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Offline nearlywhite

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odd Caving units?
« on: July 11, 2020, 11:59:19 pm »
Myself and A_Northerner on here went for a caving trip and during the various inane rambles the unit 'an Oxlow of rope' was used. I was wondering if anyone regularly used anything else?

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2020, 09:12:43 am »
Down in the Tamar Valley most of our mines are full of ochre (orange gloop).  Ochre is measured by the""sh*tload". 

One sh*tload of ochre is the amount which, if   discharged into the River Tamar, is the amount required to make the Environment Agency send one boat up the river to investigate; two sh*tloads two boats and so forth.

An unspecified number of sh*loads equals an "Oh f*ck".  An "Oh f*ck" of ochre is the amount required to leave an orange stain on the battleships in Devonport Dockyard (this unit of measurement is also known as a Wheal Russell).

An unspecified number of Oh f*cks equals a "Wheal Jane".  A Wheal Jane of ochre is the amount of ochre which, if discharged into the River Tamar, will make the national news.

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2020, 10:39:29 am »
Has anyone worked out the conversion factor between the "sh*load" and the milliHelen?

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2020, 10:47:07 am »
I like Derbyshire specific units.

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2020, 11:31:44 am »
wet to knees ..damp
wet to knackers... moist
wet to lower lip.. wet.
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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2020, 01:12:38 pm »
Important cavers' unit of time: "Pub o'clock"!   :thumbsup:

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2020, 01:15:00 pm »
If someone tells you it's a "walk in walkout"
There lying

I do it all the time  :o

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2020, 04:23:50 pm »
Dry and dusty = vile sticky loess to wade through with unspecified amounts of ochre, organic content and other pleasant compounds...

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2020, 04:24:21 pm »
We have GSS time which is about half an hour later than GMT.
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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2020, 04:29:15 pm »
Nearly there...
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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2020, 04:39:08 pm »
Torrential drip.  An optimistic description of a water falling beyond the end of a dig.

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2020, 04:49:46 pm »
badger gauge. an important definition to know and apply when being pointed out directions by badger.

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2020, 05:29:07 pm »
wet to knees ..damp
wet to knackers... moist
wet to lower lip.. wet.
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Wet to knackers - comes up to your expectations
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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2020, 06:46:31 pm »
Eldon hour late doesn't exist it happens when it happens 🤔

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2020, 07:16:18 pm »
Wet to knackers - comes up to your expectations

Shouldn't balls deep be known as the Craven watermark?

(as those who fail to get genitally immersed, be them of any flavour, be regarded as contemptuously cowardly and obviously not in reference to any long established Dales traditions)

Not a unit but a value I guess. Here's another: how painful a crawl is based on the number of sharp things that stick into you per second, or Knee-hertz

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2020, 07:42:07 pm »
I find that I can get a rough idea of the length of a rope by using 'arms' lengths' – as though I were coiling it – one AL being ~1.7 m.

And on odd occasions I count steps when prusiking (yeah, I know, what a nerd), but 10 of my steps is roughly equivalent to 4 m; so if I've counted 50 steps on, say, the Juniper Gulf big pitch I think, 'Shit, that's still a long way to go'; perhaps it's better not to know.

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2020, 08:53:33 pm »

Shouldn't balls deep be known as the Craven watermark?

(as those who fail to get genitally immersed, be them of any flavour, be regarded as contemptuously cowardly and obviously not in reference to any long established Dales traditions)

Also known as a "cardboard caver" - gets wet then goes all soft. 

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2020, 12:09:20 am »
Isn't one of the standard SI units a 'Shedload'?  As in there's a shedload of rock to shift, to a shedload scaffold needed, to need a shedload of tackle to get down there, to if I ever get out of this hell-hole I'll need shedload of beer.

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2020, 12:14:06 am »
Is that a Metric or Imperial shedload?
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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2020, 12:18:23 am »
Imperial of course.  Beer comes in pints and in order to fill a shed you need several.

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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2020, 04:08:35 pm »
Depends on whether you've got a loaded shed or you're shedding a load.
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Re: odd Caving units?
« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2020, 05:34:41 pm »
I can hear the River Gangees  :)
If only ! :(

 

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