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 Post subject: Pike Hill Mine Trip
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:39 pm 
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Day two of our weekend trip included a visit to the historic Pike Hill Mine. This mine required another adventurous hike in snowshoes before reaching the icicle filled mine portal. From this point on, we treaded across the ice covered floor through a main haulageway past some interesting finds and then explored the stopes. Time was limited so many of the shots were taken hastily. Enjoy!

Photos here: http://www.ironminers.com/mineforum/viewtopic.php?p=109277

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Again an interesting series.

Care to offer any reasoning on why the mine freezes so much? Or is this just another example of those nasty Vermont winters.

Speaking of Vermont, Sugarin' Season may well have started here today.


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How far in did you get? How thick was the ice in there? you guys do any Winter Camping?


The shots came out really good BTW :) :)

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I believe the icy conditions can largely be attributed to good airflow. The mine's layout encourages air to enter through the adit level and work its way up to the surface at the opposite end of the mine and at a much higher elevation. Along this route, the temperature is much like the outside winter air as the mine constantly inhales through the adit and exhales at the opposite end. In addition, cold air sinks and much of the route we traveled was along the lowest accessible portions of the mine. There was in fact some liquid water away from the path of the airflow in higher areas of the mine.

I would say the ice was unquestionably thick and safe to walk on though I can't say it would be easy to tell its thickness from appearance alone. Some portions of the mine were so icy that you couldn't pass through but I would say we explored most of the "dry" portion. We didn't do any winter camping here but if we did it would probably be a lot easier to pull off in the mine than in the frigid outside snowy terrain.

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Where there any warm sections of the mine, or was the mine pretty much frozen inside?

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Does the mine warm up enough in certain areas for bat hibernation?

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