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About desertdog

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    Just A Dusty Dog
  • Birthday December 3

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    S.F Bay Area
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    Whatever is in my pocket
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    A pair of boots, preferably Irish Setters or Danner.

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  1. Looks like a nice bike. Too bad I'm not on the tall side.
  2. One of the mine explorers in British Columbia did just that - he took a raft into a mine and paddled around. I forget how that ended up.
  3. Wow. Those are two mines I've never come across. The flooded ones definitely need more exploration! Nicely done video!
  4. desertdog

    Missing: Brad Dozier - Alpine County

    Our team is back home now. Since we're "Type 2" and not "Type 1" (for this search, a distinction w/out difference IMO), our services were not wanted for Operational Period(OP) 5. On the way home, we got a page from our own SO and our Duty Officer for an in-county search that kicked off about 60 minutes ago (missing 56 y/o male subject in a large open space preserve). Since I got home at ~1230 this morning, there was no way for me to make that search. If I can get out of training for tomorrow, I'll volunteer to pound ground for the day. For the record, if you want to engage in what I consider very hands-on and *meaningful* service to your community, have the skills and physical ability, as well as the desire to do very hard work, and feel that you genuinely have something to give back so that others may live, consider joining your local SAR unit. You'll see great places, meet driven, determined, intelligent people, learn invaluable skills, and perhaps play a small part in bringing families together under some of the worst conditions you can imagine.
  5. Hey folks, Just wanted to get this out there: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/10/30/missing-hiker-alpine-county-bradford-dozier/ I know at least a few regulars explore and hike in Alpine County (California), I'm sure the family would appreciate all the help they can get. The Alpine County Sheriff's Office put out a call for mutual aid earlier this week and received help from several counties. They put out a second MA request yesterday to tap more distant county SAR teams, including mine. We couldn't make a presence today (short notice), but we're sending a team (including me) up early tomorrow AM for the 11/1 operational period. Information is thin and I won't know more until briefing tomorrow at 0700 (which means leaving town between 0200 and 0300). I have spent a lot of time in the area where his vehicle was found, usually during and before deer season, so I have a small advantage compared to searchers that are not familiar with the area. In the end, I'm just a grunt, and I don't make search decisions for Incident Command staff. We go where we're told and search until we're done or told to come back. If anyone is out there (even this weekend), and sees him, mark a waypoint, make contact, or let someone (Deputy, SAR team, etc) know. If you find anything that might be his (pack, shirt, hat, etc.), leave it in place, mark a waypoint, and get that info to the Sheriff's Office ASAP. Leaving things in place can be helpful if there are K9 resources to deploy for tracking. Thanks folks.
  6. desertdog

    Spam Spam and more Spam....unggh

    I try to stay on top of it, but I'm just one dude. I don't have the luxury of sitting on the board and nuking the stuff as it shows. We really need Bob to implement some controls (I can't), but he's sorta MIA making a living. :/
  7. I saw a bear Monday morning. I saw this guy Monday, just before 1900.
  8. desertdog

    I need major help!

    Looks like state 'trust' land is held in 'trust' to exclude the public. https://land.az.gov/natural-resources/trespass-program Another crock of government bullshit.
  9. desertdog

    Blew my Jeep Engine

    I had my 2004 Tacoma until late 2012. When I got rid of it (merely because of size and space issues + growing family), it had under 40k on it. A good chunk of that was highway miles to/from where I was going. But there were also a significant number of miles involving some *very* hard use offroad. I never intentionally abused it, and it was always properly maintained. Whoever ended up with it was not getting a 'granny wagon', though. That truck carried a lot of dead stuff back home, went to some freaking wild places, and was put through its paces. Still miss that little rig, too.
  10. desertdog

    BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

    No, that's not the real reason. If it was, the water would be closed to fishing more likely than not. Especially since it holds a species of trout originally native to California, vs an imported/hatchery species (or hybrid). If nothing else, it's good to live in a state like Montana or Idaho where the locals will protest the USFS or BLM at every turn. Compare that to California, where the vast majority of sheep see the Feds as their great 'Mommy in Washington' and cheer their completely asinine actions at every turn.
  11. desertdog

    BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

    So Meiss Meadows is on the upper Truckee River and holds some sort of rare, native cutthroat trout (Lahontan, maybe). So anyone who goes near the river (a creek at that point, really) might injure the fish! Still surprised that area is open to fishing. I did catch-n-release a few, but I'm sure I committed some Federal offense in the process. We know the USFS doesn't want us using the land for anything, except a random hike. On trail. But that's it.
  12. desertdog

    BLM Land Access, Mining Claims, Etc.

    That's really interesting (saw your recent vid last night as well). If the cabin is part of a lease and the leaseholder wants to keep it secure, that's fine. I'm not even sure how you are finding these cabins, and I did give it some thought, so I suspect that not many other people are finding them, or likely to find them. If you have to hike 5+ miles in, the types of people that will find them are not the types of people that would likely vandalize them. However, there is always an exception to the rule. The cabin at Meiss Meadow is locked, yet the ones in Bear Trap and Jelmini are not. I can't understand what significant difference there is between them, but that's the reality. There's actually one off Highway 4 (you may have been to it, I've only seen it from the aerial images) that seems odd. But looking at historical imagery going back a few years, the roof has changed a little, suggesting some sort of use or maintenance. There are probably more out there no one knows about, long forgotten, rotting away. Look at it this way - you know where these places are, you've documented the environment and the conditions, and there is now at least some sort of record of the place. Otherwise, they all eventually disappear from our collective knowledge, forever.
  13. The ones deep in wilderness areas were probably there before the wilderness area existed as such. I do bump into that in CA from time to time. The USFS is constantly working to buy out private inholdings, so it could just be something that escaped notice. That's a cool looking piece of quartz (sort of has a feldspar shear to it, though). I would have carried it back - I don't find near-perfect slabs that size very often. I probably would have looked for more and brought whatever my pack and my back could handle. But that's just me, and I'm known to be a little bit of a hard charger when it comes to stuff like that. I'm sure I'll regret it in 10 years when my spine is nothing more that gooey grit and my knees have to be replaced!
  14. I'm not sure if mylandmatters is 100% accurate - that is a concern I have. I think they pull from LR2000, which means it's only as good as government data! I remember reading in the rules/regs about different fee structures based on the type of mine, # of claims held, and other factors I forget. That could be part of it. Generally I just use it as a guide to know if I'm trespassing or not. It's hard to say no when they look at you like that. And I've got 2 girls - the 2nd one hasn't figured out how exploitable I am. That will change in a few more years. I found it's easier to just say "Yes, dear." And do their bidding. "I don't want to get wet going across the river. Will you carry me?" "Yes, dear." Ugh.
  15. I guess I wasn't clear. There is no "squatting" on a patented claim. You own a patented claim - the land, the minerals below, etc. You don't pay fees on it (other than property taxes to the State or county). For an unpatented claim, it seems common to locate a claim, pay your initial fees to secure the claim, and then do a little work and assay the ore. If the assay comes back bad, or not economical, you let the claim lapse. In terms of paying for a claim and not working it, it could be for future plans, speculation (common), or because 'life' got in the way. Hard to say for sure without asking a person. As far as MLM goes, it is slow, but usable. You're looking for a section of land that lists claims (lode or placer). The info tool will bring up a window that will let you link to the BLM's records. Those usually have names. From there you can search a county recorder's records for that name (online in most cases) and find out who owns the claim or the land.
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