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    A Tacoma and some badly worn out Vasque boots.
  1. BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

    ^^^ Please tell me that is a real reason somebody gave for cabins being locked. That is so lame and stupid, but at the same time sadly believable, that I want it to be true as it'll help illustrate their real intentions. That would make sense to cut down or stop a cattle allotment from being in the area. But people in a building... nothing to do with what little dribble of a creek I'm sure it is up there. I did talk to somebody about two of the cabins I mentioned above. One is part of a cattle allotment which I thought. He told me the name of who it is but I forgot the name like a dummy or to ask what they thought about being able to use/help upkeep, etc. The other they said the allotment either got cut so much by quantity and time that they don't bother getting it all or they just don't bother going up that far. Not an official statement by any means but seems to coincide with the conditions I observed. The agricultural allotments map on mylandmatters says there is nothing in the area at all which also seems like that cannot be correct.
  2. BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

    The one at Meiss Meadow is on the PCT. Im sure it's kept locked to insure that a thru hiker doesn't leave granola crumbs inside. On a serious note I think that is a good example of one that should be open because it would be used publicly because it is on higher traffic trails. Some of these places I do think should be opened up and their locations semi known. That is how they get taken care of and not forgotten to where they rot away. And there is always going to be an exception to the rule and at times it ends up being the forest service or BLM. Locking something up in some situations is a form of vandalism at times IMO.
  3. More Abandoned Places and Volunteer Cabins in Alpine CA.

    Couple more places in alpine. These were locked/rusted shut so a lot of the footage is just of the area in general and some mountain quail hunting. I plan to go back and check out the one that is rusted closed for sure and I didn't even think to check around places for a key on the other. Looking back on the footage I noticed the bears had been trying to get in and left their muddy prints on and around the door. When I go back I think I'll go from a different direction even though it'll be even longer.
  4. Blew my Jeep Engine

    2010 with 36K? What grandma did you scoop that off of with such low miles put on it in 8 years?
  5. BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

    I never updated what I found about the place I was asking about and I have since found three other locked public cabins. The first time up it was locked with a chain and an old standard master lock. There was also bolt cutters accessible somewhere in the area of buildings. My plan was to cut one of the chain links and add another combo lock. That way the old lock would still be there, the door would be closed secure for the snow, and I could give the combo to others to use as well, forest service, etc. I went up there again in the beginning of summer with my daughter. Well it was already cut, bolt cutters moved, and the entire chain was replaced with a keyed cable lock. Several days later when we were exiting to go back home we stopped in the ranger station. We were looking around at the maps and the taxidermied animals when the ranger asked if I was Steve and wanted to talk to us. How did she know my name? Then I realized she must of read it off the wilderness permit I dropped of before and they probably wasn't too many other people backpacking with a 9 year old girl up there. She wanted to ask us about another place even farther back that we had planned to go to, if we even found it, was it even still there etc. I asked her about the lock being cut on the other place and she had said that the guy who did it came in and told her that he did it and that he had some stuff up there he wanted to keep secure. I'm sorry but WTF? The historical cabin on public land is not your personal place to keep all to yourself. First off what on earth is somebody storing in a cabin miles into an extremely lightly traveled area accessible only by foot or pack animal that your concerned would be taken? Food or some fuel? I could see being a problem if you had it up there, counting on it being there, and then was used or eaten and your very far away. Rig up something secure in the cabin not the entire cabin itself. Rig up an ammo box to be locked or something. Reality check nobody is hauling away your salvation army level items out of there and anything worth the extra weight of carting out shouldn't be left there in the first place. The other public land locked cabins I've encountered since. One that was vehicle accessible. Rock construction. The outside of the door had messages of people who had enjoyed the cabin over the years, people visiting from germany, etc. Two big locks on the door and some recent messages inquiring why it's locked or they would love to see the inside someday etc. There is a chance that this one could be part of a mine claim or it could just be somebody claiming something public for themselves. The one legitimate concern since it is accessible by vehicle the chance of vandalism is higher. There was a historic building close by in the area that BLM had fixed up by putting windows and doors stabilizing etc and some scumbags broke all three doors and broke every single window except one. I found two more yesterday, both are 5+ miles into the wilderness, hike or pack access only. The whole area was gorgeous but looked to be infrequently visited by people. There were plenty of cows though, so much so that the cattle trails were often more defined then the actual trail. Kind of made for keeping track of normal trail a bit difficult at times but I was also bird hunting so I don't really follow trails all the time then anyways, I go where I think birds may be. The first one looked to be not used in decent amount of time as I could see it was dirty inside and was in need of clean up and repairs. This one I'm going to say is only sort of locked and that not being able to get into it may only be the result of rust. It had a chain locked to another chain that was simply attached with a bolt and washers... that had rusted over time. The other was quite difficult to find. It was not near any of the trails in the area. It was in excellent condition. Near water, excellent view, about as perfect as they can come, except it was locked. This one was most likely part of a legitimate cattle lease. Even so I still find it sort of off that a difficult to find cabin deep in a lightly visited area of the sierras really needs to be locked. Seems like others should be able to enjoy it more complete as well. How many places are there out there on public land are locked by either the forest service, BLM, or a private person? Do you think these places should be locked to bar access and prevent "theft" and vandalism or should they be public use cabins. I feel that they should be open. Particularly the ones that are so hard to get to. The harder they are to get to and find I think the less likely you get the type of people that would vandalize or steal. Seems the cabins that are vehicle accessible are more often the ones that end up being the unlocked and cared for and the ones that you have to hike to too often have a lock on them and are in different stages of neglect.
  6. Looks like it is a newer style system that the whole top system is replaceable and the top looks brand new. Gauge gets damaged instead of trying to do the repairs out in the field they just bolt a new one on and take the old one? I'm guessing you happened upon during a service time or upgrade and the electronics just were not there yet. The other tin square to the North is a small game guzzler. That is the style and size that NV often uses and you can tell it is not a full structure because the shadow profile is not that tall. In all the different small game guzzlers I have seen in NV and CA I have never once seen one that is electronically monitored or measured. The small game guzzlers are installed in groups or as "bridge" sources between other natural sources. They just would not be that important idividually to monitor electronically. A big game guzzler for sheep I could see maybe being monitored that way. The stuff in the gully could just be trash or an old guzzler and when they replaced they located it higher up where it would be easier to install and service.
  7. Settings for GoPro Hero 4 Black

