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kootenaycat
07-09-2007, 10:52 PM
Sunday we figured we would cover some new territory and headed north east of Nelson. We heard about an old gold mine that was situated at 7100' and still had quite a bit of turn of the century equipment. We weren't disappointed! :happy0045: If you don't have a passion for mining history then you can't really appreciate how great a trip this was. Seeing all that old metal 5300' above Kootenay lake and thinking how those miners worked their ass' off just getting it up there along an old pack trail with horses blows me away! And we made it up there on quads in less then an hour!

First sign we were on the right track was the old mill where they would crush the ore down to small sizes so it could be melted down to get the gold out. The engine here is a twin cylinder Fairbanks Morse diesel. Sure would have been neat to hear that puppy running!

Orebin where the tram from the mine would have emptied it's buckets into
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Ball mill used to crush the ore
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Huge flywheel used on these old engines which only ran at a couple hundred RPM all day long.
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Fairbanks Morse engine used to run an electric generator
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Here you can see the cut through the trees where the tram line used to run.
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Getting really close to the good stuff now!
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Found another engine identical to the one at the mill here. This one was used to run an air compressor.
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Cool idea for a pressure relief valve on the compressor. The weight was holding down a piston which would blow off air if it built up too high. It was adjustable by adding weighted disks to it.
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A forge of sorts. They had to build any tools they needed up here. No waiting around for a day or 2 while someone on horse went to town to buy it!
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Ore cart used to transport the ore out of the mine
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The lower adit was still covered by a lot of snow and didn't look safe enough for me to enter. Going back up in 3 weeks after the snow melts to check it out again
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Headed up to the upper adit to see if it was open
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No luck here either. Main adit was completely covered with snow.
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Here you could see where they stoped up from the adit along a rich vein. 57227

Scott couldn't resist checking out the stope. I dropped in for about 20 seconds and saw that it was about 30' wide and being held up by a few old timbers! :eek:
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The view from up here was amazing. Sitting at about 7200'
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The quads way down below us.
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This helicopter must have been dropping off heli-hikers on the ridge.
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After hiking back down, we decided to head up through this saddle to check out the Lemon creek valley near Slocan city.

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A view of Kokanee Glacier Park

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Mt. Ruppel which we quadded to last summer about this time. Another cool old mining trail with about 20 switchbacks on it!

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And lastly a pic of Kootenay Lake looking east.

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Big_Ern
07-09-2007, 10:59 PM
You guys do some fawkin cool exploring. I always loook forward to seeing your trip reports[cheers]

And great bachground info too. So nice to have some real info along with the pics:cool:

jeeper
07-09-2007, 11:00 PM
Some incredible pics !

makes you glad to be alive !

Honky
07-09-2007, 11:01 PM
well we know who gets top right tomorrow!!

Caribourob
07-09-2007, 11:01 PM
Absolutely amazing country and history to boot. Right on. drama Thanks for sharing, drama these pics are awesome.drama I love the old equipment. drama

Taxidermy
07-10-2007, 12:01 AM
Cool pictures! How did they get those engines up so high?

Evan the Blue
07-10-2007, 05:36 AM
Amazing Pics as always ... your trips always look so cool [5]
Thanks for posting [cheers]

gavman
07-10-2007, 06:18 AM
Thanks for sharing again...[cheers]
So how wide were the tracks up to that old mine? Could a truck make it or not?

northernman
07-10-2007, 07:01 AM
[36] [36] I love to explore looks like ya had had a blast.[cheers] [cheers]

HEAVY METAL
07-10-2007, 07:04 AM
wow....ummmm.. wow.... thats about the coolest thing ive seen in a while.. well since ur last post...

redman
07-10-2007, 08:37 AM
wow those are some really great pic, definatley need to head that way at some point

Jeepnut
07-10-2007, 08:51 AM
All I can say is dam I miss ridding with you guys[j] [j]

Flashless
07-10-2007, 08:54 AM
wow those are awesome pictures!!

thanks for sharing!

REDNECK-WELDING
07-10-2007, 09:06 AM
great pictures...always looking forward to your adventures.. beautiful country

bobbyboucher69
07-10-2007, 10:47 AM
[cheers] Thats some amazing stuff those oldtimers did! great pics cant wait till you go back

leftfield
07-10-2007, 11:33 AM
I love it when you guys share.

Fuzzydog
07-10-2007, 11:57 AM
[36] [36] just wow! [36] [36] you never run out of new places down there, eh?

