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So the claustrophobe thread got me thinking......

Anyone spend a lot of time working in enclosed spaces? Any spelunkers? Or possibly the most mental of all cave divers?



In B4 your Mom :flipoff2:
 
In my area there is a mine that was originally just a natural cave system that ore was found in and was mined through the cave. Later more industrialized mining happened with large shafts bored through the mountain, but a lot of the cave system is still there. We used to go in there and explore and found writing on the walls dated in the early 1800s. It wasn't a nice open cave in most parts, the floor was uneven, passageways criss-crossed at all angles and there was a good bit of climbing around to do getting from one place to another. There were also a lot of drain holes in the floor here and there where water would funnel into during heavy rains and go deeper underground. One time we decided to crawl in one and see where it went. Actually I was against it, but one of the girls we were spelunking with took off through it and wanted us to follow. It was open enough to crawl on your belly through most of it, but there were a few spots where you couldn't take a deep breath because you were pinched in between the ceiling and the floor. We had to do the finger and toe thing to move a few inches at a time in places. Other places you could breathe fine, but had to keep your arms straight out ahead of you because the walls were too close to move them down to your sides. I had a bad itch on my leg at one point and hated every second of that until I could get to a wider spot to scratch. Eventually the "tube" came out and exited up on a higher level of the cave. We were filthy from having crawled through probably 100 yards of silt and who knows what, but it was a good time overall. No one ever suggested we crawl through any more of those tubes though.
 
Several. True all around tightest was in a cave system, there was a spot that water flowed through, filling it in with sand. They had left kids beach buckets and shovels there to dig. Basically you’d dig enough to belly crawl through it. There was also a spot in there with a weird rock formation that required you to basically crouch and then lower your head down to slip through sideways.

Other notable ones were doing wood rot repair in crawlspaces. One I remember I had a piece of plywood that was 14” wide and I couldn’t flip it over where I was working. Had to crawl back out and do it there. Of course it was one of those deals where it’s about 120’ long.

Other one was replacing a rotted beam underneath the floor joists of an old house. That one you could lay on your side at least but we were working 6 bottle jacks to raise portions of it and get a new beam in. One spot was a small hole with a bunch of cat skulls in it we affectionately referred to as the “cat grave.”

Made $5k in 2 days though and bought a Land Rover LR3 with it, so all in all not a horrible deal.
 
No caves, but at my last job I did hvac controls and spent a decent amount of time inside ductwork installing sensors. Usually had 15x15 access doors. Was always fun since I’m a fatass.
 
Crawlspace under the dormer. The builders of our house didn't put any flashing around the dormers. We kept fighting a leaking roof. We tore it up and flashed it. Its better, but now and then it seeps in. I'm 6'4" 220ish and I have to get in this area to check it out. I can't even turn inside this area. Not a fan.
 
No, no, no.

the UFC fighter talking Joe Rogan through his cave diving panic attacks made my chest tight just listening to it.
 
I know 2 people that have been trapped in corn in a bin and survived. One was a good friend's grandpa. I helped haul corn away from the bin as the fire department kept cutting relief holes to slowly drain the bin till they could pull him out without pulling him in half. The other is a guy we know that is married to a family friend. He was trapped in a bin on a remote farm overnight up to his shoulders. Could only move one arm. He ended up with some frostbite but otherwise was ok.

Either of those situations would give me some serious PTSD.
 
Read the story on the Nutty Putty caves. John Jacobs or something was his name.
 
I can't even read the above posts, gives me the heebie jeebies....I am very claustrophobic
 
In my area there is a mine that was originally just a natural cave system that ore was found in and was mined through the cave. Later more industrialized mining happened with large shafts bored through the mountain, but a lot of the cave system is still there. We used to go in there and explore and found writing on the walls dated in the early 1800s. It wasn't a nice open cave in most parts, the floor was uneven, passageways criss-crossed at all angles and there was a good bit of climbing around to do getting from one place to another. There were also a lot of drain holes in the floor here and there where water would funnel into during heavy rains and go deeper underground. One time we decided to crawl in one and see where it went. Actually I was against it, but one of the girls we were spelunking with took off through it and wanted us to follow. It was open enough to crawl on your belly through most of it, but there were a few spots where you couldn't take a deep breath because you were pinched in between the ceiling and the floor. We had to do the finger and toe thing to move a few inches at a time in places. Other places you could breathe fine, but had to keep your arms straight out ahead of you because the walls were too close to move them down to your sides. I had a bad itch on my leg at one point and hated every second of that until I could get to a wider spot to scratch. Eventually the "tube" came out and exited up on a higher level of the cave. We were filthy from having crawled through probably 100 yards of silt and who knows what, but it was a good time overall. No one ever suggested we crawl through any more of those tubes though.

this post has me sweatin
 
In my area there is a mine that was originally just a natural cave system that ore was found in and was mined through the cave. Later more industrialized mining happened with large shafts bored through the mountain, but a lot of the cave system is still there. We used to go in there and explore and found writing on the walls dated in the early 1800s. It wasn't a nice open cave in most parts, the floor was uneven, passageways criss-crossed at all angles and there was a good bit of climbing around to do getting from one place to another. There were also a lot of drain holes in the floor here and there where water would funnel into during heavy rains and go deeper underground. One time we decided to crawl in one and see where it went. Actually I was against it, but one of the girls we were spelunking with took off through it and wanted us to follow. It was open enough to crawl on your belly through most of it, but there were a few spots where you couldn't take a deep breath because you were pinched in between the ceiling and the floor. We had to do the finger and toe thing to move a few inches at a time in places. Other places you could breathe fine, but had to keep your arms straight out ahead of you because the walls were too close to move them down to your sides. I had a bad itch on my leg at one point and hated every second of that until I could get to a wider spot to scratch. Eventually the "tube" came out and exited up on a higher level of the cave. We were filthy from having crawled through probably 100 yards of silt and who knows what, but it was a good time overall. No one ever suggested we crawl through any more of those tubes though.

