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Topic: Hiking - Denim Hunting - Exploration
Posted By: Nonriveted
Subject: Hiking - Denim Hunting - Exploration
Date Posted: 22 Jan 2012 at 10:21pm


This is the place to post pictures and discussions of mines, Barns, Deserts, and all trips in the Pursuit of Old Denim.





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Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2012 at 10:29pm
Desert trip from a month ago








Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2012 at 10:48pm
Awesome stuff NonRiveted! Here is one from a recent trip, more to come!



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Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 10:56am
thats an awesome Photo Bandit, oh boy where did dad get that hat!



Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 11:38am

Heading out towards a ghost town last month

getting on the bikes


bummer that they were all closed off

sorry for fuzziness! off to the next town




Posted By: cash
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 1:37pm
What jawns is Mike wearing? Another Deadgrass colab?


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 2:05pm
^Warehouse?


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 2:05pm
Cash - he is wearing Duck Diggers, no colab though! would've been nice to with them!



Posted By: cash
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 2:11pm
Of course.... I need to get me some Duck Diggers........ They've been on "the list" for too long now.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 2:21pm
Yup, they have nice thick denim and seem super strong, def made well - Mr. Randal could tell what they were from a distance!


Posted By: dkatz
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 3:46pm
Now that I live in LA and do not have to gaze longingly at Mike's posts from afar... can I come with you guys out to the desert some weekend??

Yes I do find like a nagging child...



Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 4:05pm
sure dkatz, do you ride? (motorcycles that is) or would it be a trip on foot? most are on our bikes......
I am sure we can work something out...


Posted By: dkatz
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 4:16pm
Well... I've ridden a) a dirtbike for a day in western Brazil about 5 years ago, b) a glorified scooter/motorbike for a couple days in Cambodia and Laos about 3 years ago and c) a Royal Enfield for a couple days in southern India about 6 months ago. And I don't have a motorcycle license. Read: I'm probably a liability, but it all depends on how much riding, how hard the riding is, and how willing you guys are to deal with me slowing you down!


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 3:55pm
[QUOTE=dkatz]Well... I've ridden a) a dirtbike for a day in western Brazil about 5 years ago, b) a glorified scooter/motorbike for a couple days in Cambodia and Laos about 3 years ago and c) a Royal Enfield for a couple days in southern India about 6 months ago. And I don't have a motorcycle license. Read: I'm probably a liability, but it all depends on how much riding, how hard the riding is, and how willing you guys are to deal with me slowing you down!

sounds fine, we will start brainstorming when and where!!! c


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 4:04pm

Trip with Russ, me and Bandit in Death Valley







Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 1:35pm
More Photos from last years Death Valley Hike, it was quite an undertaking. Russ and I and my dog tried the trip in 2010 and failed, my dog burned his foot pads and almost died from the heat, and we could not even get our motorcycles up the washed out road. So this trip we rented a jeep and took Bandit on our expedition.
 It is for sure the most remote ghost town in the west, and one of the most coveted places to hike into. It is so remote that if anything happens it is a 14 hour hike and 6 hour drive just to get to a lonely gas station......but we had to make the trip. it is the home to the Mitchells's rattle snake, which we ran into, or rather Cory ran into.........

But we made it in, which was a miracle. It was a whole days drive there, thru a deserted, beautiful valley, chased by flash floods.
Then making up the washed out road in the jeep was enough to make you crap your pants. all that just to get to the trail head. it hit 120, and black flies hit, thousands.....since we were probably the only living souls in the valley. just before the sun set, the sky lit up like fire, it was freakin awesome. below is the first mountain we had to climb, then there were at least 6 more of those with valleys to cross..........

halfway up the first mountain is me, dad and Cory shown below






Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 2:05pm
The Hike in was horrendous, the trail was blown out in many places with sheer drops, i fell and had to throw my pack to Cory just to crawl up to the trail. there was no shade, it was unbearably hot, not only was the air temp close to 120, but as the afternoon set in the rocks radiated heat. I have an enormous appreciation for the silver miners that had to take that trail in and out with their donkeys and nothing but leather shoes on their feet.

