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  1. Yeah, funny how we're just little people until one of these self-important shmucks experiences what we endure.
  2. Interesting new law on the books about blocking access to RS2477 roads. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wI4vqsorYf6zPJWKPfVJtsiR4co4aJYb/view
  3. I'll discuss privately if the other party isn't an assclown. Example, I'll tell Bob about what I find and where I go, and he does the same. I help him figure out land status when I can, and he clues me in to places that are worth going. Since this is really his income source, he has more time to dedicate to the recon portion of things. And if I have a suggestion on a place, I'll tell him if he hasn't already been there. Bob also isn't really a mine explorer per se. Whether he's smarter than me, has a different risk tolerance, or just found that his audience doesn't care as much for the innards of old mines is irrelevant to me. He does what he does, but there are places both of us can like and appreciate on different levels. Plus, he's proven himself to be an actual explorer, which is pretty rare. As far as artifacts go, that's a different story. I'm always torn about that, as folks can deduce from my past posts. Personally, I don't have space for stuff, so the decision is easy - leave it be.
  4. These are some of the things we look for when a subject is presumed deceased, or there is a strong chance that they are deceased. When I referenced BMI, I'm assuming high BMI due to body fat, not muscle (e.g. some body builders have super high BMIs, but virtually no fat - one reason the BMI system is a bucket of fail). The decomposition of the lipids for a body left in-situ creates a 'ring' where plant life will not grow for some period of time. The amount of time depends on the amount of body fat decomposed into the soil, the 'washing' effects of wind, rain, and runoff, and the tolerance of any native plant species to the compounds left in the soil. Another one is mounding. There are naturally barren areas in nature (Clear Creek in California, full of serpentinite is a good example) not caused by organic decomposition. However, the decomposition of collagen compounds will tend to attract any wind-blown dirt and dust, causing an odd accretion of 'dirt' that very roughly outlines the size and shape of the body, or what was left of the body. This tell is not obvious, and is easy erased by running water. It's 'good' for maybe a year after the disappearance. For a body still somewhat intact in a green, vegetated areas, the off-gassing caused by decomposition can brown immediately adjacent greenery. This is similar to the effects of geological off-gassing in volcanic regions that will brown and kill nearby plants or trees. Again, this is a more short term indicator, but if someone goes missing in winter, is 'preserved', then undergoes rapid decomposition in the spring thaw, these spots can sometimes be easily seen from the air. A field of green, and a weird patch of oval or elongated brown (most common with grasses). Finally, look for odd shaped rocks, about the size of a human head. In an arid environment, the head will dessicate fairly quickly, due to all the openings (eyes, mouth, nose, ears, spinal attachments, even the sinuses). Skin will 'leather' out, and the soft tissues of the eyes, mouth, and nose will be long gone. What you're left with is something that looks oddly like a grey, leather rock or bowling ball. A gentle tap with a stick or pole will result in a hollow 'thud', of obvious reasons. Finally, the easiest one is just using a cadaver dog. A well-train dog AND a well-trained handler can locate remains in excess of 25-30 years old. This is incredibly challenging for the dog, because the scent profile to the dog is about the same as the scent profile a human gets from a brick - not much. At this point, the dog is really trying to sniff out bone fragments, though a few theories and studies suggest that some dogs are able to smell DNA remnants trapped within the intraosseous spaces (a similar profile to cancer sniffing dogs, being able to isolate odors of individual cell types). The latter part of this is theory, but cadaver dogs themselves exist and have been effective in the past. Or, we just keep eyes open and look for bones sticking out of the ground.
  5. Human remains are scavenged and displaced a lot less than one would think. I don't know why (could be we smell really bad), but most cases of consumption by animals involve the human being taken down as prey. Does it happen? Yes. Is it common? No. A lot of things come into play, like the local animal population, other sources of food, local climate, and so on. There are also several 'tells' that bodies leave behind sometimes, depending on the BMI of the individual. It's pretty fascinating stuff, really.
  6. Looks like it may be soggy this weekend. If so, I guess I'm back to playing electrician and swapping out old switches and outlets, building a table for the Ammo Plant, and whatever else needs to get done around the house. Oh yeah, oil changes.
