Two years ago today, I went out early in the morning to visit two drill rigs. This is the first drill rig. They are fairly deep in the hole, but we'd like to go deeper.
The shadows were long, and although there was frost here and there, the ground wasn't frozen. Neither drill rig was inside an active mine; they were conducting brownfields exploration around the edges of an old pit.
When I arrived at the second drill rig, the sun was still low on the horizon with the frost unmelted in the shadows.
The rig had twisted off in bad ground at less than 200 feet, leaving a lot of pipe in the hole. The driller, who had been on shift with his crew since midnight, was not happy.
The front end is jacked up to level the rig on this slightly non-level drill pad.
While I was there, the driller shut the rig down prior to trying to get the twisted-off steel out of the ground. If you know how many pieces of pipe were on the truck to begin with, you can figure out how many are now in the hole.
This is some of the miscellaneous equipment and paraphernalia near the sampling side of the drill rig.
I stayed on site for most of the morning. It turned out that both rigs were going to need to move to start new holes, with neither having reached the target depth, and I had to show them the new sites and make sure the drillers were okay with the sites.