• Nevada Road and Recreation Atlas (Benchmark Map: Nevada Road & Recreation Atlas)
    Nevada Road and Recreation Atlas (Benchmark Map: Nevada Road & Recreation Atlas)
    by Benchmark Maps (Firm)

    The 3rd version of our favorite Nevada atlas is available! This is the very best resource for riding the trails in Nevada.

  • PIAA 5192 510 Series SMR Xtreme White Driving Lamp - Set of 2
    PIAA 5192 510 Series SMR Xtreme White Driving Lamp - Set of 2

    I installed these driving lights in 2012 on our Ranger to get even more light on the trails at night. They definitely have improved the overall lighting on the trail.

  • Garmin Montana 600 Waterproof Hiking GPS
    Garmin Montana 600 Waterproof Hiking GPS

    This is the GPS I purchased about a year ago. I wanted one with a bigger screen and this one does the trick. I have been using on our UTV and it works great. Highly recommended.

  • Battery Tender 022-0150-DL-WH 800 Battery Charger
    Battery Tender 022-0150-DL-WH 800 Battery Charger
    Battery Tender

    I use Battery Tenders for all my ATVs/UTVs and motorcycles during the off-riding months. This version is waterproof and a must have if you need one for outside.

  • 8 piece Quick Fist® Clamp Mounting Kit
    8 piece Quick Fist® Clamp Mounting Kit
    Quick Fist

    These clamps work great for holding all sorts of stuff on your ATV/UTV.

  • Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch
    Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch

    A great chopping axe that comes in various lengths.

  • SOG Specialty Knives F08-N Entrenching Tool
    SOG Specialty Knives F08-N Entrenching Tool
    SOG Specialty Knives & Tools

    A handy shovel to keep with you, it folds to almost nothing in size.

  • Solvit 62320 Deluxe XL Telescoping Pet Ramp
    Solvit 62320 Deluxe XL Telescoping Pet Ramp

    The dogs are getting older and often need help into our Ranger UTV. This has solved the problem. They learned to use the ramp after only a few times when I guided them.

  • SE 8399-RH-ROCK 11
    SE 8399-RH-ROCK 11" Rock Hammer, 20 Oz.
    Sona Enterprises

    Good for breaking open some rocks on our outings.

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So you just got bit by a snake, what should you do? Contrary to what Larry says, you shouldn't put gun powder on the wound and light it! Here is what YOU SHOULD DO:

If possible, take these steps while waiting for medical help:

  • Remain calm and move beyond the snake's striking distance.
  • Remove jewelry and tight clothing before you start to swell.
  • Position yourself, if possible, so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart.
  • Clean the wound, but don't flush it with water. Cover it with a clean, dry dressing.


  • Don't use a tourniquet or apply ice.
  • Don't cut the wound or attempt to remove the venom.
  • Don't drink caffeine or alcohol, which could speed the rate at which your body absorbs venom.
  • Don't try to capture the snake. Try to remember its color and shape so that you can describe it, which will help in your treatment.

Some definite No No's for Snake Bite First Aid

  • NO aspirin or other pain relievers. 
  • NO tourniquets. This cuts blood flow completely and may result in loss of the affected limb. 
  • DO NOT try to suck the venom out of the wound or cut into the bite with a knife. Such measures have not been proven useful and may cause further injury (see below explanation). 
  • DO NOT apply a cold compress or ice on the bite. Research has shown this to be potentially harmful. 
  • DO NOT raise the wound above the heart. Raising it can cause venom to travel into the body. Holding it down, can increase swelling. 
  • DO NOT use electric shock or a stun gun on the bite area. This method is under study and has yet to be proven effective. It could harm the victim. 
  • DO NOT wash the snake bite area - Australian recommendations for snake bite treatment strongly recommend againstcleaning the wound. Traces of venom left on the skin/bandages from the strike can be used in combination with a snake bite identification kit to identify the species of snake. This speeds determination of which anti-venom to administer in the emergency room.(1) 
  • DO NOT try and capture the snake. If it's safe you can try to take a photo with a camera or with your phone. This is the best way in aiding snake identification.

Let's hope that none of us ever has to use this advice. Keep your eyes and ears open when walking in the desert and you won't become a victim.




For those of you that camped at Illipah a few weeks ago, the show "Wild Nevada" has an episode on much of the area that we toured. You can view it for free on your computer at this link:

The video is almost 27 minutes long, but well worth it to understand more of the history and get a professional explanation of the towns and what we were seeing.





Here is the video I took with my DJI Phantom 3 drone while we were camping at Illipah over the Labor Day weekend.

Click HERE to see a larger version of the video.



No, it's not meant as an action, but a place. That's what Larry named the area where Crystal took a spill a few weeks ago and broke her ankle in three places! Yep, we're going to have to get a marker up there on Desert Peak to mark that spot! Sorry Crystal, Larry and I have already been planning.

Crystal with Saran Wrap CastAll kidding aside, it was a tense situation and required an air ambulance to be called in to take Crystal to Renown Hospital in Reno. The incident happened at Desert Peak on March 8th, probably 20 or so miles from our trucks and Highway 95. With her ankle broken, there was no way she was going to be able to take a bumpy ride back to the trucks. Crystal is one tough lady and handled the pain and situation as few of us could. So if we couldn't get Crystal to the trucks our only option was to call 911 and get help. Those of us with Sprint phones were not able to get a signal, but luckily Larry with his old flip phone on Verizon worked perfectly. If that didn't work, I was going to try out the SOS button on the Spot. Wanda called 911 into Fallon and explained the situation and they got in touch with Renown and put the wheels in motion for the Medevac flight. About an hour later, a helicopter arrived to get Crystal off the peak.

