The trip had built to a crescendo by the time the crew checked into the airport. Packing personal items for Tim and Doc for more than a month at the mine in an environment of severe conditions (freezing cold, super high altitude, very remote area) involved a lot planning and preperation. In addition, Thomas was bringing a large amount of camera and lighting equipment as he planned to film a documentary about the mine. After the bags were checked in, all three breathed a sigh of relief.
Tim and his best friend, Doc, have been working for Crystal Springs Mining Company for over twenty years. As a result, they are experts in the cleaning and prep work required to display mineral specimens.