By bummed - 14/04/2014 01:57
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I feel your pain.... The people who were running the blocked off site should have posted some signs further down the path to avoid this!
Why? It's not a tourist attraction, it's a dangerous, closed-off remnant of the mining industry. I am absolutely certain that no one advertised it as a fun place to visit and go explore, since it's too big a safety issue to let inexperienced people play around in mine shafts. The company in charge does have to make sure the site is properly closed off to keep people from getting in and hurting themselves, but they absolutely do not have to put up signs for the ones who lack the common sense to understand that big holes in the ground are incredibly dangerous without safety equipment and an experienced guide.
I agree, did you start this hike, not expecting to have to hike? Old mines are usually built into mountains or hillsides I believe, equalling steep climbs. I think nearly every abandoned mine is sealed off too, it's either safe and people are still mining it, or it ran dry, got abandoned and fell into disrepair. Anyway, live a little, if there weren't guards or cameras, what was stopping you from going in? It's comparably as dangerous as any other cave you're unfamiliar with.
I didn't realize people actually thought they would leave a gold mine open. It's dangerous enough as it is when people work there. Why would it be any different decades later?