Mine exploration is so unique and different from caves. They are often unstable, but the rewards of the beautiful colours from minerals left behind are lovely. Never explore mines alone, and always go with experienced people to learn about safety.

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4 thoughts on “Mines

  1. Hi Amy, I much enjoyed your photos of Neversink through the year in the June 2018 NSS News. Well done! I dropped Neversink in the mid 60’s and thought it was a really neat pit. On the same trip we did the 2nd trip into Valhalla, also impressive. I wish my memory was better, but I vaguely remember reading of a 6000ft shaft in a silver mine in Idaho. Maybe in Engineering News Record? Which I was reading in the 70’s. If the shaft exists and is abandoned, it would probably have a lot of water in it. Imagine a 6000ft rappel?! Would the rope support it’s own weight? You would need something like Kirk MacGregor’s book type rappell device, that doesn’t bend the rope. Regards, Rick

    • Thank you, I am glad you like it! Regarding the mine shaft, I have done El Capitan, that is a 3000-ft single rope. It has extra core to keep the same strength, but I would expect a 6000-ft single rappel is definitely doable. It is possible to hard-rig in a rack even with 300 lbs of rope weight, people including myself train for that!

  2. Hi, were all of these taken at Wheal Coates Mine?
    I have been to the back of the beach cave, but could not fit through the water hole to see what was beyond.



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