Photo by Cory P
On the last leg of the trip we lost the trail, so we ended up dirt skiing down a mountain....when we were halfway down and we able to locate the trail again,  dad mentioned, oh yea this is where my friend had been bitten by a rattler.......holy cow, so we (Cory and i) made it down the mountain very cautiously (as dad rolled his eyes at us). and then we heard it, the rattle coming from a bush Cory was standing next to ....I wont bother you with the snake drama that ensued but we were able to safely move past it and finally just as we ran out of water and before the sun set we reached the most beautiful and remote ghost town we have ever been to.

We were in Mountain lion, rattle snake, and lethal scorpion country...and no people for 20 hours. i can admit it was a little freaky, if anything happened, we were in deep sh*t. luckily Cory was smart enough to bring an emergency button that would summons a helicopter in to us if we ran into any life or death situations. but even a helicopter would have taken hours to get to us. we gave ourselves one day to look around and then hike all the hell the way out. We saw scorpions, and huge crawleys in some mines on the way out. the worst part was we didn't pack enough water on the way out. and at 119 that's a killer. I ended up barely making it out....i just remember following the back of somebody's shoes, although at the time i had no freakin idea who they were, i was prob stage one heat stroke. We made it back to the car and I just remember these 2 dudes talking in the front seat and then one said, hey is she still breathing back there? the other said yup.




Posted By: dkatz
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 4:15pm
wow...


Posted By: cash
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 7:40am
^what DKatz said...


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 9:21am
Thanks dkatz and cash! we are glad to have gone but glad to be back too. I have another exploration coming up that I will post on.


Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2012 at 2:30am


Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2012 at 2:32am


Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2012 at 2:33am
Nevada is known for some pretty nasty weather.^^^


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 10:30am
Originally posted by Sansome Sansome wrote:


Such a great shot. And so strangely familiar...

Edit- just watched that video you linked to, Nonriveted. You guys are seriously crazy, in the best possible way, and I am proud to know you.


Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 5:39pm
What a nice thing to say Mr Randal, it is an honor to know u for sure sir.


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2012 at 10:10pm
Still so impressed with you guys' work Sansome and Unriveted!


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 9:55pm
 well thank you both Mr. Randall and Bob, two of the nicest guys around for sure Smile


Posted By: Bob Dale
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2012 at 10:29pm
oops , called you nonriveted, my bad. 

great work though. vids make me wanna get out to nowhere.  I mean we have a lot of nothing out here, but because of the railroads you are never more than about 7 miles from a town.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 5:33pm
Last week after Inspiration we headed out to explore the desert again, it was an amazing trip, many trips out to different places, lots of riding, hiking, finding, freezing weather, and lots of Advil, to keep the legs working through it all...........we drove in through a little snow storm in the pass, which is pretty cold for southern cal.
Here are some picts of us getting there and talking about our plans for the next couple of days, Eric (with the red flannel) kept the fire going and some awesome desert tunes.

We settled in and the guys (Cory P, Russ M, Eric B, and Mike H) went out to explore the nearby mines while i hung out in the trailer.



Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2012 at 9:52pm
Great photos nonriveted - especially love the old Dodge van (70's/80's?)
 
Envious as hell over your 'trips'.  Will have to make it out there one day.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 8:59am
Thanks Dr Heech, great to hear that you like my ramblings about the outings.......I have a few more posts to go on this last one still. if you are ever in the area please send us an email and we can coordinate something for sure.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 9:21am
So we packed up and left early the next morning for our trek, leaving michael behind to fend for himself in the desert.........the hike was supposed to be fairly easy, about 4 hours into a deserted canyon to an old old ghost town with mines everywhere. we later found out that our assumptions were wrong on all counts.


this is the road across the valley

Almost to the trail head

the trail head was an eerie site, once the hideout of manson and his gang, has since been burned down by the government......there is a hidden bunker that we tried to find, but no luck

here are some photos of the first part of the hike which I will write about next.................



Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 9:55am
Originally posted by Nonriveted Nonriveted wrote:

Thanks Dr Heech, great to hear that you like my ramblings about the outings.......I have a few more posts to go on this last one still. if you are ever in the area please send us an email and we can coordinate something for sure.
 
Many thanks NR, sounds great.  Love to come out and trek/camp out/help dig for old stuff.  Would be good to meet up with you guys and maybe mr randal and a few other of you other guys (everywhere seems so close by on the internet).  Maybe co-ordinate with one of those vintage denim auctions too?Big smile
 
Now for some funds.
(I've got the winning Lottery ticket right here)Ermm


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 10:41am
Charla! Great pics and story so far. It was an amazing trip for sure. I hope to post some too when I get settled.

