin - geology question
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/10/2018 09:35:44   Subject: Cwmorthin - geology question
Many thanks for all the interesting info, and will look up memoir when i have a moment. Will try and take a photo of the lumpy yellow fine grained rock, I didn't have chance to get a photo of the y
Topic: Cwmorthin - geology question
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/10/2018 19:40:45   Subject: Cwmorthin - geology question
Seen reference to the trap rock under the new vein as rhyolite, (caban magazine) but this may not necessarily mean that the hards between the old and back veins are the same material. Often wondere
Topic: Cwmorthin - geology question
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/10/2018 18:08:03   Subject: Cwmorthin - geology question
back to the layers of sandy yellow coloured stone. - Was indeed trying to acertain if it ran in line with the original bedding, or at a steeper angle, but didn't have time to work this out as I woul
Topic: Cwmorthin - geology question
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/10/2018 14:02:14   Subject: Cwmorthin - geology question
many thanks for your reply PeteK. Indeed reminded me of certain sandstones/limestones. but was however still thinking along the lines of volcanos, volcanic tuff and the like.

There are also
Topic: Cwmorthin - geology question
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/10/2018 13:26:45   Subject: Cwmorthin - geology question
Was wondering if anyone knows what the lumpy yellow/tan rather nondescript looking rocks are, which are found scattered among the slate on the tips around Cwmorthin. They appear fine grained, even ce
Topic: Cwmorthin - little caban
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 25/06/2018 20:09:59   Subject: Cwmorthin - little caban
Thanks for clarifying this "Rampage", so the way round is up the metal ladder from chamber 34?

Will probably have a look in October :)
Topic: Cwmorthin floor B Dam
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 21/06/2018 14:00:07   Subject: Cwmorthin floor B Dam
The 2 short levels behind the dam will probably be in perfect condition, maybe some of the b level out east as well. Entering chambers will predictably be the problem.

(No, the B dam shoul
Topic: Cwmorthin floor B Dam
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/06/2018 20:17:50   Subject: Cwmorthin floor B Dam
ah yes, just found the plan. Indeed the water had a greater area to pond in on the B floor horizon alone, than just chamber 1E. Immediately behind the dam itself, the plan shows the level to split in
Topic: Cwmorthin floor B Dam
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/06/2018 18:48:30   Subject: Cwmorthin floor B Dam
Thanks for the info, PeteK. Intriguing to know that there's still unexplored ground so very close to the well trodden bits. Yes, I’ve looked into the chamber where the sawn ends where thrown down, but
Topic: Cwmorthin floor B Dam
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 20/06/2018 13:57:12   Subject: Cwmorthin floor B Dam
Was wondering if anyone has finally managed to get down behind the dam on floor B. It either blocks a chamber on floor B, or a level into a chamber. I was wondering if it was likely to be the same cha
Topic: Cwmorthin lost world an observation
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/06/2018 13:58:10   Subject: Cwmorthin lost world an observation
When I visited the "Lost Word" chambers on the Oakeley boundary last time, I noticed a trickle of water very obviously disappearing into the ground, just inside the cross-cut level which connects the
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2018
dwarrowdelf

Forum: Events   Posted: 02/06/2018 15:58:10   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2018
Would have loved to go to NAMHO, but sadly had no means of getting there :(

hope you all have good and informative time :)
Topic: Site outage - 31st May to 1st June
dwarrowdelf

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 01/06/2018 21:45:34   Subject: Site outage - 31st May to 1st June
thought it was what I'd just posted on the forum :blink::confused:

went back in to edit it and......:(
Topic: Cwmorthin - little caban
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 31/05/2018 13:57:33   Subject: Cwmorthin - little caban
Found the plan - it’s called

“Lower Quarry western new vein workings on floor G to M”

and the chambers I looked into near the dam may be 24 and 25 floors F and G

Topic: Cwmorthin - little caban
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 31/05/2018 08:38:20   Subject: Cwmorthin - little caban
Hi Rampage,

Thanks for the interesting info.

Yes, remember reading about what was possible when the water levels were down. -Rather unlikely to happen again.

Some tim
Topic: Cwmorthin - little caban
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 29/05/2018 13:58:48   Subject: Cwmorthin - little caban
Took some friends into Cwmorthin a couple of weeks ago, and since we ended up in the 34 incline area, I thought I'd show them the little tucked away caban down on floor G, east of the incline. I was a
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/01/2018 19:29:27   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
Many thanks for the info and references. Wondering if the water flow would in theory help push the air through to any extent?

