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kootenaycat
09-18-2010, 06:08 PM
I'm feeling left out seeing all these threads about the Kootenays, thought I'd throw in a few of my own. :D

Camped near Fish/Bear lakes on Highway 31A between NewDenver and Kaslo and did 2 days of quadding and exploring mines. Didn't cover a 1/4 of the trails around there so can't wait to get back next year, going to make it a week long trip next time.

Day 1

First mine was the Lucky Jim which was huge in it's day, only explored the bottom level and we covered about 4000' of underground tunnel.

Thought I'd try a manual setting on the camera and had the ISO too high so many of the pics in the mines are over exposed. :ballsmack

Went over from Retallack to Cody, covered about 30 switchbacks on that route. Saw an old Fairbanks Morse diesel engine at Cody, would have been cool to hear that thing running.

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This is part of the K&S Railway that was abandoned in 1910,

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More mines and lots of views from the ridges though the fog and clouds never lifted enough for any really good shots.

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atoyot
09-18-2010, 06:21 PM
FREAKIN AWESOME PIXX!!!!!!!

i love searchin in old mine stuff!!!!...looks like u had alot of fun!!!!!

kootenaycat
09-18-2010, 06:25 PM
Day 2 started out up London Ridge on the north side of the highway, checked out a couple old mines and travelled more mining trails that were more like goat trails somehow attached to cliffs! :eek: Then in the afternoon we went up Carpenter creek (Sandon valley) and up to Idaho peak ridge. Didn't hike to the lookout but found an old mining trail that brought us within 1/2 mile of it on the ridge. So many mines and old trails that we ran out of time before checking all them out.

atoyot
09-18-2010, 07:04 PM
SOO COOOL!!!!!

very nice batch of pics!!!!!

awesome post!!!
thanx for sharin!!!!

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Moondog
09-18-2010, 07:10 PM
Excellent pics as usual Kev (its been a while though eh) going to have organize a trip up your way some time next year and get you to show us around

4skin
09-18-2010, 07:39 PM
very cool pix realy like the old diesel and lokomotive
awesome views to

mus-Tard
09-18-2010, 08:00 PM
thats cool man. hope l can check that out some day

TWOZEROFOUR
09-18-2010, 08:34 PM
Just awesome [36] is that green and white building the one you can see from new denver? also that avy with the logs is a cool shot [36]

kootenaycat
09-18-2010, 08:51 PM
Just awesome [36] is that green and white building the one you can see from new denver? also that avy with the logs is a cool shot [36]

Yah that's Idaho Peak lookout but from a different viewpoint. Most people (city yuppies) drive up the main road (saw a couple of front wheel drive cars there :rolleyes: ) to the 2 different parking lots. We found this old mining trail that headed to the ridge and we were actually closer to it then the parking lots :D

If I can get enough guys together next year to clear a path through that avy field it will open another mining trail that will loop from the Retallack-Cody road back down to the highway closer to Kaslo, pretty big though.

crazylike
09-18-2010, 09:51 PM
i can't wait to go exploring over there thanks for sharing them awesome pics

North49
09-18-2010, 10:29 PM
really cool pics of the mine and abandoned railway!

MacGyver
09-19-2010, 12:19 AM
Very cool pic's :)

vajayjay
09-19-2010, 07:43 AM
Some cool stuff there

I like the bear staring at ya:eek:

westcoaster
09-19-2010, 08:05 AM
Here you go...

Turn your speakers up.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY7hTT-Zk5M



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t44dwcUcYlk&feature=related


edit: here's another of the four cylinder fairbanks morse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFcJvNAXi7w

UU
09-19-2010, 08:14 AM
awesome :cool:

gavman
09-19-2010, 08:46 AM
Those are fantastic pics, thanks for sharing....

Honky
09-19-2010, 08:52 AM
been looking forward to your naxt batch of pictures!!

would love to go for a ride with ya one day.

how do you know if the air is safe in the mines?

bakelite
09-19-2010, 09:57 AM
:eek: wow, awesome and thank you so much for sharing [cheers]

kootenaycat
09-19-2010, 10:29 AM
Thank you SO much! That is just awesome! Never even thought to search for it online, figured they would all be junk by now. :D


Here you go...

Turn your speakers up.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY7hTT-Zk5M



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t44dwcUcYlk&feature=related


edit: here's another of the four cylinder fairbanks morse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFcJvNAXi7w

kootenaycat
09-19-2010, 10:32 AM
been looking forward to your naxt batch of pictures!!

would love to go for a ride with ya one day.

how do you know if the air is safe in the mines?

We should plan an event for next summer, camp out for a few days and lots of riding.

I'll only go underground if I can feel a draft or if it's only a short ways in. Need an air tester but they're $1500 and another $1500 for a calibration kit.

kamloopsyota
09-19-2010, 10:35 AM
i think that old 6947 is coming to kamloops next for restoration. Would all these mines be from the days of sledge and chisel mining or did any of them have air/hyrdaulic tools?

SHITTY
09-19-2010, 04:50 PM
awsome pics looked like an awsome trip. so much more to explore eh. thanks for sharing.

BrokenToy
09-19-2010, 07:00 PM
nice shots as always [cheers]

kootenaycat
09-19-2010, 08:43 PM
i think that old 6947 is coming to kamloops next for restoration. Would all these mines be from the days of sledge and chisel mining or did any of them have air/hyrdaulic tools?

Most of them started out as the old Sledge hammer drilling but throughout their life they would have been worked with air. The only one I think may have been all hand worked is the old one on London ridge, the other one up there was worked into the '70s or '80s with air.

muddy mud skipper
09-19-2010, 09:19 PM
frigen awesome!!!

Candy
09-20-2010, 03:51 PM
awesome pics... looks like an unreal trip

MundusPax
09-22-2010, 09:13 AM
cool pics as always

AbF250
09-22-2010, 07:51 PM
Great pics Kev!
[cheers]

Evan the Blue
09-22-2010, 09:37 PM
WOW, great shots ... thanks for the post [cheers]

-nikki-
09-23-2010, 08:37 AM
how do you get to these mines? directions? i want to take a run up there on my quad one of these days

Apathy
09-23-2010, 08:41 AM
would ove to take a quad / camping trip and go see that shit some day.

kootenaycat
09-23-2010, 08:54 PM
how do you get to these mines? directions? i want to take a run up there on my quad one of these days

Between New Denver and Kaslo, just start taking side roads and you'll see lots! :D

Candiass
09-26-2010, 09:42 PM
Great Pictures!!! we spent some time in that area a couple years ago...Its beautiful up there....[cheers]

'Balmer
09-26-2010, 09:55 PM
Totally wicked! Must have been those most amazing experience! Thanks for sharing.

Jezzika69
09-26-2010, 10:43 PM
That looks really cool! I'm thinking I wanna go there!

caveman
09-28-2010, 03:11 PM
great pictures.

Jeepnut
09-28-2010, 03:19 PM
Gwad i miss riding with you guys[cheers]

Taxidermy
10-08-2010, 09:42 PM
awesome pics [cheers] [cheers] [cheers]