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Report - Pear Mill Chimney, Stockport, April 2010

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by Skydiver, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Skydiver

    Skydiver Memento vivere
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    Pear Mill, Stockport, was one of the last cotton spinning mills to be built, commencing production in July 1913. It therefore represents the end of a line of development which commenced with Arkwright's mill of 1771, and is an example of a type of building which is fast disappearing. The architects were A.H. Stott & Sons and the building is typical of their work of that period both in terms of construction, and detailing. It ceased operation as a textile mill in March 1978.

    Pear mill Chimney - 200ft - picture poached off google
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    Ever since I missed out on the Welkin mill chimney climb I've been looking at this one - every time I go climbing at awesome walls I look at it and think, one day - one day I'll climb that chimney. Today was that day.

    Early this morning myself and Mr BigJobs set off to give it a go.

    The first challenge involved actually reaching the ladder to begin the climb...

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    With that obstacle overcome with ninja skillz we made our way to the top where the views were amazing. Unfortunately no room to set up a tripod so all pictures were hand held - very few came out any good, but here are the best.

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    Then came the longest abseil I have done to date... I love abseiling, but this one was just a means to get down quickly and hopefully safely. I was overly aware all the way down of the dangers of abseiling, it really is a time you take your life in your hands.

    resting on the 'pear level' for a few minutes I took the opportunity for some more shots I'm never likely to have the opportunity to get again.

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    Mission accomplished we set off just as dawn was creeping over the horizon.
     
    #1 Skydiver, Apr 22, 2010
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2010

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