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Posted: 15/04/2019 11:16:31
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I think a bit of a fess up regarding our own early exploits.

I did a bit in a slate mine in my late teens with hard hat and carbide lamp loaned by a friend.
Much later I started again by mooching around in Rhosydd with a Maglite and no helmet. Later I modded ex construction site helmets with home made lights.
I bought a book on Derbyshire caves and saw a Caving Supplies add. Realising I was now into a new hobby I sent away for proper kit.

We all start somewhere.
Yes?

We also all getting older. Young people with genuine interest need to be encouraged, but in the right direction.

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Posted: 24/04/2019 12:37:38
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Yes, we do all start somewhere, and Roy's comment voices my own self questioning of stance. My first time UG was in my school shoes, with a torch held between my teeth. But that was as an early teen, before wide use of the Internet where a wealth of info about exploration is now widely and easily available. Not so long ago I returned to the place I'd descended on a knotted rope and "Christ!" did I really do that? More importantly, I didn't have the choice to ***** my exploits out there for the whole world to see: including liability - conscious landowners. In fact, we kept it pretty quiet, as we were worried about getting into trouble for wriggling beneath the iron bars.

Occasionally I get asked about the underworld by newbies, and it is those who are keen to devour what little info and experience I can offer. These are the people I gladly encourage. By contrast, a few friends have commented - more constructively - on the vid in question - and all have been told to F off and then been blocked. Is there a way to 'encourage' these types I wonder?
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Posted: 24/04/2019 15:00:09
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ivortheengine wrote:

By contrast, a few friends have commented - more constructively - on the vid in question - and all have been told to F off and then been blocked. Is there a way to 'encourage' these types I wonder?


Sadly, by the sound of it, perhaps not Angry

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Posted: 24/04/2019 19:56:00
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Welding gates shut when they're inside?

Captive audience then....Laugh
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Posted: 24/04/2019 20:27:44
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Welding gates shut when they're inside?

Captive audience then....Laugh



the next video: SEALED IN AREA 51 *HAUNTED* *YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED*
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Posted: 24/04/2019 21:39:28
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Welding gates shut when they're inside?

Captive audience then....Laugh


That would be a hell of a shock, not that an upright and responsible member of the community like myself would ever have experienced anything like that....

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Posted: 24/04/2019 23:12:23
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OK so the elephant in the room here is the 1999 Access to Justice Act, which came into force in April 2000, this dramatically increased the attractiveness of no-win no-fee deals as judges could make the losing side shoulder the extra costs associated with conditional fee cases. Thus someone who, to put it politely, lacks the appropriate level of common sense injures themselves in a mine it is ALOT easier for them to take the owner to court. Back in the old days no one would have dreamed of doing this as it would be prohibitively expensive if you failed to win the case. But now the reverse is true thus insurers raise their prices or even refuse insurance given the risks to them from no win no fee lawyers abusing a law designed to help those who were unable to afford legal fees. The golden era of being able to explore so widely is sadly over. We now have to play by the rules or ruin things for everyone, there is no space anymore for the youngsters to learn and make mistakes as one way or another it will end in litigation. Rant over...Glare IP: 81.110.180.230
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Posted: 22/07/2019 21:13:45
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its not the first time I prayed the boat would pop on the exploring with fairies lot but this time it almost got them, not sure of the mine as ive only explored mines over corris way but its a two part part video and in the first part it shows them using google maps and blaenau Ffestiniog shows up.
heres part two
https://youtu.be/7muQHr7IS14
also thanks to their stupidity there now looks to me like theres no rope across the first flooded chamber
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Posted: 23/07/2019 08:56:44
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I think we all know where it is.
The video is sensationalised to the point were they do it in the dark so as to give the impression of danger just driving up there in a 4X4. I was once given a lift down by the farmer standing on the tow ball of his Land Rover, he really wanted me to open the gates for him as it was chucking it down.
The track up to C--or looks worse on the video.

Its actually an entertaining video, if they would only get proper kit. Its doesn't cost much, its not as if I'm expecting them to buy my lamps or anything
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Posted: 23/07/2019 11:46:07
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Our first mine explore consisted of a builders helmet with led strips stuck all over the outside, powered to a waist mounted bike battery... It was brilliant for whoever wasn't wearing it, but whoever had it on their head couldn't see a foot in front of them because of the glare and damn brightness of the thing Laugh we quickly sacked that off and bought proper caving helmets and decent torches. Never turned back since, just keep adding equipment and getting into trouble with mrs hahaha

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Posted: 23/07/2019 12:52:50
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They could invest in proper helmets and stencil "EWF" on them. Look cool in their videos.

