Hi Newstuff. Are you on a blacklist on Mendip ? If you are I am unaware of it particularly as I don't know who you are.
When someone has a different opinion, you should be capable of disagreeing without telling them to fuck off.Holding a strong opinion is a bad (and childish) excuse for rudeness. It's self-indulgent obnoxiousness disguised as "strong principles" and "speaking truth fearlessly".I'd like to think I'm stating the obvious here.
all local clubs have keys, which visiting cavers can easily borrow if they ask.
If nasty tricks were not being played, I wouldn't need to express myself in this manner. But this is where we find ourselves, and this is how I'll be.
What can be done to prevent repetition of the problem as it can get very expensive?
One of the sites with a vandalised lock was a very important archeological site. That in a cave not particularly long. I cant see cavers doing that in such a well-known cave.
but by itself that doesn't achieve anything positive.
Avaline's Hole must, surely, hold some kind of world record as the shittiest hole with the most amount of unnecessary stainless steel fencing shoved inside it...
The Mendip cavers are a great bunch and I'm at a loss to understand why they'd have reason to be anything but helpful with anyone who makes a reasonable request about access.
We should note the relevant section of the CSCC website which, while could do with minor improvements, is good: https://access-guide.cscc.org.uk/
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