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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. New to the forum, not new to exploring.

    Indeed, welcome!
  2. Wings Over the Owyhees

    slower credits.. If you can find some music that has a beat that matches the 'throbbing' of the whine (that sounds dirty ;-)... I'd start with engine noise, then over about 10-20 seconds gradually lower the engine noise and bring in the music... if you can find something that blends well, that might work nice. Cool vid, one of these days I'll get up to Idaho...
  3. Blew my Jeep Engine

    Yikes! Time for a trip to the Pick-n-Pull.. ;-)
  4. Hopefully that didn't jinx you ;-) Being prepared goes a long way toward keeping he drama under control
  5. Maybe get his a personal locator beacon, or something that can provide a safety net... Spot tracker so you can keep an eye on him ;-) I can't recall any particularly difficult explorations, I got my 2wd nissan pickup stuck out by pyramid lake.. just needed to air down, jack up a couple of wheels and back fill... it was a hassle for sure.. I think perhaps my risk aversion is higher than a lot of folks... I usually keep a large cushion of 'capability'.. .. I'd better duck now though.. murphy and all ;-)
  6. 2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    In that case, I think we have a location.. @David A. Wright back yard!
  7. 2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    Indeed.. 'plan it and they will.. maybe..come..' is likely the best bet. I think many of us have a 'lone desert explorer' nature.. not that we're antisocial or anything but it's just a lot easier to plan something that fits your schedule.. let others know if you want company.. I've been planning motorcycle off road exploration trips for a while now.. I'll often publish what/where/when...but most people aren't into getting up before dawn to drive 2 hours to a staging area.. and then hit the trails at sunrise... ;-)
  8. 2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

    I think the main problem wold be herding the cats... aka us ;-). I've mentioned similar ideas in the past, without too much traction. However I'm also not the kind of person who likes leading the crazy train as it were. I'd probably be up for a multi-day 'event'.. as long as there's a place to park my trailer.. I'm good.
  9. Speaking of Mount Grant. Any idea if it's open? I've read articles that say you have to get a key or someone on the base to unlock it, then other articles that say it's being completely opened up.. It's one of the places I'd like to get to, just to check it out.. also would be interesting to see how my carburated moto runs at that elevation .....
  10. Sounds like it may be worth a multi-day trip, we enjoy camping at Walker Lake anyway...
  11. That area seems to attract the nuttiest of the nutty... Been there a few times, met a few people... interesting for sure.
  12. Crap, now what I'm I gonna do with this spare million dollars ;-)
  13. The coordinates seem to be all over the net already, I'll not add them here but be happy to PM them to you if you're interested. Seems like a fun area to explore anyway.
  14. Haven't been here yet. Plan on making a trip out this year: https://project-jk.com/trail-events/bass-camp-a-miners-life-lived-under-a-rock
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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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