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Ever since Evan and I started our research concerning Slumach and the Lost Creek Mine and the victims it has claimed, the name Bernard Rover fascinated us. For one thing, he was a survivor, but also, it is said that he was prospecting up around Thomas Lake for sometimes 30 days at a time and had various camps along the way... Well, that right there got our attention... 30 days at Thomas Lake? Really? What was he after?
Evan and I needed to find out. If it was true surely there would be remnants of his explorations and camps, and maybe his cabin.
Well, this past week we set out on a Thomas Lake expedition: a six-day traverse of Tingle Peak from Thomas Lake. On the second day we found the foundation of his cabin and various tools. On day 3 we found his ore and on day 4 his claim, high above Thomas Lake, looking down on the remains of his cabin.
Was this the Lost Creek Mine? Did Bernard Rover find Slumachs Gold? We carried on our explorations for another few days... finding various clues along the high ridges of where he may have been on the path of Slumach!
Click here to find a brilliant series of pictures of the expedition on Facebook.
Click here for a newspaper report about the rescue of Bernard Rover in 1968.