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I'm quite jealous of the weather forecast for wales. Hope yous has a nice weekend.
Aileen
9:41 PM, 14/11/14
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How is your bit of Canada?
Niall H.
9:55 PM, 14/11/14
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Its alright thanks Happy, slightly above freezing, the snow melted a bit today, though I was underground so didn't see much of the daylight.
Aileen
10:42 PM, 14/11/14
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Much nicer here Happy I hope the learning about mines is proving fun!
Niall H.
11:49 AM, 15/11/14
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Its not so bad so far, it still has that novelty value Happy. I'm pretty sure it will wear off pretty quickly if I have to start taking the 6am cage regularly though...
Aileen
5:31 AM, 16/11/14
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"It's 0600 hours. What does the "O" stand for? Oh my God, it's early!"
Niall H.
8:24 PM, 16/11/14
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Hello all! Grinning

Just to let you all know that we had an excellent North Wales trip with glorious weather and, I believe, everyone got back to Oxford safely. (One car may, however, have had a later getaway than would be desirable.)

I climbed Tryfan with Tim Crothers in the best weather I've ever encountered on the mountain, and we were not directly implicated in either of the helicopter rescues from the Heather Terrace.
Cameron
12:34 PM, 17/11/14
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Glad to hear that fun was had!
Were you indirectly implicated?
Niall H.
12:59 PM, 17/11/14
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Oh I missed that you were in Narwals! You had AMAZING weather!
NickD
1:32 PM, 17/11/14
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OUMC teams may have been the first to arrive at incidents that ended up requiring mountain rescue (and helicopters!) once or twice this weekend...
Cameron
3:12 PM, 17/11/14
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Oh go on, tell us the story.... Wink
Mary
9:10 PM, 17/11/14
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You fought your way pust other teams so harshly that you pushed them off?
Andy
9:35 PM, 17/11/14
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The teams requiring a helicopter were the CUMC and the RAF...
George
10:34 PM, 17/11/14
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Anyone not heading tohe talks in Thursday is welcome to come eat Indian in Cowley Rd for my 30th, exact destination tbd. Drinks after too ofc.

If not, I'll uncharacteristically be having a drink or two to celebrate in Dartmoor.
Jody

12:00 AM, 18/11/14
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"The teams requiring a helicopter were the RAF..." -- George
Well that's handy, as at least they do have helicopters!
Steve
1:26 AM, 18/11/14
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"Well that's handy, as at least they do have helicopters!" -- Steve
For now. The search and rescue unit at RAF Valley is being disbanded, and a civilian contractor will be based near Caernarfon.
NickD
7:18 AM, 18/11/14
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The RAF team requiring rescue were apparently very embarrassed because they suspected that there was a good chance they'd know the pilot of the rescue helicopter.
Cameron
9:04 AM, 18/11/14
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""Well that's handy, as at least they do have helicopters!" -- Steve
For now. The search and rescue unit at RAF Valley is being disbanded, and a civilian contractor will be based near Caernarfon." -- NickD


That's even closer to Snowdonia Happy
Robert
9:07 AM, 18/11/14
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It's less close to the Irish Sea shipping lanes, where they do most of their work Confused
NickD
9:08 AM, 18/11/14
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BTW the UNSUBSTANTIATED RUMOUR is that there was a small level of casualty vetting when Prince William was flying the rescue helicopter.
NickD
9:09 AM, 18/11/14
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I didn't think he did any more?
Jamie
9:32 AM, 18/11/14
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No, not any more. It is now safe for Ibrahim al-Jihadi to fall off a mountain.
NickD
9:39 AM, 18/11/14
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Ah, I see. I'd thought the vetting might have been for young ladies who'd 'accidentally' twisted their ankles on his patch.
Jamie
10:46 AM, 18/11/14
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You're thinking of Harry. And the vetting would be to keep him away from them.
NickD
1:07 PM, 18/11/14
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This conversation made me smile on a very stressful afternoon, so thank you Grinning
Jenny
3:48 PM, 18/11/14
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"It's less close to the Irish Sea shipping lanes, where they do most of their work Confused " -- NickD
It may be their principal purpose but its not the majority of their work. https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?docid=1QbQdzxfdmGhWp6bHwQ9QoXj5z_KVTfwDCboyE2Sw
chris
6:50 PM, 18/11/14
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""It's less close to the Irish Sea shipping lanes, where they do most of their work Confused " -- NickD
It may be their principal purpose but its not the majority of their work. https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?docid=1QbQdzxfdmGhWp6bHwQ9QoXj5z_KVTfwDCboyE2Sw" -- chris


Not obvious from the categories which are marine rescues. But I suppose you get an idea from the map.
Robert
8:09 PM, 18/11/14
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Huh. Interesting.
NickD
8:38 PM, 18/11/14
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I suppose you get an idea from the map
You could say that
Niall H.
10:46 PM, 18/11/14
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They're probably struggling cos Rich's dad stole all their gear....
Alison
5:57 PM, 19/11/14
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Also, is there anyone on the gp doing a PhD in Geography/politics/other social science? One of my current students is interested in applying for to study the social/geopolicitical aspects of water so I wanted to check I have the application procedure correct before I advise her!
Alison
5:59 PM, 19/11/14
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Pub 8ish?
Will B
6:53 PM, 19/11/14
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I'll need pub shortly after 8; patent-related work is rather drink inducing.
Pete C
7:18 PM, 19/11/14
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8ish works for me.
Cameron
7:36 PM, 19/11/14
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It was nice to see you!
Niall H.
10:03 PM, 19/11/14
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Niall: Similarly good to see you, albeit briefly.

Will: Despite saying I'd head somewhere to get food before the Irvine evening, it's just occurred to me that I have leftovers I need to eat at some stage soon (probably either dinner tonight or lunch tomorrow). Maybe try and plan things with other people rather than with me?
Cameron
11:14 AM, 20/11/14
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"Maybe try and plan things with other people rather than with me?" -- Cameron

Sure - any takers?
Will B
12:56 PM, 20/11/14
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Sure - any takers?" -- Will B

I was thinking of going to Brookes for an hour, but I could be persuaded...
Sarah W
2:46 PM, 20/11/14
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Who is a good book/person on the history of alpine climbing?
NickD
7:37 PM, 20/11/14
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Dawn will know.
Clare
8:09 PM, 20/11/14
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...but if you're after an overview of the early days of Tyndall, Whymper et al, then Killing Dragons by Fergus Fleming is worth a look.
Jamie
10:42 PM, 20/11/14
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Though Dawn would probably pull out most of chapter one, and suggest you discard it as rubbish Wink
Niall H.
11:39 PM, 20/11/14
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Thanks team. I have a journo friend who may write a thing about how climate change is affecting Alpine climbing, so it may be useful to have something historical. I put her in touch with all the North Wales hardpersons I could think of Happy
NickD
1:09 PM, 21/11/14
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Just bought a pair of these earlier this week - bargain! The price has now increased from 130 to 150 for the pair, but still probably worth considering if anyone's looking for new ropes.
Will B
1:20 PM, 21/11/14
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We bought a pair of those ropes earlier this summer, and have tested them thoroughly. Definitely recommended - they've been really good so far, handle well and seem pretty tough.
Cat
6:28 PM, 21/11/14
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Thanks for the tip, I've been planning to get doubles since I got a job that paid money, but haven't quite got round to it yet, and I now have money from my birthday too, might be I'll get me a pair.
Aileen
8:37 PM, 21/11/14
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