Monday, May 26, 2014

The Middle Adit at Majuba Hill

Our goal on Majuba Hill, while driving up the switchback road past the Keep Out sign, was the Middle adit, which is known by some to be the main entrance to mineral collection sites within the mine.
Here we are, ("we" being a very small portion of the ±80-person-strong field trip) standing around the flat area in front of the Middle adit.
A closer view of the mouth of the Middle adit, overhung by talus, and with old rails heading into the old workings.
There's a nice bit of tourmaline breccia just inside the mouth on the right, but it didn't look like a great place to be hammering, and the breccia wasn't very photogenic.
The entrance to the adit is barricaded and posted, not sure by whom.
I stuck my camera lens inside the metal grating and took a natural light photo. The old rails emerge from a rockfall area and continue into the dark distance.
Another photo, taken with the flash, gets us a tiny bit farther into the mine.
I suspect that had the entrance been open, a few geologists with headlamps (and secondary backup lights) would have ventured in!

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