Technical Group News Archive
A report on the interim anchor test on the Vercors test bed is now available to download.
The three anchor test bed was installed on 13th August 2008, see; http://speleo-vercors.org/Scialet%20Combeau%20MASTER.pdf For a number of logistical reasons, it has not been possible to adhere to the test regime specified at the time of installation and 2014 was the first opportunity to transport the Hydrajaws tester to the test location.
The Bolt Products anchors manufactured from 316 stainless steel installed at Yordas Gully in October 2013 were tested to destruction. Five anchors were installed and removed.
More tests were carried out on anchors at Ingleton Quarry on 14th September 2013. The tests were carried out on the Bolt Products anchors produced in 304 stainless steel and involved an angled load test at 0, 60 and 45 degrees.
Four eco resin 'p' anchors were placed in the Yordas stream bed in March 1998. The test extraction took place in July 2013. You can download the results from the Technical Group downloads area or the link below.
Following the collapse of the BCA E&T Committee at its March meeting and the withdrawal of CNCC & DCA representation over the inability of CSCC to honour the agreement brokered by Nick Williams at the meeting of October 2011 concerning Section 10.1 of the IPTD, the original authors, Les Sykes and Bob Dearman, requested the return of the IPTD copyright which was signed over to BCA. The authors have now received the document from the E&T Convenor, Nick Williams, which means that the IPTD copyright is now the intellectual property of the original authors. The IPTD, including Section 10.1, had previously been democratically accepted by the BCA E&T Committee and the 2010 BCA AGM.
CNCC and DCA have now set up an alternative E&T Committee and with the exception of CSCC, representatives of the organisations who sit on the BCA E&T Committee will be invited to attend. There is much work to be done and projects to progress without the political distractions of the last few years. CNCC and DCA are not prepared to let the vital work on equipment and techniques be disrupted by one maverick regional council. When, and if, CSCC moderate their attitude and are prepared to accept majority democratic decisions then there is the possibility of reconciliation and the reconstitution of the original committee, but watertight assurances of co-operation rather than confrontation will be necessary.
Any of the organisations and individuals on the BCA E&T Committee who accepted IPTD Section 10.1 with the provision that all anchor installers must be competent in SRT and rigging techniques, for whatever application, can apply to the authors for use of the document. CSCC will have to write their own document without using, plagiarising or publishing the original as they have in the past.
The latest edition of the CNCC rigging guide (volume 2) is now available from the usual Dales stockists.
The rigging guide for Rowten Pot has been updated.
The Jingling Pot rigging guide has been updated.
The Sunset Hole rigging guide has been updated.
CNCC Technical Group web site now incorporated into CNCC web site.
Scialet du Combeau - the only ECO anchored SRT route in the Vercors!
New CNCC Rigging Guide (Volume 1) now available from usual Dales stockists. It’s the previous 3 rigging guides consolidated (and updated) into one guide.