The 13th Floor

Flashlight Test in an Abandoned Mine Suddenly Turns to Terror

As one might expect from a YouTube channel called Exploring Abandoned Mines, there’s a whole lot of nightmare fodder available there… and the channel’s creator, who delves into these crumbling, often century-old mine shafts and tunnels on the regular seems to be rolling the dice of death every time he switches on the camera.

But the ever-present threat of being crushed to death by a hundred tons of rock isn’t the only thing to be afraid of in these terrifying tunnels… as proven by one of the channel’s most recent uploads.

Image Credit: Exploring Abandoned Mines via YouTube
Image Credit: Exploring Abandoned Mines via YouTube

The single-take video below (one of three new posts per month) begins with what looks like sponsored content, as the explorer — whose name is given only as “Frank” — is live-testing a brand of high-grade flashlight during his exploration of the 150-year-old Waldeck Gold Mine, a long-forgotten shaft deep inside a canyon in the high country of Western Australia.

The location is spooky enough on its own — but pay close attention at the 12-minute mark, as Frank is making his way back out of the tunnel, when a strange, whispered chattering can be heard from the darkness beyond.

Frank first dismisses the sound as the product of wind rushing through the tunnels, or possibly birds nesting in the mine… but the tone of his voice suggests he’s not exactly comfortable after hearing it multiple times, and he finally decides to get the hell out.

“I’ve heard some weird stuff in mines,” he comments, “but that is definitely creepy.”

I’ll leave it up to you to deduce whether that whispering is a natural phenomenon, or something else (or if it’s faked, for that matter), but some commenters on the video claimed to be able to make out distinct words, and even multiple voices.

Image Credit: Exploring Abandoned Mines via YouTube
Image Credit: Exploring Abandoned Mines via YouTube

For any intrepid haunt-hunters whose curiosity is piqued by this footage, I’ll quote the channel’s disclaimer:

View and use the information in my videos at your own risk. No potentially life-threatening, dangerous, or legal decisions should be made based on information in my videos. All abandoned mines (especially the ones in my videos) are very dangerous and should not be entered under any circumstances.

In other words, the danger here is very real… be it natural or otherwise.