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  1. 4 points
    SteveHazard

    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    I would of gone down the road if my daughter had not been with me or had she not seen the huge sign. Problem was she see's this giant stop sign with a plastic jersey barrier in the middle of the road and in her mind assumes that there must be some danger or we will get ticketed (her grandmother got a ticket recently for being in a burnt area). I was 95% sure the closure was because or rain... which had been at least several days or more prior so it would not be over the road anymore. And if it was you just turn around. And that's usually what signs they have up: When flooded Turn Around Dont Drown. I tried to explain that the government was shutdown, the workers are furloughed, and wouldn't be here to give tickets and also why the closure was most likely not removed and still there. But she's only 10 and didn't quite get or trust what I was saying and there always was the chance the signs were legitimate and there was some sort of washout 10 or 15 miles up... which would of sucked. So I altered course to an area I had a good idea of how to get to and had a chance of enough reception for the map to work. There are not as many alternate routes down there as you'd think. Trying to cross the train tracks that run down the middle of the area for example. There are not very many places to cross the tracks and fewer places to fit under... assuming your vehicle has the right combination of ground clearance to not get high centered on the ruts that have been dug and low enough overall height to fit under. Those stupid bat bars.... couple things about those that piss me off. The second and third mines that had bars on them looked to be some of the more stable mines I've seen. The amount of money and time spent to do all this. And it's not just the tunnel mines but all sorts of inclines, vertical shafts, and vents. Some of the "structures" they placed over a few vertical shafts are massive steel monsters that are 25'x 25' or bigger. They spend who knows how much on this junk but won't spend a dime to maintain the wildlife guzzlers but what's worse is they won't let volunteers spend their own money and labor to fix many of them either. I personally feel the bat bars are a different type of vandalism. Went to another mine camp today that was on BLM. The cabin needs some help that it hasn't gotten in a long time but BLM had made a trail and a sign that directed you to where the mine was. The mine entrance stepped into a winze with a timbered floor with some partial failing support timbers above. There was a big sign that said danger but otherwise you were free to go up to it and access the risk yourself. With the little one again so I didn't go in this one but nice to come across one that had not been infected with the safety police mentality.
  2. 3 points
  3. 3 points
    David A. Wright

    Broken Hills Update

    Maybe practice for building the “wall” ... 😆
  4. 3 points
    It sure sucks that parks service closes off roads like that. Remember there's always a way around a closed road, the forest service is stupider than you think, I've seen closed roads and less then half a mile from the closed road there's an open road that connects to the closed road, only an idiot would do that !!. If all else fails you can always just make your own road I've done that many times, only problem is it seems like any time I go off the trail I get a nail"s in my tire. Someone needs to go out there and pull those ridiculous bats bars off those mines, I haven't ran into any closed off mines yet so I think bats bars might only be installed on forest service lands, I'm not sure tho because I usually stay on BLM land and haven't seen any bats bars. Great video I was sure to subscribe looking forward to your future videos.
  5. 2 points
    SteveHazard

    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    Daughter and I try to sneak out and explore places out in the Mojave to or from visiting family in Vegas and this last time was no exception. Had actually intended to go to a different part of the preserve that I believe less known but the park service had road closed stuff up even though I pretty sure it was fine. I know Bob and crew have been to some of the buildings here. The big cabin had people there so we didn't get to check it out. Checked out the Evening Star mine remains and what we could peak at though the bat bars... disappointing to see so many of those. But we did find a couple mines that did not have them. We were unfortunately short on time and memory on my phone and didn't really get to go though some of the buildings in the detail I would of liked. First lazy attempt using photoshop for the thumbnail so let me know what you think. I tried to make the intro edited interesting. This one my daughter wanted on her channel, there is also another place from the Mojave on her channel and a NIKE missile site if you want to check those out.
  6. 2 points
    I have heard that Boron Prison has been completely demolished. Here is a video we did just before they demolished it:
  7. 2 points
    54200012.pdf here is Hugh Schamberger’s book on Wonder in pdf format.
  8. 2 points
    I haven't used the new camcorder in a video yet, still sitting on my desk. All the videos have still been the Canon 80D and my old camcorder that I rarely used until just recently. What you've noticed in terms of panning is probably the new camera person who is still learning how to shoot video, but I'll remind them to slow down when panning. I scoffed at the idea of using a camcorder, and @braindead0 tried to steer me in the right direction, but everyone else was using a DSLR or mirror less camera. For my own type of videos, @braindead0 was 100% right, it's far more practical. I guess I had to learn the hard way. I have missed so many shots with the 80D, having to set it up on some type of stabilization before every use takes far too much time. This new camcorder is very small and light, you can easily carry it anywhere. Since it's designed for video, it has great video features and even better image stabilization. I can't wait to actually use it. The 80D will be used in my home studio, which we plan on making a lot more videos in our home studio. I just got some bass traps and acoustical foam for the walls I gotta install, and tomorrow the studio lighting arrives. Going to be a lot of fun, so much new content to make. Audio is far more important than video though. People will watch a video with great quality audio, but poor quality video, but nobody will watch if your audio is poor, no matter how great the video is. A shotgun mic is perfect for exploring, something like the Rode shotgun mic with dead cat is great if you're close to the microphone. It's also light weight and sits right on your camera. Lately I have been using a wireless lapel microphone system, but I am still figuring out how to get it to sound like I want. But for more than one person, you need something better than a shotgun microphone. The Sony action Camera would be the perfect camera for you. Very pocket-able, or you can just wear it on your helmet.
  9. 2 points
    Sealing those mines is just another way for the government to control what we do.
  10. 2 points
    Bob

