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speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Dec 26, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
Not too long ago, some girls were killed while out riding quads with their family near here. An old shaft from the early 1900's had been partially covered by time and debris, and wasn't significant enough to be on any maps.
Periodically explosives of various makes and vintages will show up at the Sheriff's Office or Police Department. People will find det cord, blasting caps, sometimes old sweaty dynamite...
I have walked back a couple adits (horizontal tunnels), and one had a shaft in the floor that went way down. Most mines around here are big shafts that go down hundreds of feet. Some have been surrounded with wire, some barred over, a few are wide open.


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May 7, 1910

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speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Dec 26, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
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Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Dec 26, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
I have to admit , I always thought it would be cool to rappel into some deep and scary shaft .

So what is the danger ? Is it lack of circulating oxygen down in the shaft? Is it poisonous gasses down in there ? Then why weren't old time miners killed by being in there back in the day?

How safe are horizontal shafts to walk round in ?
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 26, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
John Shaft?
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Dec 26, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
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Antelope Mine, Hualapai Mountains, 400' as of 1881
Antelope Mine, Hualapai Mountains, 400' as of 1881
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thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 26, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
knott too far from the Lucky Strike, knott too far from nowhere
knott too far from the Lucky Strike, knott too far from nowhere
Credit: thebravecowboy
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Dec 26, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
Dapper Dan,

As far as the gasses go, the gasses that will kill you are heavier than air and accumulate over time. Mine ventilation systems were well established by the late 1800's/ early 1900's.

The mines as you see them now are abandoned. Who knows how much of the structural supports were removed along with anything the mining company wanted to salvage? A lot of the mines I see used to have rails, ore cars, pumps to draw water out etc. All that stuff is gone now. I've been to a couple where the mine entrance was blasted to seal it, but has since opened up again due to erosion.

Also, mining was a dangeous job back then. Plenty of miners were killed in the diggings.

Even if the shaft or tunnel was relatively safe when it was dug, that was 125 years ago in some cases. There has been plenty of freeze-thaw, water erosion, looky-loo's throwing stuff down, etc. over the years.

I have rapelled into a couple lava tubes in Oregon, where the ceiling collpased and created a sky light. We rigged up a tripod out of 4x4pt posts, it worked pretty good. I felt okay about it because I felt the natural processes that created it had done what they were gonna do, so to speak. These mines were dug out, man made, they've created a failure prone unnatural opening.

I've thought about rapping down in, too, but I think it would be really risky. Not enough reward for the risk.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Dec 26, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
moosedrool, is that climbing wall on a cruise ship?
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Dec 26, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
Thanks Speely , lots of good info there...
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 26, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
pretty jealous, Speely and Jrig, of your weather. still, though, we shall see who is who once the season turneth....


be safe out there on yer solo ventures, fellows.

EDIT: Dapper Dong, errr, Dapper Dan, I have heard that most abandoned mine workings are legit for novice exploration so long as you only work the shaft.
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Dec 26, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
It was on a cruise ship, The Oasis.

That's what my wife makes me to do for my hobbies ;)
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 26, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
Johnny Rig: you have to TR the shite that appears most impossible or it's knott worth it.

yes, you will clean huge plates of sh#t to the ground, yes you will come close to an undignified death by solo exsanguination, yes you will be alone in your finest moments......but, bring a dog, a camera, and zero ego but for desire and you will do good - nay, GREAT - sh#t.

mainly, once more, speaking to mineownself, but...you phukkers provide a decent sounding board: all that four wheeling is not for naught, if you put down the gun and do something unique (any drunk phuqqer can shoot a chukkar).


EDIT: ^ Jesus Moosedrool, needa getchyew out.....^
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Dec 26, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Saline valley salt tram
Saline valley salt tram
Credit: Dapper Dan

Saline Valley salt trams , used to move mined salt over the Inyo Mtns. to the Owens valley I think...

Credit: Dapper Dan
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Dec 26, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
that is a most-intact structure, DD. I dig it. thanks for sharing.

jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 26, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
Hunting,s just something I do, like climbing, hiking, fishing, wheeling. I have a 16mo old now, and expecting the 2nd next month, sooo... I maybe relegated to playing arm-chair quarterback for awhile.

Love seing the good stuff posted up, and will try to concentrate on the climbing stuff.

The mines interest me, both for my own prospecting and rockhounding, and because my family mined a bit in Utah way back when. Like was said, they,re an unnatural hole in the ground which is trying to close itself. There are about 4 main gasses that cause ya issues, mostly undetectable til yer hosed. Check mojaveunderground.com and undergroundexplorers.com for some great pics.

Havent been on a cruise ship with a wall yet, and the road up to Little Valley is closed.

Tis the hunting season now, so I,m gona be out there after birds again. Maybe if I was drunk i,d hit more? lol But the rope is always in the truck, and I got a go-pro for Chrirtmas. All I need now is someone to hold my beer... and something unique to do...

Most of the rock I see is short. Single or double pitch at most. But I have seen some taller things, and I will be paying more attention now that I climb.
several rock piles like this out off Red Rock Rd north of Reno, here I...
several rock piles like this out off Red Rock Rd north of Reno, here I think 3952'17.31" N 11953'12.57" W
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Selenite Range south of Gerlach. I don't know if I can even find this ...
Selenite Range south of Gerlach. I don't know if I can even find this again. maybe here 4027'52.48" N 11916'58.10" W
Credit: jonnyrig
Also off Red Rock 39°51'56.98" N 119°53'03.87" W
Also off Red Rock 3951'56.98" N 11953'03.87" W
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Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Dec 26, 2013 - 11:38pm PT
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Seems like we got a lot in common, I love wheelin' and mines .

I have this built out 'Runner , this is in the Saline ...

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This is in the Mojave .

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Eureka Valley sand dune.
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 27, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Dan, I like your rig. It goes place mine would only dream of.
above washoe lake, along the old VC viaduct &#40;now a pipeline&#41; r...
above washoe lake, along the old VC viaduct (now a pipeline) road 3915'40.53" N 11943'33.99" W
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lowish angle slabby thing above Lemon Valley 39°38'12.36" N 119°48'03....
lowish angle slabby thing above Lemon Valley 3938'12.36" N 11948'03.33" W
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somewhere near Unionville 40°28'31.87" N 118°10'09.28" W
somewhere near Unionville 4028'31.87" N 11810'09.28" W
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Credit: jonnyrig
crap picture of rock above Jaybird? powerhouse off 50. 38°49'56.67" N ...
crap picture of rock above Jaybird? powerhouse off 50. 3849'56.67" N 12031'52.65" W
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T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Dec 27, 2013 - 12:22am PT
... off Red Rock Rd north of Reno ...
You find the raddest cliffs etc. Keep it alive, cuz nobody else will.
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 27, 2013 - 12:24am PT
Ha! suuure. I find lots of short gravel piles that work well as noob training grounds. Mostly me.
many, many volcanic bands like this out toward Jackpot. 41°55'42.62" N...
many, many volcanic bands like this out toward Jackpot. 4155'42.62" N 11455'10.99" W
Credit: jonnyrig
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Dec 27, 2013 - 03:01am PT
This is by far my favorite posting I've come across so far. I love obscure crags and I'm always on the look out for new ones. I also like the mining pics. Tfpu
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