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PostSubject: Soot Shaft   Sat 21 Mar 2009, 1:55 pm

Location
SJ 2?? 6?? (I’ve forgotton)

Directions
I have forgotten but it is near Rhydymwyn / River Alyn

Access
Permission is required from the quarry

Suggested Equipment
6–8 Electrons or full SRT and 3 long ropes (but SRT will be cumbersome)

Length
Unknown

Flood risk
None known

Mine Attributes
Presumed Lead as some remains in situ.

Description
Named “Soot shaft” because the entry shaft served as a chimney for the last engine which was housed in the mine. You will get covered in soot and it is difficult/impossible to remove from clothing and you should consider using some throwaway overalls.

The route down is difficult and requires the descent of three pitches (one with loose rocks).

Two electrons are required for the entry pitch but the 2nd and 3rd are just a tad to deep for two combined electrons and if you take only 6 you will need to use your ingenuity in re-using the bottom electron (3rd) on the 2nd and 3rd pitches.

The short passages connecting the pitches are also squeezy.

Once down, you are in the main adit and can see where the old engine used to be. There is an additional shaft down which has not been explored by us.

The main adit runs off for, perhaps, 400 metres with areas that are climbable along the way.

Typical of a lead mine.

Unexplored Passages
At least one level below requiring additional equipment to access. Some climbs along the main adit and possibly other passages missed along the way.

Digs
None Known

Links
None Known

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PostSubject: Re: Soot Shaft   Sat 21 Mar 2009, 2:01 pm



The entry shaft




The top of the 2nd pitch/shaft



At the bottom of the 2nd and the top of the 3rd shaft/pitch




The main adit at the bottom of the 3rd shaft/pitch

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PostSubject: Re: Soot Shaft   Sat 21 Mar 2009, 2:02 pm



In the adit

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PostSubject: Re: Soot Shaft   Sat 21 Mar 2009, 2:56 pm





















The remains of a mined vein

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