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Vegas_Nick last won the day on September 7 2014

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  1. I hear that, Arch! We have been remodeling for two years now. One bonus check to the next.
  2. So here we go: www.excopoffroad.com We decided to go towards a full out offroad camp/expedition supply source. We have even signed on with Mountain House foods and several other companies that will allow us to carry everything from vehicle suspension setups to tents, sleeping bags, stoves, etc. I spend a few hours every night adding more new items. Now, lets see how it goes! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give me a shout.
  3. Thanks guys! Yep, he's back on the road already. To make us all feel bad, we've looked at the video over and over and spotted at least 10 places where we could have avoided the entire thing. The kid that was spotting for us hasn't been back on the trail. He is just shy of having a nervous breakdown over the whole thing.
  4. Excellent story telling, Troy! Always good to see another with that kind of love for our hobby.
  5. And... we have beat this to death. Lots of simple mistakes were uncovered once we looked at the video. The spotter on the wrong side, Could the driver turned more uphill and gassed it? LOTS of what ifs and second guessing, but the fact remains that the accident happened to an experienced off road driver with other experienced people watching. Any of us could have halted this at any moment. Things happen quickly!
  6. So this past weekend I scored a gig with a military contractor to scout some trails for training exercises. Being that this trail area would be one we plan on utilizing for a labor day run, I called upon two of our groups more experienced drivers and one of our first rate spotters. We ran the trail system with the contract folks and we departed ways at the Logandale, NV OHV park. We decided to go play for a while afterwards and took a route that we all knew very well. It was one that out spotter was most familiar with and one that he had guided many trucks across. The first rock obstacle went without a hitch as did the nice waterfall climb. We were headed out on the last rock staircase climb when this happened: I was the lead rig and made it up without a hitch. Rod, the driver of this rig, started up behind me and the rocks we had used 100 times before to climb up this staircase simply crumbled under his left front tire. A simple quick chirp of the tire was all we heard then the left front dropped into the crevice. In what I will call extremely slow motion, his rig rolled right over. If I was not sold on the FJ before this, I am now. I am yelling to see if he is ok, and all I get back is a slow "yeahhhhh". He saw he was going over and killed the engine then braced for the roll. (yes he had on his seat belt) From the roll to completed recovery was around 8 minutes. I went up to the ridge above him and to the left. We tied on to the rock rail and pulled him back over. The rig rolled upright with the same grace that it initially rolled with. He started it back up, backed up and got a new line and climbed the staircase! He drove it home with no issues at all. Damage is minor with what sounds like a fender and two door skins. Not a scratch on him except for a spilled coffee! We've critiqued this to death and played the what if game enough already. I asked Rod's permission to post because we wanted to remind everyone that even an awesome day can end in tragedy, and it can happen quickly! I mentioned who was with me in the beginning of this post because the point being that we are all experienced in handling our rigs in this terrain. If this could happen to one of us, it could happen to anyone. We've thought of a hundred scenarios that could have changed the outcome both better and worse. In the end, good news is that he is ok and his rig is fixable. :cheers:
  7. I run Goodyear MTR Kevlar. I love them!
  8. My full time job has been on my nerves so bad lately that I took some days off to work on my part time gig. Among other things I do trail scouting. I was hired by a military contractor to scope out an area for a good training route for an off road driving course. We had a trail in mind but had been told that the area had been closed off years ago. Lucky for us, we found the gate was gone and the trail open. We made it all the way through, past the point where other vehicles had turned around. It took some work but made for one of the best "off days" I have had in a while.
  9. Hey man! Thanks! Yeah, It is an absolute confusing mess! Trying to sort through the good, the bad, the down right liars and such is a task for sure. I really like my main supplier. His honesty about their light bar quality was such that he even told me theirs was not up to par with others. That is why I buy almost everything else from him!
  10. WOW! Thanks Cindy! My email is nick@excopllc.com
  11. El, my plans are to get a store front some time next year. I want to do this smart. I have some other debt to escape from (The FJ being the bulk of that). The Fj payment is about the ame as renting a store front would cost so we want to get all of that out of the way then make that move. I do have a wesbite which is currently being rebuilt by a professional. (I am in no way an ecommmerce guy) The website (fornow) is www.excopllc.com He's working on a total re-branding for me. I don't see this as a "get rich quick" scheme but I'd like for it to be a retirement provider at some point. I know it is a lot of work. My wife owned one of the largest shoe/boot stores on eBay at one time and we never had a moments rest!
  12. I was lucky enough to get signed on with TJM a few weeks ago. If you aren't familliar, they are the manufacturers of the TRED. (Total Recovery and Extraction Device) It also means that I have access to all of their other lines such as roof top tents, and others. Also, as much as I fought it, I started getting into the LED light market. All I can say is that I am learnig a LOT about Chinese culture, negotiations, and product testing! Contrary to popular belief, there are some good products and honest business people in China. There are also some real shady people! Luckily I finally weeded down, with the help of a long time importer, to get to the lighting factory. The products are solid and they actually warranty them. (and honor the warranty) I also found just how many "Made In The USA" advertisements are outright false. As an example, I found the factory that makes LED flashlights for an American off road company that sells them for $150 as a USA product with their stamp on it. Let's say I can sell them, and have my logo stamped on them for around $50 and still make a profit . At any rate, just sharing some of my adventures and the reason that I am not in here posting all the time! Working with people in such a different time zone, different country, and different culture can be taxing on one's personal lilfe.
  13. Acrh, it was a great way to get away from the city for a while!
  14. Thanks Dave. Sad that people with that knowledge just disappear and sad that we have to act like some secret frat house organization to protect what we love. Humans really make me sick. LOL
  15. Thanks much, Jack! I have been in that area a few times and even to Bristol Wells but never to the silver mine. Guess i need to go back
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      Recently, I’ve been going through my old VHS video tapes and digitizing them to DVDs.  These tapes contain my travels and explorations between 1995 and 2009.  I thought I’d start releasing some video shorts of my early travels on this forum.

      The back story for this particular video is as follows.  On March 30, 1996, I made a short hike of about a mile and a third up the lower third of Surprise Canyon, on the western slopes of the Panamint Range, Inyo County, California.  This canyon is just outside of Death Valley National Park.  This canyon has running water running year round through the stretch shown, fed by substantial Limekiln Springs, and the canyon is a water wonderland.  For those not familiar with the area, refer to the two maps.  The first one shows the canyon in relation to the region, the other a close up of the canyon and the ghost town of Panamint City.  The blue line in the close up image shows the route that was taken.

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      My next series of videos will be based on a trip in 2000 that I took with Lew Shorb.  Lew is a board member here, as well as owner of the popular website http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm

      In breaking with my past habit of culling out historical sites and ghost towns and creating short videos dealing with these, I decided to keep the exploring part of Explore Forums in and create videos of each day of my travel and exploration, including our camps.  Scenery, travel, camping ghost towns and wide open spaces.

      Part one of this series, as well as subsequent videos, will all appear here within this same thread. Part I will start in my garage, where I was finishing up with the packing my truck.  The following day, after work, I begin my travels to meet Lew Shorb at Rhyolite, Nevada ghost town.

      Our three day, two night travels prowled about the "Nevada Triangle" section of northeastern Death Valley National Park; and will include such sites as:

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    • Exploration Field Trips: May 1-3, 2000 - Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
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      12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
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      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
      21. Charleston, Nevada.
      22. Jarbidge, Nevada.
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