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Posted: 19/12/2013 09:31:52
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I reeeeally want to explore some Cornish mines. Does anyone know of any established, experienced groups/people that could take a complete novice underground?

Many thanks
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Posted: 19/12/2013 12:12:31
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If you are in the east of the County contact the Plymouth Caving Group (google us) - we are out most Tuesdays and you can borrow kit. IP: 86.143.229.244
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Posted: 19/12/2013 17:11:56
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Drillbilly. wrote:

Quite a lot of the people kicking around out of clubs are dangerous nutters.


Oi, you describing the B.E.C.??, from over teh border, we venture down that way sometimes! I can vouch for the Carbis Bay Boys, they're a good bunch of blokes.

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Posted: 19/12/2013 17:17:12
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Drillbilly. wrote:

It depends what you want out of exploration. There are several groups with focus on different things and different groups of people running around. Some are members of more than one group. There is lots of politics and some people take it very very seriously.

SE Cornwall.

1. PCG. (Plymouth caving group, very serious and proper group who are lawful exact, safe, dilligent, meticulous)

2. Caradon Kev and Associates. This is not a law firm, this is Caradon Kev and some mates who know lots of landowners, like a pint or 6 and are all over the place being genuinely good blokes. You need to chase him via the internet.

3. St Austell Lot. Young conservatives, dodgy mineral collectors meet genuinely good blokes. They are a sort of subdivision of "the carbis bay crew" see below. They mix quite widely.

Central and West Cornwall.

4. Dodgy mineral collectors. There are plenty of these kicking around and they are generally quite difficult to get hold of.

5. Cornwall Mine Explorer's Club. Good bunch of blokes, many of them were "Old Mine Rescue" and there is a load of politics with the "New Mine Rescue". Good blokes, probably the best knowledgeable lot in Cornwall (about mining, geology, history) just don't mention rescue.

6. Carbis Bay Crew. Not a club, google them. Good bunch of blokes, quite a lot of cliff hangers and rope access specialists, as well as some proper explorers. Some of them are "New Mine Rescue", same applies to 5. Mention old rescue and some people start twitching.

7. St Just Mines Research Group. Like the Plymouth Caving Group, but Penwith. I gather they have a metallurgy twist and are quite an interesting lot.

8. Everyone else. Mineral collectors, doggers, murderers and general misfits that groups don't tolerate (or people who choose to stay out of the empire building/rescue debate).

If you plan to get into this seriously, it is best to start in one of the proper clubs so you get a real hang of safety. Quite a lot of the people kicking around out of clubs are dangerous nutters.


Fair assesment
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Posted: 19/12/2013 19:09:30
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Just a small comment, there are some women involved in exploring in Cornwall.

They are very competent imho
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Posted: 20/12/2013 18:12:37
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Understandably in Cornwall there is a fair degree of secrecy about what and where is explored in many cases.
I suspect someone has gone down to look at any remains of the shallow adit system in Dolcoath at the time the area was opened up 2 weeks ago.
If anyone did they are doing us all a service by collecting info for the future. Whether this was official or unofficial I have no idea.
But everything you write about exploring anything on a forum WILL appear in a google search, so fully understand why this is the case. As I work for a company holding mineral rights, I suspect I would be barred. Big Grin

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Posted: 20/12/2013 19:14:18
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There is a shallow level in the Harriet section. It's written about in the report on shaft capping by the CAU. I don't have any idea what it was for, there are waterwheels in the area, perhaps it was a leat for one of those....but why run it so close to the surface....drilling costing what it cost?

Talking of lots of mining activity. Anyone know what's on at Crofty?

IP: 146.90.152.4 Edited: 20/12/2013 19:15:17 by Drillbilly.
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Posted: 20/12/2013 23:18:14
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Drillbilly. wrote:

There is a shallow level in the Harriet section. It's written about in the report on shaft capping by the CAU. I don't have any idea what it was for, there are waterwheels in the area, perhaps it was a leat for one of those....but why run it so close to the surface....drilling costing what it cost?

Talking of lots of mining activity. Anyone know what's on at Crofty?



nothing new yet, care and maintainance I think. Obviously the old mill is down now. the stated position is they have been looking for new financial backers since Celeste defaulted on payments. The guys there now (I think 6 or so) understandably dont want to walk away from something they have put much time and effort into.
Someone mentioned a joint effort between Treliver Minerals and WUM, a nice thought! especially as an open pit could be
producing profitably fairly quickly, and skills would be transferable
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Posted: 21/12/2013 02:30:23
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Was mining bitcoins for over a year, probably the only mining in cornwall for a while :D

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Posted: 21/12/2013 15:47:50
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Perhaps, instead of mines, can I interest you in caves? There is a book....
The Caves of Cornwall

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Posted: 22/12/2013 12:42:52
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Drillbilly. wrote:

It depends what you want out of exploration. There are several groups with focus on different things and different groups of people running around. Some are members of more than one group. There is lots of politics and some people take it very very seriously.

SE Cornwall.

1. PCG. (Plymouth caving group, very serious and proper group who are lawful exact, safe, dilligent, meticulous)

2. Caradon Kev and Associates. This is not a law firm, this is Caradon Kev and some mates who know lots of landowners, like a pint or 6 and are all over the place being genuinely good blokes. You need to chase him via the internet.

3. St Austell Lot. Young conservatives, dodgy mineral collectors meet genuinely good blokes. They are a sort of subdivision of "the carbis bay crew" see below. They mix quite widely.

Central and West Cornwall.

4. Dodgy mineral collectors. There are plenty of these kicking around and they are generally quite difficult to get hold of.

5. Cornwall Mine Explorer's Club. Good bunch of blokes, many of them were "Old Mine Rescue" and there is a load of politics with the "New Mine Rescue". Good blokes, probably the best knowledgeable lot in Cornwall (about mining, geology, history) just don't mention rescue.

6. Carbis Bay Crew. Not a club, google them. Good bunch of blokes, quite a lot of cliff hangers and rope access specialists, as well as some proper explorers. Some of them are "New Mine Rescue", same applies to 5. Mention old rescue and some people start twitching.

7. St Just Mines Research Group. Like the Plymouth Caving Group, but Penwith. I gather they have a metallurgy twist and are quite an interesting lot.

8. Everyone else. Mineral collectors, doggers, murderers and general misfits that groups don't tolerate (or people who choose to stay out of the empire building/rescue debate).

If you plan to get into this seriously, it is best to start in one of the proper clubs so you get a real hang of safety. Quite a lot of the people kicking around out of clubs are dangerous nutters.



Just what i need as looking for the same do some serious exploring both above ground and under so much around me near Truro wheal jane etc as well as Cornwall in a whole.

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Posted: 23/12/2013 09:09:58
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there is also another group
9.The arm chair explorers ,who can be useful for info if they're not holding their cards to close to their chest

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Posted: 31/12/2013 14:51:26
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Gosh thanks guys, lots to go on there.
Sorry for the late reply too - Christmas has kind of gotten in the way a bit!

I am thinking to head down to a group meeting, to see what it's all about, and then go from there.
Quite exciting (and scary) at the same time. I'd love to be able to get up around some of my local sites (St. Austell area) eventually - and finally understand some of our hidden industry for myself. Books etc are great - but do not satisfy my hankering for real experience.

Hope you've all had a fabulous Xmas, and are going to celebrate tonight in style!! Wink

Toni
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