Nope and a whole bag of nopes. I didn’t think I was claustrophobic till I read that.

It reminds me of my brother telling me about the caves they crawled through down by Medicine Lodge.
 
Sistering and adding floor joists in an old house. 8" crawlspace, swinging a 2lb sledge and bottle jacking the floor to get them in. I was younger and dumber.

Elwenil's cave stories make me feel sick reading them.:barf:
 
No, no, no.

the UFC fighter talking Joe Rogan through his cave diving panic attacks made my chest tight just listening to it.

Donald Cerrone. Yeah, that guy can tell a damn story. He has a really cool video from a few years back breaking down the nerves of fight day and everything that goes on. Just googled for a minute and can't find it right now.
 
For me, it was a cave on Old Man Mountain just outside of Estes Park. I wouldn't call myself claustrophobic, but I'm not exactly a big fan of tight spaces. There was one spot that was so tight I literally had to completely exhale to squeeze my chest through, so it was one of those no return moments. I was either getting through or getting stuck with no way to breathe. Glad I checked that box, but I have no need to do any shit like that again.
 
Mining mechanic, most miners are fucking fat asses. I've gotten a little claustrophobic a few times, been stuck in some machine working, head tilted down for an hour, hoping you have the strength to pull yourself back up feet first.

I told them to start hiring smaller mechanics


also, I have no recollection of this, but multiple sources told me I called the shop at 3am once
"is the loader still down? "
"yes"
"I'm sick. I won't be in today"
:laughing::laughing:
 
Sistering and adding floor joists in an old house. 8" crawlspace, swinging a 2lb sledge and bottle jacking the floor to get them in. I was younger and dumber.

Elwenil's cave stories make me feel sick reading them.:barf:

This is about my experience. I an not claustrophobic at all. Nor do I mine the creepy crawlies so for work I usually was the guy under homes. Manufactured himes from the 80’s and earlier and or most of the homes built around me before the 2000’s. May of those homes you have to dig your way under because so many small flood cycles have filled the “18” crawlspace with river silt so it starts as a 8-10” crawlspace and you dig to get to where you need. Thats shitty digging snd even shitter now that real mask and respirators are non existent.

Fact a lot of people in town because of covid and the scamdemic havw been forced to pay much higher home repair rates for jobs under homes because all the “handymen“ around town cant get good face coverage so they wont do it. Consequently the large companies that get government allocations of masks get to charge higher rates and multiple hours drive time.
 
In my area there is a mine that was originally just a natural cave system that ore was found in and was mined through the cave. Later more industrialized mining happened with large shafts bored through the mountain, but a lot of the cave system is still there. We used to go in there and explore and found writing on the walls dated in the early 1800s. It wasn't a nice open cave in most parts, the floor was uneven, passageways criss-crossed at all angles and there was a good bit of climbing around to do getting from one place to another. There were also a lot of drain holes in the floor here and there where water would funnel into during heavy rains and go deeper underground. One time we decided to crawl in one and see where it went. Actually I was against it, but one of the girls we were spelunking with took off through it and wanted us to follow. It was open enough to crawl on your belly through most of it, but there were a few spots where you couldn't take a deep breath because you were pinched in between the ceiling and the floor. We had to do the finger and toe thing to move a few inches at a time in places. Other places you could breathe fine, but had to keep your arms straight out ahead of you because the walls were too close to move them down to your sides. I had a bad itch on my leg at one point and hated every second of that until I could get to a wider spot to scratch. Eventually the "tube" came out and exited up on a higher level of the cave. We were filthy from having crawled through probably 100 yards of silt and who knows what, but it was a good time overall. No one ever suggested we crawl through any more of those tubes though.

The tour at Moaning Cavern out here will take you through some pretty tight spaces. I did a spelunking tour at a cave in the blue mountains in Australia that was the tightest place I've ever been in, picture the S curve at the back of your toilet, went through a tube similar to that, had to put your arms over your head or you'd get stuck.
 
I don't mind tight spaces but fawk that caving shit. I don't know why but that shit properly freaks me out, even more so if it's uncharted territory.

This is a regular one for me....
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Where I used to live, rat race came & streams/runoff were controlled by pipes underground. So we kids used to explore the "underground maze." One section I never went through is some boy got overcome by "fumes" & passed out. That happened in a narrow section & the cops, fire dept, etc had to come down & get him out-


Read the story on the Nutty Putty caves. John Jacobs or something was his name.

John Jones has his own burial spot-
 
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