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Posts by Grout1

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Topic: Nenthead Mines Ownership
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 12/11/2020 22:47:47   Subject: Nenthead Mines Ownership
Pete
Glad it has all worked out OK for NMCS.
is it my poor eyesight or do you not quite own the entrance to Middlecleugh?
Topic: Smallcleugh Horse Level
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 16/10/2020 19:38:35   Subject: Smallcleugh Horse Level
As the corner of the horse level at Luke's Hall crumbles away, it is still reassuring to see that our timbering holds the original loose slabs safely in position.

I don't think I have ever
Topic: N Pennines Staycation
Grout1

Forum: North East England   Posted: 09/10/2020 18:28:47   Subject: N Pennines Staycation
Surely Barney Craig level is the infinity pool.
Nobody has got to the end of it in a long while.

The building certainly looked quite slick on the outside when we were there in Septembe
Topic: Oxygen levels
Grout1

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2020 17:29:22   Subject: Oxygen levels
Don't do much diving these days and the magic 66m was below my range, but I do remember calculating ppO2 for various Nitrox mixes for 30-40m dives. Mostly nice clear warm water though.
Topic: Oxygen levels
Grout1

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 07/10/2020 16:55:05   Subject: Oxygen levels
Chris

Be cautious of quoting Oxygen percentage when referring to air at altitude. It is the number of Oxygen molecules per volume that is reduced with the lower pressure rather the percenta
Topic: Llanfyrnach
Grout1

Forum: South Wales   Posted: 27/08/2020 17:46:54   Subject: Llanfyrnach
Was there an issue with access. I heard the owner (perhaps previous) was sensitive about visitors. Similarly with Trelech (Carmarthen Utd) - never sure of who to ask or whether better not to ask!
Topic: Collapse in Gilfach
Grout1

Forum: North Wales   Posted: 23/08/2020 16:06:46   Subject: Collapse in Gilfach
Hi Chris

Vicky and I did the NAMHO trip in 2014 too.
Seem to remember that a lot of the stacked deads were being held up by hope and faith. Did make a nice descent.

Alan
Topic: Gear review, Roughneck Micro Mattock
Grout1

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 14/07/2020 11:31:23   Subject: Gear review, Roughneck Micro Mattock
Definite benefit to my u/g surgery kit.
Fits in a small tackle sack, so that plus a folding shovel makes for a quick lightweight digging set up
Topic: NAMHO 2021 in Shropshire
Grout1

Forum: Events   Posted: 28/05/2020 13:50:59   Subject: NAMHO 2021 in Shropshire
Don't hold your breadth for a winch trip down Chapel shaft.
It's not on the agenda (yet).
Lot's of other options will be available

Topic: NAMHO 2021 in Shropshire
Grout1

Forum: Events   Posted: 23/05/2020 10:54:17   Subject: NAMHO 2021 in Shropshire
:thumbsup:NAMHO Conference 2021
Date: Friday 2nd – Monday 5th July 2021
Location: Preston Montford, Shropshire
Theme: 60 Years of Mining Projects
Host: Shropshire Caving & Mining
Topic: House with an incline?
Grout1

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 04/05/2020 16:55:36   Subject: House with an incline?
When we lived in Broseley Shropshire, my neighbour built a water balance incline to move compost and garden materials up from the bottom of his garden. It neatly connected with his small rideable elec
Topic: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
Grout1

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/03/2020 19:11:38   Subject: What’s the strangest thing you’ve found?
The Tunnel Boring Machine in Santon Dragonby ironstone mine at Scunthorpe must certainly rate as the biggest mining artefact I have ever seen u/g, particularly as you have do quite a detour to see whe
Topic: shallow coal and new houses?
Grout1

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/11/2019 14:13:41   Subject: shallow coal and new houses?
The drilling company I was involved in dealt with a series of shallow fires at Dronfield near Chesterfield through the 80s and 90s. Sometimes it was just being in a geothermal area with the surface wa
Topic: shallow coal and new houses?
Grout1

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 29/11/2019 12:42:41   Subject: shallow coal and new houses?
Alex You are quite right in saying that coal has reasonable load bearing properties, but the primary concern is combustion of the coal.

Burning can potentially ignite overlying structures,
Topic: shallow coal and new houses?
Grout1

Forum: General Chat   Posted: 25/11/2019 18:57:31   Subject: shallow coal and new houses?
Not sure of latest advice, but the NCB/British Coal/Coal Authority recommendation used to be that there had to be at least 1 metre of inert material between an insitu coal seam and the base of any sha
Topic: Level Newydd Adit
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 02/11/2019 21:48:04   Subject: Level Newydd Adit
Thanks Roy
I did look at Simon Hughes 'Goginan Mines' after the visit.

It also looked like the collapse on the parallel branch was pretty terminal, so the up and over option may now be
Topic: Level Newydd Adit
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 02/11/2019 19:44:14   Subject: Level Newydd Adit
Visited this mine for the first time this week, as part of a walk around Cwmsymlog, Bwlch etc.

