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Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
pwhole

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/10/2019 13:29:23   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
That's never happened to me, no. I replaced the skinny pull cord that came with the ascender quite quickly with some 2mm accessory cord, as it wasn't robust enough for the trips I do, and that made it
Topic: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
pwhole

Forum: SRT Equipment & Training   Posted: 04/10/2019 13:07:34   Subject: Gear review: Camp Turbochest
I've been using the same Camp Turbochest for close to three years now (just about to replace it due to worn teeth), but there's no rust on the cam at all - a tiny bit on the back spring, but that's it
Topic: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 151
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 25/04/2019 12:59:05   Subject: The Derbyshire Caver, Issue 151
Issue 151 of The Derbyshire Caver is now available to download from the DCA website, and printed copies have been sent out to those who subscribe. This issue is very much conservation-themed, with sev
Topic: Dave Williams
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/11/2018 09:40:39   Subject: Dave Williams
A great shame - Dave gave me one of his [i] three[/i] copies of 'De Re Metallica' a few years ago saying it was better that at least one was in a different location! He will be missed.
Topic: Caves
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 06/09/2018 10:21:30   Subject: Caves
Hopefully not for much longer - another pumping session tomorrow afternoon and hopefully we should be able to remove enough gunk to see what's ahead. A blank wall possibly, judging by the air quality,
Topic: Great Masson Owners
pwhole

Forum: North West England   Posted: 04/09/2018 13:07:51   Subject: Great Masson Owners
Isn't it a local farmer who owns it? Amazing that land ownership can be so difficult to sort out, when the entire country is divided up into named and numbered parcels.

Shouldn't this be in
Topic: Caves
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 04/09/2018 13:03:36   Subject: Caves
It was nice to see one of our current re-digs on video too...;)
Topic: Long Rake Name Clarification
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 03/08/2018 14:23:17   Subject: Long Rake Name Clarification
The Long Rake Spar mine engine shaft is used by the company to blow waste (mixed) stone dust from the washing-plant into the open stopes, and it will gradually, eventually fill up - where it's wet, it
Topic: Stenlight question
pwhole

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 26/04/2018 11:11:32   Subject: Stenlight question
Don't worry Roy, there's at least one more order of those in the offing when my Stenlight battery dies - it may be sooner! ;)
Topic: Tin Mining in Nigeria
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/04/2018 13:57:00   Subject: Tin Mining in Nigeria
Interesting article on the BBC website today:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43733250
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
pwhole

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 16/04/2018 18:54:33   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
I've threaded an adjustable rubber garden tie that I found at home through the lowest vent hole (it's on a vented Ecrin Roc), which did the trick in the side-centre, but it's the cable-protectors that
Topic: Fellows lamps forum.
pwhole

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 16/04/2018 13:16:30   Subject: Fellows lamps forum.
This weekend saw the first test of my new Dragon Ex - on Saturday a trip into Peak Cavern, where I was able to light up the whole of Five Arches, which makes a nice change, as it's a dingy place at th
Topic: A Narrow Escape
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 28/03/2018 17:01:05   Subject: A Narrow Escape
This one looks nice:

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/collectibles-curiosities/historical-memorabilia/19th-century-french-leather-miners-helmet/id-f_7501773/
Topic: Radon
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 23/03/2018 11:31:01   Subject: Radon
Working underground in the Castleton area a lot means there's a likelihood of being exposed to higher than normal levels, so I try and keep my trips as short as possible to get everything done. The wo
Topic: Communicating in shafts
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 18/03/2018 12:21:35   Subject: Communicating in shafts
[quote="Morlock"][quote="pwhole"]A group of us did some work in a big shaft last year (90m to the level), with much of the old timbers, pipes and ladders still in there[/quote]

Sounds like
Topic: Communicating in shafts
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/03/2018 17:39:51   Subject: Communicating in shafts
A group of us did some work in a big shaft last year (90m to the level), with much of the old timbers, pipes and ladders still in there, and we had huge problems communicating beyond 50m depth, even w
Topic: Childrens Film Foundation: Luckett 1952
pwhole

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/03/2018 23:15:27   Subject: Childrens Film Foundation: Luckett 1952
Those pesky kids - I bet auntie and uncle were glad to get rid of them, the trouble they cause. And he shifted the dog too - result.

