Tripp trip report 2017

It was 9:15 am Saturday morning the 8th of July, and a good-sized crowd was assembled in the Hannaford's parking lot in Keene, NH under an overcast sky. The forecast was for more of the same with an afternoon thunderstorm. Release forms and trip fees were collected in a well-organized manner. Worthy of note was that everyone on the sign-up list who planned on coming was present on time, in fact some were even early. This was to set the tone for the rest of the day which was to unfold in relatively drama-free fashion.

The CVMC caravan proceeded to the Tripp mine after a brief safety talk and caravan order discussion. Cars were to line up in order of increasing undercarriage clearance so each low- clearance vehicle could park far enough outside the mine pit to avoid problems. Once we were all at the mine pit, Wayne went over the minerals and collecting locations, as well as one more safety review. Before the safety talk was over one new member had already found an excellent specimen of schorl in matrix in the driveway.

Then Wayne Corwin & Francis Noyes cut a path thru the very heavy overgrowth, to the other side of the flooded mine pit, which took them an hour, mostly due to two fallen large dead pine trees that fell across the area of the trail and required using a bow-saw to cut 10 feet off the tops off both trees.

As soon as the path was clear (the brush was formidable to say the least, according to an eyewitness) several folks headed to the other side of the flooded pit and to the famed rose quartz pile. Several small 1/2 to 1 inch beryl crystals were found within the first hour on the dump slope, some in matrix, some loose. Hammers were heard everywhere.

Bob and Sue Denault devised an ingenious way of saving steps and energy moving buckets of rock from the rose quartz side to the parking lot side of the pit. Take a look at the pictures....this one is a candidate for the McGiver Award! They got the rope across by casting with a deep-sea fishing pole, then pulling the rope and a bucket in an inner-tube across, very slick. Their system worked like a charm, and they had a nice haul of rose quartz and, I think some beryl too.

Right around noon we started hearing thunder, the sky blackened up quickly and the wind picked up. Most of the group came over to the parking lot side to shelter in the cars, but a few folks stayed on the other side. The sky opened up in a deluge of rain after the first lightening flash. The storm passed in about 30 minutes. What replaced this stormy morning was a glorious, sunny day. It was so beautiful that even the oppressive humidity couldn't dampen our spirits...of course, some of us were too soaked to be damp.

Wayne gave me a lesson in how to swing my sledge hammer and I was able to break several large rocks like a pro (well, almost like a pro). I drew a small crowd with my happy-dance over being able to use my sledge. And a good time was had by all!

The schorl was impressive albeit fractured. One new member found a schorl crystal almost as long as a rock hammer! Green apatite, beryl, graphic granite, and rose quartz was in just about everyone's bucket. I heard one person say they had found a nice aqua beryl, several of the crystals were pale beige, a few were greenish yellow. Check out the pictures, lots of beautiful specimens! Unlike the concretions trip, there is a TON of photographic evidence for the Tripp Trip.

Thanks to Jim Tovey and Wayne Corwin for this great opportunity. Everyone had a fabulous day.

Report and First set of photos by: Trip leader: Sharon McKechnie

Second set of photos by: Wayne Corwin

Third set of photos by: Diane Burl

First set of photos by: Sharon McKechnie


Second set of photos by: Wayne Corwin
First photos are of the path that had to be cut up & over.

The rest of Wayne's photos

Third set of photos by: Diane Burl