    You have protunes on that model so you should be able to get really good looking video if you take the time to do a little color correcting. There won't be any one perfect setting for everything but I think the main changes are going to be for the type of light conditions in the protune settings. The FOV is your preference, for explore vids I would use wide or medium. Resolution is again preference but go 1080 or better. If you pan smoothly at a proper speed just stick with 30 or 24FPS. However if you sometimes pan an area too fast and are at 60FPS you can slow it down later. This guy has an awesome video explaining how to make use of the protune settings and the color correcting software in DaVinci Resolve to get gopro footage looking really good like it should. And as soon as I upgrade my lowly Hero3+Silver to a gopro with protunes the above are the sort of things I will be trying in regards to color. For stabilization when just holding the camera I'd at the very least put it on a pole. I have one made by Smatree which I think was really good for the price. For those of you out there like me that are using an older gopro without protunes I recently started putting a filter on my footage to at least try and get rid of that stale cold looking gopro colors. For forest shots in premiere pro I've put the western gold filter at between 40-50%. Saturation up to around 110% and I think I started to adjust something else as well. It's not great but it's certainly better then the default gopro.
  8. Hoarder House with Cars

    Thanks for joining and sharing your videos but I really think it was unnecessary to spam your entire video catalog into a separate thread for each video all at once. Maybe a mod could condense some of these so that the first three pages of the video section are not a backlog for a single person.
  9. Video Editing Software

