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 of limestone being mined from the area during the 19th and 20th century. What remains are very large room and pillar workings, one of those being almost completely vertical.

We had discovered this mine over a year ago, but at that time none of us had the stronger rapelling and ascension skillset needed to tackle this mine. Fortunately, Chris and Bob had been honing their skills, with Chris practicing the techniques in various different locations. Bob on the other hand went the official route, being trained none other than by Search and Rescue personnel. As of this writing, Bob is an official member of Search and Rescue, and also a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

So the day came to fully explore what is left of this mine using our new skillset. Bob went first, after rigging his gear across multiple tree’s.

His descent was perfectly executed as you can see by this video:

Next up was Chris

Once at the bottom they found an easier way for the rest of the group to walk into the mine.

Exploring the inside of this mine really gave us a sense of all the hard work and skill involved in mining. The walls were perfectly pitched and even, the pillars immense and strong.

Tom stands on a pillar overlooking the northern part of the mine

Further into the mine, we found an underground section, and another parallel vein.

Aside from a very tense and scary  moment I had stuck on a ledge, the mine visit was very impressive.

Underground Workings in Rosendale

The Hanging wall featured a large crack running over 100 feet in length.

Underground Wonders

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