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Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:31:42 pm »
I've been visiting Mossdale purely for sport for many years but it's only in the last few that I've begun to take the exploration side of things seriously. Over the course of 2017 I began work at a number of sites. Several of these are yet to be written up but my progress at one of these sites can be found via the links below. There is still much to write up and bringing things up to date will follow soon.

Mossdale Session 3 - http://simonbeck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/mossdale-session-3-decisions-decisions.html

Mossdale Sessions 4-9 - http://simonbeck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/mossdale-sessions-4-9.html

Mossdale Sessions 10-18 - http://simonbeck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/mossdale-sessions-10-18.html

Mossdale Sessions 19-20 -  http://simonbeck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/mossdale-sessions-19-20.html 

Mossdale Sessions 21-22 - https://simonbeck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/mossdale-session-21-22.html

Mossdale Sessions 23-24 - https://simonbeck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/mossdale-sessions-23-24.html
« Last Edit: November 06, 2017, 01:25:34 pm by Pegasus, Reason: Sessions 21-24 added by request, Pegasus »

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 02:12:28 pm »
Excellent read.

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 02:46:50 pm »
Is the Adele Ward who accompanies you in many of these explorations  the same Adele Ward who only recently was writing eloquently about her first caving trip in Gaping Gill? 

If so, I am seriously impressed. Never really thought of Mossdale as a novice trip!

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 02:48:22 pm »
You have me hooked .......trip 21 cant wait

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2017, 02:51:30 pm »
Yes David it is the same Adele. She's a born caver but jumped in at the deep end from word go and learn't fast!

I'm in the process of writing up the rest. Needed a break from it so this recent bad weather has been a godsend. Work continues. Thanks

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 03:36:13 pm »
There's my evening sorted  :thumbsup:

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 04:39:28 pm »
So good to have Simon back with his write ups.
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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2017, 07:45:25 pm »
Excellent to see these episodes of your Mossdale Cavern Adventures written up and appearing here on the UK Caving forum Simon....

It's always great to be able to follow someone's ongoing  exploration....

With the long story of the Mossdale Cavern being well documented  in literature and  in the hearts and  minds of generations of British cavers, your present explorations herald in a new era....

It's great that you are taking us along with you...

Keep going and take care my friend...

Richard

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2017, 08:51:55 pm »
Sounds good Simon. Let me know if you need any kit fetching up.

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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2017, 09:16:15 pm »
I'd only just finished reading 22!

Good work and good write-up's as ever  :thumbsup:
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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2017, 06:47:13 pm »
Brilliant blogs Simon, all this sounds like hard graft mate you have my upmost respect keep up the good work mate take care.    Keith .   ;D

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2017, 09:33:41 pm »
Good to get back there, thanks for writing these up mate. I have enjoyed reading them.
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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2017, 08:09:04 pm »
Beginning to feel like I've progressed further in wordage than any other way.

Here's a little more for those who give a damn

https://simonbeck.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/mossdale-sessions-26-28.html

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2017, 08:54:26 pm »
As always a superb read. 

For Christ's sake take care, it sounds like you're cutting things increasingly fine.

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2017, 09:11:25 pm »
Yes, 'cutting it fine' it may sound, but not really. Generally most are undertaken on the right side of the weather and my Call-out margin is always large, 12 to 24 hours.

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2017, 10:35:06 pm »
OMG. I've got to get back in there with you. Simon. Your writing is just so inspiring - and thank you for the kind words on mine. I know you have the experience and judgement to deal with this cave - but do continue to be safe!

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2017, 11:47:27 am »
Simon,

It might worth knowing that smaller size plug and feathers can be had cheaply from China: https://www.banggood.com/search/plug-feathers.html

I've found that the small ones only work where the rock is hard and good quality, in soft/poor limestone they splinter little bits off but don't split the rock.

The necessary supplies of resolve and commitment are less easily obtained! Exciting reading and evocative writing as always, best wishes.

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2017, 12:10:30 pm »
 :thumbsup:  thrilling reading

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2017, 01:38:15 pm »
Some great reads there, thanks Simon for finding the time and energy to share your work. And i have to say that even though i know nothing about the area, i was relieved to read that you're now heading left towards the draught.

On a different note, i'm sure my father (Andy Eavis) got squashed by a boulder in Ouroborous in his ULSA days, and had to be dug out. It's been on my (digging) bucket list ever since i first heard his tale....
The end is where we start....

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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2017, 02:19:39 pm »
Thanks! The boulder in question has to be passed under to reach the work area. It's had a lengthy settling period and appears well seated - that's assuming my description of it's whereabouts is correct.

Will always keep my options open regarding the way to go. The bottom line is in following the route that requires the least amount of damage. Unlike others I'm not about to enlarge my way to success just for successes sake! I enjoy the challenge, the risk, but most of all Mossdale. The experience of just working in that environment outweighs the potential discoveries by a long shot.

Thanks also to Mattrees for the link!
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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2017, 03:24:01 pm »
Fun (of a sort) rather than glory.

Good. Completely right attitude.
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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2017, 05:25:19 pm »
These stories are brilliant Simon. Please keep posting them.
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Re: Mossdale - Ouroborous project
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2017, 06:41:58 pm »
Simon,

It might worth knowing that smaller size plug and feathers can be had cheaply from China: https://www.banggood.com/search/plug-feathers.html

I've found that the small ones only work where the rock is hard and good quality, in soft/poor limestone they splinter little bits off but don't split the rock.

The necessary supplies of resolve and commitment are less easily obtained! Exciting reading and evocative writing as always, best wishes.

thanks for the tip. These are so much cheaper than the ones I have bought in the UK.