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Author 'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 20/12/2008 22:36:45
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for everyones info i here we have a pretty bad cold snap coming our way later in the week.
It may possible snow as requested.

safe travel everyone Thumbs Up
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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 21/12/2008 00:00:12
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Have a good time everyone, I hope the weather turns out ok Smile





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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 21/12/2008 02:51:37
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Thanks for the additional places Simon. Smile
Would anyone be interested in a Christmas tipple once were inside? My shout! Just a thought in case its cold lol Shocked
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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 21/12/2008 14:13:29
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Oh, I can almost guarantee there will be something on offer, just remember to keep the good scotch away from Vanoord !

Cranberry gin anybody ?

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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 21/12/2008 16:24:35
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The last tiple I had underground was when I was given a swig of some strong liqueur by Simon before I went down the first absiel at Croesor. It certainly stopped my legs from shaking.

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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 23/12/2008 17:35:01
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Meeting up at 11.00am, in the pub car park at Glyndyfrdwy, which is close to Corwen and a few miles west of Llangollen.

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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 23/12/2008 18:02:38
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11am sounds good to me Mr V Smile

Here's the location of the pub carpark [web link] it's on the left hand side of the road travelling in the Corwen to Llangollen direction and is a couple of hundred yards from the turning up to the mine.

Roll on the mine pies...

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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 23/12/2008 18:34:12
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simonrl wrote:



Roll on the mine pies...


Typo, or clever joke?

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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 23/12/2008 18:40:52
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Typo!!

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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 27/12/2008 19:42:37
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Just a quick bump for this Smile

Meeting at 11am tomorrow morning, in the pub car park [web link] at Glyndyfrdwy.

It's on the left hand side of the road travelling in the Corwen to Llangollen direction and is a couple of hundred yards from the turning up to the mine.

Equipment needed: helmet, cap lamp, torch & backup, suitable clothing, wellies (preferable) or boots. SRT equipment required includes a harness, ascenders and a descender, plus cowstails.

Food and a warm drink should be considered essential kit, given the likely cold temperatures and trip duration.

Duration: likely to be around 6+ hours until everyone is on the surface, starting around 12 noon. We will probably split into two groups to get out, to avoid too much of a logjam and also to give a bit more time to the photographers.

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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 29/12/2008 11:00:12
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I've eventually surfaced after an extra-long lie-in. What a great trip that was, especially the bridge and the little tunnel full of sludge. And as for the jumaring, I just wish I'd had a bit more practice. Over the years I've done a good many roped glacier crossings, carrying prussik loops and expecting to be able to climb back out if I fell in a crevasse. Now I have a better understanding of the difficulties I face if I do ever fall into one !
I was interested to see the geological layout of the strata at Moel Fferna and the different mining practices have led to the mine having a vastly different character to Cwm Orthin. There were places in Fferna where the sheer smooth monolithic uprights and vast even, sweeping ceilings reminded me of the temple at Luxor.
So, many, many thanks to leaders/organisers and hoping to see you all on another trip sometime soon.
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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 29/12/2008 17:41:37
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Another brilliant trip, thanks to Simon and Vanoord. Fascinating seing the huge near horizontal chambers in all levels which are very different to the angular veins at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
But most interesting is the fact that when the slate is exposed to water and air it slowly disintigrates into dust, especially outside and in the adits near to enterances.
Great crowd, and thanks to Lister for the whisky for our tea.
Smile

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'Moel Fferna SRT Trip' - 28th December '08
Posted: 05/05/2009 13:47:43
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After, um, four-and-a-bit months, I've finally uploaded my pics to the album: [web link]

Three stand out, in particular this one, of what I think is a detonator, with what appears to be a copper cap?



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View of the 'cog' which shows where a slab has detached from the roof nearby:



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SimonRL atop a big slab:



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