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Offline Cap'n Chris

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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2005, 05:56:00 pm »
Sounds pretty good to me; I'll float it past the CSCC webmasterthingy and see if I can stamp emboss the lettering onto a dog collar tag kind of dohickey or get it etched as you mention. Any particular site in mind, Mr. Darkplaces?

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« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2005, 11:34:04 pm »
site - what do you mean, location or website for non CSCC controlled locations?

I would like to adopt Box, box is soo cute  :oops:

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« Reply #27 on: May 28, 2005, 12:34:09 am »
Gates create vandalism, albeit usually the gates themselves being vandalised.
Gates are not a particularly efficient method of protecting anything!
Priority should be given to making access easier to those who want it not restricting everybody.
Access to a whole valleys worth of mines here has effectively been lost this week due to some numpty cutting through a grate ontop a 80foot shaft, all they had to do was look around a bit and they would see an alternate unlocked access, they did'nt even bother to recover the shaft behind them (in an area local kids frequent) the landowner has announced his intent to prosecute every caver/ mine explorer seen on his land from now on. On investigation it appears mineral collectors are the culprits,
whilst I've no particular objection to people gaining access by their own means, leaving a shaft un-covered id gross stupidity and in-excusable.
A blind eye will no longer be turned to people like ourselves "nosing" about.
This has occured in an area where no access restrictions have been applied before.
No amount of gates will prevent this kind of stupidity.
Those responsible can sleep easily however, the blame has been lodged firmly upon my shoulders........

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« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2005, 07:45:35 am »
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Gates are not a particularly efficient method of protecting anything!


When it comes to protecting caves there are numerous examples which prove to the contrary. In terms of conservation, for example, St. Cuthbert's Swallet on Mendip recently "celebrated" the 50th anniversary since its discovery ... the fabulously fine formations there remain in pristine condition - admittedly there is also a leader system but you get my gist; there are many other pretty caves on Mendip which are protected by lock and key and which retain their unspoiled, undamaged state - just compare these to the sad vandalised state of "open" sites and you'll immediately conclude that gates actually do their job very well indeed.

Having said this, making access easy (or easier - is there a difference? Discuss) is important but perhaps it's more of a case of trying to avoid making access difficult - an SAE to get a permit or an online application (such as the S. Wales caves like OFD) and some kind of warranty that you are a bona fide caver usually suffices to most sites (there are only a handful of caves like Gough's in Cheddar, Peak in Derbyshire and Dan-yr-Ogof in South Wales which, since they are commercially operated showcaves, require visiting cavers to provide proof of insurance cover for their activities to keep the management happy. Mostly insurance is asked for since it proves you are a member of a caving club).

It is sad to hear about your example of unauthorised and potentially reckless visitors spoiling access to a series of sites in a valley - apparently caused by someone cutting through a gate; these repercussions don't seem to concern people engaged in their clandestine activities but they can have pretty devastating consequences for other bona fide users and this appears to be a case in point. I hope you can successfully renegotiate access sometime in the future.

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« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2005, 08:06:36 am »
The main thing here  Cap'n Chris is that it was'nt a gate that was cut up it was
a grating covering a shaft, the gate is a 150yards away and has never been locked. Access was never a problem!
Also there has never been any agreement over access or lack of it, simply no-one has been bothered if you wander about or not in the past.
Personally I have always found that these people are content to let me go about my business  :?  on the basis that a low profile is kept and no harm is done, all that has now changed and the people concerned are actively looking for cavers tresspassing on their patch.
This particular area is largely unexplored, it is also extremely unlikely that the status quo will ever return to what it was
I have always found that natural obstacles such as crawls and water impede those likely to cause damage far more effectively than gates. the problem we have up here is destruction caused by mineral collectors, thay seem prepared to go to any lengths to get their rocks, the damage I've seen lately is considerable and deliberate.
Say what you will about my attitude toward access restrictions, but neither myself or anyone I go underground with would deliberately damage anything in a mine. It would defeat the whole purpose of the visit

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« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2005, 09:54:18 am »
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and some kind of warranty that you are a bona fide caver usually suffices to most sites. Mostly insurance is asked for since it proves you are a member of a caving club).


This is all very well,but where does it leave the likes of me ?

I'm not a member of any club,but have been exploring mines,(caves don't do it for me), since the early 60's.

I was loosely "associated" with a couple of clubs years ago,but I'm rather  selective about who I go u/g with,as I've come across too many idiots.

