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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2019, 09:56:47 pm »
Quote of the day came from Ann after Pete finally managed to climb back up the pipe at its original 6m length - "We did think of doing a Longcliffe haul to get you out but we were enjoying watching you struggle back up the pipe too much"
Dirty old mines need love too....

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2019, 06:14:54 pm »
Wardlow Sough day 4 - 10/9/2019
The job is complete! Well nearly. I need to source and install a ladder inside the pipe as it is really rather too hard to get out of it, being at such a steep angle and very greased with mud. I’ll ping some emails about in a day or so to see who can come and help with that.
I’ll finalise the access agreement over the next few days and issue a proper DCA update. Until then, just hang fire on mass trips to the whopping 40m of passage. I’d be keen to hear from someone who can survey it for us if anyone out there can help. Also, we need to take a few pictures of some inscriptions while they are most visible, so a combined trip for both jobs would be a good plan.
Deepest thanks to everyone who has been involved at any stage of the job, this could not have been done without you incredible people.
Full write up will no doubt follow via DCA channels and Descent.
Thanks again.
Pete Knight, DCA Projects Officer

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2019, 07:09:45 pm »
Brilliant job, and as I think I mentioned on Sunday, I know where we can get a steel ladder that could be installed in the pipe.
Dirty old mines need love too....

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2019, 07:10:43 pm »
Brilliant job, and as I think I mentioned on Sunday, I know where we can get a steel ladder that could be installed in the pipe.
Is that something we could achieve this week? PM me if you want.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2019, 08:55:06 pm »
various bits of ladder knocking around outside the coe at bagshawe. You might need to dig through the nettles a bit. Welcome to anything you find.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2019, 08:55:49 pm »
Oh.. and congratulations on a most excellent effort!

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2019, 10:27:20 am »
I've started a write up and need to credit some photos. At the top of the thread I have been given 8 or so names for these 7 people. Can anyone confirm 100% those who are in this picture for me so I can include it in the article please?

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2019, 01:03:26 pm »
Never mind. Bill has been in touch. For the record:
Above entrance = John Beck and Maggie Broadbent (now Maggie Clucas)
In front of entrance from left = Andy Broadbent, Ray Fairholme, Keith Joule, Mick Hasney, Bill Whitehouse.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #33 on: September 13, 2019, 04:53:25 pm »
And we're done! The 2 ladder sections (care of Mike Higgins  :thumbsup:) went in today. Each 2m section is bolted in using 8 x M8 coach screws so they are solid.
Access is as per Neptune Mine, i.e. same Natural England agreement that can be seen here: https://thedca.org.uk/conservation-access/access-agreements/natural-england-access-agreement.
You'll need a Derbyshire Key and remember - righty tighty, lefty loosie.
Digging inside will require permission as this site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, but the local Natural England team are really sound. Contact the DCA Access Officer for details.
A survey and updated description will appear on the DCA Cave Registry soon.

Once again, massive thanks to everyone involved. We have a whole new mine system to play in thanks to you guys!

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #34 on: September 13, 2019, 05:04:11 pm »
Really an absolutely ace effort! 

Respect to all those involved and particularly to Pete for all the planning and organising which went into this.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2019, 11:22:45 am »
https://peakdistrictcaving.info/home/the-caves/wye/wardlow-sough
You'll notice the photo still needs to be updated, but all the access info is up to date.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2019, 11:59:14 am »

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2019, 03:00:39 pm »
Really an absolutely ace effort! 

Respect to all those involved and particularly to Pete for all the planning and organising which went into this.

Couldn't have put it better - an excellent result and a really impressive team effort.
You made a very good job of organising that Pete.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2019, 04:11:29 pm »
Thank you both. I had a lot of great support from Shaun at NE and Adam from PDMHS too.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2019, 11:06:52 am »
Really an absolutely ace effort! 

Respect to all those involved and particularly to Pete for all the planning and organising which went into this.

Couldn't have put it better - an excellent result and a really impressive team effort.
You made a very good job of organising that Pete.

Hear hear
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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #40 on: October 26, 2019, 12:11:56 am »
the lid has two bolts on it, c24mm, the top one is finger loose and impossible to get tighter, the bottom still needs a spanner

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #41 on: October 26, 2019, 09:03:51 am »
I'll go down and nip it up one day. I figured the gate would settle in after a while and need some tweaks. Both nuts were very stiff when installed in September.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #42 on: October 26, 2019, 09:44:04 am »
It is ok though - no one is getting far in at the moment anyway  ;)

If you let me know what needs doing Pete I can do it - I am down there several times a week with the dogs :-)

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #43 on: October 26, 2019, 09:50:50 am »
Ah cheers. On the inside of the door is a nut that tightens up towards the door. Nipping that up increases the grip on the door steel between the inside nut and the outside bolt head, allowing the force needed to turn the bolt to be changed. Basically, it wants nipping up a bit tighter against the door so the bolt can't be turned by hand.
Once that is done, the nut on the end of the bolt, the one that holds the locking arm in place, needs to be tightened up as much as possible, trapping the locking arm against the nut you just adjusted against the door. Doing this locks it off, like when you tighten one nut against another. That will stop it coming loose again quickly.
Clear as mud?

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #44 on: October 29, 2019, 04:15:10 pm »
Thanks Pete, wasn't entirely sure by your description but when I went to look it all made sense.
Both spanner tight again ;-)

Although no one is getting far in anyway at the moment....


The dog was slightly confused, although not at all surprised at the turn this walk had taken......

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #45 on: October 29, 2019, 04:49:11 pm »
Looking at the depth of water, we ought to be back up there with a tray of damp clay and a variety of petals and seeds, creating a design showing a team of ne-er do wells rolling a length of twinwall down the Dale.

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #46 on: October 31, 2019, 07:10:50 am »
Good idea Boy engineer - maybe we can use actual cow pats to represent the many cow pats we rolled it through?

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Re: Wardlow Sough Reopening - DCA Project
« Reply #47 on: October 31, 2019, 07:13:18 am »
Thanks for sorting that Katie!