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Report - Bwlch leadmine Cage lifts (unfinished business) Wales, April 2014

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by The Kwan, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. The Kwan

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    After visiting this lovely mine about a year ago with landsker, we were sick to discover that the cage lifts that we really wanted to see were about 120ft below our feet and only accessible by dropping down shonky ladders and abseiling the last 65ft...fast forward nearly a year and we were back with the clobber and basic skills to get the job done.
    Visited with Landsker and Lenston, thanks to Spungletrumpet for some good info too.

    my original report is here http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/mines-quarries/81144-bwlch-glas-lead-mine-wales-june-2013-a.html

    some history

    Lead Mining started at Bwlch Glas started during the 1880's when a level was excavated to intercept two parallel veins of ore, which outcropped further up the hill. Serious production at the mine didn't start until 1909, when an impressive processing mill was constructed and other levels opened. The Scottish Cardigan Lead Mining Company Ltd. finally closed the mine in 1923, having worked there on a fairly intermittent basis for a number of years.

    After much contemplation at the top of the drop and eating of morrisons steak slices we decided that we were going to see these cages.

    top of the ladders, at the bottom of this is the 65ft clear drop down to the cages
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    As I descended the rope I was thinking that it was taking a long time and once I got to the bottom my heart sank as I looked up to see the height that needed to be ascended on the way back out, this shot was standing on the bottom looking up and you can see lenstons headlamp.

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    Immediately you see this fantastic stope and you kind of forget about the climb back up for a while.
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    Then you catch sight of the cages but nearly miss the old wheelbarrow leaning against the wall
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    What a sight, these cages are really awesome, the gates above the cages would drop down to secure the occupants
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    next level ladies underwear, going down:)
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    Notice the rail in the centre of the cars for the occupants to hold on to also to the far left see the lump hammer with the metal plate above it that would be attached to a rope and banged before moving the lifts.
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    close up of the hammer bell
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    Check the old light fitting
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    from the rear of the cage lifts
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    crop of the cages...eerie or what
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    Then it was time to make the ascent back out and it didnt disappoint as expected, it was hard work and took me far longer than it should of but my age, fitness and shit technique all came into play and I had to rest a bit during the ascent but I was heartened to learn that Landsker was also Knackered at the top of the pitch.
    El Gruppo shot courtesy of Lenston
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    thanks for looking
     

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    Re: Bwylch leadmine Cage lifts (unfinished business) Wales, April 2014

    Cracking stuff, the SRT finish you off :p:
     
  3. The Kwan

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    Re: Bwylch leadmine Cage lifts (unfinished business) Wales, April 2014

    Yep radox bath and stella artios required, gonna ache tomorrow :)
     
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    Re: Bwylch leadmine Cage lifts (unfinished business) Wales, April 2014

    Nice one, duck! Wondered if you were still on it! :thumb
     
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    Re: Bwylch leadmine Cage lifts (unfinished business) Wales, April 2014

    Nice shots there mate and well worth the effort, I was Knackered from just pulling the bags up !! Great day up there though :thumb
     
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    Re: Bwylch leadmine Cage lifts (unfinished business) Wales, April 2014

    Good stuff, enjoyed reading that :thumb
     
  7. The Kwan

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    Re: Bwylch leadmine Cage lifts (unfinished business) Wales, April 2014

    Thanks for commenting Peoples, Lenston what a cracking day out :)

    Yes Dave still on it or trying anyway....when you are ready man :thumb
     
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    Cool stuff lads :thumb and some great shots there Kwan..
     
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    Good effort, looks worth the effort to get down to the bottom :thumb
     
  10. georgie

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    Shit man this is nice well done lord kwan
     
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    Glad you got down there mate.

    It's certainly well worth the effort! :)
     
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    Thanks for the comments folks..Spungletrumpet, good info about the electron and the overhang cheers for that :)
     
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    That's the proper dogs danglers is that mate. Top report :thumb
     
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    Nice one. When you first clap eyes on the cages it's a proper moment. Surprised you didn't back light the fuck out of them. One urbecks point deleted ;)
     
  15. The Kwan

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    Yep nearly did a little sex wee when I first saw them...tried and failed on the backlighting , blurriness and misting up lenses won :)
     
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