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Re: Hillocks / Knotlow
« Reply #100 on: August 29, 2019, 11:23:15 pm »
Paper in the ammo box is damp and the biros wont write, suggest pencils or crayons?

What was the date of your trip? I replaced the biros with divers' waterproof pencils two weeks ago on 13/08/19. Was the air OK??

If you have comments on the air quality in Knotlow/Hillocks and you can't write it in the log for whatever reason - or it really needs reporting urgently - please email gasman@thedca.org.uk
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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #101 on: August 30, 2019, 10:14:28 am »
Hi Alan,
It would heve been before you changed them, so I gave up trying to update on subsequent visits... I will endeavour to check every time and add an update
No bad air (other than decaying lemmings!) since at least Christmas 2018

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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #102 on: August 30, 2019, 11:04:26 am »
If a place is in need of P bolts, you need to email the details to Bob Dearman, who is currently DCA equipment officer, with all the information and he will do what he needs to do, to get them potentially installed. Contact details on DCA website.

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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #103 on: August 30, 2019, 11:20:51 am »
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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #104 on: November 04, 2019, 04:59:51 pm »
Masson Cavern
Be aware that on a recent discrete visit on which we encountered no access issues, we went in through the crawls to the coffin level into the bigger workings. We passed over the head of a small internal shaft that has P bolts for a traverse line and hand lines down the hand dug shaft itself. I am told this is called "Pasture Shaft." There is a thick "gym" rope rigged down the shaft belayed to a bolt in the lip of the shaft. The bolt appears good, as does the shackle on the spliced eye. However, the two are joined by what resembles a paper clip, albeit a sturdy one, but still a paper clip! Should be OK for skinnies and children...  :o
Incidentally the crawls were quite wet - half full in places, including a flat out crawl that involved a soaking, and streams were running through the passages in places

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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #105 on: December 09, 2019, 08:38:23 pm »
ELDON HOLE
It has been reported to DCA that the fixed ropes on the up pitches in Eldon Hole are in a poor state with a number of damaged sections.
A group that was in there today have managed to isolate the damage and re-rigged the pitch as best they could with the original rope to remove the immediate danger, but a new rope will be needed here as soon as possible.
The DCA does not install and maintain any fixed ropes, so we would not be in a position to offer any rope for this. If anyone knows the length of rope that would be required to replace the in-situ one, then that would be good information to have though.

We are contacting the team of DCA anchor installers to see if we can review the anchor placements in this area and potentially install further resin anchors to remove the rub points if possible.

Visits to this area of Eldon Hole should be undertaken with extreme caution in the short term and with great care for the formations in this area at all times.
Please use another thread if you wish to discuss this notification.
Pete K, DCA Projects Officer.
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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #106 on: December 28, 2019, 07:16:38 pm »
ELDON HOLE
It has been reported to DCA that the fixed ropes on the up pitches in Eldon Hole are in a poor state with a number of damaged sections.
A group that was in there today have managed to isolate the damage and re-rigged the pitch as best they could with the original rope to remove the immediate danger, but a new rope will be needed here as soon as possible.
The DCA does not install and maintain any fixed ropes, so we would not be in a position to offer any rope for this. If anyone knows the length of rope that would be required to replace the in-situ one, then that would be good information to have though.

We are contacting the team of DCA anchor installers to see if we can review the anchor placements in this area and potentially install further resin anchors to remove the rub points if possible.

Visits to this area of Eldon Hole should be undertaken with extreme caution in the short term and with great care for the formations in this area at all times.
Please use another thread if you wish to discuss this notification.
Pete K, DCA Projects Officer.

I'm am reliably informed that the rigging in this area has been adjusted and another rope has been installed. For reference, the anchors in the upper rift section are not DCA installed ones. It is reported that the pull through cord from the main chamber is beginning to wear, so cavers might need to look at taking a replacement in the coming months.

 

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