July 25, 2006
GR Native falls into Abandoned Mine Shaft
Yesterday my roommate Nick and his friend Josh [who was visiting from Michigan] wanted to take some photographs. They ventured to visit the Big Horn (Abandoned) Mine in the Los Angeles National Forest. Nick and Linnea (my other roommate) have visited there before, but have never entered.
Nick was experimenting with colors... here is a picture of what he was working on before the ACCIDENT happened. The holes you see is where you enter into the mine....
Both guys were exploring and Nick decided to go around a corner where he stepped on rotten wood and before he knew what was happening fell 10 feet down a 40' shaft. He was disoriented.
Finally when he had the energy he yelled out "Josh!"
Josh came franticly and thought rocks had fallen on Nick because all he could see was his camera.
Nick yelled out, "I fell down the mine shaft." Josh came around the corner and extended the leg of the tripod and Nick was trying to distribute his weight evenly so he would not fall another 30 feet.
Nick slowly crawled out covered in mud [that was from the water that was dripping from the top of the mine.]
They then both had to leap across the same hole where Nick just fell down. They gained up the strength to do it and when safe, Nick had the case of the jelly bones. He was shocked at what just happened.
They did not go deep into the mine, however it was a maze to get out. If anything would had happened there was no cell phone reception and a two mile hike back to the car.
Needless to say it was a tough hike. He lost a headlamp and a camera flash.
Hey lets all surprise Nick and donate some money to his paypal account to recoup the cost of the lost flash. That would be pretty sweet! [for his own stupidity for going into an ABANDONED gold mine] firstname.lastname@example.org i donated 2 bucks already.... gotta help support the arts, right?! haha..... maybe orrrr maybe not.
Posted by jennifer at July 25, 2006 8:04 PM
these are mines that you can just walk around in? yeah, doesnt seem too safe. glad he is ok!
Posted by: docbeezy at July 26, 2006 9:22 AM
yeah you can just go and hike... he's insane.
Posted by: jen at July 26, 2006 5:34 PM