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Champion Mine TR

Postby mountaineer » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:46 pm

Packed up there with my son last weekend. One of the better short trips I have been on. What a place! A geologists dream!

http://jodylangford.tripod.com/spark_plug_mine/index.album/looking-back?i=0



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Re: Champion Mine TR

Postby try » Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:35 pm

Thanks for posting that Mountaineer. I really enjoyed looking at your pics. Sounds like you had a good time.
How do you make reservations, and how much were the cabins?

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Re: Champion Mine TR

Postby mountaineer » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:05 pm

No reservations...no cost. Only one other person showed up while we were there. They are very rustic cabins...we put a groundcloth on the floor and slept on that..the beds were very spungy and scroungy. Remember, this place was in use from the 20's until 1946...very cool to take a steep hike up a trail and end up in another century. :)
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Re: Champion Mine TR

Postby giantbrookie » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:38 pm

That is a very special place indeed. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. I first hiked there in my geology field camp in 1980. I returned there with my wife and colleague in the late 80's and I remember thinking how cool it must be to camp up there.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Champion Mine TR

Postby mountaineer » Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:35 pm

I first went on May of '03 and weathered a pretty decent snow storm! Here is the inside of the cabin we stayed in...
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Here is the outside of the cabin. Look closely at the rock face above...near the right side skyline you can make out a hole...that is a mine shaft that busted out from the back side to that face. It is about 500' straight down and about 1500' to the cabins.
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Here is the camp from that opening...
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