  7. We made it out there via the eastern entry point (80/95 interchange, Rest Area exit). Berm to Copper King turnoff was nothing for the truck. I just roll over crap like that. There had been some recent use of the short road out to the shaft and dumps, based on fresh tracks. We found some so-so ore samples, some nice quartz bits, and I came away with a few nice chunks of garnet crystals. There are more out there, which may require a return trip. After lunch we shot a little, and then headed over to Copper Queen. Not much left there, so we checked out Hard To Find. Same thing. Around lunch time, I could hear people shooting off to the south of Copper King, and I could barely make out the glint of a vehicle. I think they were at the Hard to Find - we found a couple dozen fresh 5.56 casings at HTF. But they vanished, most likely off towards Jessup. I had no info on the road conditions from HTF to Jessup, and it was getting on 1530. So we doubled back, took a short cutoff to the main road, and went out the same way we went in. I saw the buildings out to the west of Copper King - they looked fairly well built, from a distance - not sure I'd call them a shanty town. But I didn't get close enough for a good look, and had no desire to do so We ended up using a soft dirt hill for a backstop, facing ENE. So other than some noise, they'd have had no reason to complain. I pondered driving down to the power lines and trying that road to get back onto 80, but again, late in the day and minimal provisions (plenty of water, just not a ton of food and more importantly, no coffee). Still, it was a fun day. We may attempt Jessup from the I-80 side (maps suggest it's doable) in a few weeks. I think this weekend I'm going to head out towards Como for a look-see, and maybe a little further East. There are some spots towards Yerington I want to explore eventually. And I'm looking for a 600-1000 yard shooting lane. An old missile base? Now THAT sounds interesting. More interesting than dust mine timbers and ancient rusty can fragments. Though I was able to teach her that motor oil used to come in cardboard cans with metal tops/bottoms after we found a lid at Copper King. If you get stuck or break down, just hit up my mobile. I can always mount rescue mission easily enough. Family is liking the new place. Needs more work than we initially thought, but mostly cleanup and touch-up. Still, so worth it.
  8. Oh, I learned something interesting about Toulon and all the trailers and junk out there. According to LE (Sheriff), it's basically a registered sex-offender haven. The owner of the property rents out places to folks on the state offender registry. Even if I could get in, that pretty much strikes the place off the list of places to explore. Huh. Older kid and I are heading out that way shortly for the same thing. Going to poke around Copper King, maybe Copper Queen. Unclear what the road conditions are. If she doesn't get her ass in gear most riki-tik, she's gonna get left behind, though. *grumble*
  9. Now that life is settling down a little bit, let me know when you want to go and we'll turn some money into noise. ūüôā
  10. Hell or high water, I’m heading out Sunday morning to find some range time with my new Glock. Hopefully the grip extensions will be here by then. No idea where I’ll go, probably somewhere out around Lovelock-ish, or closer. At worst, I’ll head north up 447 to a spot (Bob knows) and rip off some rounds into a big dirt hill. Course im spending all day Saturday in the Bay Area training SAR n00bs. So I should be just tired enough to not care about my shooting, but not so tired that I want to sleep all day.
  11. You'd have more luck finding a WalMart that would let you camp. BLM land is going to be a 2-3+ hour drive in any direction.
  12. Pull the magazine apart, and trim a bit off the spring. It's an iterative process, until you get easy insertion with still-reliable feeding. Probably why Glock sells a 9-rd version of that magazine (or they did a while ago. And. Holy Crap. I can go out and buy a Glock 42 right now, if I want. And not wait. Well, not longer than it takes for the NICS check. I think I'll just wait until my NV license shows up, then I'll go visit WCSO, update my CCW address, and buy w/out going through NICS (and saving the $25 bucks!!) F**k You, California. Just. F**k. You. I think I'll go order some AR magazines now. And once Man Cave is done, I'll pull mag locks off.
  13. I don't think you stupidly stumble 8 miles into a place like that when folks are in pursuit. More to this, though it could be as simple as a mentally ill conspiracy type, or something nefarious. We'll never know.
  14. Helmet, 3 sources of light and an O2 meter are all you really need. Light is easy, helmets are cheap (hard hat will do), and the disposable O2 meters can be had for < $60 if you shop around. I suppose a 4-gas unit would be better, though. And those aren't cheap.
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