I have just created an ironman character and right now trying to see how fast and how high I can get the mining level up. I got the character's mining level up to 32, but I am looking for a better mining spot than Burthrope. I am still a F2P member so I know that will limit things until I can get a bond or find real money to upgrade, but I doubt that would be today. The only two skills I have worked on since starting this account after lunch was Mining and some smithing but mainly mining.
I have not activated any lodestones other than the Burthrope and Lumbridge because they were already activated for me.
I am also working on my regular character on mining to reach level 80 in mining so I can use the new pickax I made.