So,if I apply for access to a locked mine and say I don't belong to a club,what happens ?,do I get access ?,or is it refused as I can't prove my bona fides ?

I'm sorry,but membership of a "club" only proves you are a "club member",and says nothing whatsover about an individuals abilities or experience u/g.I'm sure that I'm not the only person who's come across "explorers/cavers" you wouldn't want to be in a supermarket with,let alone u/g.

It seems funny that lack of club membership has not been a hindrance to me being granted access to working mines.

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« Reply #31 on: May 28, 2005, 10:06:31 am »
Anyone know what the insurance position with BCA is at the moment? As far as I know, we are insured, but despite being a member of a club, I don't yet have a card for this year, so I can't prove to anyone that I am insured!

Have other people got their cards yet - should I be chasing this up?

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« Reply #32 on: May 28, 2005, 03:32:07 pm »
I don't think the BCA have sent them out yet (I certainly havn't got mine). They're on their way though apparently......

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« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2005, 08:45:13 pm »
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and some kind of warranty that you are a bona fide caver usually suffices to most sites. Mostly insurance is asked for since it proves you are a member of a caving club).



This is all very well,but where does it leave the likes of me ?

I'm not a member of any club,but have been exploring mines,(caves don't do it for me), since the early 60's.

I was loosely "associated" with a couple of clubs years ago,but I'm rather selective about who I go u/g with,as I've come across too many idiots.

So,if I apply for access to a locked mine and say I don't belong to a club,what happens ?,do I get access ?,or is it refused as I can't prove my bona fides ?

I'm sorry,but membership of a "club" only proves you are a "club member",and says nothing whatsover about an individuals abilities or experience u/g.I'm sure that I'm not the only person who's come across "explorers/cavers" you wouldn't want to be in a supermarket with,let alone u/g.

It seems funny that lack of club membership has not been a hindrance to me being granted access to working mines.


By the sounds of things you're not finding your activities curtailed through lack of being a club member or having insurance so all is well for you.

There will always be a few idiots in any group/club but that doesn't mean we need to tar the entire organisation with the same brush though.

Likewise being a member of club doesn't automatically mean, by definition, that you know what you're doing!

Your question about what happens if you apply for access to a site as a non-club-member and non-insured person begs the obvious response... try it and see what happens! (You go on to say that your lack of club membership has not been a hindrance in the past so perhaps there's no problem at all as far as mines are concerned).

The sites I mentioned where insurance is a prerequisite for access are COMMERCIALLY run caves with higher management who get worried about liability - my point was that if you happen to be a member of a club (and therefore insured, since club membership now requires you to be insured) it helps to open doors (gates/grilles) - a direct benefit of club membership.

No-one has to be a member of a club but this is an example of one reason why many people do become members.

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« Reply #34 on: May 28, 2005, 08:49:23 pm »
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the landowner has announced his intent to prosecute every caver/ mine explorer seen on his land from now on


Where is this site?

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« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2005, 11:38:52 pm »
I'd rather keep the exact location and names of individuals to myself for a week or two Cap'n Chris, in the perhaps useless hope that I can get the situation to simmer down a little, most of the sites on that patch are little known and not yet hugely frequented.
I will keep you updated of the situation, the fact that prior to this the person concerned and I got on well enough so I might be able to smooth things out a bit over a period of time :roll:

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« Reply #36 on: May 29, 2005, 11:04:05 am »
Good thinking; time heals. "Best not to prod a sore spot when one is discovered".

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« Reply #37 on: May 31, 2005, 08:52:55 pm »
Insurence is always almost demanded to access anywhere underground. FOD require insurence and a permit and to be part of a club (loosly atleast). Mole's point is a major one, the people that know him, know he has vast experiance with things underground and can take amazing photographs but gets repelled by people who demand insurence and club status, everyone looses out including the group doing the refusing. I contacted some club to ask for a visit to some south east limestone quarrys but was told anyone who wanted to go in had to be insured. Its the usual argument and not really on topic.

Returning to topic....
I think, atleast some gates are vandalized because people are fustrated because they simple have no clue who to ask to 'take a look'.

Some people regardless will vandalize, it has to be accepted (I dont mean its alright) but like falling rocks people have to accept its going to happen now and then. The problem is people who controll access simply start restricting access more because of a random rare occurance, which to be honest, it is in the big wide world.

I would love to get to a point were people dont have to sneek around and hide activities simply because its the only way to explore without insurence. Only then, when people were open could they be seporated from the idiot vandals.

 

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