Tim Reid

I came apon your you tube videos awhile back. First one I saw was at Montgomery Pass.To make a long story short, I was born and raised in Bishop, and very wild. I spent many adventures at Monkey Pass,Janies,Tonopah, Saline Valley,all the hotsprings you have been to in the Eastern Sierra . Thank you for putting a huge smile on my face. Let me know if you ever want info on any of these. Lots of cool areas you may also want to visit .


I know about this Place from an unlikely source. Off US6 outside Bishop CA, about halfway up White Mountain is a old mine called “The Champion Mine”. It was owned by the Champion Spark Plug Company in the early 1900’s. It’s one of those very out of the way cool spots you need to find out from a local to find it. It’s a great place to camp because it’s maintained by the local hikers in Bishop. Cabins well maintained, Dinning hall and kitchen. Shower, and fantastic view of the Sierra’s. Anyway, one of the cabins was turned into a makeshift museum. On the wall is a place to hang your business cards and one of the cards is from Janie’s Ranch. It seems the girls paid the place a visit and to the best of my knowledge it’s the only printed ad left.

Also, if you like to explore, check out the Champion Mine. 2 1/2 mile tuff hike to get there but worth the hike. It has fresh (drinkable) water. A shower, kitchen (wood burning stove), dinning hall, 6 cabins with very old but still functioning beds, wood stoves, and it’s all maintained by the locals in Bishop so it’s in good shape.

No cost to visit and no reservations needed. Officially it’s classified abandoned but like I said well maintained by my friends in Bishop. The ranger station in Bishop knows, or use to know, how to get there and can provide directions.

Few people know it’s there so it’s rarely visited and not messed with. Vandals are way to lazy to hike to it.


Oh yes, I have visited the champion spark plug mine camp, and made a video there! I called the video something like “Secret restored mining camp,” to protect its identity. It was an amazing place, but yes, a tough hike to get up there!!

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