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  1. Mark Wright

    Caving hut tierlists

    I was the Hut Warden in 1980/81. Probably one of the best views of Mam Tor from the back window. The almost identical hut they had at the back of the Hill Inn had an equally excellent view.
  2. Mark Wright

    Photo help required

    With Paul Mackrill heading to the Berger a few years ago
  3. Mark Wright

    Help wanted - EN 959 testing

    BCA should join the BSI and get all the relevant standards purchased at half price and always have the most up to date versions.
  4. Mark Wright

    9mm Type B rope with common ascenders

    When I was the IRATA training committee chairman some years ago I organised a Trainer and Assessor workshop at the Petzl factory in Crolles. We had some very detailed guided tours of all the production lines and testing facilities both in Crolles and at the old Charlet Moser factory up the road...
  5. Mark Wright

    9mm Type B rope with common ascenders

    I think you've got it covered Pete, but as I'd already started writing, sorry for any repeats; There isn't anything different about the way ascenders are used in the workplace compared with either caving or climbing. Industry Guidelines, Codes of Practice and/or Regulations usually set the...
  6. Mark Wright

    9mm Type B rope with common ascenders

    EN12841 is a rope adjustment device standard with 3 different types. Type A is typically for mobile fall arrest devices such as an ASAP. Type B is for ascenders and Type C covers descender devices.
  7. Mark Wright

    Helmet recomendations

    I have a brand new, never been used, Petzl Vertex Vent in black if anyone is interested @ £40
  8. Mark Wright

    Cowstail Lengths

    Not if you slacken them off after every trip which I have generally always done.
  9. Mark Wright

    Cowstail Lengths

    I remember doing an after work bridge jump with Simon Nadin off the Menai Bridge on a couple of 50m low stretch ropes in the mid 80's. We both had very big rope loops dangling below us into the darkness. It was the biggest loop I had ever jumped with, and I did a lot of bridge jumping in those...
  10. Mark Wright

    Cowstail Lengths

    I don’t mean my cowstails are over 40 years old BTW.
  11. Mark Wright

    Cowstail Lengths

    They (whoever they are) reckon a good fist size of tail should be coming out of the knots. Mine are less than half this length and have served me well for over 40 years
  12. Mark Wright

    Suspension Trauma

    Suspension Trauma / Syncope would be the least of anyones worries if they fall out of a cherry picker with a harness and lanyard. More likely to pull the cherry picker over. It doesn't take much force to topple them. I've seen one go over by simply dropping a +/- 100kg weight 60cm into the basket.
  13. Mark Wright

    Suspension Trauma

    There was a fatality a good few years back where a worker fell from the end of a crane jib they were building. He was wearing a harness with a dorsal attachment. He was shouting down to his workmates that he was OK but unfortunately they had no rescue plan for this scenario. He was eventually...
  14. Mark Wright

    Caves closest to pubs

    Didn't the former Old Bull's Head in Little Hucklow have a 'cave' inside it? I have a memory of a room in the pub being built into a natural limestone arch, which they called 'The Cave'. Bograt might remember as he was the one who took me in there for the first time back in the early 80's.
  15. Mark Wright

    Caves closest to pubs

    Back in the 80's the Landlord of the Peak Hotel in Castleton discovered a well that was covered over in the cellar of the pub. Somebody from the TSG, possibly Buster, went down it but it didn't go. I'm sure it was written up in the TSG log book at the time.
  16. Mark Wright

    CNCC Meeting 21st October 2023

    Treasurers, particularly retired accountants, have never been very good at spending money and will usually always recommend putting membership fees up. They'd certainly never suggest a decrease! Having said that BCA have donated £5K annually for many years to the GPF for handing out to eligible...
  17. Mark Wright

    Petzl Adjust Review

    I've been using a Dual Connect Adjust since they first came out and love it. I've never had any abrasion or mud issues but then again I do try to avoid crawling and mud. I've just watched a video I made when I was testing a prototype of the new Petzl Stop down Eldon Hole a good few years back...
  18. Mark Wright

    CNCC Meeting 21st October 2023

    Also worth bearing in mind that the anchors will require annual 6kN proof load testing which the building owners will be responsible for. This could easily cost £1,500 + Vat every year which I imagine they would want to pass on to the only people who use it
  19. Mark Wright

    Derbyshire Explorers Forum 2023

    And another one for Tim Nixon please.
  20. Mark Wright

    Derbyshire Explorers Forum 2023

    Meat pie for me please Mark.
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