Mr. Bill Payne of Ontario sent the following e-mail:
I just checked out your web site, very interesting. I was just in BC on assignment fighting some of the wildfires around the Garibaldi Park/Pitt Lake area when I was told of this legend by a local helicopter pilot. I spent about 10 days with this pilot and we flew a few of the drainages that flow into Pitt Lake, very beautiful, rugged and impressive. My pilot was very familiar with the area as he mentioned that a few years ago he had been hired by an American to investigate the area in search for the illusive mine. It seems that the wealthy american had spent a great deal of time investigating all of the publishings, stories, etc... that pertained to this story. They spent about 4 weeks in the area searching all of the topographical features that he figured were clues and hints imbedded in some of the older stories he had dug up.After the 4 weeks he was empty handed but felt he was close to the secret mine.
The pilot I was with also made mention of a mini excavator that was slung into the area many years ago by a helicopter. The man in charge was also searching for the mine. My pilot did mention that they had found mounds of earth that they believed had been the work of the excavator.
Bullshit or Fact?? Have you heard of this?
The pilot was probably Paul Copeland of Blackcomb Aviation (see image)