Seriously though, that was good fun - thanks for sharing
Topic: Another Peak District run-in
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 18/02/2018 20:12:58   Subject: Another Peak District run-in
I think the manager's office at Little Pasture mine west of Eyam was meant to be one site that was rocked on its feet for a while. It's still standing though ;)

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Topic: Project Incline
pwhole

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 19/01/2018 23:05:20   Subject: Project Incline
Nice work Pete - look forward to further updates on this one.
Topic: Impact of railway construction on mine employment
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 15/01/2018 22:00:50   Subject: Impact of railway construction on mine employment
That's hilarious. Though presumably there would have been little prospect of them regaining their old job if the vein fizzled out after a few feet? As in: 'You lot are self-employed now, so go and fin
Topic: Another Peak District run-in
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 15/01/2018 19:24:19   Subject: Another Peak District run-in
Well, the BBC's [i]Countryfile[/i] ran the story a few years ago about the Foolow hole, where the 'landowner', a genial chap, was very briefly interviewed in 'his field', and he explained in a very re
Topic: Wanting to join the DCA but have questions
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 10/01/2018 19:14:59   Subject: Wanting to join the DCA but have questions
Don't forget me - I'm DCA Cave Registry Secretary - for what it's worth! :smartass:

But agreed - I'm a DIM of BCA, but also a member of DCA and TSG, and it's not complicated, though I wasn'
Topic: Battery charging warning
pwhole

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 22/12/2017 01:18:28   Subject: Battery charging warning
My digital SLR shut down a couple of times photographing snowscenes at something like -5°, and it took me by surprise until I realised what was wrong, and put the battery in my pocket for a few minute
Topic: CALENDAR - LAST CHANCE SALOON!!!
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 21/12/2017 21:37:10   Subject: CALENDAR - LAST CHANCE SALOON!!!
I heard today about a photographic calendar recently produced where the printers had inadvertently arranged the dates one day off what they actually are. But they've offered to replace the whole run a
Topic: The Castleton Mines a Descriptive and Visual History
pwhole

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 10/12/2017 01:19:02   Subject: The Castleton Mines a Descriptive and Visual History
Aw...thanks guys...:-[
Topic: Man falls down Cornwall mineshaft
pwhole

Forum: South West England   Posted: 03/11/2017 17:36:00   Subject: Man falls down Cornwall mineshaft
Our shaft top restoration project on NT access land originally had a fence around a deep crater, which had sufficed for decades, as it was pretty rotten by the time we started. The fence was low enoug
Topic: TSG 19 Released
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 19/10/2017 15:09:22   Subject: TSG 19 Released
The new Journal can now be ordered online via PayPal, with or without postage:

http://www.tsgcaving.co.uk/content/tsg-19

If ordered without postage, please arrange collection at
Topic: Super Size not working?
pwhole

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/10/2017 13:42:43   Subject: Super Size not working?
I've rebooted my browser and it seems to have fixed it - never happened before, so it seemed a bit odd.
Topic: Super Size not working?
pwhole

Forum: Site Updates, Suggestions & Corrections   Posted: 12/10/2017 12:37:03   Subject: Super Size not working?
The Super Size feature on photos seems to be not working. The mouse pointer changes to the 'link' finger when hovered, but nothing happens when it's clicked?
Topic: TSG 19 Released
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 30/09/2017 11:13:27   Subject: TSG 19 Released
I'll have to put that particular issue to the Committee - I never thought of the potential impact on the public - and possible compensation claims ;)
Topic: TSG 19 Released
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 27/09/2017 16:23:46   Subject: TSG 19 Released
The new TSG Journal, TSG 19, has just been released, and will be available to purchase at Hidden Earth for £25.

The Journal is 206 pages long, full-colour throughout, with six A3 foldouts,
Topic: exploring new mines
pwhole

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 18/09/2017 12:03:56   Subject: exploring new mines
[quote="christwigg"]

The only 'trick' is hours researching, hours scouring hill-sides and meeting other people.

