Montana Tech Mining Team Competes at the International Mining Competition

Montana Tech Mining Team Competes at the International Mining Competition


Two hundred students from universities across the globe came together near Camborne, Great Britain to take part in the 34th annual international mining competition. The event was hosted by the Camborne School of Mines. The two-day competition saw teams of six compete in men’s, women’s, co-ed and alumni classes. Teams competed in seven different events: hand steel, gold pan, air leg, track stand, mucking, swede saw, and survey.

The competition was started in 1978 in honor of the 91 miners who died in the Sunshine Mine Disaster in 1972; as well as, miners who have since died in the line of duty. The primary purpose of the competition is to keep the "old-fashioned" mining techniques alive. The all-day competition brought together 36 teams from six countries.

"I am extremely proud of our mining team this year," said Shane Parrow, Assistant Professor in the Mining Department at Montana Tech. "First and foremost, all team members functioned in unison as a team. Our teams practiced three times a week and completed cardio and weight lifting two other days a week most weeks throughout the year to ensure they were competitive this year. This protocol was all voluntary. Although our teams did not win overall, the students went to the competition with the mentality that winning each event is crucial to the overall results. The most impressive fact is that both our teams won their division in the Air Leg competition, something Tech strives to be the best in every year and we brought both trophies home this year!

Event Results by team

Co-Ed Team Results : OVERALL– 2ND PLACE

  • Hand Mucking – 3rd place
  • Track Stand – 1st place
  • Swede Saw – 1st place
  • Air Leg – 1st place

Men’s Team Results: OVERALL – 5TH PLACE

  • Gold Pan – 3rd place
  • Air-Leg Drilling – 1st place

For more information, please contact Shane Parrow at 406-496-4624 .