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Offline Brains

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Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« on: March 25, 2017, 08:43:25 am »


Crystal Cave CA.USA Cobweb Entrance Gate. (Sequoia Nat. Pk.)
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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 08:51:22 am »
No, but it wouldn't be me if I said anything else. However, that is, if I'm not mistaken, a commercially operated cave.
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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2017, 09:48:53 am »
No. down with this sort of thing!

Unless it is a commercially operated cave of course


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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 09:54:05 am »
It is, indeed, a show cave.

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2017, 12:43:26 pm »
No, cartoonish is even worse than industrial. If a cave gate is needed, the only thing that matters is that it doesn't ruin the aesthetics of the entrance. If the entrance isn't particularly attractive this isn't important. If it is, the gate ought to be constructed deeper within if possible.

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2017, 02:35:19 pm »
If there has to be a gate on a commercial cave, I say it's a good thing to enhance the customers' experience by playing on the theme of 'giant scary cave-dwelling spiders'.

This is fun and much more visually appealing than a plain old grid. I'm sure kids would love it and it may play a small part in the complex web of factors that get's them hooked on exploration. ;)

However I'm sure we all agree that gates have absolutely no place whatsoever on ANY non-commercial cave.

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2017, 04:24:19 pm »
However I'm sure we all agree that gates have absolutely no place whatsoever on ANY non-commercial cave.
Excluding of course one that simply  prevents accidental loss of livestock but does not hinder exploration.

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2017, 04:30:40 pm »
No.  It is too big.  I could not get it in my van.

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2017, 04:33:24 pm »
Watch it.

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2017, 05:04:53 pm »
Watch it.

The Humour Police will be reading.....

Somebody on the same wavelength...

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2017, 08:30:25 pm »
Maybe Spiderman was the lowest bidder in order to get the contract?  It's a bit shiny so a bit of paint or other finish to help blend in wouldn't hurt (or maybe it'll rust or get a patina in time depending on what it's made of).  Other than that I don't particularly mind it, makes a change from the normal dull square imposing miserable type gates.

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2017, 09:04:55 am »
I like it.
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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2017, 03:42:56 pm »
I like it, but I think it would freak out some arachnophobic tourists if used on a showcave!

I once 'lost' two tourists off a trip down Robin Hood's Cave at Creswell Crags, after I'd warned the group, at the entrance, about the large number of cave spiders. One half of the couple freaked out, describing what I'd said as a 'hideous image', and they legged it. To be fair I had been telling the story about watching an egg sac hatch over someone's head; don't know why they were worrying, they had a helmet on! I was a bit more wary of telling that story afterwards...

I can't imagine their sensitive sort wanting to wander through a giant web into a mysterious underworld,. but it is quite pretty nonetheless.

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2017, 04:05:36 pm »

...To be fair I had been telling the story about watching an egg sac hatch over someone's head; don't know why they were worrying, they had a helmet on! I was a bit more wary of telling that story afterwards...


I guess the thought of thousands of tiny spiders crawling down off your helmet and into your hair, ears and shirt collar is easily enough to make the more squeamish squeam!
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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2017, 08:44:24 am »
It looks cool but I would still need to push my mate into it just in case :)

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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2017, 01:30:58 pm »
I like it, but I think it would freak out some arachnophobic tourists if used on a showcave!

I once 'lost' two tourists off a trip down Robin Hood's Cave at Creswell Crags, after I'd warned the group, at the entrance, about the large number of cave spiders. One half of the couple freaked out, describing what I'd said as a 'hideous image', and they legged it. To be fair I had been telling the story about watching an egg sac hatch over someone's head; don't know why they were worrying, they had a helmet on! I was a bit more wary of telling that story afterwards...

I can't imagine their sensitive sort wanting to wander through a giant web into a mysterious underworld,. but it is quite pretty nonetheless.

A friend of mine was having a bath and idly watching this spider on the side of the bath. Suddenly it went into convulsions then split open and lots of little creepy crawlies burst out. Apparently he levitated out of the bath PDQ.
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Re: Would a cave gate be more acceptable looking like this?
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2017, 09:58:05 am »
@CrickleyMal

Noice. Baby spiders, or parasites?

Overall I have no problem with meta menardi, even the octopus-sized ones, but years ago I was piddling about under some boulders in the opencast bit of Jug Holes and one dropped in my mouth. :yucky:

 

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