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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2019, 08:26:29 pm »
Sad days. These lovely folk died relatively young.










Sometimes fate does not allow you to fulfil lifes's potential. It can be cut cruelly short . Best to live life to the full as much as you can. I guess that now in my 70's I have been a very lucky man.

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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2019, 08:41:54 pm »
You can only counter that post with a bit of madness.

I took the wife's umbrella in for this portrait in The Frozen Deep. Sadly it did not survive the trip.



Sometimes you wonder why you bother.



An excellant selfie ruined.



Ummm --



Ummm rather more so.



You will get through that ruddy squeeze.


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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2019, 09:17:35 am »
It is best to sneak up on Photobucket early in the morning. ( At least before nurse comes around with the meds )

I shall be in WA much of April so will get on with a bit more before then.


Puddles.


WL Cave.



Within the puddle. Hooray for a waterproof camera.









Quite difficult getting the water surface on the thirds line and having the angle to pick up the reflection. Do mutiple shots slightly changing the angle each time though , of course, you wont see the view finder. If in doubt re conservation use a selfie stick with the camera on timer.

The bubble in a bubble.



Ahh Photobucket has found me out and wants refreshing. I cant be bothered now. :coffee:




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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2019, 11:47:52 am »
Some  super shots there, OR.
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2019, 07:40:27 pm »
Thanks Roger. The problem is where do I stop ? Anyway here are some odds and ends from my pre digital wanderings.

The Gnome Garden, Slaughter Stream Cave.



Straw Chamber, Lancaster Hole with Ted Popham.



St Cuthberts 2 about 1974.



Lost in OFD about 1970.



Kingsdale Master Cave late 60's



Queen Victoria in Stoke Lane Slocker.



The Nunnery. Ogof Draenan.



The Beehive, Lamb Leer about 1970.


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« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2019, 10:24:55 am »
Interlude


Diving eclipsed my passion for caving for 25 years. Actually the two are quite the same in a way though diving is far more expensive and you can die in more horrible ways.
My area was wreck research working closely with the Admiralty here in Taunton . I still work on wrecksite the data base for the worlds shipwrecks. In those 25 years I identified a great many wrecks from liners ( Edam II, Aeneas  ) to warships ( HMS Ullswater ). The latter took years to find. That is a very satisfactory part of diving but using mixed gasses at great depths the most dangerous. We lost around ten of our large select group some were very close friends.

Me kitted up for solo diving.



Some of us had a quick ride home.



Some of us got seriously " bent ".



Some of got famous for a while. Yup. I turned down Richard and Judy.



Some liked to collect scrap. This is a telemotor. My long term diving partner Alan Dunster who died on HMS Warrior.



Back from an 80m dive miles off Plymouth. I did identify that one.



So as its my post I can say I miss you folks,

Alan, Alan D, Stuart, My dear friend " Chesh " ( we were going to write a book-- one day ) ,Barry , Keith M. and Roger ( we both dived Heliair %,14 02 %33 Helium.)

You have no mates at 90 metres.

Anyway as I am now sobbing over the keyboard its back to caving.

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2019, 10:27:39 am »
One final one.

You can be a tiny speck in a rough sea. I know.


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« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2019, 10:39:20 am »
Green Lake Chamber with added underwater lighting. ( Carefully placed ).



Me with the lovely Miranda K. TV presenter. Filming for The One Show in The Frozen Deep.



I feel better now but have to go to hoover the bedrooms.

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« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2019, 12:52:44 pm »
Thanks Roger. The problem is where do I stop ?
Please don't, your photos are about as close as I get to caving these days.
One of the last of my rare cave photos was the Beehive taken on what was probably the last 'official' trip down Lamb Leer about 15 to 18 years ago.
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« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2019, 03:19:00 pm »
Ok Laurie.

I reckon I could do at least 500 without repetition but will probably die before then.

So for you another three from Lamb Leer.








Its easy to forget how rare pre digital  caving images are. Only a handful of cavers in the 60's and 70's bothered to lug all the gear about. Some did focus on pure photography. For some of us it was by the way. The trip came first and mostly the others on the trip were not to cooperative.

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« Reply #35 on: March 24, 2019, 08:03:38 pm »
Club Huts.

Never did like 'em much.  All that farting and snoring.


I did apologise after though.

MUSS hut Clapham c 1971. Pete Rose.




Ahh. Our old Cerberus cottage now a ruin.



Trevor Khief cooking breakfast at CSS Whitewalls.



Evening at Whitewalls.



With Portsmouth Polytechnic C C at Horton c 1971. I was too dim to be a Uni student but they kindly adopted me.



SWCC about 1970.







Stuck in the mud near Lost John's c 1971.


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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2019, 07:54:21 am »
Photographers. Part One.

Well er me this one by Pete Rose.

Often with big tin box. ( Ex army ammo box )

Agen Allwedd.



Daren Cilau



White Company



Daren Cilau.



