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Backwoods Beast last won the day on February 18

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    Reno, NV
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    I love to hike and explore. I just started a new youtube channel where I travel around with my drone. Exploring is all I ever want to do.
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    I have a Nikon D3600 and my Phantom 4 drone
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    2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  1. Yeah, I wouldn't risk it, its not worth it. Even driving through Olinghouse can be sketchy but I was out there on a Sunday and two guys rode past and I waved and they waved. Most people are usually pretty chill. I haven't ran into any of the wackos yet.
  2. Wow thanks for all of the insight, we did some research but we would never known. We actually went out to explore Eagleville the next weekend and I'm working on that video right now. That's sad that the old town is actually gone!!! I didn't realize there was more and that it was gone. Do you have to drive to the new mine pit to find the town?? Yeah, the shooting was wrong, I edited it out of the video and will definitely be more responsible next time. The oil can didn't get shot, my friend was trying to take it as a souvenir but I made him leave it before we left. thanks, John
  3. Oh I did not know about that!!! Thank you I'll have to check that out. There is another well maintained miners camp east of hawthorn called Poinsettia, I think that's one of my next destinations.
  4. Yeah, you guys are right We shouldn't have shot at the building. And you are right about it giving a bad name to explorers. I edited that part out of the video on youtube and It won't happen again. Thanks, John Actually, The Phantom 4 pro has its own camera attached to the drone that you can control from your device. And yeah, It's great that here in Nevada we have so much stuff that is on public land.
  5. The Phantom 4 comes with a 4k Gimbal!! Its really great!
  6. So this was really an awesome day of exploring that we had. I had to break it up into three parts. There is the first part where we got some footage of the abandoned tanks. Then a little ways up the road we found some prospector mines (I left this part out because my next video we are going to be exploring mines). And lastly we found the Rawhide Mine Operation ruins. When we researched this place they said it no longer existed but we didnt let that deter us as we felt we would have heard something about that within our local community. And sure enough the entire site was still there seemingly untouched for who knows how long really. At the end of the day we drove all the way down to Hawthorn, NV and got some video footage of walker lake. I thought about making this into three separate short videos but I feel like that takes away from alot of the adventure. And it seems like the next few I'm putting out are going to be in this form and style.
  7. This is a "haunted" hospital. It is said that there is a ghost that roams up and down the halls. There is also a basement where it is said there is a little girl ghost that has been heard laughing. It's really weird because we went into the basement and filmed... BUT THE CAMERA STOPPED WORKING.... Not a huge believer in ghosts but I thought that was a little strange. It really is disappointing because the basement was kinda neat... but maybe the ghost of Elle didn't want to be seen....
  8. Hey! Socal urbex

    Same here. I'm a vibrational frequency. Yay!! Welcome!!!
  9. So, I know Stokes castle has probably been posted on here a hundred times. It's still one of my favorite places to visit. I got a rare footage of the inside since they put up the fence. There is also some cool drone footage of sand mountain and some natural hot springs. Enjoy!
  10. Ancient Native American Petroglyphs

    Some pictures I got of the Lagomarsino Petroglyphs in the nevada desert. Follow my YouTube Adventures at Backwoods Beast TV
  11. Sanatorium and hotel from the 1800's

    Awesome video!! Do you happen to know any history on the place?? Thanks for posting!! John
  12. The Lagomarsino Petroglyphs

    Hey guys, So I've attached below my adventure video to the Lagomarsino petroglyphs. This site was pretty difficult to get to and will definitely be trying to get out there by means of an ATV next time. When I finally got there though you can see thousands of ancient Native American petroglyphs. I also got some great drone footage, saw some wild horses and some wild or free range cattle and an old beat up car that I couldnt tell what kind it was or how it had gotten out there. anyways, I hope you enjoy the video, let me know in the comments if you've been out there before!! thanks, John
  13. Porcupine Wash Petroglyphs

    That's awesome! I am from the Reno Tahoe area and am literally editing a petroglyph video I made right now!! Interesting that some of the petroglyphs I saw match the ones you saw!! Thanks for posting! John
  14. 4K Drone Footage of Echo Lake

