- This past weekend,
several of us went scuba diving in a 100 year old, abandoned
iron mine in Coe Hill, Ontario. The water was freezing cold,
stagnant, filled with trees, logs, branches & algae and there
was near zero visibility. The decomposing plant matter caused
a buildup of noxious gas which almost made me vomit. Just to
get to the spot, we had to carry a couple hundred pounds of equipment
through the forest for almost a mile. With me on the dive was
Peter Klose and Mark Robinson. Many thanks for helping out go
to Dave Lewison, Stephanie LaRose and Jill Wynott.
- This was, by far,
the worst diving conditions I've ever experienced.
- Why did we do this?
Well, nobody has seen the bottom of that pit in over 100 years,
and that's reason enough for me. We also wanted to see if this
pit joined up with another, nearby pit via an underwater interconnecting
tunnel. Because of the bad conditions, we never did find out.