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    Has Facebook Won ?

    Facebook is losing out to even more ephemeral media like tiktok (who wants to be on the same platform as their parents?)
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    Fishguard Manganese Mine

    & if solva is of interest, so will be porthgain: https://rogerfarnworth.com/2022/09/13/railways-in-west-wales-part-1a-pembrokeshire-mines-quarries-and-their-railways-before-the-railway-age/ http://www.industrialgwent.co.uk/w-b12-pembroke/index.htm
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    How long have caves been there in their current form ?

    Most were changed significantly by the last ice age (& not as much since), except those bits that have formed more recently...
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    Fishguard Manganese Mine

    Although it doesn't help with the mine itself, the last bit of this ramble may be of interest: https://daftwelshman.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/geological-battle-ground-with-wwii-secrets/
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    Fishguard Manganese Mine

    Sounds like you need (unfortunately not the issues available here): https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/11761082/an-index-to-the-newsletters-welsh-mines-society
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    Ribble rising rather quickly

    Although it's somewhat downstream the nearest EA gauge also shows a rapid rise & now includes rainfall at stainforth & on malham moor, as the nearest weather stations: https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels?rloi-id=5086
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    How Peak Cavern got its (other) name?

    It was already known by that name beforehand: https://gristlyhistory.blog/2019/02/02/the-secret-speech-from-the-devils-arse/
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    Responsibility for Fixed Aids in Caves

    There is no definitive answer, but it's generally accepted that fixed aids are placed for the use of whoever placed them, & that anyone else who does so is at their own risk - unless someone / a group has undertaken to maintain them (e.g. anchor schemes). See also, from: Post in thread 'Methods...
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    Christopher Long

    Pitlamp did: Post in thread 'Suggested photogenic walk-in entrances?' https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?threads/suggested-photogenic-walk-in-entrances.21902/post-278051 More from a family website: https://www.christopherlong.co.uk/gen/relationsgen/fg06/fg06_020.html & also...
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    Methods of protecting in-situ ropes from unwanted usage

    Everyone starts from a position of not knowing what they don't know & hopefully improves from there...
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    Methods of protecting in-situ ropes from unwanted usage

    It was Chocolate fireguard who suggested individuals or groups taking responsibility for fixed aids, rather than "temporary" rigging. The Descent "adopt a cave" scheme is still just about hanging on in some locations, but many clubs can't remember what they sponsored all those years ago!
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    Methods of protecting in-situ ropes from unwanted usage

    Not provable currently, but if someone is named as being responsible for maintaining aids (as was suggested in one comment)...
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    Methods of protecting in-situ ropes from unwanted usage

    It's possible, but means you are dragging the weight of the chain up behind you (or the chain is not correctly positioned to start with) You can clip into most chains used for climbing lower offs
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    Methods of protecting in-situ ropes from unwanted usage

    The extra grip is more likely to have been the major factor, but then in most people's cases that could have stopped them hitting the floor, which they might still have done on a rope...
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    Methods of protecting in-situ ropes from unwanted usage

    Safer way to clip a chain would be to have a third cowstail (so less likely to create more than a factor one fall) - although situations where you use a chain are less likely to involve freefall
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    Anyone recognise these cavers?

    They also have some film of him playing in 1981: https://www.leedsinspired.co.uk/blog/who-xero-slingsby
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    Anyone recognise these cavers?

    Thomas Gray, who was "leader of the first English descent of Gaping Gill, when they were both students, and Gray was the second Englishman to stand on the floor of the great cavern." (Obit after Frank Smythe)...
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    Anyone recognise these cavers?

    His obituary (after J.C. Atkinson): https://www.yrc.org.uk/journal-and-image-archive/journal-selector/yrc-journal-1924-vol-5-no-16/journal-v5n16p143/ Frank Ellet's: https://www.yrc.org.uk/journal-and-image-archive/journal-selector/yrc-journal-1932-vol-6-no-20/journal-v6n20p140/
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    Anyone recognise these cavers?

    I guess that there is more than one copy of that photo kicking around. More about Wingfield & his family (he won't have been in the original photo though): https://shrewsburylocalhistory.org.uk/street-names/wingfield-gardens
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    Anyone recognise these cavers?

    The two guys with flat caps and beards (Gray & Mason) do appear to be in both YRC journal & this pic... (Slingsby is famous for his eponymous Chimney!)
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