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Forest of Dean - BCRC Conference

12th - 14th June 2015 - Nigel Dibben

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FridayTravel down to Parkend in the Forest of Dean for the British Cave Rescue Council AGM and Conference. A little bit of beer was supped in the evening.SaturdayRather than sit through the BCA AGM, I went down Wigpool Iron Mine with Mole and three other visitors for a general trip around. We saw the early and late workings and also some nice formations that have developed over the last 500 years. Exit was via a different way than the entrance we used.Saturday nightThere was a meal and entertainment in the Barbecue Churn [chamber] in Clearwell Caves courtesy of the Wrights who run the caves as a commercial venture. The whole affair was cleaned up by 10.30 and drinking then continued back at Parkend.SundayA practice rescue had been arranged in Old Ham Iron Mine for all the teams, from all over the country, to take part in. There was First Aid, stretcher carrying and communications and I worked on the Nichola Phone with Dave Linton from Wales and Ivan from Scotland. The exercise also tested out the text-based CaveLink system.After the practice, we cleaned up the venue at Parkend and then dispersed after an excellent weekend organised by the GCRO. 

Below 1: 19th century workings in Wigpool   Below 2: Formations   Below 3: Stretcher carrying in Old Ham   Below 4: Stopes   

Picture 1: 19th century workings in WigpoolPicture 2: FormationsPicture 3: Stretcher carrying in Old HamPicture 4: Stopes

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