Mr and Mrs Mole go down the hole…

Had my other half out for her first ever trip underground today, she brought her camera and took a few happy snaps which I will post here.

Apparently there is absolutely no chance of her wanting to join me working there, I cant imagine why, its so peaceful and relaxing…


Nothing to exciting just a view of an underground mine which most of you surface crawlers wouldn’t have seen before.


This is the Portal enternce, all the air and traffic for the mine flows in through here.

Abandon hope all ye who enter...

Abandon hope all ye who enter...


A short film clip of driving in the main decline of the mine, a bit of radio chatter as well.


Here’s some little stallies, made of salt and other minerals, give them a couple of hundred years and they will be worth another look.


This pic is one of the thunderboxes scattered through the mine. Nothing but the best all natural composting portable bio-friendly methods used here*
*Ie: we crap in a bucket and throw sawdust on it to keep the smell down



This is the underground crib room, note the pie warmers, bottled water and fridges, nothing but the best at the hard rock cafe!

Lunch time

Lunch time

But what were those things hanging from the roof you ask? Bats? Rock formations? A modern art installation?
Nope, tea bags, thousands of the sods.
Guess what time we were there?

Guess what time we were there?

More bags.
junk 157 (Small)
Heres your way out if an emergency has blocked the main travelway. Its narrow, steep, and unpleasant.
Emergency escape route!

Emergency escape route!

Good place to play murder in the dark.

Good place to play murder in the dark.

One going down, Wussy Mrs Mole wouldn’t get right up to the edge….
Going down.

Going down.

A bit hard to make out, but 2 of the blokes are repairing a vent bag in a cage carried around by an IT loader.
A bit dark

A bit dark

A piccie of Mr Mole carrying out some of the safety checks on one of the underground refuge chambers. What you are looking at here cost nearly $100,000.00 4 years ago. Good bit of gear, carbon scrubbers, oxygen, water, enough to keep 20 men for about 2 days completely cut off. (yes that is an air conditioner)
The Ritz.

The Ritz.



The trip wasn’t a complete success though, I couldn’t persuade Mrs Mole to join the mile under club, oh well maybe next time…lol.

8 Responses to “Mr and Mrs Mole go down the hole…”

  1. Angus Dei Says:

    You really are a mole!

    • bingbing Says:

      Didn’t you know?

      Still, as far as I know, he’s never said what he mines. Gold, coal, demons?

  2. bingbing Says:

    Funny. We drove in a single-lane tunnel yesterday, albeit just going through a mountain. It had the pull off areas to the side, too and was rough cut, no smooth concrete as per usual, just like the ‘road’ you were on. It was surreal, even a little bit scary. How’d the missus like it, Mole?

    PS Love the decorations. It doesn’t quite compute, but you blokes have managed to teabag a whole room. 😉

  3. thefrollickingmole Says:

    The missus hated it, liked the tour, but would never work underground in a million years.
    It is something people have to do first, rather than get the job, then find out they hate it…

    It would make a great episode of “top gear” to stick them in a ute and have a race to the top.

    The mine is nickel, nothing too exotic.

    • bingbing Says:

      But it’d be so hard to pass. Stick ’em on dirt bikes. That’d give Hammond a fighting chance, too. Not so sure about slow James, though.

    • thefrollickingmole Says:

      For real fun let one navigate using the escape maps while another drove.
      That would end in at least some blood being spilled as they navigated each other into walls….

      It may look narrow but most of the way along it is wide enough for two light vehicles (toyotas usualy) to pass each other.

    • bingbing Says:

      Fuck it. Put ’em on Choppers and make them do it.

      Do you think they’d need ear muffs? With the sheer noise and vibration, would the mine hold up?

  4. Mr. Bingley Says:

    “the mile under club” Ha! brilliant!

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