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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #25 on: January 04, 2019, 08:15:30 pm »
In situ bone fragments at 12m.


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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #26 on: January 04, 2019, 08:16:09 pm »
Hooray Page 2.   :clap2: :clap2:

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2019, 11:21:00 pm »
Aargh! Trying to hit the "2" wth my finger end on my tablet, hit the "all" instead  :wall:

Don't do that, folks!
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves:  you don't know how far they go back, sometimes... or what is waiting for you inside."   JRR Tolkein: "The Hobbit"

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2019, 08:45:58 am »
Will splodge some more photos now we are happily on our way with page two. If the page turns with say 25 posts I can add less images per post that might get us to page 3 quicker. ( if I even get that far ).

The cement run.



Looking back after looking ahead.





I have a 3m reach with the selfie stick. Useful for looking onward in unknown territory. Camera on Programme with 12 sec timer. 

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2019, 11:37:55 am »
Experimenting with Flickr.
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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2019, 11:43:41 am »
I have just upgraded to Pro with Flickr as my account was locked for exceeding the 1,000 image limit. It would be much easier for all of us if I can post directly from Flickr and reduce the file size to medium. My Flickr images are chronological so its easier for me to select them where before I was searching all over the place for Photobucket images. The upload is quicker and no constant refreshing the Photobucket upload page.
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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #31 on: January 05, 2019, 11:56:58 am »
The drill . Went down some 70m depth from the generator. Got a bit " twitchy " sometimes .

Nigel Cox in La La Land by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Upper La La Land.

La La Land by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

A big one in The Egg Timer.

Tony Boycott in La La Land. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

La La Land by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

So if somebody can confirm the images are there and not just a URL code it would help. Thanks.
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« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2019, 11:59:15 am »
Image size 800 x 600 and you get an additional description. Sadly it also blows my cover as The Old Ruminator.

The Flickr engine does seem to " improve " an image when added to the photostream. I suppose this comes across in the post as well.

So awaiting confirmation that others can see the images. I am not too clever with this internet thing.
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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #33 on: January 05, 2019, 12:21:58 pm »
Yep, I can see the images just fine Mr OR. Or should that be...Mr Chipchase?
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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #34 on: January 05, 2019, 12:26:33 pm »
Thanks Tony I will continue with Flickr.

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2019, 03:40:53 pm »
Winter 17/18 continued.

Vurley collage. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr


With the loss of the original Egg Timer ( it fell down a hole. ) a new Egg Timer was built.

The Egg Timer. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

This was the deepest point in August 17. Thankfully it was goodbye to The Egg Timer Choke though some time later we would meet again.

Vurley. Deepest point to date. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

The phantom sandwich snatcher lurked.

Phantom Sandwich Snatcher. Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

It was all tiresome work.

" Rob " by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2019, 08:23:42 pm »
La La land base camp.

La La Land by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

So goodbye for now Egg Timer choke as a vertical shaft forming a bypass was excavated.

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Much capping and hauling up to La La Land which is starting to fill up. We always find another chamber in such circumstance so stay hopeful.

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

PB140042 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Eventually the shaft is cleared of boulders.

Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

And we find -


Our old friend The Egg Timer Choke looking angrier than ever and no other way on.

A small hematite rock in the centre.

Vurley red rock in situ 70m down by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Terminal choke now collapsed at Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Choke with stream below about 70m down in Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

15m of that all the way back up to La La Land.

It all looked pretty hopeless.

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2019, 08:31:54 pm »
We are a trifle dismayed.

Chris Milne. Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Hematite.

Odd rock from 70m down in Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

View up the shaft.

Pitch below The Egg Timer. Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

A choke 15m up to La La Land. Stacking space restricted, no apparent way on , a long staged haul all up The Egg Timer.
Seemed like the whole project had hit the buffers --

But --

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #38 on: January 06, 2019, 09:50:28 am »
Just this one today.  Most of the group and you might guess who is the most useful.

