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Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 13, 2012 - 10:25pm PT
I made a quick "get out of the smoke" trip down to Nevada this weekend!

(S. Idaho is currently a grey-fog of smoke from many fires.)

I went to an island in Nevada: that I haven't been to before.


(high-altitude ecological islands surrounded by desert for thousands of years: maintain plant species that don’t exist in most places in Nevada.)

It wasn’t smoky!
High point of the island is 10,200 Ft. and is occupied by a bunch of communications towers. I was going to find an interesting way up the last 1,000 Ft., but a thunderstorm intervened and drove me off the island.

I did not see Gilligan, or the other survivors of their short cruise, but I liked the island!








TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:31pm PT
Cool!

That's an air compressor though not an engine.

2 stage Ingersoll Rand with water cooled intercooler unbolted and laying across the top and a wound rotor electric motor in the back ground.

there would have been a large leather or rubberized fabric belt from the motor to the compressor and it looks like the flywheel is missing.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2012 - 10:52pm PT
TGT! Thanks for the info!

I had not thought about the need for air-compressors to run the drilling machinery, and I have previously looked at mines with pre air-compressor machinery.

Here's the confirming info on the -----machinery.

donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 13, 2012 - 10:56pm PT
Pack out some of that dry old barn wood and bring it for our next session at COR....probably hardly smokes.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 13, 2012 - 11:01pm PT
Yeah..bring some of that firewood....and the compressor to blow up fatties air mattress...
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 13, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
The intercooler would have been bolted across the two heads, one low pressure, one high pressure. The flywheel between the two crankcases and would be from 4-6 ft in diameter.

I wonder if someone pulled the roof down trying to rig out the intercooler for scrap and gave up?

It would be full of copper or brass tubes.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
TGT: I appreciate your knowledge on this now "arcane” subject.

I agree with what you think about previous generations removing iron for “scrap-metal”

I have been amazed at the big chunks of “scrap-iron” that still exist in backcountry mines in Idaho & Nevada. I am amazed at still-having witnessed intact stamp-mills, huge one-lung engines, and miles of mine-cart railroad track.

I thought the World-War II scrap drives would have brought all that stuff to the recycle foundry.

I’m glad it did not.
It is cool to see that stuff “in-situ” today.

mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Aug 13, 2012 - 11:59pm PT
Thanks very cool. wish I was there.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 14, 2012 - 12:43am PT
Fritz.....can you say where that island was..?
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2012 - 12:49am PT
RJ! I can share where the island exists!

It is----for sure ----in Northern Nevada!





(do you want to go hunt for the survivors with us?)


I'm certain prehistoric cave-women are dwelling on the island too!




PM time!

Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 14, 2012 - 02:10am PT
Really cool stuff, once again, Fritz. Thanks.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 14, 2012 - 09:26am PT
YES!! Prehistoric cave woman hunt!

Count me in!

By the way Fritz, I love islands in the sky too, and have been to some great ones.


Never enough time, grumble grumble moan......
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 14, 2012 - 09:50am PT
Oh yeah, can I bring my dog-man, and my man-dog friends?

They don't eat that much, and they're great Poon trackers.

Bread

Trad climber
Craggy Mountains, NC
Aug 14, 2012 - 10:01am PT
Nice TR!

S. Idaho in a fog of smoke? Heading to City of Rocks on about Aug.22. Is the smoke something to be concerned about? thanks.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Aug 14, 2012 - 10:06am PT
Great TR. Nevada's islands in the sky are a marvel.




Dog-man - hysterical.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2012 - 10:57am PT
Survival: YES!

Bring those beings in your photo and we will do some prehistoric women hunting. Top of the mountain looks to be limestone with crags & caves for them to hide in.



There was "suspecious" evidence of recent occupation in one of the many old cabins on the island too.



Re South Idaho fire smoke. Could still be bad by 8/22. There is a huge fire about 10-15 miles to the west of COR, but it is very unlikely that it would directly threaten COR.

Here's a Satellite shot of South Idaho taken yesterday. I have circled in red the general area of City of Rocks.

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 14, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
Prehistoric babes bump!!!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 14, 2012 - 05:16pm PT
It apparently doesn't contain enough gold to justify ripping it open for an open-pit mine
Don't bet on it: Bald Mountain Mine, in the south end of the Ruby Mtns.
I'm guessing about 80 miles south of your find:
Didn't stop to photograph the stream bed with the Skull and Crossbones "Danger, Cyanide" sign.
Mining in Nevada is BIG business
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 14, 2012 - 05:28pm PT
It ain't just gold they're after.



But what puzzles me is not how prehistoric women got furs but how they shaved,...
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 14, 2012 - 05:30pm PT
tha looks kinda like the mine outside lovelock off I 80
You've seen one open pit mine, you've seen them all.
Way south. South of the Ruby Mts NWR (a cool place by the way). South of the Pony Express trail by a few miles. North of 50.
37deg 58min N, 115deg 36min W

Ron
id rather find this^^^

ditto! I love poking around old mines. Grew up hiking around the Wasatch: Park City, Alta, Brighton....and lived to tell about it....so far.
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