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2019 Western Desert Collab Project?

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I wonder, who here would be interested (and able) in a western US collaborative? I've seen some of the recent EWU uploads and Bob & Emma have gone to some huge properties for exploration where it is clearly impractical for the two of them to cover all the bases. I'm think right now of the former Air Force base that got turned into a "Club Fed" prison with the bomb shelter and admin buildings and housing and so on, but there have been others. DesertDog  goes to some mines that have multiple levels requiring re-visits, and Backwoods Beast has gone to some big ol' ghost town and mining spreads and have to choose sections to explore. These are just the handful of examples that float to the top of my memory right at the moment.

I'm wondering if a good central location such as northern Nevada would be a good place to meet up and take on a whole area project-- section off a ghost town or something and we all explore bits of it, and then maybe work with each other, mix up the groups a bit, etc.

Judging by what I've seen, someplace like Ely, Reno, or Carson City might be a decent place to meet up. I might also check and see if Silver City, Idaho, can be opened up for exploration but most of it is privately owned (although there is a supposedly haunted hotel to add spice) and might take some negotiating. It's also cheating for me since Silver City, Idaho is pretty much my backyard, heh.

Logistics would make this a next-year project; I doubt I could throw something together in time this year especially since I am traveling and doing military duty through pretty much all of July. But that gives time to plot and plan. Also, I may have totally missed the mark on where a "good central location" would be. I'd also say that if anyone wants to make the trip, it doesn't have to 100% be a western desert thing-- if folks like RnK or Urbex Dane or others from the East wanted to make the trek I'd welcome them too.

Any thoughts?

 

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I think the main problem wold be herding the cats... aka us ;-).  I've mentioned similar ideas in the past, without too much traction.  However I'm also not the kind of person who likes leading the crazy train as it were. 

I'd probably be up for a multi-day 'event'.. as long as there's a place to park my trailer.. I'm good.

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I think the main trick is to just "show up and do", and if others arrive and join in, great. Otherwise, have a cool explore on one's own. It's probably easier for two teams to get together than multiple, and a lot of that will be because naturally we all have different work/life schedules.

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Indeed.. 'plan it and they will.. maybe..come..'  is likely the best bet.   I think many of us have a 'lone desert explorer' nature.. not that we're antisocial or anything but it's just a lot easier to plan something that fits your schedule.. let others know if you want company..   I've been planning motorcycle off road exploration trips for a while now.. I'll often publish what/where/when...but most people aren't into getting up before dawn to drive 2 hours to a staging area.. and then hit the trails at sunrise...  ;-)

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In my experience getting people together like this is mainly about somebody stepping and making a location and date. You decide on that and people have something to work with as to weather they can make it or not. Not everybody makes it. Some because it simply doesn't work for them too far etc. Others maybe because they're not interested enough. But the people that do show are usually the ones that are pretty game to meet new people and new experiences. 

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First we should all decide on location that would be fun for all of us, sounds like there may be a larger than usual group. Then just pick a weekend. Obviously I opt for Something in Northern Nevada but I can make it down South too as I've yet to do any exploring down there.

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I've been out to a good number of the areas out here already and I know Bob has been too but the Mojave might be a good place for a meet. A lot of different places to check out with a big mix of road and hiking skill levels to get to different places as well as plenty of natural cool places as well. If you can snag them there is an area with 2 nice volunteer cabins. Disadvantage is a large portion is run by the Nanny Park Service and a decent number of the mines have bat bars etc. Encountered a good number of them yesterday, but then I also found some that were open. Wanted to go deeper in one but had my daughter with me and she strongly objected to the idea of crossing a winze on the existing timbers. 

Death Valley and the Inyo range has cool places but some of the roads up there are about as serious as they come as are some of the trails/or lack of to get to some of these places. Less experience up there myself so I'm not sure how close or far some of the different places really are from each other. 

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