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  1. AlexR

    Removing Aquasure

    +1 for visible repair, once the polyurethane is set I think it'll be nearly impossible to get out without wrecking the fleece. Similarly, superglue conveniently spilled on your crotch makes an incredibly long lived suspicious white stain, and hammering a tube of silicone sealant type material...
  2. AlexR

    New GEO 'Kingsdale' Suits

    That may be true, and as a disclaimer I have no direct/ insider knowledge about the manufacture of GEO suits. But: they’re available in 8 gradings, 4 colour schemes and with features “comparable” *cough* to the AVs. Which come in 6 gradings and 2 colourways. (Ok, ok, that’s wilful...
  3. AlexR

    New GEO 'Kingsdale' Suits

    I’ve made (well, commissioned more like) a suit made from a mix of woven UHMWPE and stretch with ripstop of the same material. It’s been down a deep alpine cave in it and I generally quite like it, but the cost is prohibitive. Also the only true woven UHMWPE I’m aware of still uses a polyester...
  4. AlexR

    What caving related thing did you do today?

    Don’t you love it when the caving kit starts sprouting in spring? I wonder what percentage of my garden is washed off Derbyshire mud…
  5. AlexR

    Caving Memes

    Went to the alpine museum (Munich) and saw gear in better condition than mine
  6. AlexR

    What caving related thing did you do today?

    Do they? It'll certainly do a lifetime of Mendip caving ;) To be fair that rack has now had ca. 5km of travel, which I consider pretty good going. Especially as 1.5km out of that was with a 25kg cement bag attached to me. Think it'll easily do another 4km before I have to change most of the...
  7. AlexR

    What caving related thing did you do today?

    Hmmm… Good as new- just don’t look at the back
  8. AlexR

    Caver Post - Mendip to Derbyshire

    Bugger xD
  9. AlexR

    Ireby Fell

    Can't tell you about the hangers into Jupiter, but the rope is very thick - I'd say 11mm, so I wouldn't be too concerned about their age. 2 years ago they were in perfectly good condition. I was too concerned my child bearing hips wouldn't fit through the Rift connection, but I've heard it's...
  10. AlexR

    Caver Post - Mendip to Derbyshire

    Bump No one travelling that way?
  11. AlexR

    What caving related thing did you do today?

    Robbed of caving by an ear infection I fettled with my chest harness instead. Been using it for a year now and love everything about it - except the attachment to my chest ascender. Seemed good on paper but crap in reality. Out with the old In with the new-ish
  12. AlexR

    No escape from Titan!

    From chatting to those involved, yes. Despite people saying CAW does sump, in the 12 years or so I've been caving there I've never seen it properly sumped even once. As Charley says, things are in motion to address this blockage but it may require somewhat major works and an assessment of the...
  13. AlexR

    No escape from Titan!

    Red-ish, appear to kind of stick together in clusters or maybe just quite long single worms looking like a group. Only ever encountered them stationary, I'd say near the bottom. But the places I saw them are so shallow I couldn't say whether they seem to have an affinity for the surface or...
  14. AlexR

    What caving related thing did you do today?

    You know what I like after digging? A nice long shower. Careful what you wish for. (Yesterday rather than today, but ukc posting wasn’t the first thing on my mind after a late arrival home 😅)
  15. AlexR

    No escape from Titan!

    Whether we're talking helminths or not, the medium these particular invertebrates dwell in has a very distinct aroma associated with agriculture. The water coming from above is most definitely not fit for human consumption, aside from my younger self I know of at leat one more idiot who has...
  16. AlexR

    Caver Post - Mendip to Derbyshire

    Evening all, Is anyone travelling from the MCC Nordrach Cottage to TSG any time soon? Cap n Chris has left a parcel for me there and I won't be on Mendip in the near future.
  17. AlexR

    What do you talk about on trips?

    Depends entirely on nature of the trip and people on it. If it's novices I bore them broaden their horizon with speleogenesis/ geology facts; if it's a gentle sport trip it'll be general chit-chat; digging is a mix of talking yourself up to the misery of what effectively amounts to a labour camp...
  18. AlexR

    Derbyshire sport trips tier list

    Very little to no mud. Cow Arse Worms near the bottom of JH sadly being one of those bits, then from RotV to the left hand turn towards AI has a little bit. A great loop, going up the Vortex pitches for completeness is worthwhile.
  19. AlexR

    Derbyshire sport trips tier list

    Agree, I love Elizabeth but consider Beza & crumble as annoying drippy hellholes. Think I’d even prefer to get to the further reaches via Elizabeth & the duck, you’ll get wet either way. Edit: I’m not slagging Winnats Cavers choices off for the sake of it, honest. Opinions just differ.
  20. AlexR

    Derbyshire sport trips tier list

    Kind of funny, but yes, the order seems completely random. Why on earth would JH or Titan be on a level with Moss Chamber, Rowter very oddly low, etc.
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