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Unread 11-05-2011, 01:22 PM   #1876
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I've posted repeatedly how dangerous mines can be and there are many ways to hurt and kill yourself in them, but if you're careful and disturb as little as possible, you should be fine. As far as air quality goes, as long as you don't decend to lower levels of a mine, you shouldn't have to worry about the air quality.

There's quite a few mines in the Devil Canyon area. We've been in as many as we could, but the ones with the larger tailing piles were marked as private or have staked claims. It's also a very steep climb up from the Devil Canyon side. I don't remember which mines these were, but these were taken in that area.

The hike all the way up there would suck. Even worse would be hiking all the way up and finding the mine was sealed. Here's the view looking up from the valley:

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Unread 11-05-2011, 01:24 PM   #1877
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Taking the trail from the Table Mountain side is so much easier. From there, it's a short climb down. Here is a closer look at that ore hopper.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 01:25 PM   #1878
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Here's the view of the valley below. I'm pretty sure that's Jean off in the distance.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 01:26 PM   #1879
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Here's one of the few cart rails we see left at mine sites:
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Unread 11-05-2011, 01:28 PM   #1880
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I have some friends flying in from Virginia on Monday. I used to explore caves with these guys back east. They'll be bringing some of their new equipment, so I expect to have some great pictures to share in the next few days.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 01:37 PM   #1881
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Here are a few of the caves we've explored. These were either in Virginia or Jersey. I can't remember where. It may have even been Colorado.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 01:39 PM   #1882
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I would prefer to explores caves over mines, but there aren't many caves in this area. We're still enjoying ourselves, but all the mines we're exploring are all starting to look alike. Here's a couple more.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 02:21 PM   #1883
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Hey Ysb, one of those caves looks like a porn star's lady parts! Sorry third grade humor again!
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Unread 11-05-2011, 02:24 PM   #1884
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I think your porn may be much more hardcore than I've seen.

My back hurts. Come rotate my tires.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 06:10 PM   #1885
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It had a "Hills Have Eyes" feel to it.
Yep Isn't it great!

I took a drive out there a few months ago and took a boring little video that I put on my youtube page, didn't see any tanks though.. check it out if you want.

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Unread 11-05-2011, 06:18 PM   #1886
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I would prefer to explores caves over mines, but there aren't many caves in this area.
Great Basin Nat'l Park? Lehman caves is way cool, not sure if they still have the "special" tours to some of the more remote parts. There's also a nearby cave to explore alone..... big one! Kinda scary down in the "mud room" gotta stay skinny and calm on the way down & up. Last time I was there got TWO flat tires on the way back, 15 + years ago.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 08:38 PM   #1887
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Spaceball, do you have coordinates to these areas? Great Basin National Park isn't that close.

I've read about a few fairly close to Vegas, but it seemed that most had no access or at the least, restricted access. The ones without restrictions didn't seem that interesting to me. If I could find one that has some depth and minimal vandalism, I'd be interested.
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Unread 11-05-2011, 08:42 PM   #1888
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..check it out if you want.
Had a look. It doesn't look like the washboard is as bad where you were. I might have another look at the area if I knew there was something to see out there. What were you able to find?
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Unread 11-06-2011, 01:24 AM   #1889
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Hey guys. Just got back from the Laughlin Jeep Jamboree. Had a lot of fun, pics and stories to follow, but for now I'll just say, if you're going to be a trail leader, make sure you can lead the drive in the dark. :-)
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Unread 11-06-2011, 08:55 AM   #1890
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Spaceball, do you have coordinates to these areas? Great Basin National Park isn't that close.

I've read about a few fairly close to Vegas, but it seemed that most had no access or at the least, restricted access. The ones without restrictions didn't seem that interesting to me. If I could find one that has some depth and minimal vandalism, I'd be interested.
GBNP is about 4 hours away, between Pioche and Ely, Lehman caves there is awesome, but guided and touristy friendly, definately worth going to, I've been there several times, never gets old. The other cave I talked about I googled it a little. Looks like it's closed except in the winter, something to do with the bats. And you have to get the key in Ely, probably USFS or BLM office. Definately not a day trip. And winters there a very cold. Here's a link for some info, I don't have the exact location, it's been a long time since I was there.

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