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kootenaycat
10-11-2005, 07:05 PM
Got out for a nice day of riding in the sun on Monday near Salmo to explore a couple trails we've been meaning to check out. Found another new mine that no one has been to (by motorized vehicle) in over 50 years! Had to cut down a couple of trees in the middle of the mining road that were about 8-10" diameter, and others on the road were up to about 16", and at that elevation they grow pretty slow! Cold start in the morning (7:30am), but quickly warmed up enough to shed a few layers and take the sledding gloves off!


The old mining road we opened up. It was in pretty good shape considering it was last used in 1929, the chainsaw got lots of use though. Had to watch the outside tires in a couple spots as they were almost hanging over the bank, and it was a loooonnnnnngggggg ways down![2b]
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View from the old mining road looking west down Sheep Ck valley.
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View from the same spot above, looking south-east.
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Entrance to the old mine we discovered. About 20' from this entrance is a vertical shaft that we had fun tossing rocks down! Figured it was about 100' deep! Watch your step![xx(]

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Just inside the old mine.
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I forgot my flashlight [27], and Wayne's flashlight didn't want to work even though he had charged it up the night before. He was a little pissed off so he fixed it real gooder by tossing it down the 100' shaft![15]
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Next we made it to the base of Reno mountain the the Reno mine where 160,000 ounces of gold came out of the hill![:0]
Ore chute for loading trucks.
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Main entrance to the Reno.
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Too bad we didn't have any lights, will have to come back next Sunday well equipped!
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Saw this tailings pile at the end of a rockslide just above the Reno, so we went for a hike.
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The entrance was sluffed, but saw this cool view of Hidden Ck valley to the north. We walked to the end overlooking the valley, and saw some huge ass grizzly tracks in the snow![2b] About an hour later we were talking to some other guys on quads who watched the grizzly just below the ridge we were riding/hiking![1b] It's time to buy myself a defender and some slugs!
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Cool old miners/trappers cabin, it isn't collapsed, it really is as short as it is!
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Top of the Reno workings, really did need a couple of flashlights today!
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View from the upper Reno workings. This is the ridge we were riding on when the other people saw the grizz below us.
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Reno mountain (and workings) looking from the ridge where we were above the bear.
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Didnt' get too many pics today, spent a couple hours clearing brush and trees from the old mine road!

Dr. B
10-11-2005, 07:11 PM
Awesome pictures!!! Old mines are very cool, especially when you know the history behind them.

highwaystar
10-11-2005, 07:12 PM
[8D] wow good work as usual. too bad about the flashlights! awesome finds!

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kamloopsyota
10-11-2005, 07:14 PM
jeez, awesome pictures every time, when i get my quad im gunna have to try exploring some of those trails.

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Big_Ern
10-11-2005, 09:46 PM
Too bad about the flashlights. Looks like some cool mines to explore.

Keep up the great trip reports![cheers]

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nykoma
10-12-2005, 02:29 AM
cool pic's there kootenay.... like to see the mines
when get a flashlight...

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Fuzzydog
10-12-2005, 05:09 AM
Nice pics....I thought I had a great time Cariboo exploring this weekend but now I wish I was with you guys!

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Jeepnut
10-12-2005, 06:18 AM
Awesome pics Kevin...wish I was out there with you and Wayne again.Did that trail show up on Wayne's GPS??????.


Don't forget your Flash light next time..... [2]




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Taxidermy
10-12-2005, 06:22 AM
sweet [omg][aahh][2b][2b][2b]

C-Dog
10-12-2005, 08:44 AM
[iagree] with all of ya looks awesome it is going to be cool when you get the flashlights up there it would be cool to go explore in there [cheers]

this is chevy country on a quite night you can hear a ford rust

Punk in Drublic
10-12-2005, 09:43 AM
awsome. i was looking at a house in salmo, it nice there. cant wait till i move up there. next year i hope.

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norm
10-12-2005, 12:20 PM
[8D]THANKS FOR THE HISTORY AND GREAT PICS[36]










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youngun
10-12-2005, 12:48 PM
Sweet Pics Man [36]

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On the Zone
10-12-2005, 12:53 PM
Great pics. Freaky about the Grizzly


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kootenaycat
10-12-2005, 02:46 PM
quote:Originally posted by Jeepnut

Awesome pics Kevin...wish I was out there with you and Wayne again.Did that trail show up on Wayne's GPS??????.


Don't forget your Flash light next time..... [2]


John, you gotta plan a week trip down here next summer to explore some of our riding, let me know well in advance and I'll book off the same week. And no, the old mine road wasn't on MapSend or my Softmap software. I did find it on an old map my Dad handed down years ago, even has the plot numbers of the claims!