Agen Allwedd



My tripod was a ball and socket screwed to the tin lid. Shutter cable release for brief time exposure.



The doubled size ammo box in Daren Cilau.



Urchin Oxbow, Daren.






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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #37 on: March 25, 2019, 07:44:22 pm »
Shatter Cave.


 1st May 1969

Will put up the images and follow with the text.













God Photobucket is ruddy tempremental tonight. I shall persevere.

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« Reply #38 on: March 25, 2019, 08:12:44 pm »















No thats it. I cant stand Photobox any more tonight. Text follows.

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« Reply #39 on: March 25, 2019, 08:37:17 pm »
On the 8th April 1969 Saxton and Conway were spuddling about at the base of the quarry face and discovered a draughting hole. This was cleared and they entered some big chambers smelling of diesel oil. The following evening CSS members explored the new cave to halt at a choke beyond what we now know as Erratic Rift. On April 15th a party from the quarry company, the River Authority and the CSS visited the cave. Willie Stanton passed the choke to enter another large chamber ( Tor Chamber ). The following day a party from other Mendip clubs explored the cave as far as Pillar Chamber to be halted by a sqeeze beyond. It was on that trip that the superb crystal floor was walked on leaving those muddy prints you see in the image. The squeeze was passed soon afterwards to discover most of the rest of the cave.
Conway and Saxton surely saved the cave as we know it as the shot holes were already completed down into Diesel Chamber. The diesel is poured into the shot holes as part of the blasting proceedure. The original entrance remains but it is an artificial hole into the side of a small chamber above the active streamway. ( Viagara Rift ). The original conduit ran from Balch Cave into WL Cave then into Shatter. WL Cave was joined to Shatter Cave in embarrassing circumstances by a certain Chipchase and Rose before the Shatter survey was completed. Without the partial destruction of Balch Cave WL and Shatter would not have been linked by that route as WL was completely concealed by stal flow in Crystal Chamber. Consideration was given to re establishing the original route into Shatter via WL Cave but it would have meant traffic through Pink Pool Chamber. A more interesting trip though. The name Shatter Cave was a temporary name but it never got amended. I still do not like it.

So. In April it is Shatter Cave's 50th birthday. :beer2: :beer2:

The images above feature Ray Saxton with his trusty hammer and were the first set of photos taken in the cave.

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #40 on: March 26, 2019, 07:37:18 am »
Ha Ha. Got up early and have sneaked up on Photobucket again.


Shatter Cave . Digital.












Right. Enough of that. Its Tuesday so gone CAVING.

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #41 on: March 26, 2019, 08:19:55 am »

Just caught up with your last few sets of photos. It's great looking at photographs from the past and seeing how much some places haven't changed.

Looking at the club hut photos, it's quite apparent how British all the cars were then and how small too.

Keep them coming.
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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2019, 09:09:09 am »
Great photos Nick, thanks

A pic of MNRC under construction with MK1 Fiesta? For you Dave :)

https://flic.kr/p/qB8qGD

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« Reply #43 on: March 26, 2019, 07:50:43 pm »
Some historical stuff here Pegasus but lets go right up to date with this post.


At the dig face today.






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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #44 on: March 26, 2019, 08:06:25 pm »
Other photographers  :-\

From deep within the archive of ancient photos this image of Peter Glanvill far too young to grow a beard.



Move forward a few decades and we have



What can I possibly say  ?

He says-

" Take the bloody camera ".



Pete Rose in Balch Cave.



C 1970 Shatter Cave.




Ahh we were all young once.

Off for a bath. Pity as Photobucket is behaving for once.

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« Reply #45 on: March 27, 2019, 01:31:52 am »
Quote
From deep within the archive of ancient photos this image of Peter Glanvill far too young to grow a beard.
So nothing has really changed much.  Instead of a stinky attached to the side your head as back up that may blow up, we now have lithium attached to the side of your head that may blow up.

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Re: My Favourite Photographs
« Reply #46 on: March 27, 2019, 11:20:08 am »
Off to Western Australia soon. Can you see the kangaroo ?




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« Reply #47 on: March 27, 2019, 08:03:56 pm »
Hoping to get to page 3 before I go so --

Alum Pot c 1969.




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« Reply #48 on: March 27, 2019, 08:21:00 pm »
Bar Pot. 1960's.





Sell Gill c 1971.



Lost Johns c 1971.



Stake Pot. Lancaster Hole c 1971.



Long Churn- Alum c 1970.



Lost Johns.



Kingsdale c 1971.


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« Reply #49 on: March 27, 2019, 08:34:05 pm »
Me at Cuckoo Cleeves c 1965.



At Holwell Cavern c1965.



Sans wet suit beyond Sump One, Swildons c 1966.



Holwell c 1963.



With Willie Stanton at Herbert's Attic 1974. They dropped a plastic keg of cider on me.



Feeling horribly old all of a sudden. :(