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  1. Oceanrower

    Too Much " Foreign Stuff " In Caving Mags. and Journals ?

    I sometimes think I’m the only one who just goes caving with a couple of mates and goes to the pub afterwards. Context, caves in Derbyshire are as foreign as caves in Spain in that I’m just as unlikely to visit them. If Tim puts up something about Portland, I’ll read it. Similarly Mendips...
  2. Oceanrower

    Vegan food

    I’m intrigued. Do you mind if I ask where you live now?
  3. Oceanrower

    Friday joke - WARNING - contains swearing.

    I put all my old dogging gear on eBay. No sales yet but 43 watchers…
  4. Oceanrower

    Lake District Quarry - Zip line plans

    The deceleration mechanism would, I’d imagine, be the TrueBlue zipSTOP. It works on the same mechanism, using a magnetic braking system creating Eddy currents, as the autobelays found in pretty much every climbing wall. The failure rate is, to all intents, zero.
  5. Oceanrower

    BCA statement on peer to peer training

    Snip. “which should be in no way controversial in any way shape or form” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
  6. Oceanrower

    Friday joke - WARNING - contains swearing.

    Magician: "I can make anything disappear." Tom: holding a cup- “Do it to my tea!" Magician: waves hand- "Done!" om: holding a cup- "It didn't work."
  7. Oceanrower

    Stupid Swildon's questions

    I climb for a living. There’s not a working day goes by I’m not on the end of a rope. No it’s not.
  8. Oceanrower

    Stupid Swildon's questions

    Quoted from upthread… “I've herded him through crtt and Parc and so forth in the past” Should qualify, I would have thought.
  9. Oceanrower

    Stupid Swildon's questions

    I’ve asked myself that many times…
  10. Oceanrower

    Stupid Swildon's questions

    The pot bit of the 40’ pot disappeared somewhat in 1968. You now enter from the bottom of it rather than the top… By Rolling Thunder if you’ve got a survey handy.
  11. Oceanrower

    Stupid Swildon's questions

    Sump one won’t be a problem then, depending on not super enthusiastic levels… It’s a great cave for mostly horizontal caving with a bit of everything.
  12. Oceanrower

    Stupid Swildon's questions

    There are many, many huts on Mendips. The Wessex is the nearest to Swildons but there’s also the BEC, MNRC, UBSS, Shepton and others. The Wessex is, obviously, the far superior one… There are changing ‘facilities’ in the barn at Priddy but, if you’re making a weekend of it, I’d suggest the five...
  13. Oceanrower

    Stupid Swildon's questions

    As me said (that just looks wrong!) you do go down an active waterfall. I’m sure you could do it on SRT if you wanted but a ladder is much easier! There is often a wait, especially at weekends. How old is your son? Unless he’s very young I disagree that Sump 1 and back is ambitious. I’ve taken...
  14. Oceanrower

    Stupid Swildon's questions

    I’m not sure If be confident finding my way through the entrance series on my own for the first time but the rest is pretty straightforward. It looks like a maze mainly because it is… Two hours through sump one to sump two is generous, even leisurely, if you know where you’re going. I believe...
  15. Oceanrower

    Council proposes selling off Ingleborough Hall outdoor centre

    I got about a tenth of the way down that first one before I had to give up due to fat pills/penis enlarger/wart cream adverts. I suppose they know my deficiencies/requirements somehow but what a shit news outlet the Craven Herald is!
  16. Oceanrower

    When might a GriGri fail...

    Twats who don’t use a belay device correctly might get hurt. No shit…
  17. Oceanrower

    Friday joke - WARNING - contains swearing.

    There was a young man from Peru Who’s limericks stopped at line two…
  18. Oceanrower

    Friday joke - WARNING - contains swearing.

    After taking my new lady friend home the other night, after our first date, she told me I’d have to wait 3 months before she would have sex with me. I said I totally understood and respected her position and I’d call her again nearer the time…
  19. Oceanrower

    Is this wrong? Worlds most expensive car - £20 million!

    And yet, nobody’s mentioned that this isn’t even remotely the worlds most expensive car. A Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $70,000,000. And it’s beautiful. And if money was no object I would buy it. And I would laugh at all you jealous paupers. But I don’t. ☹️
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