Friday, May 20, 2011

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, all those Rock Hounders, Outdoors persons, Snowmobilers too, and of course Rescuers of......

 "Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost"      J. R. Tolkien

Over the last four years there have been plenty of accidents involving snowmobilers, but it was the one near Rossland/Creston last year that left me shaking my head when it was reported that the exact location of the  abandoned mine's whereabouts was NOT going to be released to the public, even after an intensive rescue operation, and plenty of reporting by the press.

The snowmobile didn't fall down the shaft, although it could have quite easily.  The Snowmobiler, on the other hand, was thrown from his saddle and did fall down the unmarked mine shaft, head first, for 90 feet.  

The starting point for the rescue operation, as reported by CBC, was 49.0582, -117.0416   aka  Kootenay Pass

When it was all said and done, the GPS coordinates of the incident, were turned over to the Inspector of mines of British Columbia to be buried, never to see the light again.

You'd think the Inspector of Mines would know where every one of his "charges" was located in the Best Place on Earth, but that's like questioning other government officials on the subject of dams, and suddenly seeing their look of uncertainty.

Google search criteria     rossland gps snowmobiler rescue abandoned mine

This Post started when I was researching for the "Golden Jubilee Medal" information when I came across something that made me sit up and go WOW!

The Gazetteer once said, that I had great Data Mining capabilities, and this time I came across a golden nugget, the size of a fist.   I looked at the data, a spreadsheet, and a sensation of Klondike Cabin Fever, hoarding, came over me for a month and a half.   I didn't want to share it, with anyone.

Tomorrow is the Rock Hounder Rendezvous 2011  which is happening in Princeton, BC, so today is a good enough time to come out of my Cabin and go for an excellent refreshment at the Cowboy Coffee - Bean Around the World.   The Cowboy Coffee was typically incorrectly marked on Google Map, and Google Earth because the two software programs use the address of the building and doesn't really zero in on unit #9, therefore the markers end up being planted in the middle of the road a block away from the highway.

Cowboy Coffee - Bean Around the World, is within eyesight of the highway, with plenty of free parking.    49°27'29.16"N 120°30'23.99"W

Did I mention the In House Made Sandwiches and Baked Goods?   I should have, they looked absolutely delicious.

Getting back to the data, it consists of every mine in British Columbia.  It lists off the commodities (minerals) at each mine.  The longitude latitude.   And if you want to narrow the search to say ABANDONED, the spreadsheet will do that for you to!

Or how about narrowing the search to just South Western BC?

How about Prince George?

Prince Rupert?

The word Golden?

Longitude latitude, for a radius of 50 kilometres of your specific location?

The data can be loaded into Google Earth/ Google Map / GPS (of course).

In Google Earth, paths, roads, clear-cuts of yore that once upon a time went undetected, can now be seen to be as part of something greater.  With the data from this spreadsheet it all starts to make sense.

Just remember, the mine properties could be private, so too the roads, even so, they should be properly marked to prevent any unforeseen accident from happening.

Brochure page 11 of 12 has this, these, warnings.

If the provincial government is NOT going to be providing the public with an up to date database of where the pitfalls are in the Best Place on Earth, how about sending that info to one central location, a blog.

The Source of the Spreadsheet:   all depends on how many requests I get over the next 46 hours due to the long weekend. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'd sure like to get the link to that spreadsheet!