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SimonRL

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Posted: 23/12/2010 16:27:57
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Just to prove to people that it really has snowed in North Wales this year and we're not all complaining about nothing...

Last Friday...

Capel to Nantgwryd



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A very intrepid foreign couple in a hired Renault Clio just about visible... I think they gave up on the idea of going up the Llanberis Pass.

Llanberis Pass:



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And a few snowy mine pics...

Cambrian Slate Mine:



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Ice plug:



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Jones the Slate hacking his way through the ice with his big chopper:



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Cambrian - Townsends (?) Quarry:



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Posted: 23/12/2010 18:02:24
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Great pics Simon, did you take any while doing your boating trip?! i gather you nearly sank! Laugh

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Posted: 24/12/2010 18:13:24
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Cool pics (excuse the pun Roll Eyes )!

But of course its been much worse in Derbyshire.... Today at Magpie....


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EDIT.... Have I won yet???? Devil

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Posted: 05/01/2011 17:43:56
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Amazing pics, Ady. What are the yellow patches in the snow? Wink

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Posted: 05/01/2011 18:08:03
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That's a lot of snow Shocked

Here's something wierd looking in Rampgill. And some icicles.



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Posted: 05/01/2011 18:33:41
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I'm up in Nent this weekend, I hope to see some icicles in some the adits, assuming its still cold up there!

How did the trip go?

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Posted: 05/01/2011 18:37:18
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brill pic simon


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Posted: 05/01/2011 19:21:03
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Mr Mike wrote:

I'm up in Nent this weekend, I hope to see some icicles in some the adits, assuming its still cold up there!

How did the trip go?


It was a great couple of days. I shall get around to uploading the photos tomorrow.

The icicles melted a lot even in the course of the day we were in Rampgill. Unless it's gone colder again (it has in N Wales) I think you might be out of luck Sad

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Posted: 05/01/2011 22:05:05
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By Eck Adrian.... that is snow!!!! Shocked Never seen it that high up there..... surprised you got to the lane! Surrender

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Posted: 06/01/2011 08:38:35
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They make the drifts we had on Sheldon moor last month look like a mere dusting!

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Posted: 06/01/2011 12:03:41
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AR and Iclok - you should have seen Magpie in the winter of 1963 too! Extremely bad, but everyone managed to get there every weekend, this was in the pre-fire days of the Mine Manager's house (the interior of which was burnt down in 1966, hence transferring afterwards to living in the Smithy until the cottage was refurbished) and it sure was primitive living in those days with a triplex grate and back boiler sited in the kitchen/dinning room - the site of which is the present posh lounge. Some members I recall from memory were Mike Smith, Luton Geoff and his gang from Luton, the Luffs, "Fred" & his girlfriend Sue and Mike Gill (Icarus) on his motorbike - whom I remember pushing along the lane to the main road for him to bump start it! All my ex-No.2 had was a Morris Minor Traveller in which was carried a shovel, old sacking and a bag of grit (and his Boxer dog Trigger), we always got through (with me and other passengers pushing) even on the Ashbourne/Buxton road where the drifts were horrendous. Sadly no photographs as I was too poor to afford a camera and film in those long forgotten happy days.

I lived at the top of Bonsall in the bad winter of 1978/79 at the time Adrian's excellent nostalgic photos of Magpie were taken. The road from Bonsall through to Winster was blocked by a hugh snowdifts, there was a snowdrift 14 feet high at Upper Town it completely covered the front of a small cottage, and my kids built an igloo. I shiver to think about it.
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Posted: 06/01/2011 17:45:12
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Mmmmm

Here are a couple of shots of a drilling programme in the snow at -25 in Bulgaria. Fun when the wireline gets brittle and keeps snapping !




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Posted: 07/01/2011 13:53:32
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I was working on my Class 87 locomotives on tanker trains in Bulgaria in the mountains at similar temps -22 to -27 some nights.... makes work very very difficult.... our bloody compressors kept freezing up, air pipes froze.... and so on, even some brake blocks just crumbled when we tried to free up wagon break rigging etc, even worse temps with the windchill at times!!! You have my sympathies ... BRRRRRRR Surrender Mind you the trains ran... imagine that here!!! Laugh

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Posted: 07/01/2011 15:18:32
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Looks like there've been some impressive icicles this year in Masson and Rutland caverns: [web link]

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