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Offline langcliffe

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New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« on: December 19, 2018, 06:34:23 pm »
For the benefit of those of us who are too old and / or too infirm to brave the last 40 metre pitch in Aquamole, the alternative route to the bottom descending from the One-armed Bandit Series has been IC-bolted.

The rigging guide is here.

We have also taken the opportunity of emptying the area below the first pitch on the route of masses of abandoned canvass and rubber hosepipe and diving line which was clogging up the place.

Here's a piccy of the hang on the first pitch:


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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2018, 10:23:38 pm »
Where does the one-armed bandit series start? Can you give a brief description?

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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 10:33:44 pm »
Two routes in,

First, after the 2nd pitch a short crawl leads to a boulder chamber, a crawl straight ahead leads to a squeeze (i only just fit)
beyond the squeeze is short passage to emerge in the roof of the One Armed Bandit Streamway

The other way in needs a skiny to do the squeeze and go downstream and rig a short pitch
If you can't do the squeeze drop down out of the boulder chamber in to a short section of streamway
Do the first bit <10m of the last pitch but instead of doing the big scary drop go away from it an then climb the rope that yur mate has rigged

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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2018, 11:18:40 pm »
The short pitch is currently rigged, but someone, sometime may well remove the rope.

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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2018, 09:15:06 am »
Brill, thanks guys :)

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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2018, 12:42:08 pm »
Nice. I assume however this it not an all weather route like the big 40 is, with all the deviations in?
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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2018, 01:34:10 pm »
Nice. I assume however this it not an all weather route like the big 40 is, with all the deviations in?

I cannot agree that Aquamole is an all-weather route. The two free-hanging rebelays on the entrance pitch can be too wet to see what you're doing, and trying to rig there under such circumstances is a cold, miserable, and not very safe procedure.

Nevertheless, you are absolutely right in that there is always a stream going down the Alternative, but I haven't been down in very wet conditions to know what it is like. I don't think the first pitch will get too unpleasant, although there is an deviation hanger on the opposite wall about 10 metres down which presumably is designed to keep the rope away from the spray when necessary. You can reach it from the new hang (which is a little further away from the water), but we haven't used it. 

It will be impossible to avoid the water on the bottom pitch, despite the hang taking the driest route possible. There is a hanger for a deviation a few metres down which is a relic of the previous rigging, but it will now only pull you over a few centimetres. However, the pitch is close to the wall so one can rope-walk up the damp section very quickly with the aid of a Pantin.

As a matter of interest, the old rigging on the first pitch involved the use of a scaffold pole laid across the shaft resting on the passage bedrock floor, which we used to clove-hitch to. When one of us was coming up on one occasion, the bedrock on which the pole rested started to move. It took very little effort to persuade it to slide down the pitch. It turned out that although it was a proper chunk of floor, it was also a completely detached slab resting on a muddy slope!

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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2018, 09:02:37 pm »
Can I confirm - has this route been equipped with bolts? or resin anchors?

There is a distinct difference.

Do I need to take a spanner and 10mm or even 8mm plates?

Thank you.

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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2018, 09:28:10 pm »
Can I confirm - has this route been equipped with bolts? or resin anchors?

There is a distinct difference.

Do I need to take a spanner and 10mm or even 8mm plates?

Thank you.

See http://www.resinanchor.co.uk this should answer your question   :thumbsup:
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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2018, 11:10:32 pm »
More topical was it an IC anchor installation or a CNCC Technical Group installation?  or both?

Either way I don't think I will be attempting something with a Beardy sized hole anytime soon!

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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2018, 11:37:06 pm »
More topical was it an IC anchor installation or a CNCC Technical Group installation?  or both?

Either way I don't think I will be attempting something with a Beardy sized hole anytime soon!

IC anchors. You don't need to go through the Beardy-sized hole to enjoy it. Just turn upstream from the large ledge a few metres down the big pitch and follow your nose until half of the floor disappears - you're then there. You have to bend down a little at one point. It's a fun route, and the first pitch is in a very fine shaft.

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Re: New IC-bolted Route in Aquamole
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2018, 02:26:13 pm »
That hole is a little tight, I had to take my SRT kit off!  :tease: But if the in-situ rope is removed you still need someone to go through it and rig the short up pitch from the big ledge (or it it climbable/traverse-able?).

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As a matter of interest, the old rigging on the first pitch involved the use of a scaffold pole laid across the shaft resting on the passage bedrock floor, which we used to clove-hitch to. When one of us was coming up on one occasion, the bedrock on which the pole rested started to move. It took very little effort to persuade it to slide down the pitch. It turned out that although it was a proper chunk of floor, it was also a completely detached slab resting on a muddy slope!
  :o

Glad I never actually went down that way. I explored 1 arm bandit up pitches instead on that occasion.
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