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Posted: 23/07/2019 13:00:24
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Maybe you could strike a sponsorship deal in return for a promotional segment in their next production Roy LaughLaughLaugh IP: 195.171.131.2
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Posted: 23/07/2019 13:03:54
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Praada wrote:

Our first mine explore consisted of a builders helmet with led strips stuck all over the outside, powered to a waist mounted bike battery... It was brilliant for whoever wasn't wearing it, but whoever had it on their head couldn't see a foot in front of them because of the glare and damn brightness of the thing Laugh we quickly sacked that off and bought proper caving helmets and decent torches. Never turned back since, just keep adding equipment and getting into trouble with mrs hahaha


I too started with a builders helmet and a wierd glimmery sort of headlamp I bought from a geological supplies shop.

Some joker convinced me an Oldham lead acid lamp would be an upgrade. I remember one trip with a largish group where it must have stopped working halfway through the trip but I didn't notice until I took it off afterwards as when on it didn't really add anything to the general group lighting Laugh
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Posted: 23/07/2019 13:12:21
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I started with Oldhams. Back in those days NCB had a regional stores at Tursdale and you could sometimes, if you wrote nicely, procure 8h+ used lamps for a modest sum.

When they were finally knackered I'd take them to Sedgefield car boot and punt them off onto hapless fishermen

"does it work then?" (twiddle twiddle)
"dunno - probably - I got it off a mate at Eldon Drift but I dont have a charger"

totally shameless Roll Eyes

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Posted: 23/07/2019 13:15:37
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royfellows wrote:


Its actually an entertaining video, if they would only get proper kit. Its doesn't cost much, its not as if I'm expecting them to buy my lamps or anything
Laugh


I found this video more entertaining than their last one mostly because of their cock ups, it's like watching the chuckle brothers go mine exploring. Makes you laugh they have a oxygen meter but not a 10 quid pair of wellies Roll Eyes

Brdige of death? I would have thought thats one of the more safer underground bridges.
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Posted: 23/07/2019 13:43:47
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My first lighting was a Premier carbide lamp back in the 1960s, kindly provided by a friend, and a proper helmet to mount it on. The light was good, except that it was always going out. Supplementary lighting was a bicycle lamp, which was possibly most powerful torch you could get in those days.

In the 1980s I made up an outfit consisting of a 12v motor cycle battery in a shoulder bag which powered both caplamp and a 'poachers lamp' round my neck on para cord. It was sometimes referred to as a "landing light".
I met a group on way to Rhosydd dressed in army kit and joined up with them as they were going to look at the Croesor connection.
I took some SRT up and abbed down into the water and waded out as far as I dared. No wetsuit, but manned it out.
The 12v lamp with the 120 watt halogen bulb lit the place up

The army types were taking about chambers full of rusty hand grenades and munitions, probably weekend Walts.
None of them had the nerve to follow me down.

Later went back and into the Croesor side. I swam a flooded chamber and got to another with a rusty underwater bridge which creaked when I walked across it, no way on the other side.
This from memory.

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Posted: 23/07/2019 15:01:13
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I've got footage of me slowly shimmying across probably that same bridge Roy Laugh

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Posted: 23/07/2019 15:09:31
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ttxela wrote:



Praada wrote:

Our first mine explore consisted of a builders helmet with led strips stuck all over the outside, powered to a waist mounted bike battery...


I too started with a builders helmet and a wierd glimmery sort of headlamp I bought from a geological supplies shop.



Anyone remember Hymac's home made cap lamp?
A builder's helmet with a 30mm diameter hole drilled in the front and an entire torch mounted inside the helmet above the webbing with the lens protruding through the hole? Thumb Up




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Posted: 23/07/2019 17:23:19
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sinker wrote:

ttxela wrote:



Praada wrote:

Our first mine explore consisted of a builders helmet with led strips stuck all over the outside, powered to a waist mounted bike battery...


I too started with a builders helmet and a wierd glimmery sort of headlamp I bought from a geological supplies shop.



That's done it now.
Expect to see a rash of them!

Actually, not a bad idea.

Anyone remember Hymac's home made cap lamp?
A builder's helmet with a 30mm diameter hole drilled in the front and an entire torch mounted inside the helmet above the webbing with the lens protruding through the hole? Thumb Up




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Posted: 24/07/2019 09:33:49
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Before I start I want to say a massive thank you to the channel members and patreons, Without you guys the channel would now be dead! YouTube doesn't promote adventure / urban exploring channels so we do not make much money on YouTube. If you want to help fund our trips and continue bringing 2 videos a week then here are the links

Seriously? Watch our videos on YouTube and bung us a few quid, but we won't spend it on helmets?

Weird...

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