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Why do you like the underground (in Cornwall/Devon)?
Posted: 28/03/2019 17:39:32
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Hey all! I'm a student doing a project on the quality, perception, and experience of underground spaces in Cornwall (and Devon). I'm am looking for regular urban explorers from Cornwall to chat with about why you like being underground. I've posted some questions below that I'd love to hear answers on! I'll write them below so you can copy/paste if you're keen Smile I'd also love to chat with people online, on the phone, or meet up in person -- all will be kept totally anonymous of course. Feel free to post on here or pm me to set up a time/way to talk further.

Age:
Gender:
Occupation:
How long have you been exploring underground in Cornwall:
How many underground sites in Cornwall have you been to (approx):

When and why did you start going underground? Do you remember your first visit?


Why do you like going underground?


do you have a favorite place, and why? (don't need to tell me the location?)


What's the best part about exploring underground?


What's the hardest part about exploring underground?


Is there anything unique about the underground in Cornwall?


What would you want to see happen with these spaces in the future, if anything?
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Why do you like the underground (in Cornwall/Devon)?
Posted: 29/03/2019 09:35:36
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Age: 42

Gender:Chap

Occupation: Old mining stuff, generally relating to holes, but sometimes the nasties that came out of holes.

How long have you been exploring underground in Cornwall: First adit I went in, I was about 8, I think. But proper obsessive with ropes and serious kit, about 13 years.

How many underground sites in Cornwall have you been to (approx): 250ish

When and why did you start going underground? Do you remember your first visit? Dad was interested in the legacy of mining, I know we had visited various places, but the one I really remember was St Just United mine, because I nearly fell down an internal shaft.


Why do you like going underground?

Apart from the academic stuff and the beardy pontificating, it's the thrill of the unknown. To be the first in the place for hundreds of years and potentially find who knows what relics, evidence or new subject matter remain. It's also absolutely sublime man time (mostly).


do you have a favorite place, and why? (don't need to tell me the location?) There are a set of deep and very extensive workings on the north coast which are mazelike, poorly recorded plan wise, but the sections are tantalising, we've been pushing various ways into it, finding all sorts of footprints, remains, mineral flows, evidence for the peculiarities of how setts were granted, how different adit levels, leat systems and features which relied on them evolved.


What's the best part about exploring underground?

The thrill of the unknown with the spirit of adventure.

What's the hardest part about exploring underground?

The bickering and twattery between various groups of people jostling to be the most super beardies.


Is there anything unique about the underground in Cornwall?

It's hugely varied geology/mineralisation


What would you want to see happen with these spaces in the future, if anything?


Many of them are filled with water, but the ones which aren't should be ideally have their accesses maintained/improved for their historical/geological/scientific interest TO MAN, not just fussed about as bat habitats. I am actively engaged in this. IP: 194.35.116.94
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