We brought one of our neighbors with us on this trip. We've brought a few people with us exploring on these trips, but I'll have to be more careful of who we invite. This mine had quite a few cave ins. There were many vertical shafts falling into nowhere.
If something looks like it might be unsafe, we just back out. It's difficult to see in this picture, but the shaft just beyond these supports was caved in. I was trying to get our neighbor to back up and head the other way. Not sure if it was a lack of common sense or an excess of testosterone, but he went past me and starting kicking those supports to test them.
If he wanted to kill himself, he would probably have done the world a favor, but his stupidity threatened us too. Because the shaft didn't collapse, he felt our safety rules were just being paranoid.
Last picture here. End of the mining for us. We followed this mine back about 50 yards, then down an incline another 2 levels. Nowhere else to go but down, so we headed back. If you ever come across ladders in a mine, don't try them. Our moron neighbor wanted to try the ladder, but my wife and I already started to head the other way.
Holy crap! You've gotta be joking! Someone actually walked up and started kicking the supports?
I know, right? He didn't just walk up and kick it. He walked up, sat down and started kicking it. He was really pounding at them. You'd think that most people would have a natural instinct for self-preservation, but many don't.
Mines can be very dangerous places, but exploration isn't difficult. Really, all you need is a good flashlight and common sense. He had neither.