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Jack Freer

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About Jack Freer

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  • Birthday 06/01/1955

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    Carson Valley, Nevada
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    Photography, research and reporting of interesting and odd things in the desert.
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    Canon EOS 7D

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  1. Jack Freer

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Hi Bob and welcome back! I have been watching your videos come through and I can tell you are having a lot of fun out there. Keep up the adventure! Jack
  2. One million soldiers, spread across the world’s largest military maneuver area of 18,000 square miles in the Mojave Desert of California and Arizona for two years between 1942 and 1944 training for desert warfare in preparation of the WWII invasion of North Africa. I spent several days in January exploring the historic sites of the Desert Training Center / California-Arizona Maneuver Area in the Mojave Desert. I based out of Blythe and Needles, California and visited Camp Coxcomb, Camp Iron Mountain, Rice Army Airfield, Essex Army Airfield and Camp Ibis. Before venturing out to the camps and airfields I spent several hours touring the General Patton Memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit, California. I was a little too ambitious with my trip planning and scheduled two site visits per day. It would have been better to only schedule one site visit per day as I didn’t have the time to capture a lot of the minute details and relics at the sites. Here are the photos from my trip… Desert Training Center Gallery Some good reference websites are the... Military Museum DTC/CAMA Desert Training Center General Patton Memorial Museum I have been researching the Desert Training Center for a while and all the documents, reports and maps that I found useful are here... DTC / CAMA Research Information Enjoy the photos and information!
  3. When I have been up in Empire and Gerlach watching all the people come in on their way to Black Rock City some have that wide eyed look like they have no idea what they are about to get themselves involved in. Others know exactly what they will be doing. The playa events schedule is very interesting... 2017 Burning Man Playa Events Schedule Burning Man is seeing more and more people come completely unprepared... Emergency Services in Black Rock City And when it is working here is their live feed from the playa... Burning Man Live Stream
  4. Burning Man has been on the playa for a month and got very busy building the city within the last two weeks. I went up Saturday to see what was going on in and around Empire and Gerlach. The event officially opens to the public at midnight but traffic was already pouring in. So all those arriving in the day have to wait in lines in their vehicles at the gate until 12:01 am Sunday. http://www.overlandphotography.us/Art/Burning-Man/
  5. While I was in Bruno's in Gerlach the other day this truck parked in front. It is a Burning Man truck and most likely belongs to the Burning Man Department of Public Works. I noticed a few unique accessories inside the truck. Like the red handcuffs hanging from the rear view-mirror. The naked Barbie doll on the dash placed in her ready position. Also on the dash just to the right of the keys and to the left of the AC vents is a custom switch label of WHOR'N . The driver, who walked directly to the bar, was a tall slender female wearing only old dirty Carhartt overalls with the legs rolled up to her knees and tall lace up work boots that were only tied half way up. These workers have been on the playa for the past week busily building Black Rock City for the Burning Man event coming up. I suspect the after-work parties are interesting.
  6. Here are sections of their 2015 return. But this in just for the one Burning Man Project 501(c)(3)... But it costs them a lot to put the event on. Here are just some of the top expenses which doesn't include fees to BLM and county governments...
  7. I recently became curious about Burning Man as a corporation after discovering that there are Burning Man employees that live in Gerlach year-round. I thought what is there to do when the event isn’t going on in the month of August. I did some checking and here is what I learned… Burning Man Project 501(c)(3) - Parent organization Black Rock City LLC Black Rock City Properties LLC Gerlach Holdings LLC Decommodification LLC Black Rock Arts Foundation 501c3 The 2015 IRS 990 for Burning Man Project shows a net asset/fund balance of $10.6 million. Burning Man Project is the main nonprofit organization 501(c)(3), and that organization bought the 53 parcels making up the 3,658 acres around Fly Geyser. Black Rock City LLC is a company that handles arts and other events. Black Rock City Properties LLC is the real estate holding company and has 14 properties. Gerlach Holdings LLC is the real estate rental company and has 4 parcels. Decommodification LLC handles trademark license management. And yet another nonprofit org 501(c)(3) called Black Rock Arts Foundation that handles even more arts and other events. New affiliate DISTRIKT 501c3 is an Art Grant organization.
  8. The first photo shows what the playa looked like in May 2017. Almost a full lake which many thought would not dry out in time. The second photo is from August 2017 and it has dried out and the building of Black Rock City has begun.
  9. I enjoy going to places that are way outside the norm and most people believe it impossible to visit them. Like nuclear tests sites, electronic warfare ranges and even nuclear power plants that came close to a nuclear melt down. But I am just kind of odd in that respect. Project Faultless Project Shoal Warfare Complex Rancho Seco
  10. Jack Freer

    The Desert Oracle

    Here is something I have found to be very interesting, informative and enjoyable, which a combination of all three seems to be rare these days, and is worth a read and a listen. The Desert Oracle also known as “The Voice of the Desert” publishes a small guide with short stories and other information about the Mojave Desert and surrounding areas. The Desert Oracle They have recently started the Desert Oracle Radio program on 107.7 KCDZ in Joshua Tree. The 30-minute program airs about every Friday at 10 p.m. and you can also listen to the programs as a podcast. Desert Oracle Radio on podbay.fm
  11. Jack Freer

    Navy Reservation

    The few times I have been in that area the gate to Bravo 17 has been manned. But the electronic range area and targets north of Hwy. 50 in Dixie Valley is mostly on BLM land. And then just west of Bravo 17 is the Project Shoal nuclear test site, also unrestricted on BLM land. So there is lots to see in that immediate area. http://www.overlandphotography.us/Urban-Exploration/Project-Shoal/
  12. Jack Freer

    Navy Reservation

    That's part of Bravo 17, a live fire range for NAS Fallon. I have a few long range photos in the gallery link below of the targets at the spot you found. Photos 66, 67 and 68. http://www.overlandphotography.us/Urban-Exploration/Electronic-Warfare-Complex/
  13. Still above water... http://www.reviewjournal.com/local/las-vegas/prescribed-burn-planned-ruins-st-thomas-town-site-lake-mead
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      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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    • Exploration Field Trips - March 31-April 2, 2000 - Into the Nevada Triangle with Lew Shorb
      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.

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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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      This is the trip that I consider to be my favorite trip I have ever undertaken.  It had been in the planning stages since the previous December.  Originally, quite a number of people were invited and had semi-committed themselves to come along.  Over time, however, eventually the number of people whose semi-commitments became firm commitments to this trip narrowed to four.  And I was one of them.

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