June 17, 2008 at 1:46 PM #485
Hi guys, Just wanted to say hello, Im an old WASG member from WA but have been living in melbourne for a while now. Getting older(48) but still caving when i can but funny enough not in vic. Last trip was to Tas down to Mystery creek cave and Wolfs hole. Anybody know where i can you my oldham lamps fixed up one needs parts and the other a new battery.June 19, 2008 at 8:25 AM #1329
Good to have you aboard! VSA was in Ida Bay a year or so ago. We also did Mystery Creek and Wolf Hole, great caves. Keep an eye on the calendar as I am posting a heap of trips soon, if you’d like to do some Vic caving.
As for your lights, Oldhams are getting more and more rare these days and I couldn’t really advise you on where to fix one. There is a fellow named Laurie Brown from another club who used to put Oldhams together for us, but Im not sure as to whether he is still doing that or not. I will email him and let you know.
TomJune 19, 2008 at 9:43 AM #1330
Hi Tom, Thanks for the offer. The oldhams were such a good light but they have had a hard life, What are you guys using these days instead. Comming from WA i could always pick up parts from friends in the minning industry. I used to cave every 2nd weekend in WA but living in Melbourne its dropped to maybe twice every couple of years. Not enough i reckon! My favorite caving areas i have caved are SW/WA, Nullabor, and Tassie. I just need to kit up a bit more and id like to join you guys and your club.
MarkJune 23, 2008 at 9:31 AM #1331
I got a response from Laurie. Copied below:
From: Laurie Brown (email@example.com)
Sent: Sunday, 22 June 2008 10:15:44 PM
To: Thomas Aberdeen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can get new Oldhams through Peter Farnell at Mine & Safety Lighting in Highett. His Phone number is 95534848. He also makes a light weight battery pack similar to the lorry lite and uses the Oldham head set. These use re-chargeable Ni-cad ‘D’ cells
I have plenty of second hand Oldham lamps and a few Mine Spots and other types minus the lead acid battery, if they want to build there own set up.
Hope that helps! These days most of the active members in the club use Princeton Tec Apex Headlights. They are a great light, but unfortunately not water proof. However given how much dry stuff there is in Buchan it is not usually a concern. They go for about $80 if you mailorder from the states, or around $160 if you get them from Anaconda or somewhere.
PS the new calendar is now online. Have a look and see if there are any trips you like the look of.
Edit: I just edited the email addresses in the forum post to prevent spam harvesting … BrettJune 23, 2008 at 11:34 PM #1332
I seriously don’t know how you guys ended up with non-waterproof Princeton-Tec Apex headlamps. It’s pretty weird given mine is over 2 years old and I still haven’t had any problems given it’s been completely submerged on heaps of occasions.June 23, 2008 at 11:57 PM #1333
peter.donaldMember"Tom Aberdeen":2go1n81j wrote:Hope that helps! These days most of the active members in the club use Princeton Tec Apex Headlights. They are a great light, but unfortunately not water proof. However given how much dry stuff there is in Buchan it is not usually a concern. They go for about $80 if you mailorder from the states, or around $160 if you get them from Anaconda or somewhere.
FWIW I am doing a mail order sometime in the next week or two of these headlights  from basegear – if you want to get one and also want to minimise postage costs drop me a line. I was also contemplating getting a "Petzl Duo LED 5 Headlamp – E69 P"  – has any one had any experience with these and can recommend them or not?June 24, 2008 at 12:34 AM #1334
Fiona uses the Petzl Duo. Her contact details are on the VSA website on the Contacts page. Maybe give her a yell and get her thoughts.June 25, 2008 at 2:12 AM #1335
Iwould be interested in getting one too. MaraJune 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM #1336
Thanks Tom, I think ill get the Oldhams fixed and now i know where to contact. I looked at reviews of the Princetons and got mixed results, they certainly are cheap enough but im not sure i like the moisture water issues. I like the Oldham because its just about indestructible and i have never had water issues with either of them, the only down side i ever grumbled about was the battery size and weight.
WhiteySeptember 26, 2008 at 12:12 AM #1337
Whitey, come caving with us!
Keep and eye on the calendar. Drop into one of our monthly meetings – 20:00 1st Wed each month in ‘underground room’ at St Francis Church, Elizabeth St.
We need good cavers with a bit of initiative and enthusiasm. And by the way, 40-something is not old for a caver these days.October 20, 2008 at 8:06 AM #1338
Glad to know im not that old yet, I would love to attend a couple of your meetings, but i live down near pt leo on the peninsula and i hate driving into the city. Frankston is like going to Melbourne, does anyone live down here who go’s.
WhiteyDecember 3, 2008 at 12:24 AM #1339
1. You’ve expressed interest in digging at the botom of M12 Baby Pierre. I’d be happy to take you down and we can give it a go. My availability is high, so you can pretty much pick a date.
2. Travel – yes, we could share, but your Point Leo location means you would have to travel to a meet-point. In all other respects, logistics for caving at Buchan are good, especially as there’s the very comfortable and low-cost Homeleigh to stay at.
3. Baby Pierre is an interesting cave for various reasons. Digging in the boulders WILL have been tried – Buchan is a well-trogged area. But the whole cave needs a further good look-at. Apart from M12, there are currently many exciting projects and challenges in the area that you might like to be associated with.
4. You seriously should take up VSA membership and come to the meetings. It is the way to become involved, to know who’s who, and to become aware of worthwhile Vic caving opportunities.
5. I suggest that you private email or phone me.
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