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  1. DCA

    JH Mine Access Update - DCA

    DCA received a report from a TSG member last week that the JH lid was not secured properly, and it was subsequently found that the locking bolt had snapped and the hatch nut to access the bolt mechanism was not screwed down correctly - so it was then screwed down correctly. On inspection this...
  2. DCA

    Cussey Pot - New resin anchors installed and rigging topo published

    The new Cussey Pot rigging topo PDF can now be downloaded from the PDCi website here: https://www.peakdistrictcaving.info/home/the-caves/stoney-middleton/cussey-pot Thanks to Fabian and the other members of the EPC for completing the installation. If anyone spots any errors in the topo (e.g. if...
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    Shhh.... Cussey Pot had some new Bolts

    The new Cussey Pot rigging topo PDF can now be downloaded from the PDCi website here: https://www.peakdistrictcaving.info/home/the-caves/stoney-middleton/cussey-pot Thanks to Fabian and the other members of the EPC for completing the installation. If anyone spots any errors in the topo (e.g. if...
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    Lathkill Head Top Entrance

    We've recently become aware that the lid at Lathkill Head Top Entrance was left without the bolt on it. The person who discovered this was unsure whether to add the bolt or not, in case cavers were trapped inside. When using lids with the Derbyshire key system, please leave the nut on the...
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    The Derbyshire Caver, No. 158

    The latest issue is finally complete and printed, and subscribers should have received their issue in the post - please let us know if you haven't. For everyone else, the online version is now available for free download: https://thedca.org.uk/publications/the-derbyshire-caver/
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    2024 DCA Peak District Cave Exploration Prize

    Yes, it could be a bit confusing. If you ignore the phrase "at an Existing Site" it makes it clearer. Really, it just means a completely new cave as opposed to an extension of an existing cave.
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    2024 DCA Peak District Cave Exploration Prize

    The DCA Peak District Cave Exploration Prize competition is back on again for 2024! There will be three different prize categories on offer this year: Most New Cave Discovered at a single site, by digging, diving or climbing, within the Peak District caving area during the calendar year...
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    2023 Cave Exploration Prize and SSSI Monitoring Draw

    The winners of the 2023 DCA Cave Exploration Prize have been announced! To see who has scooped up a load of rope and digging tools, head over to the DCA website. https://thedca.org.uk/2024/03/12/2023-dca-cave-exploration-prize-winners-announced/
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    Environment Agency Water Depth Logger in Castleton

    The Environment Agency have at last installed a water depth logger at Goosehill Bridge, Castleton. This is now live at: https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/station/9595 The water depth is updated every 15 minutes, and the datum is the crest of the weir that was installed in 1984/5 by the...
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    Eyam Dale House Cave - Access Change

    Regretfully, someone has been careless on Instagram and the landowner has now requested that the cave lid be locked and the access route map removed from the cave registry. In future you'll need to contact the DCA Access Officer for the current padlock code (changed regularly) and a copy of the...
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    2023 Cave Exploration Prize and SSSI Monitoring Draw

    The draw for the winner of the 2023 Cave Conservation Monitoring prize has been made. Thanks to everyone who entered, and don't forget to submit a conservation form in 2024 for your chance to enter the draw for this year's prize. Details of the 2023 winner can be seen over on the DCA website...
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    Maskhill Mine - collapse reported in entrance shaft 16/11/23

    The remaining deads have been removed and the ledge cleared. Rocks from the fall have been cleared lower down and the team who were in today proclaim the place is as safe again now as it ever was (i.e. not great!). Thanks to Fabian Ehlers and Chris Hibberts for the work today. DCA might look at...
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    Giant's Hole - Round Trip pull-through to Crabwalk being rebolted Sat 20th January

    The new anchors have been tested to 6kN and passed. The pull through ring assembly is back in place and ready to use. Thanks for your patience. PK
  14. DCA

    Maskhill Mine - collapse reported in entrance shaft 16/11/23

    This collapse is being sorted this week. Update to follow. PK
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    Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc

    These anchors have been replaced and tested and the pull through ring re-installed. Crack on caving again. PK
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    Giant's Hole - Round Trip pull-through to Crabwalk being rebolted Sat 20th January

    2 new anchors were installed yesterday as planned. They won't be tested for a few days and the pull through ring is still out of action, but that should be resolved this week. Thanks to Fabian and Nige B for the work. PK
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    Giant's Hole - Round Trip pull-through to Crabwalk being rebolted Sat 20th January

    Sorry for the last minute notice, but the plan and volunteers only came together today. Recently the anchors comprising the wire and ring pull through for the Round Trip route were reported as moving in the resin. The intention is to replace all the anchors in the area if possible, and then...
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    Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc

    These anchors will be replaced tomorrow (Sat 20th Jan) and tested next weekend. The wire & ring pull through will be out of action for the next week.
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    Notification of Derbyshire Caving Association Meetings on Monday 19th February 2023

    Just a reminder that upcoming AGM and SGM will be held on Monday 19th February 2024. For the avoidance of doubt, the Special General Meeting will be held immediately prior to the Annual General Meeting. The agenda and associated documents can be found at the following link...
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    Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc

    Wobbly Anchors Reported - Giants Hole Both resin anchors on the pull through assembly at the top of the Crabwalk on the 'Round Trip' route have been reported as loose. Video sent to DCA shows movement consistent with resin shrink. These anchors are DMMs installed in 1997 and many other anchors...
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