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desertdog last won the day on January 21

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About desertdog

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  1. That's awesome. I recognize some of the places you're showing. Very cool stuff!
  2. Folks - Ask yourself, "In the greater scheme of things, does any of this matter?" We are talking about YT, a medium that grants nearly unrestricted access to anyone with a Google account to watch, create, and share media. With that in mind, there is no quality control, no independent verification, and no restriction on artistic license. If Area 51 Rider took liberties with his video, that's between him and the people who watch his videos. It's an entertainment platform, and he's trying to create an entertaining product. It's one thing to deceive people where those people are relying on your information for critical decisions. It's another to make an entertaining video for the sake of itself. No intelligent person is going to rely on YouTube for making a life-altering decision, and certainly his videos aren't offered up for those purposes anyway. I'm going to leave the posts intact, since Backwoods Beast made what I think are appropriate responses to KSole's accusations. And if KSole thinks the veracity of an entertainment video is important, then I think he/she is free to offer up that consideration. The forum will decide whether "it matters" or not. And a note about 'deception' in YT content - it happens ALL THE TIME. I should know this, because I DO IT ALL THE TIME. How? Why? I obfuscate the names and locations of mines, ghost towns, and artifacts to protect them from greater vandalism. In cases where I visit a mine that is well off the beaten path, I change the name. Sometimes I change the commodity extracted. Other times I will blatantly alter camera shots or clip sequence to better protect the site from identification. I don't want it ruined and I don't want BLM to seal it up. So yes, I lie and obfuscate and mislead ALL the time. Whether that's acceptable to a viewer, I don't care. Be happy you're seeing a place you'd probably never get to, even if you did know it's name, and leave a 'Like', Lol.
  3. I'm mad at myself.

    My dad's the same way. Hoppes and done. I clean my daily carry now and then, more if it's warm and things are getting damp. I'm more concerned about rust than anything else.
  4. I'm mad at myself.

    Is that the stuff suspended in a light and very volatile solvent? I have a small can - it's sold for locks and such. The only concern I have with graphite is I have read in several places that water vapor is essential to its lubricity. Water molecules weaken the bonds between the hexagonal plates, allowing them to slide. In a place like Iraqistan, I would think you'd have problems. But it could be that even the most austere levels of relative humidity are sufficient for this purpose. I know a vacuum is out of the question, hence the use of 6-boron nitride. As much as I dislike the "Torture Test" genre, it would be interesting to do some real-world tests with different lubricant families, with quantifiable data.
  5. I'm mad at myself.

    Those are usually the same folks that either don't understand the workings of a DI firearm, or use channel locks to remove flash hiders and WD-40 for lubricant. One of my SAR teammates is an Inactive Duty Marine (his term), and his personal experience in Iraq was the use of dry lube (graphite) is superior to use of anything liquid. He swears it kept everything from AR's to BMG's running, so I may try that with one and see how it does. Personally, I'd much rather have a piston-operated semi than DI, which leads me right back to the M1A or the Garand.
  6. I'm mad at myself.

    So after screwing around with AR-pattern rifles for the last....12 years, I've learned a few things. First is that quality varies massively among brands, and sometimes even within a brand. I've seen oversized and undersized gas ports on barrels and gas blocks, misthreaded castle nuts, improperly drilled hammer and trigger holes, poorly broached magazine wells, and the list goes on. Then, you've got the Lego Kids that put together an AR of various parts, don't own any precision measuring tools, and expect it to Just Work. I think about 80% of the functional failures I see are due to people just slapping in 'cool' parts improperly. I've built (as in installed barrels, pinned gas blocks, and milled lowers) a number of AR rifles and one AR pistol. I haven't had any failures yet, but I also took the time to check all my dimensions and to match parts properly. I have one in 300AAC sitting in the rack that's never been fired, so soon enough we'll see if I can keep up the streak. I will be out that way sometime in early April. I need to take the renewal course for my NV CCW and hand the WCSO bureaucratic papers and negotiable papers.
  7. I'm mad at myself.

    That is one rifle I do not own, and wish I did. With all the stupid laws in California, I won't bother now. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever even fired a FAL. Though I did own one of its predecessors - an FN49 in 8mmx57JS. Recently, a friend of mine scored a '49 in 30-06, which was my Holy Grail for many years. Beautiful rifle in all regards.
  8. I'm mad at myself.

    I spend a lot of time with competitive long range shooters, all of them slowly pulling me into their trade. They are all professionals, disciplined, dedicated, and they're not shooting gongs at 1.5 miles. They're shooting bulls and 10's at that distance, sub MOA, and never satisfied. It's a beautiful thing. From what you've said, and what I've seen in their YT feed, these guys are the kind of people I stay away from. You know, the "Buh...do you even 'AR', Bro? Bro?? BRO!!? AR!! DO YOU OR DON'T YOU? <insert grunt here>" They're a superset of the same morons that "long range hunt" - taking 800 yard pokes at elk and mule deer, and wounding - but rarely killing - the poor bastards. I am convinced there is an extra-special place in Hell for them.
  9. I would have saved the K-Bar from certain death, but that's about it. 50% of surviving is a good knife. The other 50% is not being an asshat!
  10. This is all I did (from the above instructions): [Y]ou have go into Channel Settings and turn on "Customize the layout of your channel" Now you should have a box called Featured Channels. You can add links to other channels, change the name of it to whatever you want, etc. NB: That box should appear on the right side of your channel window when looking at your channel as *you* (the owner).
  11. Found it and added! Thanks. The YT interface is so crappy. Actually, most interfaces these days are crap.
  12. Hm. I went looking. There is no "Cool stuff I like" sidebar in my account or channel settings that I can find.
  13. Eh, screw 'em if they don't like it. Out in BFE, you come across something abandoned, the logical thing is to investigate. It could have been an old smuggler camp for all you know. The knife was a K-Bar, right? Those are decent tools. Surprising that the rest of the gear was all craptastic junk. I go into mines as prepared as I possibly can be. I always have an ambient oxygen meter, multiple sources of light + extra batteries, helmet, gloves, basic trauma kit and the like. If there's cause for it, proper climbing gear comes in, too. Some other folks use lines that are more of a canyoneering or sport climbing type, but I only use NFPA-rated life lines (part of the reason is my SAR background). When I rig systems, I rig them with a 10:1 safety factor and capable of handling a rescue load (400kg). If shit goes sideways, I can self-rescue or rescue an exploring partner w/out having to re-rig, find new anchors, etc. I know some disagree with entering old mines, and I understand why. Some of my SAR buddies think I'm crazy, but would have zero problem on a highline 3000 feet above Yosemite Valley. :-) Sure, cross-promoting is good. I'll add you when I'm done installing flooring this afternoon!
  14. I've watched a number of your videos. The one that sticks out is when you found that camping gear (with the K-Bar knife), and then the climbing gear inside the mine portal. That was creepy for any number of reasons. Very good stuff. Of course I *do* go deep into mines, but that's just my preference.
  15. Maybe I'll get a drone after all

    You could use one of the alternative apps to control the drone. There are a few to pick from, but I haven't bothered to investigate them much, yet. There are reasonable precautions to take for anything in life. What defines "reasonable" varies from person to person, being a subjective measure of balancing risks and benefits. If you really think you're going to become the attack vector, then don't get a drone, or write your own controller software, or invent a better wheel, or just sit this one out. I'm going to strike a balance, somewhere between negligent and paranoid. Having a phone with apps that only you have authored, and with code-reviewed firmware, goes well over the line for me. It also goes well over the line of what's feasible and possible for most humans. What you propose is an impossibility for 95% of the population.
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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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