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Posted By: fardin
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 11:04am
so cool, nr, the pic are great, its always a joy to see pics of you all!!!


Posted By: kayodic
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 2:11am
OMG Charla, those pics are epic.... thanks for sharing em!


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 12:22pm
sounds great Dr Heech, we have a place we could all go, just let us know! Thanks Bandit!! I will be using some of your awesome photos and movies on the next post, appreciate the interest fardin and kayodic!!!!! I am working on a post now.......................................................


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 1:13pm
So we traveled into the valley full of streams, waterfalls, steep narrow canyons, cliffs and meadows.....the beauty of the hike distracted me from my cold wet feet and a raging cold coming on. everybody was in good spirits and we were just so excited to see the ghost town and mines that awaited us.....
heres a clip of the drive in as seen by CP and EB and the trailhead - both taken by CP
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52982610@N06/6924076645/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52982610@N06/6778029648/


hold on tight there bandit - Rising sun shirt, and his AB elfelts...

awesome hat dad :) -lets see, thrift store jacket, vintage flannel, old pair of lees is his digs

erics wearing LVC overalls and LVC Henley
clips of hiking thru the canyon by CP
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52982610@N06/6777964702/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52982610@N06/6778009282/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52982610@N06/6778019862/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52982610@N06/6777964702/
so we came to the the ghost town, covered in snow and it would be dark in an hour or so, we made it 8 miles in and it took most of the day.....no mines in site, which worried me, i was wet cold and sick, and my sleeping bag was rated for the bahamas on a warm day....meaning i would have lost most of my toes. we were about at 5-6 thousand feet and it would get down to freezing. We had planned to sleep in a mine, but we didnt know where they were and were too tired to look
below are picts of the old mill site from the 1800's, it was reworked later but the brick and rock work is all old


the mines we thought we were going to stay in that night ended up being over those snowy mountains, we were at the base of the valley below on the first night......Eric talked to a group of hikers and they let us to a cabin in a valley off to the left that we hiked up to.......photos of that in the next post......




Posted By: ThisSunday
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 3:39pm
I love your posts, Nonriveted. Thanks for sharing


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2012 at 4:07pm
[QUOTE=ThisSunday]I love your posts, Nonriveted. Thanks for sharing

well thank you very much ThisSunday


Posted By: fardin
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 3:43am
such a joy , beautiful posts, so great to have you on bord here!


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 9:50am
thanks Fardin!!!

While eric chatted with the hikers cp and i went over to a cool little shack(or so we thought) but on further inspection we decided it was more like a horror movie scene, piles of rat shit, broken window and furniture......we got out of there superfast........so we hiked about a half mile up a trail to one of the cutest little cabins I have ever seen with an outdoor clawfoot hot tub, running water from a spring, and an outdoor bbq even. It was getting dark and everyone went into gathering mode so we could get a fire going...........












Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 10:12am
Charla - this is one engrossing photo story you are weaving....can't wait to see/read more! 

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Posted By: dkatz
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 11:42am
Seriously, holy crap this sounds amazing... can't wait to hopefully get out with you guys on one of these!


Posted By: fardin
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 1:06pm
so awesome, where is michael? keep em coming



Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 24 Feb 2012 at 1:47pm
with all this handcrafted clothing from Rising Sun, and LVC in a handmade shack in death valley banditphotographer did what he does best, here is some of his work - posting the photos raw though............


courtesy of bandit

courtesy of bandit

courtesy of bandit

courtesy of nonriveted

courtesy of nonriveted





Posted By: danisdead
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 9:47am
We need more!! Great stuff, I'm hooked.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 11:00am
working on one as you speak danisdead..........................



Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 11:11am
we made our feeze dried meals out by the bbq and warmed up by the fire for a while. we took a look at the cots that were in the cabin and I took the little one, dad claimed the floor as usual, and I thought cp and eb could share the large bed, but when I removed the tarp it was covered in rat shit, so they pitched a tent in the kitchen, good choice i thought........so we all bedded down at the early hour of 6:30.....that's when our buddy the pack rat came out and ran all over the cabin, i guess it was our only entertainment. he was a cute guy, large round a fluffy with big eyes and little mickey mouse ears. I decided to tuck the shiny truck keys in my backpack....because they really like to take shiny objects to decorate their nests. with all the rat commotion in the shack we started noticing that the whole ceiling was covered in spiders, hundreds, possibly thousands. dad did the usual eye roll and cp and eric sealed themselves up in their tent rather quickly. we killed a few that looked especially bad and the one in the rocks a few inches from my pillow......it was a long night for me for sure. funny how the cabin looked so cute in the day time and then all the night time crawlys come out to terrorize us. but everything was bright, cold and cheerful in the morning and we packed up to go hunt for mines in a few valleys over..............

bandit's photos above

nonriveted photos above


Posted By: danisdead
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 11:55am
What an amazing little cabin.  Good stuff Nonriveted.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 5:23pm
admissions and omissions from the last post - there is a slight possibility that I downplayed how freaked out the members of the denimbrotherhood were about the rats, but I can safely say that none of the brotherhood members were running around screaming like little girls........and I may have omitted the part when cory had is light shining on all of the spiders and I thought that spiders were crawling over most of my body and was about to run for my life into the hills in the dead of night........and I might not have even admitted to the other very tired and grumpy members of our scouting party how terrified i was, and that when I closed my eyes all I saw were thousands of arachnids coming for me........but we don't need to go into that........and luckily no one had their camera out.


Posted By: rnrswitch
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 6:09pm
Lovely stuff.  Looks like a great time.  Wish I could pull away from the family for a couple days to hit up one of these trips.

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Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 8:01pm
Yup rnr, would love to have you along, as long as you wear some of those amazing clothes you own for desert fit pics, just let us know..... To be honest we slowed way down on the trips when our little ones were your sons age too.


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2012 at 11:38pm
Man I am slacking! Hope to have a post up in here tomm night! Great stuff Nonriveted!!!

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Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 10:09am
cant wait for your posts bandit!!!



Posted By: Jack/Knife
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2012 at 3:14pm
What a cool thread! Love the pictures! love the stories even more!


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 12:06am
Here are a few photos from the last trip. Charla did an incredible job with the story and detail photos. I am going to post a couple portraits and other shots. This is part one.






































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Posted By: Rivet Head
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 6:00am
Amazing shots as always Cory! Clap

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Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 5:44pm
Awesome photos as usual Cory!! thanks Jack/knife.........

Cory's pictures are from the first day of the trip when the guys went up to the mines and I stayed in the trailer with a cold..........



So we left the cute rat shack bright and early to set out to find some
mines a canyon or two over to the west.  they weren't mapped out right, so
we ended up taking a while to find them. the slopes were part shale and the footing was tricky.........we got separated and turned around a bit but ended up finding a few to look into



aaaahhhhh what kind of desert creature is that!

dead wood

here's some video of us hiking around
http://vimeo.com/37774619" rel="nofollow - http://vimeo.com/37774619
http://vimeo.com/37774267" rel="nofollow - http://vimeo.com/37774267
http://vimeo.com/37700429" rel="nofollow - http://vimeo.com/37700429
video in a mine
http://vimeo.com/37773887" rel="nofollow - http://vimeo.com/37773887




it was getting late in the afternoon and we started heading back to the truck,
cory and eric went to go track down some Indian hieroglyphs in some caves while dad and i napped on rocks

bored so i took a quick from-where-i-stand pic


hey dad stole my napping rock while i was taking pictures.....

we got back to the truck, wet tired and ready to get back to michael and the nice warm trailer....we all packed in the truck and then it wouldn't start........damnnnn.  handy dandy eric just happened to have a spare battery that michael suggested he bring(i guess we left the radio on the whole time and drained the battery???) so within an hour the guys had us back up and running.
worried the heck out of michael though, he was gearing up to come look for us because we were getting back so late. we had another campfire evening and decided we better stay another day. good thing we did because we would have come back empty handed for sure if it wasn't for that extra day.........that was an awesome extra day i tell you!.....that up next................
keep on postin those rockin pics cp.........




Posted By: ThisSunday
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 6:29pm
Great stuff as always, nonriveted and bandit


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 9:54pm
Part B. Some more random trip photos. As you can tell I really like taking portraits. 


Mikes LVC sunset shirt. 


Iron Rangers


Russ Lee jacket.


Duck Diggers. Jealous of these! Wish I could still find them. 


recovering the hike down from the mines.
















Russ and Eric sawing some wood. 





Charla snapped one of me beat. 