    My mom and I did some Kayaking over the summer and I just edited it in 4K so be sure to turn up your video quality. For those of you who haven't been to echo lake before I highly reccomend going. Just remember, It is not very easy to get to and the parking is limited so if you don't get there early you won't be able to drop off your boat and park. My mom called it a secret lake but everything in Nevada is a secret, I figure if you got the gusto to go you deserve to go..... BTW what is the community decision on sharing secret places? Enjoy the Footage!! Backwoods Beast
  15. Hey everyone, so this is my first explore post, I'm probably going to be slow sharing since I'm planning on waiting until my YouTube videos come out. but I just wanted to give an update on Olinghouse Nevada. I was out there about a month ago with my friend. As some of you may know there is many rumors about the Olinghouse area being guarded by an "old man with a gun chasing people of the property". Well I took a few trips out there because I really wanted to get some cool footage. I didn't go into all of the structures because it seemed like the floors weren't sturdy enough to hold my weight. My friend went in them but she only weighs about 115 lbs. The mine has been purchased and is currently active. We went on a Sunday after the first ground freeze because that's usually when mining operations stop for the winter. There was still a lot of activity of a small ATV vehicle going back and forth to the miners headquarters building, so we tried to stay hidden as possible. I looked at the Olinghouse Facebook page just a few days ago and it said people tried to get permission to go out there but were denied, so I'm glad I got what I did without being seen. The place is still in really good shape. Its hard to tell the age of some of the buildings, most of them have probably been frankensteined over the years since its been a home to squatters, meth-labbers, and the occasional mine enthusiast. If you plan on exploring the area, I suggest at least with 4 wheel drive and drive past the headqaurters building and do a little 4wheeling to the back ranch house and you can stay hidden easier from back there. There is also a road that seems to lead to some interesting thing that I can see from the Sat pics, but I will definitely need an ATV to get there. anyways. Here is the video if you'd like to check it out. See you out there! Backwoods Beast
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    • South Pass City, approximately 90 miles north of Rock Springs, is a historic site administered by the state of Wyoming.  It consists of over 30 log, frame, and stone buildings, along with the Carissa Mine and Stamp Mill.

      South Pass City Historic Site
    • 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:

      1. The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad
      2. Gold Bar
      3. Phinney Mine
      4. Strozzi Ranch
      5. Currie Well (LV&T RR)
      6. Mud Springs Summit (LV&T RR)
      7. Happy Hooligan Mine

      This video, that of March 30th and 31st, will start off this series; and is brief, only being 3:28 long.  Nevada-Triangle_Shorb-2000_Part-1.wmv

      So, below is my narrative of part one of this series to give full context of what is seen in the video.  It will probably take longer to read than the video is long.


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    • Exploration Field Trips:
      May 1-3, 2000
      Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley

      What do you do with three authors, two 4x4’s, two two-way radios, three cameras, and camping supplies? Send them to Death Valley, of course. For three days in the first week of May, 2000, fellow authors and historical researchers Alan Patera, Alan Hensher and myself explored Death Valley north and south.

      Alan Patera writes and publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph books.  Alan Hensher has been published in several periodicals as well as authoring several books, centering primarily on the history of Mojave Desert sites.

      Alan Patera, who hails from Oregon, came south to California and picked up Alan Hensher; then the two came my way. At the time I was living in Ridgecrest, California. After overnighting with my wife and I, the three of us took off for Death Valley.  Alan was busy researching and photographing for a future edition of WESTERN PLACES, this time centering on the camps of the Funeral Range, which forms the eastern border of east central Death Valley.  Circumstances and changes of our journey lead Alan to plant the seeds of two more future books, this time centering just outside the northernmost section of Death Valley.


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    • Reconnoitering Trips
      Northern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      (and a Blip of Southeastern Oregon Thrown in for Good Measure)
      June 19 - 28, 2001

      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.

      Below, a list of historic locations we visited – in the order that we visited them:

      1. Bodie & Benton Railway, California.
      2. Stillwater, Nevada.
      3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
      4. Unionville, Nevada.
      5. Midas, Nevada.
      6. Spring City, Nevada.
      7. Paradise Valley, Nevada.
      8. Buckskin, Nevada.
      9. National, Nevada.
      10. Delamar, Idaho.
      11. Silver City, Idaho.
      12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
      13. Pattsville, Nevada.
      14. Aura, Nevada.
      15. Cornucopia, Nevada.
      16. Edgemont, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
      17. White Rock, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
      18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
      19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
      21. Charleston, Nevada.
      22. Jarbidge, Nevada.
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