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Everything posted by braindead0

  1. Welcome to EF! More details on location, what kinds of exploring.. what vehicle you have (so we know whether you can get there safely) would help....
  2. Great vid, I really enjoy the historical photo's vs. now...
  3. Welcome to EF! One of these days I'll get up there.
  4. Would it be greedy to try to harvest about 10# of elderberries? I've heard they make a good mead, been making mead for over 30 years and never have done elderberries.
  5. Thanks, much appreciated! And no hurry, ride isn't happening until May 16-19
  6. Thanks! Just added those to the list.... sure are lots of Black Canyon and Eldorado Canyon in USGS data... but was pretty easy to figure out which. While I was browsing USGS features, something jumped out: "United States Naval Gunnery Range (Historical)" N40¬į 29.500' W119¬į 00.667' I'm assuming it was naval aircraft gunnery... might try to swing by the area, maybe we can find signs of usage. Could
  7. Going to be spending a few days up there with a riding/exploring buddy.. Done tunnel camp and mills/mines in the canyons around there. j We'll be trucking the bikes into various areas, so we could range pretty far out. Just looking for names, there are so many mines and various things recorded by USGS figured maybe someone could help me narrow down the list. We'll likely explore every nook and cranny we can but there's one hell of a lot of land out there.
  8. Indeed. I took a random vacation in the 90's and passed through death valley. Coming down the hill into Panamint Springs I saw a car stopped on the uphill grade. 4 door full size sedan, packed with.......dah dah daaa... terrorists.... okay not really it was a family of I believe Packastanis... I stopped and helped. They had put the car in park without putting on the parking brake, and it rolled back and jammed the parking pawl. So I've got the older gentlemen sitting in the drivers seat with the ladies, the 3 other men and myself rocked the car forward and I got the guy in the drivers seat to shift outta park and get on the brake. Whole operation went smoothly, they thanked me and were on their way. I didn't notice if they had any supplies, might have been fine but sure could have been a disaster. It was off season, everything was closed down.
  9. Sounds like you've covered the easy stuff, not it gets harder ūüėČ
  10. Welcome to EF. I'd suggest starting with the easy stuff, if you haven't already been to Ryolite that's wroth a visit. If you're interested in rockhounding, a trip to Carrara https://goo.gl/maps/UunTGXUZ7fB2 would be worth it. We stop there and pickup marble whenever we're in the area. More details here: http://ghosttowns.com/states/nv/carrara.html
  11. You're best bet is to hang around here, participate in threads... let folks here get to know you better.
  12. Most people haven't the slightest clue about personal security, they'll post everything online without even thinking about it and then whine to mamma government to do something about ID theft and all of the other problems caused by their narcissistic actions. Separating the clueless from the clued in is difficult, best default position IMO is to not share anything.
  13. ^^ I like how you're a 'new explorer' now.. ūüėČ If there's ever a plan to make a concerted effort, I've got another rider who would likely be up for it..
  14. Fri/Sat forecast calls for less than 0.1"... Sunday high 68, I'm going riding somewhere for sure. Thinking about a trip up to como/stone cabin.
  15. Speaking of dusty can fragments, found a Shasta lemon-line soda can, pre-pop-top... looks like it was some old trigger trash but you could still read it.. So when's the 1st annual Explore Forum invitational shoot?
  16. We'll be out near trinity mountains, sorta in the same general neighborhood but probably not going to run into each other... however if you see a dark gray ram 1500, a bearded desert sasquatch... and a woman dressed somewhat oddly for the desert... that might be us... although I suppose the description could be any sort of desert person ūüėČ I would not recommend coming in from the south via Jessup exit unless you want a fun 4x4 adventure as well, there's are a few sections of 'road' that follow a normally dry/sandy river bed no clue on conditions. There are some remains in that area though, so if you want to explore Jessup and mine remains by all means. However if you want the easy way take the road north of 95/80 interchange, bear left here which is a usually well maintained hard pack dirt road: https://goo.gl/maps/oWzU9Ke1D4E2 Been a while since I went to the copper queen, road should be okay. Best pickings IMO are at the copper king. If you've got high clearance you should be able to drive right into it.. last I was there the road had a berm you have to cross which could be a high center hazard. There are a few people living out there, you can't build anything legally so bear that in mind. We met a young women that lives in what I'd call a shanty-compound first time we were out there. Came by asking if we'd seen her dog. Seemed nice enough, didn't get any weird vibe chatted a bit. I've been through that area many times and never had any problems, 'locals' tend to wave as you drive by.
  17. If you're an early bird, I like shooting pistol here: https://goo.gl/maps/JataNm8f3932 Further up Winnemucca Ranch Rd. is another area that has more range. Wife and I are heading out to do some rockhounding by Lovelock tomorrow, nice day for it.
  18. Good to see quality re-enactment isn't dead. Well done. I used to do a lot of 13-16th century Irish/Scottish/English.. and then all of the educational organizations sold to for profit businesses and every event turned into a thinly themed swap meet/flea market.
  19. Shame I didn't get more pics at the time... it was just a short visit.
  20. Lived there for a while. Couple of places I never got around to visiting: https://www.reddit.com/r/AbandonedPorn/comments/6on73i/abandoned_concrete_round_house_logan_ohio_usa/ Centralia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania
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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.

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    • Surprise Canyon, California
      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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    • Exploration Field Trips - March 31-April 2, 2000 - Into the Nevada Triangle with Lew Shorb
      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
      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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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď on private property)
      17.¬†White Rock, Nevada (from a distance ‚Äď on private property)
      18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
      19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
      21. Charleston, Nevada.
      22. Jarbidge, Nevada.
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