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    High gill caves, Dent

    The alternative view is that unless these things get reported then it’s unlikely to change. I appreciate it’s tricky though - I’ve found bags of dead lambs thrown down potholes on either side of Kingsdale and chose to turn a blind eye.
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    High gill caves, Dent

    Guardians of the countryside 🤬
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    Rope access descenders for caving

    I had a play with the Spark at work a while ago. I liked it and would have no problem using one. I’ve also got no idea how long it will last for caving though. It’s a real shame that bollard on the Rig wears out so quickly - it goes long before any other part of the device, which is otherwise...
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    Ladders are best

    Companies have been prosecuted because of photographic evidence like this e.g. https://press.hse.gov.uk/2023/12/20/company-fined-after-worker-spotted-on-pallet-raised-by-forklift-truck/ Fortunately for them, the guys in the photo aren’t exactly readily identifiable!
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    Ladders are best

    I was referring to ‘The Work at Height Regulations 2005’ “Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height.” I would say...
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    Ladders are best

    Looks a lot like Kendal - the work at height regs don’t seem to apply here 😂
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    The Masongill Traverse

    I don’t blame you! The Ireby fig.8 on its own remains undone by the way…
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    The Masongill Traverse

    Nice one - really enjoyed ready that! If anybody’s reading this and is thinking that this doesn’t sound like enough mud, crawling and ducks then there’s superb additions at either end. The trip to the end of Eastern Front and back at the start, and the Ireby fig. 8 at the end (NE Inlet to True...
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    Too Much " Foreign Stuff " In Caving Mags. and Journals ?

    This depends on your view of what’s ‘rewarding’ I think. If you actually want to explore significant quantities of new cave passage, then going abroad is considerably more likely to be ‘rewarding’ than staying in the uk! Personally I also really enjoy all of the other aspects of expedition...
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    What's this fossil?

    Im 99% confident that it’s a Rugose coral. George (former Geology student).
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    North End Pot

    Subcontracting it to somebody expendable presumably 😉
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    North End Pot

    Tirforing out boulders from the safety of the chamber floor was our rough plan. Personally, the disgusting mud in the pig trough was the main disincentive to put it into action! I’m looking forward to seeing how you get on with it...
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    North End Pot

    Well done Space Miners. It’s definitely worth another look up the aven just before the final choke... Think the ropes were left in?
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    Ireby Fell

    I’d imagine that Alex went prior to us lowering the floor in 2017? As I said in my original post, I’d recommend looking from the Ireby end first - all of the mud traps are easier dug from this (downstream) side. I’m planning on having another go at the dig in Slipstream this spring, so I’ll...
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    Ireby Fell

    As I remember the bolts in Cripple Creek were Petzl stainless steel ones. I’ve not been through for at least 10 years though so could be remembering wrong! Even if they’re not SS, I wouldn’t be too concerned about them personally. I’d be very surprised if much has changed in the Ireby - Rift...
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    Far country ladder, which entrance did they go in via?

    I’m not a metallurgist, but hot dipped galvanizing is ‘self healing’ so the steel won’t rust even if the coating gets scratched. I was wondering about the possibility of using stainless steel and assembling ‘on site’. The sides of the ladder could be box section, and then use threaded bar for...
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    BCA statement on peer to peer training

    Nah, it’s got to be either a Lantra or C&G qualification.
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    BCA statement on peer to peer training

    Off topic, but HSE absolutely do say you need specific qualifications for certain tasks at work: using chainsaws being one! https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg317.pdf
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    BCA statement on peer to peer training

    I wouldn’t be so sure about this. Just because it isn’t at work, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be held responsible for being negligent. This case springs to mind: https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/rock_talk/climbing_wall_belay_partner_sued-740848 I can’t find any information online on how this...
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    Caving Illnesses

    PPE man goes to work sanding the bedroom floor.
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