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About braindead0

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    Head Fisherman

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    Reno, NV
  • Interests
    meadmaking, blacksmithing, textile arts, welding/fabricating, fixing/breaking stuff. I also play bass, bodhran and random percussion.

    I also appraise antiques and then smash them.
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    Jeep Wrangler, XR650L
  1. http://www.businessinsider.com/burning-man-camp-vandalized-2016-9 There was another altercation where burners trashed a bunch of tents/equipment at a camp that didn't 'share' enough..
  2. I suspect it's going to die under the weight of their own hypocrisy, last year there were several 'class war' incidents... I'm hoping for all out riots this year.
  3. I think there general counsels primary job is as a lobbyist, so they can trash public land for this party when they already own places they could hold it.... why trash their property when they can abuse public land?
  4. And that's just the stated income from ONE of the many organizations they run. If you read their 990's for a few years you'll see that they funnel money in/out/around all of these organizations skimming off money, funneling it to friends (certainly getting kickbacks)..etc. They've been the exact thing most participants claim to abhor for at least the last decade, very likely much longer. They are using money laundering techniques to try and hide their hypocrisy. It doesn't work of course, but confusing enough that most of the participants can't follow ;-)
  5. I believe 6 of the BM founders are making low 7 figure incomes and have been for many years.
  6. Short review of Honda XR650L for exploring use..

    There were several burnt areas. Most seemed small and contained, guessing hotspots from another fire. What's amazing is how fast the desert rebounds, I'm pretty sure these fires were from 1-2 weeks ago and there's lot of green already.
  7. Short review of Honda XR650L for exploring use..

    Some very nice views!
  8. Short review of Honda XR650L for exploring use..

    I got me some bruises for sure... it was an easy decision, the other option was going ass over kettle ;-) If the path wasn't as sloppy as it was, I could have made it with some momentum.. but at that point I was probably moving 3MPH.. You can see in this picture how soft/loose and generally messed up that path was ;-)..
  9. Short review of Honda XR650L for exploring use..

    Finally... 700 miles of off roading and finally a dirt nap! Now the bikes been down.. I was driving down a loose/sandy/rocky road...saw a shortcut.. didn't look that steep.. until about 8' from the end when the angle increased a LOT. I made a tactical decision to drop the bike, easier than trying to stop and turn around ;-) Got her up, turned around and went the other way.. no problem..
  10. The Desert Oracle

    Interesting,. I'll be perusing that for sure.. If you want something similar from the heyday of desert settling, most of the 'Desert Magazine' is freely available from http://www.swdeserts.com/archive master 37 85.htm
  11. New here

    Welcome to the forum!
  12. Looks like things were really moist!! Seems like the cabin is in pretty good shape all things considered.. nice photos!
  13. Please Welcome Our Newest Member coyote

    Welcome to EF!
  14. Land Matters aka mylandmatters.org

    I just got an email clarifying one point, Leigh dropped by and read this post,.. then in a follow up email to me:
  15. Land Matters aka mylandmatters.org

    What would the map download provide? I think a major hurdle would be format, AFAIK there are no standards for map files it could be a lot of work supporting various GPS units/software.
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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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