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May 21 2017, Nightingale Mining District

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From what I understand that was the mill foundations, but the mill was moved to Toulon and sits there rotting today. When I was out there it was too muddy to check out the mine tunnels. I want to check them out before they are completely buried. 

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There was as least one vertical shaft open, and what looked like a large horizontal shaft.  There was also one partially filled in, not much room to get into that..

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Hrm.  Tunnel Dog One would be perfect for the vertical shaft.  I may have to get out there before the weather gets too hot.  Is the shaft 'fenced' off with t-stakes and barbed wire?  The stakes make things easier, giving me opposite or nearly opposite hard points to tie in the main guide rope and pulley system.  If not, I have rebar. :)

Of course if the vertical shaft looks passable, the next step is to rig up and rappel in for a look-see.  I think I need to re-tie my Purcell's first though, since I don't have a mechanical ascender (and prefer to not have one at this point). 

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I couldn't see down into the vertical shaft from the sides where I could easily stand, might be filled in.

If I recall correctly their is a very large area fenced off with t-stakes and barbed wire.  The large fenced area encompassed the vertical shaft and the large horizontal shaft.  I think there may be t-stakes close enough to use, but perhaps not positioned well.

I might be out there this weekend, either in Jeep with wife or on momo with other riders. (or BOTH)..   I'll reconnoiter that situation a bit better, if you haven't already done by then.

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Are you guys camping out there or just heading out for the day. In one of your photos I believe their is a good tunnel, but it's slowly being closed off by the erosion around the tunnel. I gotta get out there and see that tunnel before access is gone. I tried to get out there a few months ago, but it was far too muddy to even get out of the vehicle. 

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It would just be a day trip for us (or me).  The roads are dry as a bone currently, I don't recall any standing water anywhere.

There's some pretty heavy rutting on some of the roads, and the main road through the valley has a lot of 'stealth' washouts.  Nothing really major, but you have to be careful as they are really hard to spot (thus stealth).. I found myself hauling along at 45MPH and having to scrub speed off quickly to gently negotiate the hazard.   Also several sand sections and one section where you're driving on what amounts to a dry creek bed.. most of the difficult stuff is short.

If you look at sat imagery around here 39.976453, -119.135486 you can see the the road follows a wash with a bunch of crossovers.

I don't think there's anything very difficult.  I wouldn't take my RAM, however that's mostly because I have a Jeep.  I've beat up the air dam under the bumper on the RAM already.. not ready to lose it entirely ;-)

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18 hours ago, braindead0 said:

I couldn't see down into the vertical shaft from the sides where I could easily stand, might be filled in.

If I recall correctly their is a very large area fenced off with t-stakes and barbed wire.  The large fenced area encompassed the vertical shaft and the large horizontal shaft.  I think there may be t-stakes close enough to use, but perhaps not positioned well.

I might be out there this weekend, either in Jeep with wife or on momo with other riders. (or BOTH)..   I'll reconnoiter that situation a bit better, if you haven't already done by then.

Gracias.  I won't be out there, if at all, until late June.  And at that rate, it may wait.  I have recon to do for our group trip in September - mostly figuring out the condition of various roads and figuring out what's accessible and what's not.  This weekend would have been nice, except I'm in training all day Saturday. 

That's exactly why Tunnel Dog One exists - to see what you can't see, and go where you can't (or don't want) to go!

I'm still waiting for several roads to re-open in Alpine County so I can hit some sites up there.  It's killing me!

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