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VargIsDeath

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first time in a mine last night and im hooked
Posted: 17/08/2020 17:17:52
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so last night a friend took me for my first time underground in a mine and im hooked!! ive been into "extreme sports" all of my life but never had the opportunity to do anything of this sort,what a rush! anyway from what i could get out of my friend it seems that caving in the uk is quite "clicky" and there are a lot of politics involved with who can go where and what not which also makes finding a group to join virtually impossible even if you know someone in the group!(from what im told) basically what im getting at is id like to find a group i could join as i do not really want to be going down into these places alone as ive read thats a big No No.....well at least until you're fully versed in caving.if you fancy helping a new comer get into the sport my details are below

i live in north wales

my instagram;scott_ditchburn

or email me from here
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first time in a mine last night and im hooked
Posted: 17/08/2020 18:48:52
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Well buddy you are in a great area for mines ! there are some good Welsh guys on here that will give you some great advice ( they have me in the past ) and present

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Posted: 17/08/2020 19:06:45
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So, what you've been told is, basically, a load of bullocks. But spelled a bit differently

Aditnow groups go out on a weekly basis in more 'normal' times, some trips require technical skills, others are 'walk in your wellies' territory - plenty of Aditnow members in North Wales, so local too. As a member of the site, you'd be welcomed with open arms (metaphorically speaking) on those trips.
About the only thing you NEED to do is join 'properly' to get insurance - the link is under the 'Information and Resources' tab, marked up as 'Join the ANMHS'. Other insurance providers are, of course, available. A lot of groups, Cave Access Ltd (google them), for example, require insurance in place.

Another local group is UCET. A friendly approachable mob who seem to frequent mines close to pubs.
You will find people reluctant to discuss 'dodgy' sites with you - there is a level of trust that needs to be built up. There are sites where, if it became widely known that they were being accessed, the JCBs and concrete would be brought in to block any access.

By 'dodgy' sites, it can be sites that are on land where the owners don't welcome mine exploration - for a number of possible reasons. Some might think they are liable if someone gets killed or injured. Others might just have a 'get off my land' attitude. Some may have had people breaking fences, litter, etc left behind.
Other sensitive sites might include coal. If the Coal Authority become aware of ANY access into an old coal mine, they block it. Old coal mines are a very quick way to get very dead.
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Posted: 17/08/2020 19:42:13
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That is in truth one of the best pieces of advice I have seen yet.

UCET, yes, and also Shropshire Caving and Mining Club.

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Posted: 17/08/2020 19:48:41
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robnorthwales wrote:



Aditnow groups go out on a weekly basis in more 'normal' times, some trips require technical skills, others are 'walk in your wellies' territory - plenty of Aditnow members in North Wales, so local too. As a member of the site, you'd be welcomed with open arms (metaphorically speaking) on those trips.



Hi Varg,

Welcome to AN Thumb Up

We are in the process of getting our Thursday Nighters back up to speed following the Cv19 / lockdown malarkey.

We are not a club but just a group of friends...inclusive, welcoming, non-confrontational. Imagine a younger version of Last Of The Summer Wine and you'll be on the right lines...watch out for a thread on here soon (either this week or next when I get myself sorted out!) advertising a trip Thumb Up

Meantime there are plenty of safe explores out there...arm yourself with a hard had, cap lamp, back up torch, gloves, wellies, some common sense and a bit of knowledge from trusted websites like this Innocent and you'll be fine. Probably.





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Posted: 17/08/2020 20:04:28
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I would suggest joining the AN trips who will likely be from more than one local club, see who you get on with, and find out about their club, before signing up with anyone. It's easier to judge a club by getting to know people in person, than to take a punt based on a recommendation from someone you have only met online. IP: 91.125.14.131
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Posted: 17/08/2020 20:47:45
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sinker wrote:


Hi Varg,
Welcome to AN Thumb Up... We are not a club but just a group of friends...inclusive, welcoming, non-confrontational. Imagine a younger version of Last Of The Summer Wine and you'll be on the right lines... Thumb Up


After the initial few trips euphoria, Compo grows on you, Foggy Dewhurst can be trying, but Nora Batty!... don’t start me off! Smile

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Posted: 17/08/2020 21:02:03
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TwllMawr wrote:

sinker wrote:


Hi Varg,
Welcome to AN Thumb Up... We are not a club but just a group of friends...inclusive, welcoming, non-confrontational. Imagine a younger version of Last Of The Summer Wine and you'll be on the right lines... Thumb Up


After the initial few trips euphoria, Compo grows on you, Foggy Dewhurst can be trying, but Nora Batty!... don’t start me off! Smile


Laugh Obviously Pingu is Compo Laugh Laugh Laugh Devil



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first time in a mine last night and im hooked
Posted: 17/08/2020 22:22:05
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Welcome, it is indeed a great pastime. I'm not entirely sure the phrase 'extreme sport' is a great fit - although I suppose standing around in the darkness in chest deep water muttering into your beard about shotholes with a group of folk you met in a layby a few hours earlier standing semi naked in driving hail might be viewed as such....... IP: 86.160.204.118
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Posted: 17/08/2020 22:26:32
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Ha, hoo
Nenthead car park in winter and the challenge of undoing boot laces frozen to your wetsuit................

Where's Heb

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Posted: 18/08/2020 08:31:13
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Mmm trips trips trips I am booked till mid October ! Scary how fast this year is going soon be booked till x mas then be 2021 already !! IP: 82.132.214.180
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Posted: 18/08/2020 08:34:01
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I couldn't get enough of it when I first started. Worked underground at an NCB colliery during the day (mostly) shift and then seeking out abandoned mines in the evening.
Things were more relaxed back then, the coal board seemed to take around 5-6 years between closing a pit to actually landscaping it, so there were plenty of options.
What I didn't know was that I wasn't the only one doing it, indeed, I found the existence of NMRS (NMCRS?) from an item in "Coal News". I duly joined the society......
It was a great time, everything went well, then I got a girlfriend Confused that was far more dangerous......

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Posted: 18/08/2020 10:16:37
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royfellows wrote:

Ha, hoo
Nenthead car park in winter and the challenge of undoing boot laces frozen to your wetsuit................

Where's Heb


I nearly got stuck in the snow at Nenthead car park in Febuary.

It was actually so bad the tractor ploughing the road between Allenheads and Nenthead got stuck and was blocking the road!
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Posted: 18/08/2020 11:45:32
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Talking about Nenthead, if you are approaching the village from the west side ie the Alston pass side, there is a GOOD chance that there is a mobile speed camera there as you go down the hill into the village. My natty little Drivesmart Alpha detecter got him. Wink

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Posted: 18/08/2020 12:12:12
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Paul Marvin wrote:

Talking about Nenthead, if you are approaching the village from the west side ie the Alston pass side, there is a GOOD chance that there is a mobile speed camera there as you go down the hill into the village. My natty little Drivesmart Alpha detecter got him. Wink


You mean over Hartside Paul?
I think its probably after the bikers who really do tear down there.

Off topic but I nearly killed someone there.
I was only doing about 30 to 40 approaching Alston and a farmer was on the verge on a quad bike. Suddenly without warning or looking he turned right into the road right in front of me. I had to jam my brakes on and it was a very near thing. He never even glanced in my direction. Must have been stone deaf or something. Brain dead as well from his actions.

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Posted: 19/08/2020 07:51:25
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Or like a lot of people nowadays in cloud cuckoo land !

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