You probably should start a different posting. This one's for the Fortune Pond Vintage Dive event. www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR8MhHqLPO0. SwimJim also did a really nice video of the same event on Vimeo at vimeo.com/30378348. Vintage divers will like it I think. And, the 60-100 feet visibility at Fortune Pond is well worth traveling to dive there and experience it.
Post by scubadiverbob on Oct 11, 2011 16:05:13 GMT -8
Sorry, can't remove what I posted. Ask Linda to.
Just watched a couple of videos that were on Youtube after your video ... and shared them.
So, there is one fish there? Sort of like Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe has 100 - 150 ft. vis; but, no fish. I heard if you dive to 350 ft depth at Lake Tahoe, you will find fish. Why don't they plant fish in the pond you all dive in? You should see if they could.
Hello Surflung: I just saw the videos that you and Jim posted over on The VDH board, and all I can say is WOW! The vis looks great, and I can't believe that I never knew about this place. I used to go to Iron Mountain, Michigan quite often to vist my parents who are now deceased, and I also have a brother who lives there. I can't believe when we were up there for visits how many times we would go out for a ride, and several times drove right through Crystal Falls and I never knew this place existed. Talk about a well kept secret! Anyway; Fortune Pond is definitely on my to do list, and I'd really like to see it become one of the summers vintage dive events. I almost made it up there with you guy's this past weekend; I wish I had; it looks like you really had a great time. Terry AKA Vintagediver
Hi Terry, I had so much fun diving Fortune Pond. I've been watching the videos (mine and Jim's) over and over reliving it and wishing I didn't live 7 hours away... I'd take the afternoon off and dive again! -If you go to Jim's video on Vimeo, you can watch some more of his productions. One is Molasses Reef. I dove that last Spring and though the reef life is incomparable, the visibility wasn't close to Fortune Pond. -On my last Fortune dive, I went down to 83 feet and leveled out on a road that angled up the side of the quarry. The water was CRYSTAL clear and looking into the low afternoon angle of the sun made eerie shadows on the boulders strewn around. I didn't have the camera for that scene but I don't think the camera would do it justice anyway. -I rarely go deeper than 15-25 feet in the MN lakes I dive. I brought a rented SUUNTO computer just in case the repetitive dives got tight (dove 3X saturday) and would not have gone that deep without it. The clarity and light of Fortune Pond make it easy to go deeper than you intend!
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Somehow managed to miss this thread. Fortune Pond is an awesome place to dive and it was a blast meeting up with Surflung, SeaHunt Jerry and Jerrys friends. There are fish at Fortune Pond. They planted trout in there. Seeing them is hit in miss. Earlier in the year I was there and there was about 50 of them hanging out under the pier. Occasionally you'll run across pretty good sized mud turtles too. In the first video I did there, Fortune Pond, The Emerald of Upper Michigan, I caught a mud turtle sounding near the end of the video. There will be a Vintage dive get together at Fortune Pond next May. I decided to put one together. It will be called Icewurst 2012. I'll start a thread on it.
I know this thread is old, but I have not been part of the forums for very long. I have been diving that quarry for years now and would love to join in a vintage dive. Will there be any in the future? I live in Marquette which is only an hour and a half from Crystal Falls, so it wouldn't be too difficult for me to join. It sound like you guys come from quite a ways though...
- Sorry I missed your post Diverdon. You are fortunate to live so close to Fortune Pond. I have to drive 7 hours to get there so I have to plan a 3-day weekend. - My usual Wisconsin connection for Fortune Pond is SwimJim Bach of the Deep Six Dive Club. He's not able to get up there this May but I was hoping to go the weekend of the May 17-18. I have the Deep Six mailing list and can make an announcement. Also, my friend SeaHunt Jerry said he might come if I promise to make a video of him riding his restored Porta-Sub. - By the way, SwimJim was just up there ice diving in March and made a video...
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I did see the video. I think there are several on Vimeo or Youtube,not sure. Thats pretty cool though. I'll have to check my calendar (wife and kid) for that week. I assume you'll bring your vintage gear. Pretty sure I'm in! Heck, in May most of the snow will be gone. Bring a tent.
Yeah I have done the upside down skiing under the ice and it does take real effort to pull something like that off. I was impressed with their originality and effort. It may be short but its a quality film. I never get tired of watching it.