    I started with Movie Maker and am now using Premiere Pro CC off my sister's Adobe. The other editor I'm going to look into using is DaVinci Resolve because they look to have really simple and good color correcting... but until I upgrade my GoPro 3 to a newer one that has Protunes it's not something that I need to do yet. Speaking of GoPro's and action cameras in general. Don't get one unless you are going to need them for action. I've used mine for explore vids but only as a backup after my phone either died or filled up. The position, mount, etc you place these things are very important. Never ever use a stock head strap or top of a helmet mount they look terrible. If your going to use a head strap look very hard and try to find one with a quick release and not that stupid fixed gopro style mount. If you have have a head strap with the fixed mount cut it off, shape it some, and stick a curved surface quick release mount on it using heat instead. The quick release lets you use J hook and other mounts to invert the camera if you want getting the lens 2 " closer to your eyes. Doesn't sound like much but it makes big a difference for somethings. If your just doing something quickly holding the camera in your mouth looks really good, expect breathing sound though. I don't care for handle bar mounts for riding. If your on a motorcycle and have a full face mount you can rig the camera to the front of the mouth guard. Otherwise chest mounts are pretty good, I try to raise them some. Unless it's pouring or your submerging the camera never use the waterproof cases, it makes the sound terrible. There are a lot of good affordable alternatives to GoPro out there now. That being said GoPro does offer some things that other cameras do not if you need them. Superview, Protunes, and the Hero 6 EIS looks amazing. All features my old Hero3+ Silver does not have. The GoPro Hero 2018 is the same exact hardware as a Hero 5 Black just with the features locked. People have made an update folder and if you have one you can update it now. I think the auto settings/color on all these cameras look bad. Even some of the best looking ones still look better when somebody puts in their own. Hopefully I'll be able to budget aside some money for something better then my old Hero3.
  10. i was planning to check this one out in a couple days on my way back up North. Beat me to it.
  11. More Abandoned Places and Volunteer Cabins in Alpine CA.

    I noticed some of the property outlines looked to be off in the alpine area compared to the topo maps. I'll think the ones with fees up to date are definitely somebodies property. But then I see mines on that map located deep in the interior of a wilderness area? It was pretty easy to say no to that rock. There wasn't a chance I was taking that much extra weight back that far.
  12. More Abandoned Places and Volunteer Cabins in Alpine CA.

    Is everything that shows up on the mine locator map an active unpatented claim or a patented claim that somebody owns? I just wonder why some BLM reports seem to show an up to date annual maintenance fees and others just say small miners certificated filed.
  13. More Abandoned Places and Volunteer Cabins in Alpine CA.

    Both this cabin and the other one above are in X-8. Both are awesome little places, will definitely be back to make use of them in the future. They are just hidden enough that it looks like a good number of people overlook them. I wasn't able to find anything online about them. The kids are a riot. Mine is always wanting to take back little trinkets of essentially heavy garbage or rocks from places we go. And she is always secretly loading heavy junk into my pack or hers and then later complaining that it's heavy. Stupid things like dozens of acorns, pine cones, horseshoes (plural btw). This big piece of quartz... she wanted to bring it back with us. We backpacked in and it was 10 miles to get back at high elevation and a lot of uphill. I looked around and then at her and asked her I don't see your mule that's going to bring it back for you? See just keeps looking at me. You can carry it for me.
  14. More Abandoned Places and Volunteer Cabins in Alpine CA.

    mylandmatters... not a particularly intuitively designed website. Took me a bit to uncover the useful parts after they highlight donating and what they offer (without clearly directing you to it or showing example). Once I did find the maps... holy slow loading and horrendous UI functions is there a way to make it operate like a normal proper map? The scroll wheel doing the opposite of every other map out there is a nice touch. That being said the info they are offering does get a little deeper and more detailed then some other sites, for free anyways. I'm still not sure if I fully understand what I'm looking at in regards to the mines. What is the determining factor if somebody owns a claim or not? If they pop up on that map period? But then when I look at the BLM reports I notice that some people have been paying their annual fees and then other people have not. I'm also confused as to why pay for a claim and not work it? With patented claims are people just squatting on the rights? Or in the case of the meadow mine doing it for the structure which happens to be there... which is not a bad deal to be honest. Looking it up supposedly foreign entities were abusing mine patents and that is why they changed it. Did they move too far the other direction... I honestly don't know here but that's kind of typical of a lot of things. Wildreness areas for example... certain areas are deserving of protection from overreaching commercial operations oh yeah while we are at it make sure to keep your evil mountain bikes and wheelbarrows out and do all your maintenance by hand.
  15. More Abandoned Places and Volunteer Cabins in Alpine CA.

    Here's the other cabin we came upon that day. We were tired from earlier and quite frankly I did not check around as detailed as I should of. I really regret not opening up a window or the other door to bring in some more natural light instead of just using the flashlight. Nice little sketchy cable and rope bridge across the creek there too.
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      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:

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      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

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    • Exploration Field Trips:
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      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.

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      3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
      4. Unionville, Nevada.
      5. Midas, Nevada.
      6. Spring City, Nevada.
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      9. National, Nevada.
      10. Delamar, Idaho.
      11. Silver City, Idaho.
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      14. Aura, Nevada.
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      18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
      19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
      21. Charleston, Nevada.
      22. Jarbidge, Nevada.
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