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  1. One mile west there is BLM land I believe. Unfortunately it's is a rock in the ocean so it won't do you any good. Realistically I think Panoche Hills or Red Hills maybe the closest BLM areas like that and those are not close. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a spot farther away from BLM and NF in the state then you are now. If this is a long term situation maybe consider transferring your medical needs to a different VA. Short term I'd look into camping options in other areas like state parks or national recreation areas, etc.
  2. For cams my mom had me put up a couple of Arlos up at her Tahoe home and temporary at a home she was selling in northern CA. I wasn't really satisfied with the motion detection range as I wanted it to detect from farther away and have a detection cone closer to the width of what the camera saw. I had them placed outside positioned with the primary goal of getting the plate of a vehicle that came in the driveway. And it really would only catch if somebody came fully in the driveway. I think birds flying by or slight movement from a branch blowing in the wind would set it off but a coyote moving at a decent clip I felt could walk mostly though before being recorded. The camera that was installed in the house being sold was there to alert in case a squatter tried to break in. Something went wrong with the internet and it's off. It was nice to be able to check on things live etc but it wasn't reliable enough to depend on IMO. I like the trail cams as a back up idea. That being said they did catch a potential thief.
  3. You escaped? Funny thing about the AR mags... I don't even own a true 10 round. I just put aluminum rivets in the normal ones to reduce the cap to ten. Some wizard with a tiny spiral wand always performs some magic on them every time I leave CA and I have to block them again before returning. Ah the pointless nonsense of CA.
  4. This is one of the cabins I'm not sure what the legal status of it is supposed to be. All land maps I've looked at indicate the area as BLM. The outside of the door had messages of people coming upon the cabin and enjoying it going back decades. Cabin had 2 large masterlocks on the door last I was there and a couple new messages asking why it is now locked if I recall correctly. There are a few up to date claims in the area, have no idea if any of those include rights to the cabin or not. My suspicion is somebody may of just claimed the building as there own. There are also a few Historical ranch homes lower down from this one that sadly were restored somewhat and have since been vandalized pretty bad. Broke out windows, etc.
  5. Well that certainly was a good priority use of tax dollars. Of all the stuff that needs to be done out here they spent time and money on that place?
  6. To be perfectly honest I do believe there are instances of these cabins that have been fixed up independently of BLM and NF involvement, notification, permission, etc and there have been a few occasions when BLM has removed or destroyed a structure. And who manages a particular area, their funding, etc would give you a better idea of the risk of something being closed up. Mojave for example I would say is at risk if they don't know about it based on how the NPS manages things out there. The rock house at the rock spring is kept locked, they bar a lot of the mines out there, and are obstructionist toward allowing repairs to a lot of wildlife guzzlers. I believe there are some more cabins out there being worked on but am not sure if the NPS is in on them or if they are even fixed up so I didn't mention them. All the ones mentioned thus are known from what I can tell.
  7. I like going after the ones you have to hike to for the same reason. The harder something is to get to the less people that go. At the same time I also like seeing that these different places are not being neglected.
  8. Osborne Cabin is on my custom google maps of abandoned places but have not been and had no idea that there was a name to be found or it was taken care of. It was something I found from topo and Sat images so I marked it. Based on the sat image I wonder if the roof needs attention again. I've not been to any of these yet as they are not easy to get to from the looks of it. Jail Canyon Cabin 36.193491, -117.181218 Emmett Harder Cabin 35.929527, -117.125916 Stella Cabin 35.913489, -117.088449 How are you finding these with names without being to them and people keeping them "secret"? I'm just matching up pictures to the topography using topo maps and sat images. A lot of them I have had marked as places of interest already not knowing their condition. There is also a part of me that doesn't like knowing that the place I'm trying to check out is fixed up or not. That is why I love going for the back country cabins because people can't just drive up to them. Takes a lot more work but then again they are also more often locked (often illegally) and neglected. Those are also some of the ones that would be most useful fixed up. This is going to ruffle some feathers doing this by the way. In some ways I get where they are coming from because some of these are quite cared for and some have been burned down or dismantled by the BLM but I think there are also many being neglected.
  9. The Geer Cabin was in really good condition less then 2 months ago. Stocked and furnished well. Had hard hats to use to go explore the mines that aren't bar'd up yet. Others were using the Riley when we were there. And I'll add there are other candidate buildings in the area that could potentially be fixed up as well. https://youtu.be/cXvkZ9oou9M?t=407 Bob I completely agree that it is sort of absurd people want these things kept so secret. How will they stay maintained, cleaned, stocked, improved, etc if very few people are aware of them. How will others be brought back to a usable condition if there is not enough interest because people don't know they exist, or where they are. I did not know about The Tanks or Brannigan. I'll add some to your list in a bit as well.
  10. I've only got a 4 banger in my taco. But I'm not towing anything with my truck that's for sure.
  11. Bought my Tacoma used with about 50K miles and have around 130K now... I think, haven't looked recently to be honest. My mother got a RAV4 used from Hertz with about 22K. After seeing the reliability of my truck and her friends RAV4 she opted not to do any additional warranty with the used vehicle. That and used warranty that came with her Subaru she didn't think helped much when she had catastrophic failures. In fact all she thought the warranty did in the end on that car was help enough to encourage her to keep a lemon car she otherwise would and absolutely should of gotten rid of. Never have I known of a bigger and expensive pile of garbage then that Subaru Outback.
  12. My stock Tacoma has made it everywhere I've tried so far and more importantly back out as well... even a few places I think i should not of gone. The places I've elected to not try have been because of exposure, was alone and needed a spotter, or so bad it's better to just walk anyways. Just done maintenance stuff so far, no mechanical repairs yet.
  13. I was listening to part of a podcast with him about missing hunters and I thought the perspective they were trying to put out there was quite illogical. Basically they were trying to suggest that it was weird that hunters were going missing of all people because they of all people would be the most likely prepared, have the more survival skills and tools then others etc. Why where there more hunters turning up missing around certain areas, why did this happen when there are storms??? I'm sitting there going of course hunters are more likely to go missing and not be found compared to hikers or a lot of other types of outdoor activity. Hikers typically stay on or around trails where hunters go where the game is, which is often not on or near trails and often in horrible terrain. More likely to fall and get hurt, less likely to be found. Hunting is in the fall and winter typically, if a storm rolls though and it SNOWS then of course they are more likely to die and much less likely to be found. Around more animals that would potentially scavange their dead body, etc. etc. Area to search would be larger where if somebody went fishing you could concentrate on waterways like streams and lake. Hikers you concentrate on trails. Somebody hunting? All over potentially. All it takes is to fall in a bad spot. You don't even need to be hurt too bad just bad enough that your mobility is screwed. Not some big mystery in most cases.
  14. Wasn't Bob's video today about what happens if you cross the line? Guess this answers that if you cross in 8 miles deep.
  15. I believe I tried both ways. I'll try again later to check. I know I tried with other clips in the timeline already and I think I tried later alone with the same result. It is an issue with getting to view it in PP playback. When opened in source window or dropped into timeline it appears as a green audio only. My laptop has an intel i5.
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