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February 27, 2021, 03:01:07 pm by Liam_Oggie | Views: 489 | Comments: 2



Howdy Trogs, This week we have Tony Seddon kindly giving us a talk on his experience of BU56. Come join us:

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7 PM UTC

Microsoft Teams: https://tinyurl.com/QUBwTS

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February 23, 2021, 01:18:32 pm by Pegasus | Views: 1221 | Comments: 28

WIN A TRIPOD OR A QUADPOD!!

The lovely people at SpanSet have been Spring cleaning and found these sales samples that have now been superceded:



Just because something has been updated does not mean the old version has no use and so Pete Ward, caver and SpanSet MD thought upcycling might be better than scrapping.

He also knew who might be interested in them so has kindly donated them as prizes  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

The pods were originally designed for personnel use with fall arrest products, so if used for bucket hauling etc, then the safety margins will be very significant.

They are scruffy, but perfectly functional - The connection between the Quadpod and davit could do with a little 'fettling' to make it easier to install / remove.

They just need a nice project and a team keen to make use of them – Ideal for surface digs or maybe a mine shaft or a longer term project to take the pressure off your back! 

The tripod can be placed centrally over a hole providing an overhead pulley anchorage for a hauling system.
The Quadpod can be used similarly, but stands next to the hole with the davit extending out over the hole. The davit can be swung to the side once the bucket is hauled up for emptying.

There are two davit arms both of which fit onto the quadpod  - one with a longer reach than the other.

Well something like that, I'm no engineer  ;D .

Pete will provide tech info and advice on looking after them plus has kindly offered to ship them, though if cavers could collect that would be marvellous.

Thank you SpanSet!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:



https://www.spanset.com/uk-en/section/current

SpanSet design and manufacture a wide range of Height Safety and Lifting equipment, so are always keen on innovation.  Therefore to enter, post a photo of your 'digging innovations' - any equipment from a trowel to a JCB that you've used in the quest to find passages measureless.  A brief tale/description would be great too.

Or alternatively, simply tell us why you'd like either the tripod or quadpod for your dig!

3 entries per person.  Closing date 10pm 7th March.  Winner to be chosen by Pete Ward.

Good luck!

February 02, 2021, 05:38:07 pm by Ghar Parau Fundraising | Views: 916 | Comments: 12




Exciting lockdown reading for a good cause.

The Ghar Parau foundation are auctioning a rare and collectable set of descent magazines.
Almost complete (all issues from 5 to 250) chronically discoveries, digs, caving technology changes and history from 1969 to 2016. Go on, own a slice of British caving history!

These will be sold on Ebay by Ghar Parau with the closing date for the auction the 28th Feb. The Auction will go live at midnight on the 18th Feb. Watch this space for more information. All proceeds go to the Ghar Parau Foundation to support UK Cavers conducting Exploratory and Scientific Caving Expeditions worldwide. For more information visit https://www.gharparau.org.uk/.

Descent Magazine Collection Caving. Almost complete. All issues from 5 - 277. All proceeds to the Ghar Parau Foundation.

Exciting lockdown reading for a good cause.
The Ghar Parau foundation are auctioning a rare and collectable set of descent magazines. Almost complete (all issues from 5 to 277) chronicling discoveries, digs, caving technology changes and history from 1969 to 2020. Go on, own a slice of British caving history!
Collection comes boxed and labelled and all issues are generally in good condition, though would benefit from being stored flat.
Also includes;
Descent Index (issues 1-100) (poor condition)
Descent Caving Handbook1971/1972
Descent Caving Handbook 1974
Descent Caving Handbook 1977/1978
Descent Magazine Caving Yearbook 1987/1988

All proceeds to go to the Ghar Parau Foundation to support UK cavers carrying out exploratory and scientific caving expeditions worldwide. For more information visit https://www.gharparau.org.uk/.

Many thanks due to Chris and Judith Howes at Descent Magazine, and to the British Caving Library for helping complete the collection as much as possible. Please help raise as much as you can for this good cause.

Buyer to collect (caver post possible), or postage can be arranged as required at buyers cost. Collection weight and size will make this pricy

Item location Sheffield.
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