This Saturday was a planned digging day, naturally the response was overwhelming and we had to thin the numbers to a respectable 5. Two of those were either arriving late or leaving early!
Today we returned to No-Hope mine near Eldon Hill Quarry, this was something on Slitherstones (I think) rake that Phil Gregson and I had found a few years ago. We spent quite a lot of time down there digging and re-stacking old deads and eventually found our way into a shaft to a depth of about 50 or 60m. Phil left CAN and we both left the dig alone for a couple of years. I knew that we left a load of tools and materials down there and recently have been wanting to go and clear the place out. Chris and I woke at about 10, feeling a tad rough from yesterdays digging and had a leisurely breakfast before heading over to the mine. We managed to park pretty close and battled against the strong biting cold wind and spindrift to the boulder under which the entrance shaft descends. I was immediately reminded how much crap was there... So much in fact I was a little bit shocked!
We spent a couple of hours tidying up, de-rigging ropes, removing bolts and packing everything into 4 eye wateringly heavy tackle bags. We took these back to the car and returned for more crap before covering up the entrance and creaking back to the car for the last time. I'm really pleased we got rid of all that stuff, there is just a little bit left for the next quiet Sunday.