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  1. What was your most difficult or challenging explore?

    Just keep at it and explore deeper something miserable but exciting to tell later will be bound to happen at some point. Just try to avoid anything too serious. Also nothing needs to of gone wrong for something to be a difficult explore. It could just be a difficult location to get to or find. Sometimes it could be the story of the past that you piece together afterwards based upon what you found. I'm hoping to get a hold of somebody based on what I found... just been procrastinating at the thought of creating a facebook, lol. As far as difficult or bad things that have happened. I've run out of water 3 times... the worst time I actually turned back because I started to think the 5 liters would not be enough and I was right. Horrible 90 minutes without water down a shadeless sun exposed hill to the first nasty trickle of water that I happily drank straight. Speaking of being hot and dehydrated dry foods like granola bars become the worst tasting food ever to the point you may not be able to eat them. So I have learn to pick back up snacks that have more moisture in them. In the snow I've learned that the set of footprints your following has at least a 50/50 chance of belonging to somebody that is lost. Walking back 5 miles from your friends stuck truck is exponentially more unpleasant when it rains hard the whole time.
  2. The front of that dam looks kind of similar to the one at lower Blue Lake in Alpine... which also has a Meadow Lake several miles beyond it.
  3. 2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    In my experience getting people together like this is mainly about somebody stepping and making a location and date. You decide on that and people have something to work with as to weather they can make it or not. Not everybody makes it. Some because it simply doesn't work for them too far etc. Others maybe because they're not interested enough. But the people that do show are usually the ones that are pretty game to meet new people and new experiences.
  4. What was your most difficult or challenging explore?

    That sounds pretty rough, hope to never experience getting frostbite. Speaking of getting stuck exploring places, my father just a day ago... I guess he was trying to scout for wildlife or just exploring the area but he got high centered in sand someplace by the Las Vegas river/wash right before sundown. Something that really would not of been a big deal at all if it happened to me as I would not of got stuck in my truck, dug myself out if I did, or just walked as he wasn't that far from anything. But for the old guy with a weak heart and the limited ability to even describe where he was correctly it was a bit of a concern. I guess he had to call a dealer and ping his vehicle on GPS to let the help know where to go. He told me there where rattlesnakes all over shortly after it got dark... which yeah, makes perfect sense for an area down by water that had a day time temp of 110. He really should not of been out there like that trying to do what he was in his condition but you can only advice your stubborn parents so much from the next state over, he does what he wants.
  5. Just wondering what lengths some of us have gone to check out or try to find that long forgotten place? Maybe it was to rope down a vertical shaft of a mine? Ever go someplace and have a run in with not so friendly people? A vehicle or equipment failure that made getting out a challenge? Or maybe it was just really really out there and took a lot of effort to reach and or find. Recently I got back from a trip with my daughter and we found a place that was just way out there. Several hours out on the highway. An hour up a mountain road. Over an another hour on a mandatory 4x4 trail. Then a pack into the back country about 8 miles several of which had no visible trail to a place I wasn't even 100% sure was there. And the hike out back out we took the longer way which was around 10 miles and hit elevations over 10K. My little one is 9 years old and she did that 10 mile stretch back to the truck in one day. Including the drive up and down we spent 5 days on our adventure. I did find what I was looking for... after starting to get a bit worried I might not near the end. I'll share the trip after I try to do some follow up on something personal I found.
  6. It shows on the map about where that camera is. Thanks for that link with all those peak cameras. Wonder if we can see anything out of them in the winter. Always good to know where to get live conditions of different places. Thanks.
  7. Didn't look like they had any cool mid century pieces on the inside to go along with the architecture of the building. Cool building. I wish more of the old service stations from that era were still surviving in as good of condition.
  8. I wanted to do this in one go of a vid but the comp I have to edit on is a slow dying laptop. Unless anybody has any sugestions on how to edit vids on a POS Chromebook. Anyways here is part one that I put together.
  9. It's possible it may of been used in that capacity some at some time. I did find out that there were animals like bison and deer and the name on the water tower would be suggestive of it possibly being a film ranch... even though that wasn't the actually name of the place. The other house that was there.
  10. Found a pretty cool and beat old ranch today. The 5+ mile road to it was in perfect condition.... BEHIND A LOCKED GATE!!! Thank you forest service, I needed the exercise anyways on my mountain bike. This place had three main buildings. Found some better information on it after coming back with something that was written on the water tower. Seems like it was an interesting little place now completely forgotten. I want to go back and take more pictures and video now that I know more about it. Supposedly an old mine another couple miles back, wonder if anybody works it still. This place will most likely be gone completely the first fire that hits the area. Here's a couple pictures to get things started.
  11. Who to tell if a place is a abandoned