Also never believe 'theres nowt there' until you've seen it with
Topic: Pretoria Chert Mine, Bakewell
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 30/08/2017 18:29:35   Subject: Pretoria Chert Mine, Bakewell
Seems like the obvious solution would be join PDMHS...;)
Topic: New high capacity Li ion
pwhole

Forum: Lamps & Lighting   Posted: 02/08/2017 23:05:43   Subject: New high capacity Li ion
You'd sit down for a month at least...;)
Topic: Query? How do you insert an image.
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 17/07/2017 21:05:02   Subject: Query? How do you insert an image.
If it's an image already in your personal album, there's two types of links available below it when you view it - just copy either of the links into your post and it will come up. One just displays th
Topic: Lead Mining in Derbyshire. Volume 4.
pwhole

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 12/07/2017 19:49:19   Subject: Lead Mining in Derbyshire. Volume 4.
Sadly Jim says he's been asked many, many times, but doesn't have any left - sorry.
Topic: Lead Mining in Derbyshire. Volume 4.
pwhole

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 12/07/2017 18:14:58   Subject: Lead Mining in Derbyshire. Volume 4.
Jim Rieuwerts is coming round to my place in an hour, so I'm happy to ask him if he has any stashed under the sofa! ;)
Topic: The Bridge of Peril
pwhole

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 09/07/2017 23:45:08   Subject: The Bridge of Peril
Wow - good effort, and nicely in keeping style-wise. Admirable.
Topic: Curious about an adit
pwhole

Forum: South West England   Posted: 04/07/2017 12:29:03   Subject: Curious about an adit
If it was my area, I'd be straight in, so I doubt you'll struggle to get any takers. By the weekend you may have a 'Glastonbury queue' of battered Land Rovers, with strange, bearded drivers, materiali
Topic: Research help - Wild animals in mines
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/07/2017 13:02:51   Subject: Research help - Wild animals in mines
We found these footprints a long way into Cromford Sough a couple of years ago - my (inadvertent) welly-print at left for scale:

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Topic: Gin centre stone (photo)
pwhole

Forum: North East England   Posted: 01/07/2017 18:35:17   Subject: Gin centre stone (photo)
I found one on an old colliery site in the Hagg/Rivelin/Crosspool area of Sheffield a few years ago near Clough Fields - I didn't even know it was a colliery until I did some research, and to all inte
Topic: Long Rake
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 03/05/2017 17:05:54   Subject: Long Rake
Some people I know did a night trip, assuming it would be fine - it wasn't, as the fans started pumping dust down while they were in there, and they could barely see to get out - crawling along on the
Topic: Thoughts whilst ascending
pwhole

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 30/03/2017 17:52:37   Subject: Thoughts whilst ascending
I did the top pitch of Titan a few years ago on 8mm accessory cord, as I'd been reassured that it would be 'fine'. The rope's owner weighs about 60kg at most, whereas I'm more like 80kg. Needless to s
Topic: Derbyshire Toad
pwhole

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 13/03/2017 11:43:22   Subject: Derbyshire Toad
Frogs can do semi-controlled free-falls from heights. Tree frogs can glide from one to another. Any creature small enough can survive large drops as the impact forces are calculated using F=M X A, an
Topic: Derbyshire Toad
pwhole

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2017 21:16:42   Subject: Derbyshire Toad
Some people will pay good money for that kind of thing.
Topic: Derbyshire Toad
pwhole

Forum: Member Projects   Posted: 12/03/2017 20:41:26   Subject: Derbyshire Toad
This little feller was spotted in the puddles under the old man's roof crosscut in Whalf Mine a few years ago, but was determined not be caught, so I left him.

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Topic: Middleton (Derbyshire) Limestone Mine (mine)
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 09/03/2017 12:10:26   Subject: Middleton (Derbyshire) Limestone Mine (mine)
[quote="Praada"]isn't drakelow a public accessible place? How could anyone expect to get away with growing a smelly plant :lol:[/quote]
Ozone generators, charcoal scrubbing filters on extraction,
Topic: Middleton (Derbyshire) Limestone Mine (mine)
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/03/2017 11:58:41   Subject: Middleton (Derbyshire) Limestone Mine (mine)
It's the Brexit Central Command Bunker...;)
Topic: Great Masson Lead Mine (mine)
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 07/03/2017 11:54:14   Subject: Great Masson Lead Mine (mine)
The last rescue in here was specifically caused by the group being unable to find their way through the system, and they hadn't brought any ascending gear, so were unable to climb up the shaft. So und
Topic: Great Masson Lead Mine (mine)
pwhole

Forum: Midlands   Posted: 05/03/2017 21:42:22   Subject: Great Masson Lead Mine (mine)
Yeah, Chesterfield's not so much of a problem, though only trains after teatime, and they're not much later than 22.30 or something. I can actually get to and from Matlock on the bus, but only until 1
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