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Report - Lafarge Cement Works - Hope Valley (inc chimney) Feb 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Bigjobs, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Bigjobs

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    History.

    They started making cement here by mixing stuff up a while ago. They put stuff in big turny things & heat it up, and cement comes out the end - 1.3 million tonnes per year.

    This report is made up of more than one visit, and you all know how long it takes me to get my pictures sorted. In attendance were Me, Millhouse, Tweek, Horus, Fishbrain, Sho, Gone & Over.

    Much fun was had, many runs were run, and lots & lots of big turny round things were seen. I'm really getting to like this live infil.

    It's been said that this place is dead, well when we were there building works was going on, 24hr works it would seem too. At one point we spotted a guy working infront of us, to turn round and realise that we'd wandered into the middle of a group of workers. We extricated oursleves from that situation well.

    The building works means that the chimney is laddered & scaffed. 132.5mtr reinforced concrete. So we climbed it. The wind was amazingly strong, a few times I thought we were going to be blown off the ladder, and the swing of the chimney was more than I've felt on anything else. Madness.

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    Epic lads. Me and that chimney shared a few special moments on those stronger gusts of wind. Around 300ft up it was hard to tell if it was the chimney moving or if it was me tripping out.. By about 400ft, you could totally feel the sway, and by the time you got to that end ariel style steeple jack ladder change, the movement was fridiculous. I'm not going to lie, the sound of that crab clicking in to something more secure than my freezing hands at the top was absolute music when I was pulling my self through that last hatch. Props to all involved, one to remember this one.




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    Lafarge Cement Works, Hope - February 2012

    Properly enjoyed this one. Shame I couldn't make it back for the trains, but I didn't even wanna look at that chimney nevermind climb the beast with nothing to clip on with! Wins all round I reckon but much respect to the crazy fools.

    It was top catching up with Horus again after successfully blitzing the most epic fire station in the UK with him a week or so before.

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