Truckstuff
07-10-2007, 12:50 PM
Thats awesome.... [36]

C-Dog
07-10-2007, 01:59 PM
Man there is some killer pics there thats for sure as per usual though.....You guys allways have killer pics and the commentary to boot

highwaystar
07-10-2007, 03:51 PM
that is soooo cool.
beautiful!

78f150
07-10-2007, 08:28 PM
Amazing Pics!

kootenaycat
07-10-2007, 09:20 PM
Thanks for sharing again...[cheers]
So how wide were the tracks up to that old mine? Could a truck make it or not?

You could easily get a fullsize up there, probably in 2wd too if you took a run at a couple of the hills, little loose though. There used to be just a pack trail but a more recent road (70's or 80's) was put in for exploratory work.

kootenaycat
07-10-2007, 09:24 PM
Cool pictures! How did they get those engines up so high?

They would have packed all the pieces up by horse then assembled on site. Can't imagine how many trips it would take just to get one engine up there! There is a picture of the Trout lake area where they are packing the tram cable up a mountain on dozens of horses, maybe a dozen loops of cable on each side of the horse, all tied together.

MikeWild
07-10-2007, 10:28 PM
Very cool pictures. I can't wait to see where you guys go next!

MundusPax
07-11-2007, 08:19 AM
awesome pics

Murd0c
07-11-2007, 08:53 AM
WOW looking at pics like that makes me want to sell my truck and get a quad, looks like so much fun [cheers]

MUD CHILD
07-11-2007, 09:57 AM
WOW you always have Great pictures[36] [36] [36] Keep them coming[cheers]

Jeepnut
07-11-2007, 10:06 AM
WOW looking at pics like that makes me want to sell my truck and get a quad, looks like so much fun [cheers]



Doooooooo it[36] its just a toyota anyways

nykoma
07-11-2007, 06:28 PM
wow some great pictures of the mine site[cheers]

Dr.Ford
07-11-2007, 06:46 PM
that looks wild. can't wait to explore myself.

sparkes3
07-12-2007, 06:23 PM
wow love it

BrokenToy
07-12-2007, 08:04 PM
some more nice pics! definitely a great spot of the province to live in [cheers]
can't believe you left the quads so far behind and walked up though...... [15]

muddy mud skipper
07-13-2007, 12:30 PM
man u get some kickass pics!!!i love seeing them[cheers]

trex300
07-13-2007, 07:17 PM
great pics, nice to see somebody using their ATV, got a Grizz myself and doing the mine exploration thing is awesome, done a few down this way, but they're few and far between.

I always enjoy your posts.

blacker_69
07-13-2007, 08:07 PM
thats my old stomping grounds. i grew up there spent 20 years there, moved the kamloopistan 2 years ago and miss the scenery of the kootenays ever since. where did you access in and when you took that pic over kootenay lake what area where you lookin down on.? great pics guys,

kootenaycat
07-13-2007, 11:10 PM
thats my old stomping grounds. i grew up there spent 20 years there, moved the kamloopistan 2 years ago and miss the scenery of the kootenays ever since. where did you access in and when you took that pic over kootenay lake what area where you lookin down on.? great pics guys,

We headed up Sitkum ck to the Alpine mine, I think it was Kane road which joins onto Alpin road. About 9 mile area of north shore. The lake shot is looking at Kokanee ck campground in the right side of the pic and the narrow part of the West Arm should be where the Harrop ferry crosses. You must know the area well, will have to pick your brain about the mines above Ainsworth. I'll PM ya.

yota90ca
07-16-2007, 02:52 PM
Great shots KootenayCat. You should check out the mine in the hills behind Crawford Bay.

My boss and his friend went up there and had to do three point turns on the switchbacks with the quads. The trail up is an old pack trail.

I wouldnt mind knowing how to get to were you were last weekend.

kootenaycat
07-16-2007, 08:13 PM
Great shots KootenayCat. You should check out the mine in the hills behind Crawford Bay.

My boss and his friend went up there and had to do three point turns on the switchbacks with the quads. The trail up is an old pack trail.

I wouldnt mind knowing how to get to were you were last weekend.

PM sent.

kyle_94
07-17-2007, 07:29 PM
Definatly some cool pics i like all the old mining atuff. Nice job[cheers]

Landlover
07-22-2007, 08:03 PM
nice pics, looks pretty fascinating