Help is on the WayThis incident happened when Crystal went down from the peak to "use the facilities". It wasn't a riding accident, just walking and slipping on loose rocks, something that could have happened to any of us. The first thing I noticed when approaching her was that her foot was pointing in a very unnatural direction. She said the pain wasn't too bad but she knew it was broken. It was making me sick just looking at it! Wanda and Naomi cared for applying a splint (a 2x4) and wrapped it with Saran Wrap. You heard me right, Saran Wrap. Larry just happen to have that on his machine just for an occasion such as this. It wasn't the prettiest splint, but it was strong and going to hold things in place.

Before the helicopter arrived we were speaking to dispatchers on the phone and telling them that there were power lines so the pilot was aware and stayed clear of them. The helicopter arrived with two nurses on board and they took control of the situation. They looked at the splint and left it on, saying it was good. We helped them get Crystal up the hill in the back of our Ranger and then moved her onto the stretcher and into the helicopter. It wasn't long before the helicopter was powering up and off towards Reno.

Nurses Tending to CrystalA day after the incident, I wrote the Brimmers and Harrisons and asked them what are some lessons learned that you would like to share? What items do you wish we had? As an example, I had an ice pack but it was old and didn't work. I wish I would have had a couple of newer ones. I wish I would have had a couple of road flares too. We didn't need them for the helicopter but what if it would have been dark? Larry had Saran Wrap which seemed like a great idea. I had some strong pain pills with me due to a pending root canal, but Crystal had some too, which was good. I was looking for feedback that we can share with our fellow riders should something like this happen in the future. 

Wanda and Ken wrote back with the following:

"You asked if there was anything we wished we had for emergencies on our rides.  The simple answer is yes! I am in the process of putting together two emergency kits for our Club.  I would like to keep one of the kits and I'm hoping the Harrison's will agree to carry the other one (they did).  The kit needs to be with someone who is always on the rides and between the two of us we should have it covered.

The kits I am preparing contain "heavy duty bandages, tape, gauze, Ace bandages, antibiotic ointment, sanitary pads for heavy absorption of blood loss, prescription pain medicine and various other bandages for blood loss. These kits will handle any reasonable emergency concerning blood loss until we can get medical assistance.  We can also use this kit to immobilize an arm or leg if needed.

What I am most concerned about is a snake bite.  All of the research says to stay calm, don't cut and suck, and seek immediate medical attention.  Well the immediate medical attention could take us, in the worst case scenario, up to eight hours. That's assuming we are using SPOT for a rescue and we might be lost. We need an "Epi Pen".  I am attempting to get a prescription for an Epi Pen for Porter (the dog) from our veterinarian. I absolutely would not hesitate to use that on myself if I were bitten, but I would not want to use it on anyone else. Of course, I'd use it on another dog. Someone needs to purchase a human "Epi Pen" for just such an emergency. The dog variety costs approximately $30 while the human version costs $300. By the way, there is at least one lab that creates both the human version and the animal version of pens. I think the club should take up a donation or use the dues to purchase a human Epi pen."

Thanks Wanda for preparing the two emergency first aid kits and knowing how to use them! We all hope we never need them, but we will be better prepared if we do. Some of us have been riding with the Club since 2006 when it started, and this is the only time we had to call in the cavalry. We have been fortunate and lucky.

Besides thinking what else we needed for the injury, the other thing this got me thinking about was if my insurance would cover a Medevac flight should Rose or I ever need it. After a lot of searching on Google, I found that my provider, Tricare, will cover a Medevac flight. So that helps us, but what about you? I recommend you contact your health insurance company and ask if they will cover this. 

Crystal in the Co-Pilot SeatI am also looking into some type of Medevac insurance for the Club to cover all of us members. I found a company online that says they have coverage in the west. I have contacted them for more information and pricing for a Club, such as ours.

Oh, and by the way, I now have a roll of Saran Wrap under my seat, just in case. I know I'm not the only one either!


  • ATVing with friends to a remote mountain top
  • Breaking your ankle in three places
  • Seeing the bill for that helicopter ride
  • Priceless!




I attended the BLM's Public Meeting for their Resource Management Plan held in the Churchill County Commissioner's Chambers on March 19, 2015. The official meeting didn't start until 6:00 pm, but I got there a little after 5:00 pm and it was a good thing. All the chairs had already been taken, but at least I had standing room in the main Chamber. By the time the meeting started, many could not fit in the main chamber and were in the outer room. Clearly, the room was too small for the amount of people that showed up.

If you wanted to make a comment, you were required to fill out a card and turn it into BLM representatives. There were around 100 people that asked to make comments. Some, when called upon, deferred because their comments were similar to something that was already mentioned. I filled out a card and did make a comment, which I'll get to later.

Overall, there were a few themes that came out in the 80-90 people that went up to the microphone and made comments, and they fell into the following categories:

  • Pro horse and burro
  • Mining (For and Against)
  • Transportation routes have not been established
  • People don't want more Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas
  • Possibility of Sage Grouse being listed as endangered

Basically, many comments were that the BLM should just leave things alone, leaving things as they are now. After listening to all the comments that covered the topics listed above, plus some others, the BLM isn't going to please everyone no matter what they do. There are many competing ideas and opinions and they all aren't compatible with one another.

When given the opportunity, I voiced our Club's concerns that the transportation routes have not been established and that we would like to be involved when they are. I stated that the designation of the routes should be a public endeavor and we all should have the opportunity to weigh in on the plan. I stated that the Club would be interested in working with the BLM and other groups in establishing the routes. Bottom line is I don't think the BLM is trying to close off everything to us riders. There may be some more restrictions in the future, but hopefully it should be minimal.

Along with the comments made at the meeting, anyone can provide comments to the BLM through April 27th. Unless that date is extended, that will be the end of the public comment period. So if you have something to say, don't hesitate and get your comments submitted.