Flash light? .......... thanks Tips![33][9]



Punk in Drublic, you must be a logger to be moving to Salmo, or planning a big grow op![15] Kiddin! Salmo is nice, used to have a bad reputation from all the good 'ol redneck loggers![36] It has mellowed out now, and has tons of awesome riding/hunting areas close by. I'm about 20minutes away, so I do lots of riding out there and still haven't covered all the old mines and mining roads there! Let me know when/if you move out, I'll show you some sweet trails!

Taz Jeep
10-12-2005, 03:26 PM
Cool pic's as usual [36]






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MundusPax
10-12-2005, 04:17 PM
sweet pics man

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Punk in Drublic
10-12-2005, 07:47 PM
quote:Punk in Drublic, you must be a logger to be moving to Salmo

not quite. i,m a boilermaker so it just dont matter where i live and im tired of all the meth-heads and crime on the coast. and aircare sux[redneck]

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kootenaycat
10-13-2005, 02:34 PM
quote:Originally posted by punk in drublic

quote:Punk in Drublic, you must be a logger to be moving to Salmo
not quite. i,m a boilermaker so it just dont matter where i live and im tired of all the meth-heads and crime on the coast. and aircare sux[redneck]


Any lines on work yet? You thinking of pulp mill, Cominco, Hospital, etc?

Yup, don't have to worry as much about the crack-heads here, and NO aircare!!!![36]

G-rizzle Swank
10-13-2005, 03:56 PM
wow three different mine shafts and no light, what a bummer,nice set of pics anyways








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dirty girl
10-15-2005, 11:54 AM
Very cool pics!!! Looks like a nice trek. :) Wish I was there!

Made.U.Look
10-15-2005, 09:28 PM
Excellant pics like usual, keep them coming [8D] [8D] [8D]

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lizard
10-16-2005, 08:23 AM
Cool as usual koot... So when u clear a trail do u just cut the trees wide enuff for a quad?:D I do it when hunting an cut them just wide enuff for the toy, [9] then look for the lazy hunters in the fullsize trucks with dented 1/4 panels[9]


You should plan a week Quad trip up there an Jeepnut &I could plan a week trip down here. I just found another trail up to alpine this last hunting trip




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kootenaycat
10-16-2005, 06:38 PM
Lizard, I cut the trees just wide enough for my Kodiak to squeeze through, it's funny watching the 750 Kawi's fenders buckle, but he always manages to follow me!:D

I was telling Jeepnut that we are going to plan at minimum a long weekend down there next summer, if the Caroline mines are still open, I wouldn't mind checking them out plus whatever else you guys got planned!

Speedy and Wayne had to go home early today, well Wayne had an excuse (grand daughters B-day), but Speedy was afraid of getting a little wet![f] But I stayed out all day today, got soaked and had an awesome day of exploring a few more nice trails, one that also led to alpine (6400') and found the top of the tram line for a couple of the old mines up Sheep ck. If (I mean when!) you guys come down, we should camp on the creek up there, and we'll spend 2 days riding that area. We might cover it all!

Oh yeah, remembered to bring the flashlight today!


Old dynamite box, didn't want to lift the lid to see what's inside![xx(]
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Reno mine main adit.
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The mine that we saw last weekend without lights.
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The spiders are back!!!!!!!!!!! We saw them in a few mines today, guess they hibernate in there. Definitely are Daddy Long Legs, counted 8 legs on most of them! It was cool waking them up by holding the flashlight (700,000 candlepower Princess Auto) about 6" away and watching the cluster just start to vibrate![aahh]
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Top of the Reno workings. Got reminded how dangerous old mines can be inside this one. About 80' in it was stoped out (high ceilings) and the floor was covered with rotten timbers that had fallen out of the ceilings. Wayne started to walk across the shit when he noticed an opening in the rot, when we threw a rock down the opening, it fell a loooooonnnnnnnnggggggggg time![aahh] Good wake up for us!
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Old tub was in pretty good shape considering this mine hadn't been worked since 1929! Now the home to a packrat!
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Top of the tramline. Found a few buckets laying around and lots of wheels that the cable ran on.
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Just a small workings here, only goes in about 20'.
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redneck_justice
10-16-2005, 08:53 PM
as always kevin awesome shots thx for sharing . phil

i think my smith & wesson beets your 4 of a kind

nykoma
10-17-2005, 02:07 AM
great looking pic's Kev'[h]

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EIEIO
10-17-2005, 07:03 AM
Wicked!! I wanna come on one of these expeditions, but I dont have a quad, will my zuk fit?? HAHAHA!! That would be creepy as hell seeing all those spiders!

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youngun
10-17-2005, 05:00 PM
Nice new pics, got to have the light [36]

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fordgirl25
10-19-2005, 12:20 PM
i like trucks wow and that thing about the jeeps happens to be true also