Another one of those Ive been meaning to do for ages, Its normally one of those that people do early on in their explore career but I didnt for some reason, the time never felt right , Visited With Ms Penfold, A little history can be found via this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover_Western_HeightsAnd so for a few PicsThanks for taking the time to look
Visited with Mookster on a small short road trip around the midlands back in March. This site was absolutely wrecked throughout and of little interest. An 80s style factory which closed sometime in 2016. But it was still an explore!
James Thomas Engineering was started in a small garage in Bishampton England in 1977. The business grew and moved to a converted office unit, to a much larger 5000 square foot unit in 1980.
This planted the seeds for a new industry leader in aluminium all purpose truss design. By 1983, James Thomas developed a pre-rigged truss design used by major rock bands on world tours.
By 1990, JTE began manufacturing in the USA to keep truss design moving on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Come 1992, the super truss system was designed. The Company was Liquidated in 2017
Climbed with -Raz-
100% the most exhilarating climb we have ever done, with the cages on the ladders only going half way around the back of you to allow for the holder to rise up and then back down again, it really hit home the importance of keeping a tight hold considering the consequences...
Bit of History/Background;
Northern Gas Networks own the structure. It is the townâ€™s one remaining gas holder and is maintained to ensure gas supplies never run short.
The 127ft giant stores gas and helps meet the enormous peaks in demand that occur in winter.
A spokesman said: â€œIn winter there can be as much as five times the amount of gas flowing through the mains than in summer. When everyone wakes up in the morning or gets home from school or work, demand can be so high that we need to have some extra gas stored in case we need it.
â€œThatâ€™s where the gas holders are so important. We fill them up overnight, when thereâ€™s gas to spare, and they empty during the day when demand is higher.â€
The holder was originally built in 1916 by W C Holmes and then rebuilt by Clayton & Co in 1968.
It is column guided and holds nearly five million cubic feet of gas (or 127,000 cubic metres).
There were originally five gas holders at Huddersfield, which have been demolished over the years as more gas becomes stored in underground pipelines.
Gas production ceased in the town in the late 1960s.
And here is a news report of 3 guys climbing it back in 2013; http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/huddersfield-gas-climb-stunt-condemned-6152832
After a day of fails and alarms we were more determined than ever to get on and do something and having seen this on previous visits to the area we decided to mish over for a look. The surrounding area is pretty much derp city however the Kirklees Council appear to be very handy with that horrible metal sheeting which is nigh on impossible to get around without the help of an angle grinder, or perhaps a teleport.
Upon reaching the Gas Holder we quickly established that this giant was not in her prime condition, and as the frame cracked and creaked around us, we began our ascent. What followed was the most terrifying and yet enjoyable climb of my life. The views of Huddersfield in the twilight were pretty cool, not anything spectacular but nice and chiller for a sunday night.
I would like to call this particular image "Oh Fuck This Is High, Why Am I Doing This"
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