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19th October 2016: Lithium-Ion Transport Regulations
We are often asked why we won't supply products containing Lithium-Ion batteries by mail order, when almost all of our competitors will. The regulations continue to evolve and the implications for suppliers and consumers are often not fully appreciated. Our revised statement is here:
12th August 2016: Cave Rescue Equipment Theft
Ahead of next weeks EuroSpeleo event CRO pre-rigged Kingsdale Master Cave with high level traverse lines above the streamway to allow them access in the event of a flood or rescue. Someone has stolen the large quantity of karabiners used to rig this. They are distinctive and should be identifiable if someone uses them or puts them up for sale.
9th July 2016: DMM Harness Safety Notice
Following the discovery of missing structural sewing on a DMM Brenin Harness during a routine inspection by an end user, they have issued safety advice to users of all DMM harnesses, asking them to carry out a visual inspection on the key structural sewing on their harnesses.
2nd June 2016: Peak District Cave Exploration Prize
200m of rope up for grabs! All you have to do is find some new cave!
23rd April 2016: Petzl Safety Notice
Petzl have issued a safety warning regarding the "scrapped" Aspir harnesses that were re-stitched by a third party and put up for sale on eBay.
14th April 2016: Cave Safety Notice - JH
Cavers visiting J.H. (James Hall's Over Engine Mine) should be aware that the mesh retaining the boulders and rocks above the last pitch of Leviathan has detached at one end and debris is now falling through. This will be repaired as soon as possible.
14th April 2016: Cave Safety Notice - Block Hall
Cavers visiting Block Hall in Speedwell Cavern should be aware that the traverse line at the top (that leads across to Watt Passage) has a serious rub point and it's through to the core. The damaged section has been isolated but the line is now tight and is awkward to get on or off. It will be replaced as soon as possible.
14th April 2016: Black Diamond Safety Notice
Voluntary recall for inspection of Camalots™ and Camalot™ Ultralights, Index Ascenders, Easy Rider and Iron Cruiser Via Ferrata lanyard sets.
8th April 2016: Dangerous Harnesses on eBay
Suffolk Trading Standards have seized over 100 Petzl Aspir harnesses from an eBay seller. These harnesses were originally condemned and cut up to prevent sale or use but were recovered by a third party and stitched back together. Using the harnesses risks death or serious injury.
30th March 2016: Safety Information Petzl ASAP Lock
Petzl have issued safety advice regarding the possibility of cracks forming in the stainless steel arms of the ASAP Lock mobile fall-arrest device.
29th March 2016: CRoW and Access to Caves
The CRoW Act allows walkers and climbers to freely access many hills and crags without hinder, but it's not the same for cavers. An interesting article from The Guardian.
22nd March 2016: Petzl Serial Number Evolution
In order to improve the manufacturing traceability of it's PPE products, Petzl are evolving the codification of the individual Serial Numbers.
21st February 2016: EMRT Collection Box
Thanks to all our customers who've put their change in the Edale Mountain Rescue Team counter collection box. £89.52 raised this time.
21st February 2016: Titan Entrance Shaft Repaired
The repairs to the Titan Entrance shaft are complete and normal access for cavers will resume soon.
2nd February 2016: Petzl Croll Chest Ascender
Petzl have issued advice on the inspection of Croll chest ascenders. This follows some that were returned to them that had been used well beyond the defined product retirement criteria.
17th January 2016: Snow and Road Conditions
A few centimetres of snow in the Hope Valley this morning. Winnats Pass is completely clear (full width), Rushup Edge, Fox House, A57 Ladybower to Sheffield all clear. Snake Pass was closed but should be open soon. Updates:
@HitchnHike, @SnakePassWatch, @DerbyshireCC
21st December 2015: Christmas & New Year Opening
Slight variations to opening times between Wednesday 23rd Dacember and Saturday 2nd January. Either side of this period our opening times are as normal, 9:00am to 5:30pm every day.
8th November 2015: Bamford Road Bridge Closure
On the 8th and 15th November the road bridge at Mytham Bridge, Bamford next to Hitch n Hike is scheduled to be closed on Sunday the 8th and possibly Sunday 15th November for repair work.
12th September 2015: Product Safety Alert
DMM have issued a Product Safety Warning. It has come to their attention that the locking mechanisms in a small percentage of some DMM locking karabiners are developing a fault. Please monitor the DMM website, the DMM Twitter feeds and the DMM Facebook pages for further updates.
1st July 2015: Bogus Hitch n Hike Facebook Page
We've been made aware that someone has set up a bogus Facebook page under our name. There is only one Hitch n Hike and that's us here in Bamford, established in 1984.
Our genuine Facebook page is:
Please completely disregard the bogus one at:
It is being investigated and we are working to have it removed.
2nd January 2015: Titan Access Suspended
With immediate effect access to the Titan Entrance Shaft has been suspended. The middle section of the shaft is showing signs of severe deformation and is highly likely to collapse at any time.
24th November 2014: Mine Shaft Collapse
The B6061 between Castleton and Sparrowpit is closed follow a mine shaft collapse.
30th December 2013: Massive Sink Hole Appears
Sometime around Christmas day a massive hole appeared in a field near Foolow.
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