/ Croesor-Rhosydd : underground version of Snakes and Ladders?
Looking for adventure with a capital “A”? Well having recently got back from a trip to North Wales, I had the pleasure of a speleological outing for troglodytes known as the “Croesor-Rhosydd Through Trip”. More “Via Ferrata meets Mine Exploration on steroids”, rather than climbing (however it is an excellent wet-weather alternative if the weather is grumpy in Snowdonia), I had wanted to do this ever since I was told it was a bigger and badder underground version of the legendary cult-classic “Snakes and Ladders (and Tunnels)”. So a quick Google search revealed this trip contained evocatively named delights such as the “Chamber of Horrors” and even had its own “Bridge of Death” so definitely merited investigation! So has anyone else out there who has done this or have an epic tale of derring-do to tell? Been repelled by the Bridge of Death, had a rope chopped or had to retreat? Anyway the entertainment was duly recorded so for anyone interested in viewing a short HD film of this memorable trip then please use the following link. All constructive feedback welcome and hopefully it will inspire a few folks to get on this great outing and join all the crisp wrappers, cub scouts and lost dogs still down there…
If you wish to sample the full High Def experience and your computer has enough va va voom, you should be able to change the "Quality" icon to at least 720p HD in the bottom right hand corner on the You Tube screen. So take a seat, fasten your seatbelts and come and join us on the surreal madness which is the “Croesor-Rhosydd Through Trip”! May the force be with you… :-)
really, really amazing place!
I'd suggest losing the first 50 seconds. I lost interest and watched other peoples videos of the same trip.
I'm not one of the mine enthusiasts out there but I guarantee that they'll be crapping themselves if they see this thread as they take conservation of historical sites very seriously. Just my opinion, though.
Hi Joel just a quick response as I'm very busy! Yes the Croesor-Rhosydd Through Trip is certainly only for experienced folks well versed in SRT techniques, and a quick copy and paste, taken from the Croesor-Rhosydd wiki page should be read by all:
"Due to the dangerous and fragile state of both the mine itself and some of the fixed aids, it must be assumed that parts of this route may become impassable or may change at any time. Past roof collapses have necessitated changes in the route on more than one occasion. That said, over the years the route has become increasingly popular which has led to many of the dangers being sanitized and the quality of many of the fixings such as the zip-wires is excellent.
It is essential that all party members are well-prepared for this trip. All members will need:
A reliable light source. The trip will last several hours and your light may become submerged.
Warm clothing. The mines can draught strongly and become very cold, especially if you're wet.
SRT knowledge and equipment. You should carry the appropriate equipment and have the knowledge to both descend and ascend ropes. It is not enough to only know how to abseil. You may find your route blocked and need to reverse your path to the entrance.
Some means of buoyancy and the ability to swim. At times you may need to swim across flooded chambers and you may fall in from the traverses or from a boat.
Before embarking on this trip you should leave details your trip and a proposed exit time with a third party who will be able to summon the rescue services if you become stranded in the mines."
err, just a quick note; if anyone finds a ring when they're doing the through trip can they give me a shout? I think that's where I lost it and it was really quite precious to me...
I'll watch later when the wifi's better.
Have you tried Gollum?
Did it last year.. It was bloody brilliant fun, we took a dingy and a spare rope incase we had to back up any of the abseil ropes .. Loved the bridge of death.. ...
Yep it is super amazing and nice video by your mates! :-)
When did you do this trip? I did it a few years ago and the suspension bridge was collapsed under water, brought down by a partial roof collapse I think. Did you guys bring the canoe down wuth you!?
Just to emphasise how unstable the place is, I went with a guy who'd done it twice already and he said each time the route had changed slightly due to substanial collapses....
Thanks for the kind comments guys!
Hi Bill yep wise words indeed though it would be fair to say there are huge unstable blocks of slate in the Dinorwig Slate Quarry as well!
Anyway just to reiterate please note that SRT knowledge and equipment is essential for this outing and a few top tips as follows:
Be very careful and super quiet in the huge Chamber 1 East for the very first abseil as the chamber + roof are very unstable...
I would strongly recommend using Petzl tandem pulleys for the zip wire as plastic/alloy ones would be destroyed by the wire cables.
Also a couple of Ropemen each or similar were very useful on the fixed rope prusik at the end of the Chamber of Horrors.
The canoe is still in-situ but I would still recommend taking your own inflatable <oo-er missus> and back up rope just in case... :-)
> When did you do this trip? I did it a few years ago and the suspension bridge was collapsed under water, brought down by a partial roof collapse I think. Did you guys bring the canoe down wuth you!?
Hi Mike I did the trip 3 weeks ago and the suspension bridge is in-situ again and is a great feat of engineering! Nope the canoe has been there for about a year or so I believe, but we took our own dinghy just in case... :-)
> Hi Mike I did the trip 3 weeks ago and the suspension bridge is in-situ again and is a great feat of engineering! Nope the canoe has been there for about a year or so I believe, but we took our own dinghy just in case... :-)
> Cheers Dave
a friend of mine was part of the group that resurrected the bridge and put the canoe in about a year ago.
Reading this makes me want to do it again...
> a friend of mine was part of the group that resurrected the bridge and put the canoe in about a year ago.
Please pass on my many thanks for the superb job your mates did. Ironically after completing the Through Trip and on the walk down, our group all agreed if there was a re-equipping donation box or similar we would have happily chucked in a few £ for all the sterling efforts which has gone in to equipping the Trip!
Hey Mr Kiwi many thanks for the kind words and constructive critique! :-)
> So a quick Google search revealed this trip contained evocatively named delights such as the “Chamber of Horrors” and even had its own “Bridge of Death” so definitely merited investigation!
For anyone who may be interested in embarking on this trip I've been reminded to inform you that the blue cord on the pulley system connecting the 2 chambers for the canoe in the Chamber of Horrors was badly frayed and kept snagging on our outing a few weeks back. Consequently I would consider taking in a long length of your own cord (up to 100 metres) as the current cord needs replacing asap! :-)
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