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Report - River Ravensbourne, Late 2007

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Moddy, Jan 23, 2008.

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    First up - A huge thanks to Zero on this one. :thumb Without his knowledge I wouldn't have got this done, I doubt I'd even know it was there. My research was made 10 times easier thanks to his own experiance there.

    As this was my first underwater thing I approached it with bags of enthusiasm - as did my exploration buddy for the day, Spotlight. [Who despite having an account, never posts after a rather embarassing first few posts the year before last... :p]

    With everything in plastic bags, and all the plastic bags in our rucksacks [which had a bin liner as more waterproofing :D] we thought we'd be good to go. When actually the water wasn't even a foot at the deepest point - so it wasn't really needed.

    I had postponed this trip about 3 times as I wasn't keen on the weather, nor was BBC News and weather.com, But there was a few days of sunshine due, and there had been no rain for other a week... So off we went!

    It was an eventful explore, but rather disappointing in the end as we seemed to be in a never ending square section. However, it was still enjoyable and a great introduction into what lies beneath our feet!

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    One lesson learnt was that it isn't easy on your back! Another one might be that a baseball cap could be a good idea... [Otherwise your hair becomes a bit of a spiders nest :eek:]

    Despite its obvious secrecy, we did come very close to being compromised by a parking attendant.. [They get everywhere, eh? :rolleyes:] But as I was in hi-viz [And spotlight was out of site], It was just a simple nod to acknowledge him.. then we went on our way. :D [The river rises near a fancy car park, and I was out on the side of the river trying to get a shot of it.]

    And that is my third and final report from 2007 that I hadn't posted. Hope you enjoyed. ;)
     

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    Re: River Ravensbourne, Late 2007 - REPORT

    Yeah, That block tunnel seemed to be really long - and we kept thinking "Oh, we can hear running water! Lets just go a little bit further" - It was a bit of an endless loop! I'll certainly have a look at that!

    Yep, You marked it on the map thanks! Its down through the gardens though, isn't it?

    The big brick section is right before where the river was uncovered, by the car park. Its there that I had my little encounter with a parking attendant - Trying to get a shot into the brick section from above.

    As we turned the corner and saw it I was pretty much in awe of it. It seemed sooo high, Even though it didn't go on for that long. Definitely something I want to see again!

    It was quite small in sections though - especially that long tunnel! Rubber dhingy anyone? :D

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    One of the small bridges going from one side of a persons garden, to a small plot of land the other side of the river. Allowing them to increase there garden by.. oh, 2 square meters? [Admittedly, they all look really neat though]

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    Looking out towards the above bridges.


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    A nice and dry break?

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    An ugly shot quickly taken with flash, showing the debris that had collected in part of the junction.

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    The explorer himself... [Not quite sure what to do with his arms?] :rolleyes:
     
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