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Backwoods Beast last won the day on June 15

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    Reno, NV
  • Interests
    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. Abandoned Summer Camp and Ranch (SAME DAY ADVENTURE)

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  2. I've seen this place before but have never been able to go! They even have it in the GTA 5 video game haha!
  3. 2018 drone compilation

    This is a compilation of some of the best footage I captured while out exploring for the last 6 months along with some never seen before footage. Check out my channel if you want to see more videos like this and subscribe if you want to follow our adventures.
  4. Explored Silver City Mills Area

    So this is a really common area if you are from here and like to look at old buildings. We spent the day up there a few weeks back and decided to get some footage. This was 3 of 3 where i lost a good portion of the footage. I ended going up just last week to add the drone footage. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this very common place from a different perspective. John
  5. Donner Lake Train Tunnel

    So this is video 2/3 where I screwed up and erased part of the footage. Again still was able to save the drone footage and we got some cool shots inside the tunnel. If you've never been to Donner Lake there is an old train tunnel that is now just a hang out for hikers and taggers. You'll see some frozen waterfalls which are cool.
  6. Abandoned Summer Camp and Ranch (SAME DAY ADVENTURE)

    Thank you! I really really appreciate it!
  7. So I actually lost some of my footage. I need to invest in a better camera but it simply is not in the budget. But anyways, you'll see the summer camp area that is abandoned and I go into 2/4 buildings. It has a really cool fish pond and looks like a decent area to camp anyways. Then we drove over to the California side near Stampede resevoir and found a ranch or more rather a corral. But got some really epic Drone footage. I have to say I'm really please with the entire process Thanks for watching and for your continued support! John
  8. So this was my first time ever using a metal detector and I have to say it is much harder than it looks!! It definitely requires a lot of patients. This explore day was kind of a dud as in we didn't find any treasures. We did find a cool pond in the middle of the desert and also got some drone footage of some wild antelope running!! This weeks video is just a short one but still tons of great shots!
  9. Loading to YouTube: Like Swimming in Peanut Butter

    Sometimes my longer videos take up to 3 hours to upload. at thats because most of my videos are in 4k resolution.
  10. In this video you can see drone footage of the current status of the eagleville mine site. If you haven't been there recently the old structure that used to be standing has fallen down the hill. https://youtu.be/ylHwb5SSraI
  11. Eagleville Mine Tunnels Explored.

    Oh and sorry about my sailor mouth in this video, I'm going to try to clean it up in the next ones.
  12. Eagleville Mine Tunnels Explored.

    This was my first time dong any type of mine tunnel exploring on video. It almost gives me chills watching the video afterwards and seeing how easily these caves could have came down on us. I hope you enjoy the video! There was more footage to get than we had memory for so we'll have to make another trip out there. It looks like the old mill in this area has finally fallen down because in all the pictures we've seen it is still standing.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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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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