Love Russ's look and will never get tired of photographing him. He's got that real look. 


Wish we would have had an extra day I am sure we would have got this tub working with hot water. 


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Posted By: Happy Hooligan
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 10:11pm
great photos... Looks like quite an adventure.

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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 10:43pm
Good stuff, bandit & Nonriveted! It's great to have a window into your denim hunt.

I am always amused at how much Eric looks like a young (and more handsome) Sid Haig.


Posted By: ranonranonarat
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 4:46am
fantastic pictures non riveted and bandit. thanks for sharing them.

not sure if it has been mentioned before but where do your pictures usually go to bandit? i know they have been featured in some japanese publications (free & easy) from time to time, but is there any main publication/company/anything like that, that the bulk of these go to? or are they being commissioned in the process to go into a book? would love to know... :)

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Posted By: fardin
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 5:47am
incredible, wonderful pics cory , mikes duckdigger are so beautiful



Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 6:52am
Originally posted by ranonranonarat ranonranonarat wrote:

fantastic pictures non riveted and bandit. thanks for sharing them.

not sure if it has been mentioned before but where do your pictures usually go to bandit? i know they have been featured in some japanese publications (free & easy) from time to time, but is there any main publication/company/anything like that, that the bulk of these go to? or are they being commissioned in the process to go into a book? would love to know... :)

Thanks a ton Ranonranonarat!!!! I am working on a book but the book is 95% old photos. Most of my work I do for fun and if a magazine uses them then we work something out. I wish I was being commissioned but I have never been contacted yet for that stuff. Until then I will keep doing this stuff for fun, I have some really cool ideas for some future projects so I will keep everyone informed!


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Posted By: flatpattern
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 7:20am
wow!!  Very nice! Really thrilling seeing all of this, thanks so much for sharing.  Very cool seeing the AB's in the mines.  Amazing that the miners were able to travel to such a remote location, where's the skeleton miner pics?  Wink  

Yes those duckdiggers are really great, never seen those before.


Posted By: ranonranonarat
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 8:06am
Very cool, I hope someone does eventually get around to have you to do stuff for them on a more regular basis. There is a lot of potential for your shots and ideas to turn out REALLY huge. I would definitely buy the book for the 5% of your shots. Will add your site to my RSS feed. Your portraiture is so good.

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Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 9:48pm
Part C. 


Nonriveted's photo. New Rising Sun Shirt. 

Eric cutting wood and getting fire started. 





The snow was nice. Felt good after the long hike. 





This bed looked so nice and cozy but closer look,rat shit and piss everywhere. 


Super warm and made all of our socks crispy dry. 


porch art


nonriveted in the middle of the cabin.

old cans


old cans



Russ mapping out the days journey.

Close up of the nasty shit. 


Rear view of the AB's by Nonriveted










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Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 11:01pm
Looks like fun, pictures turned out great!!!!


Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 5:00am
Great pics & thread, thanks for sharing.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 12:16pm
Originally posted by bandit bandit wrote:

Part C

 
 

Rear view of the AB's by Nonriveted
 
 
Like this photo particularly...


Posted By: attackwithstones
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 12:31pm
How do you guys go about researching and finding out where old mines and ghost towns are?  I'm out in Virginia and have often thought about doing some "hunting" myself in the old Virginia and West Virginia mines.  I was hoping you could give me a few tips since I'm all the way on the other side of country.  

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Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 2:02pm
Thx Heech! Charla took this one and I really like it too. 
Attackwithstones I can tell you good luck in the East, almost all those mines are really humid and wet, which means anything in them would be rotted. Your best luck would be barns and attics but most the barns are the same really wet and moldy. But don't let me stop you from checking out those mines!!!! Go for it!


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Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 2:15pm
Great photos guys. Very inspiring!


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2012 at 2:53pm
Thanks Cinch!! yea bandit has it right on attackwithstones.......moisture is the enemy of preservation, so in the wetter areas the clothing will turn to mulch rather quickly. But i have heard that barns and attics (just like bandit mentioned) are the way to go in the East, so if you can track those down that would be great!! thanks for the questions and interest!


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 06 Mar 2012 at 11:43pm
Part C.






Nonriveted photo. 
























Nonriveted photo.