Not the twit at the back.

P3040207 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #39 on: January 07, 2019, 09:33:25 am »
There is always hope.

Remote view of solid rock and a small stream behind The Egg Timer choke.

Small unentered streamway at Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Engineering might solve it. Two acro props are fitted with pins into solid rock on either side of the choke.

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Then braced back to the solid wall at the bottom of the shaft.

Peter Glanvill. Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

P1300023 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

It looks a mess but every pole has a purpose.

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Eventually we can work around the choke.

Mac and Tony in Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr



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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #40 on: January 07, 2019, 10:43:20 am »
Vurley has consumed some 100m of scaffolding. Some 60m of this was kindly donated by JR Diving Services of Cullompton. Not the normal Mendip way but fast and effective remembering that time is short for us old codgers. Also Galmington Social Club for donating the rust proof mesh ( left over from the football court fencing ) with which we made gabion baskets of sorts for The Egg Timer. Actually I would think quite useful in cave digs though not cheap.

http://gabion1.co.uk/gabion-baskets/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6rHQ8b3b3wIV7r3tCh04Ug33EAAYAiAAEgLnlPD_BwE

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2019, 11:14:01 am »
Vurley when active. Not very helpful.

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

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« Reply #44 on: January 07, 2019, 06:44:14 pm »
Rift between The Egg Timer and the vertical pot.

Below The Egg Timer. Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

The vertical pot ( all dug )

Below The Egg Timer. Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Looking up the pot from the choke.

Vurley c -70m by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

" Gabion boxes" in The Egg Timer.

Stacking rocks in The Egg Timer at Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2019, 06:55:41 pm »
Ladder in the pot about to be bolted to the stemples.

Vurley at about 60m down by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Following the solid wall and the stream behind the choke.

P2270016 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

At last we get under the choke and into solid rock.

Peter Glanvill. Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Thats it. The very last and deepest boulder in the choke now securely scaffolded in. Depth about 65m.

Vurley. The lintel. Holds up the big choke ! by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Scribble from my log. The brown line is the " event horizon " . The change to cave in solid rock.

P3070002 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

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« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2019, 07:14:26 pm »
" Putinesque" at the hut . Joint caving experience 110 years.

P7240002 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

The " dew pond " in Winter.

Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Long Summer days.

Vurley in September by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

The selfie stick.

vurleyaug112017 017 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Shifting.

Help ! Vurley. Nigel Cox. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

When all seemed lost. The Egg Timer has timed out.

After the fall. La La Land by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Surveying the mess.

After the fall. La La Land by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Unhelpful models.

Stop it Sally ! by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Meanwhile at The Hunters.

Trevor and Pete in The Hunters. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr


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« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2019, 07:31:16 pm »
The reindeer shed.

PC130007 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Doctor Hilti.

Peter Glanvill in Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Sally in the ally .

Vurley with Sally Glanvill by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Bone found at 36m.

Bone found at _36m. Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Bubble draught testing.

Bubble draught test at Vurley. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Mr Up and Mr Down.

P9200116 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Supporting " Damocles "

P8020004 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Old Sparky

P7050077 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Thank you JR Services.

P6140015 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Mark's marvelous wall.

P6070047 by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

To baldly go.

To baldly go --- by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Fun with photoshop.

Peat Rose at home by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

The view from the hill.

Cheddar by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

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Re: Some Fun Images From Vurley Over Three Years.
« Reply #48 on: January 07, 2019, 07:39:51 pm »
The boulder net.

Vurley. The boulder net. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

The tripod.

Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Vurley Swallet. by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Pipe dreams.

Pipes ready at Vurley by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Topping out.

Vurley Swallet by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Starting point

Vurley Swallet by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr

Early purple orchid at Vurley.

Early Purple Orchid, Mendip by Nicholas Chipchase, on Flickr


A bit deeper next time ----

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« Reply #49 on: January 07, 2019, 07:42:05 pm »
Well and truly splodged ! :beer2: