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22 Parkfield Rank,
28th July 1977.

Dear Sire,

I well enjoyed G.W-J's article on how to make a 330 foot descent last as long as possible!

I appreciate that half the reason for tackling the job with S.R.T. was for the sheer hell of it, but it seems that there are lessons to be learned about the suiting of techniques to requirements.

With hindsight, would Graham agree that ladders would have been more useful in this situation?  They are a very adaptable tool, easy to use and they provide regular belay point!  They are easy to grip for handling awkward items and their usefulness in this respect should not be forgotten in cave rescue.

Viewing things from my armchair, I think I would have put a ladder down and used that instead of using the mighty Acrow to disturb the equilibrium of the sides of the well. Rapid transport could still be provided by the rope.

Incidentally, how was this well dug?  Was Martel involved?  Any clues, G.W-J?

Thanks for the interesting story,

Cheers~ Kangy.

Editor's Note:

I know nothing about this well, but I was recently involved in an abortive attempt to make my fortune by investigating the well at Beeston Castle in Cheshire.  This well is over 360 feet deep (although at present the bottom cannot be reached owing to the stones chuckled in by every visitor to the castle).  It was dug in the Eleventh Century through hard sandstone of the sort that many churches in the district are made of.  The first two hundred feet or so are lined with masonry and the well is about six feet in diameter.  It was due out entirely by hand tools!  It took about two years to dig.

It seems that the B.E.C. are not the only people who do things to excess.