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CO2 in Manor Farm Swallet today 06/07/2015
« Reply #50 on: July 06, 2015, 11:47:55 pm »
Manor Farm:
High levels of CO2 noted. Very little (none) air movement and trip aborted at Alberts eye.
I have a tendency to be able to 'taste' (metallic) it and it was quite bad today  :down:


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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #51 on: September 23, 2015, 01:27:26 pm »
A report received that the air was bad in Manor Farm Swallet yesterday (22nd September 2015). A party of six were all short of breath. By the time they got out, at least one member had a headache and felt sick. It was reported as being very unpleasant, and considered potentially dangerous.

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« Reply #52 on: September 25, 2015, 12:41:54 am »
A report received that the air was bad in Manor Farm Swallet yesterday (22nd September 2015). A party of six were all short of breath. By the time they got out, at least one member had a headache and felt sick. It was reported as being very unpleasant, and considered potentially dangerous.
I didn't think the farmer allowed access throughout the summer and autumn months, has this changed now cap'n?

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« Reply #53 on: September 25, 2015, 07:20:50 am »
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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #54 on: September 28, 2015, 07:28:17 am »
Hi

The air in Cuckoo Cleeves was very bad on 25/09/15 - not really too surprising. 

Looks like no-one has visited there in a while given the lack of paths through the nettles and brambles.  Also the padlock has rusted badly and needed quite a bit of fettling to get it open. 

 
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« Reply #55 on: October 22, 2015, 12:25:19 am »
Tynings bad this evening two of us on a trip of four suffered quite badly,  we all felt breathless and far more tired on the way out,  although felt a bit better once at the cleaner air near the pitches.

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« Reply #56 on: October 24, 2015, 05:58:09 pm »
Swildons two. Bad air.! Probably anyway not really experienced it before but it matches the symptoms.

Walked down to sump two and noticed a biological odor sump pool had a thick scum. We went up black hole series and all experienced much shorter breath than expected. One member who already had a cold really struggled. All felt much better back over sump 1 on the at out. Took a while to get better.

Very surprised as not heard problems in swildons before. Lots of people about. Thanks to those who let us past! Did any of Plymouth uni notice anything if there on here?
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« Reply #57 on: November 03, 2015, 07:49:37 pm »
Subject: Rhino Rift temporary closure

This is to let you all know that Rhino Rift shall be temporarily closed from Mon 8th to Thurs 11th November ? locked with a different padlock ? whilst work takes place to break up the boulders currently blocking the route to the 4th pitch.
 
As the work is taking place during the week this should cause the minimum amount of inconvenience.
 
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Charterhouse Caving Company ltd


The above email received but I'm currently querying the dates as the day/dates don't match.

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« Reply #58 on: November 03, 2015, 07:50:43 pm »
It'll be 9th to 12th, speck.

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« Reply #59 on: November 19, 2015, 06:40:43 pm »
Just received the following:

FYI

Due to instability in the entrance series St Cuthbert’s has been closed until work to fix the problem has been carried out.  The is a BEC committee decision, which we have not taken lightly.  It is envisaged that the cave will be open again by Christmas.

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Hannah

Hannah Bennett
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(Telephone number removed by Pegasus by request)
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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #60 on: November 19, 2015, 11:39:09 pm »
Hey John,

Any chance you can remove my phone number.  I have no problem people emailing me on busty_caver@hotmail.com but don't want PPI calls coming through.  Cheers, Hannah

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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #61 on: December 02, 2015, 09:12:05 pm »
The air in Cuckoo Cleeves was very bad on 25/09/15 - not really too surprising. 

Bit late to report now but also bad air in Cuckoo Cleeves on 31/10/15 (also my first cave).

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« Reply #62 on: February 22, 2016, 12:35:30 am »
Tynings bad this evening two of us on a trip of four suffered quite badly,  we all felt breathless and far more tired on the way out,  although felt a bit better once at the cleaner air near the pitches.

Visit today, 21-2-16, CO2 guessed at probably about 1%. Trip didn't need to be aborted, but just steady progress throughout to minimise huffy-puffy-ness.
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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #63 on: November 06, 2017, 01:54:05 pm »
Bad air warning Manor Farm - A party had to turn back at the top of the second pitch (September Rift) on Friday night because of bad air.

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« Reply #64 on: August 17, 2018, 10:33:08 am »
Sludge Pit Hole
I felt the air was bad in the above cave last night, particularly in Skeleton Series. Rest of the club weren't effected, but did notice a big difference in freshness of air once we returned to the stream way.

PS the field has cows in at the moment, but they were very docile! *caver with a cow phobia* 

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« Reply #65 on: August 17, 2018, 12:58:04 pm »
Swildons two. Bad air.!

I experienced the same a couple of weeks ago too. Very short if breath and exhausting

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« Reply #66 on: November 03, 2018, 08:39:16 pm »
Report of strong diesel smell in Swildon's Hole on the Short Round Trip today. Between the Greasy Chimney and the Troubles. May be the stuff coming up from Watergate again?

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« Reply #67 on: November 04, 2018, 03:52:14 pm »
Smell of diesel from Sump I down to The Landing today.

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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #68 on: November 13, 2018, 08:56:28 pm »
Still a strong smell of diesel all the way to sump 2 today.

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« Reply #69 on: November 13, 2018, 09:55:56 pm »
Group this afternoon had to turn back at the First Mud Sump owing to the strong smell/taste. Think the draught has reversed and the smell is coming out of St Paul's now.

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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #70 on: December 24, 2018, 04:06:59 pm »
Very strong diesel smell in Swildon's 4 today. I could taste it in the air before I even got my mask off. Worst I've ever smelt it in a cave, nearly threw up several times  :yucky:
Smell seemed strongest at the upstream end, close to High Loop Passage. Could just be the draft carried it up there, but didn't investigate too closely.
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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #71 on: January 13, 2019, 02:21:43 pm »
Went into Swildon's Hole, Vicarage Passage today.

There is the white growth again, see: https://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=9646.25

First noticed on the right at the bottom of the rope going up The Landing. Went both ways once past the boulder choke entry into Vicarage Passage. Heading towards Vicarage Pot the growth ceases a couple of metre from the top of the slope. Going the other way it contines towards  Birthday Squeeze. Didn't notice any smell. Sump I was open again (just).

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Re: Bad air / pollution / bad bolts / etc
« Reply #72 on: September 06, 2019, 01:51:21 pm »
Lots of dieselly aromas through Swildon's Sump V yesterday and a very strong metallic smell just after the sump, although no CO2 problems in that area. Did not notice diesel smell elsewhere in the cave. Sump VI bypass a bit airless as was the Damp Link, we both ended up very breathless and headachey, estimate around the 2% mark. Improved once through into Causer's.

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« Reply #73 on: October 15, 2019, 11:04:36 am »
Bad air in Hunters Sink on the 13th of October, not a massive surprise but thought id still mention it.