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Exploring Abandoned Mines: The White Chief Mine – Part 5 (Tying Up Loose Ends)





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Published on Jul 10, 2019

This abandoned mine had been bugging me for a long time… We explored most of this tungsten mine several years ago and that experience made it one of my favorite abandoned mines. However, there was one loose end as the upper adit on the far side of the canyon remained unexplored. So, as you can see in this video, I returned to resolve the unresolved at this abandoned mine.

The first visit to this abandoned mine was presented in this series, which I have posted in chronological order below if you’re interested:





Personally, I found the level explored in the second video to be the most interesting.

To say the least, that upper adit explored on this most recent trip did not conform to my expectations. The other levels at this mine with large waste rock piles were enormous. And, typically, when confronted with an enormous waste rock pile, one can comfortably assume that the associated workings of the mine will likewise be enormous. I suppose that they were here as well, but just not in the way that I anticipated… Really, it is amazing how much rock came down that ore chute I climbed up next to as that open stope and the associated waste rock pile were huge (as most things are at tungsten mines).

It didn’t really come across on the video, but that whole section around the climbing of the ladder at the ore chute was not pleasant. The ladder was not anchored well and so it was shaking and wobbling as I was climbing it. Furthermore, several of the rungs were cracked, which also isn’t really what one wants to experience. I think the best part though is that the rungs of the ladder were covered in mice urine and feces. Those dark stains on the wood and on the rocks? That isn’t grease as most people assume – that’s many layers of dried mouse urine!


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Growing up in California’s “Gold Rush Country” made it easy to take all of the history around us for granted. However, abandoned mine sites have a lot working against them – nature, vandals, scrappers and various government agencies… The old prospectors and miners that used to roam our lonely mountains and toil away deep underground are disappearing quickly as well.

These losses finally caught our attention and we felt compelled to make an effort to document as many of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that we could before that colorful niche of our history is gone forever. But, you know what? We enjoy doing it! This is exploring history firsthand – bushwhacking down steep canyons and over rough mountains, figuring out the techniques the miners used and the equipment they worked with, seeing the innovations they came up with, discovering lost mines that no one has been in for a century, wandering through ghost towns where the only sound is the wind... These journeys allow a feeling of connection to a time when the world was a very different place. And I’d love to think that in some small way we are paying tribute to those hardy miners that worked these mines before we were even born.

So, yes, in short, we are adit addicts… I hope you’ll join us on these adventures!



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