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Rappelling in Rosendale

Last weekend, we changed plans to go back to Rosendale, our old stomping grounds. Rosendale NY features some of the most impressive mine workings in the north eastern US, with the town being a major producer of Rosendale cement. Rosendale cement preceded Portland cement as a very strong and dependable cement, with millions of tons [...]

Drake Mine Adit in Mount Olive

A little known mine with a collapsed adit in Mount Olive NJ. The Drake Mine was a small Iron Mine I traveled solo to this mine back in Dec 2005 to find it. Its right behind some homes in Mount Olive NJ. The adit was over 700 feet long and cut across 5 ore veins [...]

Miner Bob outside the Sunray Mine | 03-31-2007

This is Miner Bob 3 years ago at the the old mine called the Sunray Tunnel, a 500 foot tunnel that penetrates the shawangunk mountains. It was at that point one of the deepest mines we knew of. The mine was later used in the 70′s as a spring for some of the purest waters [...]

A Collapse Blocks the Way

After a long drive deep into Pennsylvania, a long hike on a hot day, we enter the mine.  Two hundred feet in, it ends in collapse.  No disappointment, we searched, we found, and we cross another one off the list.  Finding abandoned mines requires patience, finding abandoned mines that are explorable requires sustained perseverance and [...]

Bob Rapells in a Coal Mine | Dec 12

After a long safety check of equipment, Bob begins his descent into the workings of a coal mine.  Chris K soon followed.  Be certain to view the videos. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

Dan the Photographer

Dan is the primary ABM photographer.   Through his lens and keen eyes Dan documents the historic mines we explore.  As the photographer, Dan sometimes carries more equipment. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

Cranberry Mine Trip | Feb 2007

On February 2nd, 2007,  a few years after we started our journey into mining history, we kept hearing about the Cranberry Mine in Harriman State Park. Supposedly it was a long tunnel deep in the woods, with a dynamite shed. Ed Lenik described this mine well in his excellent “Iron Mine Trails of NY NJ” [...]

Chris illuminates the shawangunks..

Chris stands knee deep in the waters of the shawangunk mountains looking ahead at the 300 foot tunnel. This tunnel was a main adit to a large lead mine somewhere in NY state. The picture shows more or less how it looks naturally in an abandoned mine. d: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend [...]

Bob stands by the winze..

Taken in April 2008, Miner Bob stands by the winze inside a mine in NJ. A winze is a shaft in the floor of a tunnel which descends to lower levels in a mine. This winze in particular was over 100 feet deep and accessed a second lower level, which also had another winze but [...]

Chris and Bob prepare to descend down 150 foot shaft..

Great shot here as Chris and Bob prepare their gear for a descent down a mine near Rosendale NY. Bob and Chris are both experts, with extensive training from private and organizational providers. Bob is a member of NJSAR, and Chris has had private training from numerous clubs. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend [...]

Miner Bob Entering Mine..

Bob enters a mine somewhere in warren county NJ, which was a tight squeeze to get in. In this photo, it appears as though he is entirely engulfed by leaves, and to some degree it is true, as the erosion over time has almost completely sealed this mine. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend [...]