    I saw a sign today that said smile by the time you read this your picture has been sent to a remote location (what like the place I was at already) any attempt to tamper with the camera will result in prosecution or something along those lines. Oddly the sign said nothing about private property or trespassing and there was no camera to be seen. When it comes to legitimate signs and fences they also have to be maintained to a reasonable level. A likely no trespass sign that has a couple shells of buck shot though and rust stains streaming down from the holes is not a maintained sign anymore. Nor is a barbed wire fence that is so old all the wires are now only a few inches off the ground. If somebody still cared they would be in better shape. There is plenty of dead and abandoned private land out there. I know of some parcels land locked into wilderness areas. Those types of places are perfectly fine to go to. Then there are times where I think an abandoned private place has been taken over by some sketchy squatter. Just recently I've seen some really suspect stuff in the Mojave. There was a group of older beat homes and there appeared to be occupants at all of them. One of them seemed legitimate, they had solar panels, a little garden etc, cars. One farther down was a group of beat to ever living hell trailers that you would not want to live in and a little tow trailer with two decent and obviously used recently bicycles... in the mojave??? Then farther down there was a guy with a kind of dumpy RV that looked like he set up shop at some old house and had a couple beat cars there. He came out and went right back in when I drove up he didn't seem like he was supposed to be there either. Maybe it is their place, who knows, I mean what kind of person would opt to live in the barren creosote bush oven 30 miles away from a gas station anyways. But it makes you wonder how often people will squat at abandoned or hardly used places that are not theirs.
  12. Is the 3rd time the charm?

    All of the links from your two previous posts worked for me btw. Interesting though. It would of never even of occurred to me inspect the rusted out can piles and look at the different ways they were constructed to get an idea of what they may of been or come from.
  13. Hi from Southern CA

    They're girls. I think most of them will still have some level of the "eww gross" set in. It can be funny how they feel about things. This year my daughter retrieved a quail and over the course a minute went Ahhh it's still alive, wait I'm going to pet it, oh my gosh you smashed it's poor little head daddy, and then this is going to be my dinner tonight. I've given my daughter enough different game animals that she enjoys that she'll actively pick out and try new things. Sadly I can't say that she is the same with her vegetables, very difficult sometimes. My Tacoma is an 11 5spd with the 2.7 and the access cab I think it's called, it doesn't have the full size seats in the back just those tiny ones that you make somebody you don't like use if they insist on being a 2nd passenger. This is my first 4x4 truck and I couldn't be happier. Other then getting a little more aggressive M&S tires it's pretty bare bones. So far it's taken me everywhere I've felt comfortable to try... no I did have to turn around once in the mud and let things dry out but I have yet to get it stuck anywhere. I've been wanting a roof rack but was lucky not to have one a month ago squeezing under the railroad tracks in a wash. Mine has shot a .410, the 10/22 that probably needs an extractor, and the AR if it's in normal form and she can grip it off rests but she's not big or strong enough yet to shoot anything off hand other then a Red Ryder. I'll occasionally catch her doing the girl lean back stance.
  14. Hi from Southern CA

    How old is she? I remember seeing a video of yours up by Sonora I believe and she looks around the same age as mine, or little older. My girl is 9 right now. Definitely good to take them out there and get them experiencing and exposed to things at a young age. I've also found that I want to expose my daughter to certain things early before the standardized or stereotypical thoughts set in. The inside of fish or bird is interesting and cool to her and not gross. I've taken her backpacking once each of the last two years so far and to many different abandoned, dirty, and interesting places her mother would certainly object to if she was present. With the driving I have taken her out a few times so far. And no she can't really reach the pedals very well at all either, I've actually made pedal extenders out of plywood and zip ties for her second time out alone. But for her first time out I just took her out to a dry lake, but her in the drivers seat of my manual tacoma, and talked her though it. At first I thought the manual was probably not ideal to start a kid off on but after doing it I decided it is way safer because I was able to restrict her speed to first gear.
  15. BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

    From what little info I did find, the condition of the way to get there, the dates on some things I did have access to, etc. I believe the use lease was probably stopped in the 80's due to environmental sensitivities. No markers. No vandalism. And no evidence of any recent use. I'm definitely cautious about what I will and who I will ask questions from the forest service about particularly when I get into the "can I" and "are you allowed to" sort of questions. I've gotten a range of different answers ranging from good info, bad, wrong, to deliberately misleading occasionally.
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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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