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braindead0 last won the day on February 17

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About braindead0

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    Head Fisherman

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  • Location
    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. Sure is a lot to see there! Thanks for the pics!
  2. Went to emergency room

    Hopefully they can figure it out, in my experience the medical industry has more idiots than it should...
  3. I'm mad at myself.

    Yeah, much more moisture where you're at.. and salty air. I haven't cleaned my SS j-frame in years..literally... dry here..
  4. Hey! Socal urbex

    Good to see more real people showing up around here... welcome!
  5. I'm mad at myself.

    The stuff I have uses a very volatile solvent, turns your fingers black and dry almost instantly.. I don't use it on firearms, I usually clean with eds red which has some lubricating properties, and then use very little rem-oil on key points. My daily carry is a J-frame, never really bothered lubricating it, stays in a pocket in a holster.. so not much dirt collecting there..lint doesn't cause any issues that I've noticed... I may try dupont teflon chain lube, if it's good enough for my motorcycle chain.. maybe good enough for the slide on my glock ;-) My dad never lubricated anything, cleaned with hoppes and that's it. Said that's what he was taught in the service... everything he owns shoots well...
  6. I'm mad at myself.

    Graphite seems like a good choice, in a dusty environment grease/oil will attract dirt and can make a mess. I've got a can of industrial equipment graphite lube, sprays like a fire hose though.. ;-)
  7. 2002 Toyota Tacoma Door Handle Replacement

    Makes sense to me... I purchased a set of the most common body clips so I had some on hand, comes in handy.. *IF* I've got the right one.. pretty sure my Jeep is missing one on the drivers door.. no rattle.. no problem!
  8. 2002 Toyota Tacoma Door Handle Replacement

    I hate digging into doors... less so now that I have a set of trim tools and a bunch of different body hardware on hand.... still a pain in the backside for sure.. Good to hear of your success!
  9. I'm mad at myself.

    That makes sense. Properly built/setup/maintained and they are a work horse. All of the gunsmiths that I shot with had perfectly working AR's .. then there were people who couldn't keep anything running smoothly...
  10. I'm mad at myself.

    I like a hard working 'tractor'.. the AR's always struck me as dainty little prima-donna's.. if you keep up on maintenance and keep them adjusted I'm sure they're very reliable. I just remember too many AR's holding up the firing line at competitions... My FAL has never let me down, thousands of rounds... and I clean it..meh.. whenever I feel like it ;-) Just keeps on shooting, like a farm implement.. If I lived in CA I'd probably have to cull my collection a bit.... Let me know if your coming out here and want to get some shooting done!
  11. I'm mad at myself.

    AR bro comments from @desertdog reminded me... Years ago I was doing a lot of competitive shooting, seemed everyone brought .223 AR's to 3-gun matches... not me... .308 FAL with an 18" barrel.. that's my close quarters firearm of choice. They'd have stages setup where you have to engage targets at close range, the muzzle blast often shredded the cardboard IDPA targets..... hilarious stuff. Had one I was supposed to put 2 in, first shot tore the target in half and both parts fell on the ground, so I put one more in each half causing them to launch 10' further down range. Needless to say, I always shot last ;-) do you FAL bro? ;-)
  12. I'm mad at myself.

    Hopefully they learn a lesson..... There are asshats in every group, often they will never learn.. sometimes they do. Hopefully this will be the latter case. Did the video they posted have location references? Hopefully they didn't just give everyone the location.
  13. How's the building holding up? I might get out there one of these days, they're several rockhounding sites up by Vya I'd like to get to. my neck couldn't handle that last image, fixed it for ya ;-)
  14. Strangest Place For A Bathroom?

    give public restroom a whole nother meaning...
  15. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    Not really surprising. .... wonder how long until I have to register my stunt kites???
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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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