Also really enjoyed the through trip video - great :thumbup:
Topic: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/01/2018 13:58:19   Subject: Milwr Tunnel & Olwyn Goch news
Interesting - does anyone one know what's generating the radon in this particular case? :smartass:
Topic: Happy Christmas
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/12/2017 17:39:52   Subject: Happy Christmas
A very happy Christmas to all, and a happy new year of mine exploring ! :thumbsup:
Topic: cross cultural uses of slate
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 08/12/2017 13:56:01   Subject: cross cultural uses of slate
I thought it might be interesting to list some examples of the uses of slate in traditional cultures across the world both contemporary and ancient

Such uses include, slate roofing tiles us
Topic: Rhosydd Quarry Activity
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 06/11/2017 20:57:53   Subject: Rhosydd Quarry Activity
I've only just started out on all the silliness - Was thrown into an underground pond with no bottom, or at any rate not a bottom I could find :o

To be more clear on the matter it was a ca
Topic: Thursday Nighters - 26th of October
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 28/10/2017 09:43:12   Subject: Thursday Nighters - 26th of October
[quote="TheBogieman"]Curious to know how the 'plug' released itself, when it flipped and blocked the wormhole that night, it seemed very firmly wedged and resisted all efforts of crow barring. We have
Topic: One for the steam buffs
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 19/10/2017 13:45:44   Subject: One for the steam buffs
Seem to remember from somewhere, that the access ways for the men to go to and from their workplace underground were known as "paths", in the slate quarries, presumably, they included "ladderways", "
Topic: sending private messages
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/09/2017 23:01:56   Subject: sending private messages
Many thanks for the info. Wasn't quite sure how it worked :)
Topic: sending private messages
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 27/09/2017 22:02:32   Subject: sending private messages
I have been trying to send some messages recently via the PM system, have just noticed that the messages I have been sending sit in an "out box", but appear never to reach the" sent box"
Only
Topic: The Bridge of Peril
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/07/2017 20:01:45   Subject: The Bridge of Peril
not really interested in minerals, just old stones really, and then only odd bits and pieces off the tips, collected in the interest of geology. they seem to find their way unseen into other explore
Topic: The Bridge of Peril
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 19/07/2017 18:37:53   Subject: The Bridge of Peril
I better leave all those rocks and stones I carry around in my pockets at home me thinks :blink:
Topic: Mine acoustics
dwarrowdelf

Forum: New recruits!   Posted: 18/07/2017 13:55:27   Subject: Mine acoustics
Yes, slate mines tend to be rather good in this regard - but then I just like a "stone acoustic" having sang in a number of cathedrals and churches on various occasions. When you get it right such
Topic: The Bridge of Peril
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/07/2017 13:40:26   Subject: The Bridge of Peril
Looking forward to seeing this :)
and what happens once you get to the far side?

I'm always interested when a small detail such as the anchor hole you mention above seems to tell a sto
Topic: Research help - Wild animals in mines
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 01/07/2017 21:52:37   Subject: Research help - Wild animals in mines
Think there was mention of a fox once in the Cwmorthin upper levels. I wonder how far into the workings it was?

Also evidence of foxes and apparently encounters with badgers in the Godstone
Topic: New 2017 Cwmorthin Exploration Guide
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 13/05/2017 09:24:10   Subject: New 2017 Cwmorthin Exploration Guide
thanks for posting the edited guide.:)

Was wondering what exactly that entertaining tipper/ bucket/ water tank thing poised above the roofing shaft was ;D

Topic: ABERLLEFENNI QUARRY by Ray Gunn slate North Wales - available for download
dwarrowdelf

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 11/05/2017 08:21:13   Subject: ABERLLEFENNI QUARRY by Ray Gunn slate North Wales - available for download
Interesting info , nicely illustrated too. Very many thanks Ray and Jon for making this available :thumbsup:
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 02/05/2017 21:21:56   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
:thumbsup::thumbsup:


Found a pair of sunglasses left on a rock more than half way down the rhosydd 9 adit. Remember thinking at the time that it must just have dawned on someone why
Topic: Chile Mine rescue 2010 - some questions
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/04/2017 20:12:46   Subject: Chile Mine rescue 2010 - some questions
Just a point of academic interest really. I go underground whenever i have the chance, never really worried about radon personally. Hanging death and "house of card" slabs have been much more of a con
Topic: Chile Mine rescue 2010 - some questions
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 24/04/2017 18:19:04   Subject: Chile Mine rescue 2010 - some questions
Even when expertise came in from abroad, there was still no mention of the possibility or otherwise of radon,at least in the sources I found. but to be honest, not a huge amount on the detailed geolog
Topic: Chile Mine rescue 2010 - some questions
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/04/2017 12:04:23   Subject: Chile Mine rescue 2010 - some questions
On reading the various reports on the Chile Mine rescue of 2010, which occurred at the San Jose copper and gold mine near Copiapo in the Atacama desert of Northern Chile, I was struck by the lack o
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/04/2017 13:18:51   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
[quote="SimonRL"]
Most soul destroying moment underground was the [i]Great Christmas Sandwich Disaster of 2007[/i].[/quote]

:thumbsup:

Most soul destroying moment undergroun
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2017 13:31:39   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
Went through a very tight squeeze in one of the heathstone/firestone mines in Godstone. I didn't except to be traversing anything of this nature, so had filled my racksack with bananas, as a good sust
Topic: Most embarassing moment underground....
dwarrowdelf

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 20/04/2017 13:11:21   Subject: Most embarassing moment underground....
"someone" (not mentioning any names!) took out his camera only to realise it was actually the satnav he had been carrying about - fat lot of use that, as we were deep into Cwmorthin at the time ;D
Topic: Rhiwbach
dwarrowdelf

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 16/04/2017 19:49:43   Subject: Rhiwbach
yes, I have been looking for this for a while :)
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