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Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 12:07pm
So just to wrap up the whole trip (sorry i have been so long winded on this one) We had an extra day so we split up, cp eb and me went a rode off to a couple mine systems we wanted to check out ,and sansome and russ went and worked his area that is a couple hours away........it was an awesome day, its so nice just to hop on the bike and ride off to wherever you want to go, weather was really nice.


we rode out to the new area we wanted to explore that day, above is bandit on a motorcycle


we are up in the new area, you can see all the mine dumps on the hill in front of me.


shown above is a typical base of a mine pile, in other words all of the debris and rock that they discard during the mining process. this one had a nice hand built rock wall holding back the debris pile...the mine at the top is one we went into. if this was a mill site you would have to be very careful about the dirt, it usually contains lots of lead, mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals.


larger view of mine dump with wall


Inside these mine systems there were a lot of these posts(if you can make them out through the dust) the posts help prop the ceiling up...these were huge caverns.....with a pretty steep slant to them, in some areas once you get rolling on top of the rocks its really hard to stop and there are shafts around.....can get kinda sketchy. I crawled into some small little holes where i had only an inch or two to spare to check out some of the smaller areas.


This was an area that had a huge rail system for carts, it kept on going down and down, it was really massive, with areas that went off to the left and right as you went down.......


my legs were so done, i was shaky and sore after the big hike from yesterday.......but i pushed through, eric and cory were super motivated to keep on going and going and going through mines...finally my advil had worn off completely and i had had no water all day.......i took an afternoon break while cp went through some areas on his own.


these boots are perfect for the trek, they are a size too big but they are all super worked in and soft.


taking some pics while taking my break - that brown mine dust coats the skin


quick photo by Bandit...new mister freedom shirt, sansome's painting belt i stole from him and thrift store pants



old paper with an old date


photo by bandit


oh yea and just to regress in the story a bit....there was a car about a half mile from our camp that we noticed on the first night we were there...it was just a single car, with a folding chair outside, it had a light that shone towards us on the first night, which was kinda weird. the next night the light was there too, but not as bright, car still there but no signs of anybody. we left to home, car still there but nobody insight.........
mh and rm went back out a few days ago and the car was still there.....russ thought hmm i better go check that out...he rode over and noticed the camp chair was turned over, and an axe laying on the ground. he peered in the car and there was somebody that looked like they were sleeping, but something was wrong he thought. he looked closer and the hand that was in sight was not a glove but skin that had turned black and was decaying off the bone. sheriff said that it was probably natural causes.
they also said that the light we saw that first night was from his headlight and it only had a 2 day charge........we can only hope that he wasn't in need of help and trying to signal us in any way that first night. neither him or the car had never been reported missing........sad story............no one in the world even seemed to care that he was gone, and yet we feel somehow connected to this guy, our fellow desert camper that perished.

next up.......




Posted By: Cinch
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 12:34pm
Great photos, cool story, beautiful country!


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 12:49pm
Wooah!
Mindblown. Lovin' these posts of yours Charla.
 
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Posted By: Happy Hooligan
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 12:56pm
loving the whole thing guys.   

Do you need to get permission to explore the mines or do you just go for it?   Can't wait to see what you found...


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Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 1:57pm
thanks cinch, i am glad you liked the story!! i am really having fun writing these up.....

Happy you are reading it Dr Heech!!!!!!! have always liked your posts for sure....

Thanks Happy Hooligan!!!! workin on the washing up the old denim part of the story next......
maybe bandit has some rocking picts of the last day?? or maybe you already posted them???
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Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 9:52pm

PartD. Few more photos. Charla great job on the story! I still can't get the head lamp imagine out of my head, really creepy. 









Another photo of the sketchy post inside. 






Mine boogers. Lots of dust and congestion for a few days after. Even with wearing bandana and mask. 



Homestretch Food!!!!! Mike with dust hair fro. 



Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 08 Mar 2012 at 10:07pm
Awesome photos Cory (well, maybe not the snot-rag oneDead)
 
The gun pics look like they could have come straight out of a 'Badlands/Natural born killers/No country for old men' style flick!


Posted By: ranonranonarat
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 6:02am
i thought the booger shot was a picture of a smashed slug. until i read the caption. that was gross!

gun shots are fucking bang!


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Posted By: denimdart
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 6:29am
"Awesome photos Cory (well, maybe not the snot-rag oneDead)"
 
I was just browsing Denimbro eating my lunch when I saw that pic.
 
