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Report - Shaw Lodge Mill (Chimney), Halifax - April 2012.

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by Ojay, Apr 29, 2012.

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    Shaw Lodge Mill (Chimney)

    Ojay/Stepping Lightly/Blinker

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    Some History

    The chimney itself, built in 1855 became a listed building in April 2007 as an integral and essential part of the mill complex

    Constructed entirely from stone stands at 219ft (including base)

    Also THIS


    I did recently say no more chimney climbs, but for some reason the lure almost seems impossible to resist

    (That and I needed a 'high' fix AND a break from sewers)

    This being no exception as Squirrell had spotted it a while back now, sadly the usual suspects were working away and I assumed it would have been de-laddered after so long..

    Up popped an excellent report a good few weeks on, and I made my mind up I wanted to have a closer look

    S.L was about so we met up and set about a plan to scale it one tea time

    NOTHING is impossible, and for sure credits to Bigjobs & Co for some "outside the box thinking" on this one

    After a carefully prepared stimulating drink, we packed some minimal kit and met up with our good friend Blinker as soon as the weather was favourable

    The biggest surprise on this one was the sheer size of the base itself (None of them are ever laddered for obvious reasons)

    With some minor modification to our equipment and some epic climbing from S.L we were on top of the base standing next to the ladders :Not Worthy

    Now I have made comments in the past about how 'shoddy' steeple-jacks rigging can be, well I'm fully aware they tie the ropes off to stop them flapping about etc, but I mainly refer to the safety line

    I mean has anyone ever just lashed it round some scaff and a rickety ladder and attempted a fall :eek:

    SO staring up a 219ft chimney, a quick gulp and up we go

    I decided some sort of a safety device would be favourable, but in the end it was more a faff, slowing the job down so to speak, so off it came!

    The top section through onto the crow's nest was a bit of a squeeze with the rucksack, but other than that we were all up in no time really

    Although the sky was fairly clear and there was minimal wind, the views were if I'm honest not that spectacular or inspiring

    I also managed to break my tripod on the way up, so all the shots were taken by wedging what was left of it here and there in order to grab a few pics for posterity

    20 mins of fannying about and we free climbed it back down

    Hands, feet and a brain are more than enough to stay safe in these situations

    Props to S.L for skills, a carefully prepared caffeine potion that kept me pissing into the next morning and Blinker for coming along and keeping us safe :thumb

    From Dusk til Dawn...

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    "Friggin in th riggin"


    Looking towards Halifax



    Sowerby Bridge & beyond


    Safety First :rolleyes:


    Back down

    #1 Ojay, Apr 29, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012

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