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Yeah, I have Nick's book on my list of to gets. I have a couple of Shawn's books too, they're good info to have; his website has been a good source of research info for me as well.
The problem around here is that most of the SAR is made up from transplanted city people who think because they have a 4x4 or an ATV and they went to a class they can handle anything. The guy in charge power tripped from what I hear and chased everyone off that would have been a valuable asset. I've never heard of anyone claiming they could smell a snake. I'm not even sure how that'd be possible unless they have scent glands? But I agree, smell helps a lot.
I've been meaning to organize and list mine, I keep buying books I already have I'll have to get a list together and post them here, though I also collect general history books concerning Nevada. Just got 2 more rare ones for Christmas on Lincoln County, NV.
Some of us have a running joke around here about our SAR needing SAR to find them when they go out looking for someone. Lots of people with good intenetions but not enough training. Then you get some guy who wants to play sheriff and he chases off all the guides, ranchers and long time residents who know the area and know how to survive. One coworker even told his wife he'd rather die lost than be found by them, and if she ever called them to look for him he was going to divorce her.
I'm with David, though mainly all of Nevada. Between the history of Pioche, Rhyolite, Goldfield and Virginia City I'd be a very old fly by the time I saw it all. I always thought it would be interesting to go back and visit some of my ancestors as they were creating history.
Ahh, I missed reading that part. But yeah there's nothing south of the general store that sits north of Harrison. We used to hunt that area and we would take the Ruby Marsh road all the way to US 50 on our last day if we still had a tag to fill.
What, no trip to Shanty Town? Looks like someone cleaned up the Star Mine property some since I last saw it. It was so over grown, the houses were ccompletely blocked from the road. The mine itself is on the backside of the hill, the only left last time I saw it was the A-frame set up and chutes. IIRC they mined tungsten? If you take a right at the Ruby Marsh road and th enext right, it'll take you up the canyon to it. The canyon scenery alone is worth the trip.
At the time my credit was great, since then I have walked away from my house in Vegas since it wouldn't sell. The discounts I got were from Ford mostly. I did get a $2k employee credit through my employer. But, I dealt with the Fleet Manager who also dealt in the on-line sales. A little known truth is that most of the Fleet or on-line guys aren't commissioned like the average car salesman. So if you get an on-line quote, it's usually $1500-2000 off the top right away, no haggling required. Also, stealerships make money off of pushing the higher APR's. I did the research and got preapproved through Ford Motor Credit, and factored in the rebates, discounts and the money I was willing to put down at the time through their on-line calculator. The local guys were trying to push a 2.0% higher rate on me, and claimed they didn't know how Ford was able to promise me the rate, price and payment I was looking at. Until I walked out of the place. Seems they figured it out right quick as I got the payment I was looking for, at a higher APR none the less. I know I got a good deal, as there was no wiggle room at all for any add-ons in the finance department
When I bought my F-150, the dealership was trying to sell me on a used one. The reason is (I worked for a stealership so I know how they work) they make a butt load off of used vehicles compared to new ones which they are basically selling for the manufacturer. They also have more wiggle room on a used vehicle. On new vehicles, they basically make their money off of the add ons (extended warranties, etc) and anyone who doesn't do their homework or isn't willing to haggle for a lower price. I bought an ending model year and after rebates and discounts I paid less for mine than the one they wanted me to buy, and had lower payments to boot.
David covered the specifics pretty well for diffs. Just some things from my experience: My Ford PU has a limited slip form the factory in the rear and an open front. I can get most places I want to, my biggest hurdle is it's a crew cab and my length limits tight turning roads with no place to do multi-point turns. So it's not my hard core wheeler. On my Scout, I run a "hard" limited slip differential in the rear. It's a Detroit, and they tend to be stiffer in their working than most LSD's so tire chirp happens, but I can get into most places with just 2 wheel drive. In the front I run a "softer" Eaton LSD, mainly because of the turning issues a stiffer or full lock up diff would cause, like David mentione. Plus factor in 33" tires with 12-15lbs of air and it can turn like a dump truck on the trail. With my Scout being re-geared and the LSD's, I can get anywhere I want, it's not uncommon for me to make my wife get out and walk sometimes. If I were to do it again, I'd either stay with the same rear or go with an ARB locker. I'd also run an ARB in the front. That way I could run an open diff on the streets and with the flick of a switch have fully locked front or rear diffs. This is how the Rubicon's are set up and they work great. Plus they are air driven, so you have an air compressor for an easier set up to on board air. Also, a fully locked diff comes in handy if you ever break an axle an likely don't have a spare. Not all LSD's will turn both tires in this situation. The E-Lockers were too new at the time I re-geared and they were having issues with them that I didn't want to experience while out in the back country. They might be better now? But from being out and about, most people can get where ever they need to with a decent rear LSD and some height clearance. But if one does re-gear, it is worth it to put some type of locking diff in both axles. Also do your home work. Call around to various places for price quotes and find out what brand of parts they plan on using. If a place charges 3 times what another does and they use sub-par gears, you'll find out at the worst time.
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.
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.
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.
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.