Was nearly sick Tongue


Posted By: setterman
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 8:58am
Originally posted by Nonriveted Nonriveted wrote:

Haha sharp eye setterman, eric and i traded guns, he was shooting my 300 savage and i was trying out his shotgun, i must say it much easier to hit the targets with the shotgun.......I think bandit caught me at a chatty moment while holding the gun, but i do have a tendency to lean back when target shooting, when out hunting i am not as relaxed with my position, i was joking with them at the time that i wanted to shoot from the hip :) Sounds like you know a little about guns there setterman??   :D

A little bit.  Wink

Always glad to see women who aren't afraid to shoot or hunt.  Took my girlfriend out to shoot skeet a couple time last summer. She'd never handled a gun before, but enjoyed the experience.  She's still afraid of guns, and I think it makes her a little uncomfortable when she comes to my house and sees rifles or shotguns sitting in the corner, but she has an understanding and appreciation of them now.  Can't wait for spring, and shooting weather, to get here!  

IIRC, Mike mentioned that Savage at sufu.  An old relative's rifle, correct?  Savage 99 in .300 Savage... American classic!  Very popular on the east coast back in the day, and I know a couple guys around here that collect them.  It's all one of them and his sons hunt deer with. 


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Posted By: ThisSunday
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 8:18pm
Once again thanks for sharing nonriveted and bandit. These posts really make my day


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 09 Mar 2012 at 9:40pm
Never owned a gun but once sawed the head off a toad in California when I was seven.
 
Using a plastic comb.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 9:46am
Thanks thissunday!!! Glad you are enjoying the stories...

Well dr heech i am sure that toad had it coming and there was some really good reason it needed to be decapitated.....question is did you wash the comb prior to running it through your hair or did u think it was cool to have ooyie gooyie pomade in your hair when you were 7 and in california??


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 10:19am
Apologies - my statement was a little random Embarrassed.
Now I remember it, it was a bluebelly lizard, they used to hang on piles of timber at the back of a barn where we lived ( a large wooden house in the middle of an orchard, somewhere called Campbell, near San hose?)  The comb was an old dirty one found nearby. I was putting it out of it's misery as a little more than the usual amount of tail had come off and it was bleeding.  I just wanted to put it out of it's misery.  But being a creative sort of child, well ..you know...
 
 
(I can see the white van coming for me.....)
 
 


Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2012 at 10:35pm
Here is a sand storm that was forming our first day out on are last trip. The storm engulfed the entire valley for three days, 100 wind gusts felt like they were going to blow over our trailer.


Posted By: Joseph Hill
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 6:15pm
I wish I had something better to contribute, but I just wanted to add some positive reinforcement to this thread.  I've seen a little weirdness in the desert, but you folks have got it sewed up!


Posted By: bandit
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 10:36pm
Awesome photo Sansome!!!

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Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 10:59pm
PART E: Nonriveted, bandit & Eric return to the spider shack for a second night.




Posted By: Sansome
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 11:06pm
Looks like the spiders ate bandits hair the first night.


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 11 Mar 2012 at 11:15pm
Hahaha uhhhh back when i hit the tanning beds pretty hard and had those hair extensions....is that when eric had just the one eye??? Must have been the packrat!!!! Holy cow, ok bandit may have been tanning too i see........so was that when we ran into the manson valley zombies??? Its all coming back to me now


Posted By: mr randal
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 7:43am
It's a future still from the Hollywood version of your trip. You have to expect a few embellishments.

PS- in the movie version the shack spiders are of course 2' tall tarantulas and the head Manson zombie is Rose McGowan.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 8:53am
Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

It's a future still from the Hollywood version of your trip. You have to expect a few embellishments.

PS- in the movie version the shack spiders are of course 2' tall tarantulas and the head Manson zombie is Rose McGowan.
Is all the clothing supplied by Mr Freedom? 
Where to kop that velour atomic-check blood-stained number??


Posted By: Nonriveted
Date Posted: 12 Mar 2012 at 9:12am
Yea Heech I think its his new vegas themed line coming out in the fall
iirc................yup 2' tall tarantulas would be perfect!! i think
the actress would be more traumatized than i was with the thousand small
spiders that night..............Rose McGowan would be perfect for head
zombie, mean and hot all at the same time...seems like we gatta throw Marilyn Manson in there from NIN too, King Zombie maybe??????





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