    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    Broken Hills has all been sealed up with bat bars. I agree, someone should tear them all off! I was just out there the other day and can't believe how much work it must have taken them to seal up all those mines. I can only imagine how much it ended up costing us tax payers.
  11. 2 points
    Sorry for the late reply. This place was probably in a lot better condition 30 years ago, so it probably would have been awesome to see this place 30 years ago. Thanks for watching. Yeah I was wondering why there was chicken wire on the side of the building I've seen it on other cabins before that's why I think it's weird I've never really seen stucko on a building this old but maybe they were planning on adding stucko. Thank you for watching and sorry for the late reply.
  12. 2 points
    To be honest I have noticed some of your newer vids seem to pan faster and not be as smooth as some of your previous vids. I'm guessing these are the camcorder shots as opposed to the DSLR on a steady cam? Probably more to do with the fact that the bulk of the DSLR setup forces slower movement and the smaller cams are easier to get excited about where your at and just whip it around sometimes. Some of the coolest places I've been too I think I've just been more excited about what I was seeing and didn't even take the time to pop my phone into the action/selfie stick to grab a little bit more control that offers. I find the extra little bulk and length of an action stick helps control panning, stabilize your movements a little bit. The stick allows you to extend it and raise the cam up to places you can't get to, stick under things, get different angles, and often I'll use it to place the camera in VERY dangerous situations I would not be able to otherwise like right next to a rattlesnake or over an unstable mine shaft. Personal I would never attempt to bring a DSLR to more then half the places I end up taking vids at and if I had tried it may of even been something that dissuaded me from going as I couldn't bring a setup like that or be afraid of dropping it. So I think the switch to a more simple and portable setup is probably the right move for explores. That said my current setup is pretty sad. I'm using my S6 phone which has a lot going against it. No EIS. No SD card slot. And most annoying of all the USB jack has stopped working so I have to charge and transfer everything wirelessly. The net result is I never have enough memory or battery to take all the footage I'd like and end up rushing a lot of stuff. Did that the other day. I have my Gopro Hero3+ as a backup but it's really not good for explores. The new gopros are good enough and have features that would be useful in explore vids but with the old one every time I switch all I'm doing is getting worse color and light collection in too wide of an angle. I've been wanting to upgrade my phone but also recently considering if maybe a camcorder would be better. Sound I'm still trying to figure out... so far I have found out how to get decent sound some of the time. But get crackling sometimes that sounds like maybe a poor connection but notice it in wind???
  13. 2 points
    El Polvo

    Exploring in the middle of nowhere

    Cool old cabin!! You mentioned the chicken wire on the side of the building. It looks like they either had or were planning on adding stucko to the side of the cabin. Great vid!
  14. 1 point
    Bob

    Broken Hills Update

    Was out at Broken Hills the other day and they have sealed up all the mines out there. There wasn't much left of the place anyway, but was bummed to see all the bat bars on every mine shaft, and new barb wire surrounding the old building left standing.
  15. 1 point
    braindead0

    Wonder, Churchill County, Nevada.

    it was a bit of a random trip idea, up there in the truck with my Wife. Didn't spend much time there, I get back on my bike I'll be able to cover a lot more ground. Thanks for the book info...
  16. 1 point
    David A. Wright

    Wonder, Churchill County, Nevada.

    Seemed you focused on the mill area. Did you explore the townsite and cemetery? Check your library for Hugh Schamberger’s publication, WONDER. His series is superb and written decades ago while far more was left at ghost towns in Nevada. He also covers the other nearby towns adjacent to Wonder. https://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Churchill-County-Nevada-Historic/dp/B0006CKV4M
  17. 1 point
    braindead0

    Broken Hills Update

    Was that absorbed by the Navy/firing range? I forget what was being sucked up, if so that might explain the bars/barbed wire?
  18. 1 point
    SteveHazard

    Mojave Mines and Cabins

    I wonder if the noise of a cordless angle grinder would harm the actual bats?
  19. 1 point
    I always wonder what it would have been like to see places like this 30 years ago. Great video.
  20. 1 point
    desertdog

    Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    I try to stay on top of it, but I'm just one dude. I don't have the luxury of sitting on the board and nuking the stuff as it shows. We really need Bob to implement some controls (I can't), but he's sorta MIA making a living. :/
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