I spent a week up north with a few friends a few weeks ago, once again looking for abandoned mines to explore (we did this the year previous, where we had explored Ranwick and Tribag mines). Unlike the last trip, this one wasn't quite as fruitful, with our only successful entry being at the Tribag stope we had found the year prior.
Luck was on our side this time, as the loose quartz of last year had been washed away, giving us much solider footing to cross by an open pit and get inside. The pictures I took simply can't do justice for it; the stope itself was massive, and held together by an impressive number of rock bolts. The photos are up on the Tribag page.
While that was the only success, we did manage to gather a ton of intel for future years, so the entire week was not a wash.
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To everyone: I'm sure you've noticed the lack of updates here... I've been busy re-writing the code base for the site (again). And properly this time, not like the last couple of times where I've poked at it a bit. No, the entire site was re-written from the ground up over the course of the last seven months.
It had got to the point where I simply couldn't maintain the old code base, as it had been hacked upon and expanded multiple times over the nine years it powered the site. The new setup is allows me to expand the code base with greater ease, less bugs, less breaking of existing features, and better resource management (so better page loading times).
So expect a much more stable experience going forward.And now I need to get back out into the field and away from the computer for a while.
Had some success this past weekend in Northern Ontario, where the focus was predominantly on mines, with a side helping of checking out the ruins of Gargantua Harbour in Superior Provincial Park. While Gargantua isn't going to make it onto the site, the two mines are. Both Ranwick and Tribag are available for viewing.
Needless to say, I'll be back in Northern Ontario in the future (hopefully). First, though, will come the third (and hopefully final) attempt to locate the Richardson Fission Mine; so far it has eluded me.
A few weeks slow in getting these photos done; as always, I've been busy (how many times have I used that as a general reason for lack of updates?) with work. That said, I still took the time to make it out to the High Level Pumping Station during Doors Open this year, despite having to work on both days.
I drove by it daily for years, always wondering what it was like inside... so there was no chance that I was going to miss the opportunity to see it while it was open this year.
Well, not quite back to school... it's been a long time since that was something I needed to concern myself with. However, that doesn't stop me from going to abandoned schools when I get the itch for exploring. I've been watching this property for a while, but never had the energy to go and actually take a look thanks to being busy with work.
That all changed this past weekend, when I finally went and took a look at Father John Redmond C.S.S. The results are now on the site!
For those of you wondering why there have been no updates to the site recently, despite a trip to Detroit back in August... well, now you can see why.
Welcome to the new Abandoned UE.
And now, I can finally work on getting those Detroit photos and locations added to the site.
As the condos continue to rise in the city, I'll continue to climb them. Being slightly out of shape from not having done any exploring for so long, my companion on this trip and I decided to start somewhere where we wouldn't have to climb 40+ floors to get to the top... those'll come soon enough.
Another year, another Doors Open Toronto. For this years rounds, I decided to visit an old friend to start, the Portlands Energy Center. Following that was a visit to the newly renovated Don Jail, happily as a visitor.
From there, a visit needed to be paid to the historic Trillium ferry, with most areas open for the public to explore, including the very hot and greasy engine room. It was, of course, worth poking through.
Wrapping up this year was a visit to the home of the secretive Freemason's, at the West Toronto Masonic Temple.
As always, photos and write-ups are available for all to see.
This past weekend, a few friends and I decided to try our hand at finding abandoned mines up in the Haliburton region. We learned two lessons in the process:
We got skunked at two of our attempted locations, but did strike gold on the third location. Until we discovered it was flooded out, likely due to the ice dam at the adit blocking any drainage.
Looks like we'll have to try again in the summer.
I've had some emails from concerned persons regarding the lack of updates on the site. No, I have not abandoned the site! I've just been very crunched on time the last few months.
Between working extended hours and also moving to a new place, I simply have not had the time to get out and explore new places. I'm hoping to get things settled down in the next few weeks, and then get back out into the field with my camera.
Until then, sit tight!