Ouch! my leg’s are hurting!

Victory & Adit 110609 005The climb down Victory Shaft this week was very cool, but thigh muscles are making themselves known now! Climbing down steep rusty ladders into the dark, deep unknown isn’t my usual day, even though I work at Geevor! Very glad I did it though, not glad that I looked down whilst I was still high up (or looked up either – many of the platforms the ladders were resting on were very mouldy!!). We travelled down to 3rd level and saw the top of sea level in the shaft, to where it is now flooded, and from the pump chamber clambered our way across the tram lines and across wonky planks, most the time in knee-deep muddy water. The colours are amazing though, one wall running with water was bright yellow, others stained by copper deposits, but the deeper down the adit, the more ‘rustules’ we saw – like red stalactites, though some had combined and gave the walls a rippled effect and there were some ‘rustule flowers’ or ‘chandeliers’, no idea what you call them, but were just an amazing sight! You don’t see those in mining pictures too often but hopefully Claire S will be produing some wonderful artwork based on them! The deeper down the adit, the lower the ceiling, until eventually, after about an hour and a half, we came to a metal gate which we had to clamber over and then… sunlight! and a beautiful day it was too! Though we had to clamber from the bottom of the cliff upwards, it was very atmospheric amongst the pinks with the water gushing down the cliff. At least now I can actually share experience with the children who visit!

Well, apart from the excitement of going underground, me and the Learning Team are steadily making our way through our workshops, trying to refine them and gearing up for the summer holidays which will be busy for everyone on site and it’ll be all hands on deck!


2 Responses to “Ouch! my leg’s are hurting!”

  1. I am so jealous. would love to do a trip like this, maybe one day all visitors can don a hard hat and walk down the adit.

  2. That is the grand plan! we want to be able to open it to all visitors eventually! It would be fantastic to be able to compare the 18th/19th century workings, which visitors can go down, with the 20th century mine. But at the moment its just not safe enough!

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