The tour group woke up bright and early to travel from Golden to Leadville (about 1 hour and 15 minutes travel time). The tour arrived at the mine gate at 8:30 am and the weather varied from sun, to rain to snow throughout the day.
The tour included the processing plant (sag and ball mills and flotation tanks) and then a drive to nearly the highest point on the mine which overlooks the open pit. Equipment working on-site included shovels, drills, dozers, and large haul trucks. The haul roads were muddy, and there were several feet of snow and some ice over most everything (including the tailing ponds). It is a good thing everyone on the tour was bundled up!
At the end of the tour the visitors had an opportunity to collect hand samples with molybdenum in them. The Climax Mine staff were very accommodating and feedback from the visitors was that they had a great time!
The Climax mine, located in Climax, Colorado, United States, is a major molybdenum mine in Lake and Summit counties, Colorado. Shipments from the mine began in 1915. At its highest output, the Climax mine was the largest molybdenum mine in the world, and for many years it supplied three-fourths of the world’s supply of molybdenum. Read more about the mine on their own website or Wikipedia.