Curious about 2 things and would welcome any feedback:

1. On both the main drive an
Topic: Nenthead Bad Air.
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 13/08/2019 17:29:14   Subject: Nenthead Bad Air.
Leif

Better add Guddamgill Level beyond the 'orange bath' duck. Drops off steadily from there inbye. Meter alarm - 16% minimum in reasonably high pressure.

Also climb into Guddam
Topic: cwymystwyth ropes
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 25/07/2019 14:05:11   Subject: cwymystwyth ropes
Queens. needs about 20m rope on 1st pitch and 25m on second sloping pitch. You. need. 3 hangars on first and 2 hangers on second. All 10 mm.
Two crabs for deviations. It is not a through trip
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2019
Grout1

Forum: Events   Posted: 09/07/2019 12:05:03   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2019
Roy

Well done.

An excellent Conference with something for everyone, good grub and beer.

We had a great time u/g : 2 trips prepping, 2 trips leading and 2 trips being l
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/05/2019 16:52:44   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
Well done. Nick
I promise not to find any more collapses in a hurry. People will talk about too many coincidences.
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 27/04/2019 18:40:41   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
Some progress has been made over last day or two, but it may take a while. As ever, GNick + team of helpers have been enthusiastically moving scaffolding etc up to the sharp end.

Warning si
Topic: Nenthead mines - collapse
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/04/2019 18:51:55   Subject: Nenthead mines - collapse
Please be aware that there is a major collapse in Rampgill along Hanginshaws branch. This has occurred within the last 3 days.

It is no longer possible to reach the fixed ladder up to Proud
Topic: Crossroads Levels, Cwmystwyth
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 31/03/2019 14:31:12   Subject: Crossroads Levels, Cwmystwyth
Has anyone seen or know of a survey for this area of the Cwmystwyth mines? There appears to be a mixture of original and more modern survey marks. just wonderered if NMMC or AberCC had a drawn up surv
Topic: Waterfall Stope
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 02/01/2019 20:30:45   Subject: Waterfall Stope
Could it be close to somewhere where pigs might swim?

Happy new year Roy
Even I can guess this one
Nearly time for booking NAMHO
For exciting underground adventures
Wild
Topic: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/09/2018 10:19:37   Subject: Smallcleugh Dig - Big Push
:thumbup:
Well done Nick

Sorted it just in time for our visit next month.

looks like we will be carry scaffolding to Scaleburn instead.

Al
Topic: Dog rescue from mineshaft
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 05/09/2018 20:14:28   Subject: Dog rescue from mineshaft
Roy

Back in 2009 MCRO rescued a dog that fell over 120' to water in a vertical shaft in the Old Grit Mine in Shropshire. Fortunately there was a small cut alcove that the dog was able to sh
Topic: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 25/08/2018 16:56:11   Subject: Smallcleugh dig, sherpa event
Sorry West Wales is too big a commute for a Sunday.

However, there should be a crowd of us up w/c 12th October for a week if you are still looking for a few extra paws then.

Alan
Topic: NAMHO Conference 2018
Grout1

Forum: Events   Posted: 31/05/2018 16:11:48   Subject: NAMHO Conference 2018
Has the opening time for Registration been established yet?

There doesn't seem to be an e-mail contact on the website for queries and I thought the 2.30pm being quoted is for some of the tr
Topic: Caplecleugh Low Level
Grout1

Forum: North West England   Posted: 24/04/2018 22:21:43   Subject: Caplecleugh Low Level
Nick

Whilst you sorting the collapse out, could you also change the bath water.
It was cold again at Easter https://www.aditnow.co.uk/images/emoticons/thumbdown.gifand I am sure the su
Topic: NAHMO 2017
Grout1

Forum: For Sale! (and wanted / for swap)   Posted: 27/06/2017 21:55:52   Subject: NAHMO 2017
Congratulations to WCMS and all their helpers in the Deep South.

The great organisation of good mine trips, beer and weather made for a great weekend.

Alan R
Topic: Crossroads Levels, Cwmystwyth
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 27/06/2017 16:59:54   Subject: Crossroads Levels, Cwmystwyth
Yep rigged either way, but beware rub points on pitch up from lower entrance.

I believe some of the ropes were put in during the last couple of years.
They were fine back in April, but
Topic: Crossroads Levels, Cwmystwyth
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 27/04/2016 14:23:48   Subject: Crossroads Levels, Cwmystwyth
Roy

Digging out would be sensible in long term, but it might need a little thought as the rock is heavily contorted beside the dog leg. If it was possible to align an Armco type tube with t
Topic: Crossroads Levels, Cwmystwyth
Grout1

Forum: Mid Wales   Posted: 25/04/2016 16:18:28   Subject: Crossroads Levels, Cwmystwyth
Just a caution to anyone planning to do the through trip between the Crossroads/Top adits in the vicinity off Taylor's shaft.

On our visit last Saturday, the Top exit was temporarily blocke
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