ATV
  • 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
    PIAA

    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
    Garmin

    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
    Fiskars

    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
    Solvit

    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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Monday
Apr132015

CRYSTAL FALLS

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!

~Dave

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

 

Monday
Mar302015

BLM MEETING HELD 3-19-15

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.

~Dave

Tuesday
Mar172015

WILL BLM CLOSE OUR RIDING AREAS?

If that title doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will. Is the BLM going to close all of our riding areas? I don't think so nor do I read this document as wanting to do that, but each of us will have differing opinions. I do think this plan is more restrictive than what we currently have and it will be worth as many of us as possible to show up to the meeting and voice our opinions.

If you belong to our Club and subscribe to our emails, you know that the Carson City BLM office will be having a public meeting this Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Churchill County Commission Chambers in Fallon. The actual meeting runs 6:00 - 8:30 pm, with BLM staff being available before the meeting from 5:00 - 5:45 pm. I plan to arrive for the 5:00 pm informal portion to see what I can learn before the meeting.

During the formal meeting the BLM will give a short presentation reviewing their plan and then open up the floor for comments. If you decide to make a statement you will have up to three minutes to make your point. Don't expect questions to be answered at this time, but this is the opportunity to get your comments on the Public Record.

As I stated in the email, the Resource Management Plan (RMP) is a very large document of over 2,000 pages. The BLM is required to update this document every so often and notify the public of their proposed changes as well as hear their comments. If you don't have the time to read the entire document, then I would recommend you read the Executive Summary which will provide you an overview of the plan. Go to the Carson City's BLM website here: http://goo.gl/aYMgf and click on Documents and Reports along the left. There you can find the RMP

As I stated in the email, the plan covers many areas, including our mechanized access to these lands. That's all I am going to speak to here, which is just a small portion of the entire plan.

Figure 1 below shows the part of the plan that deals with ATVs/UTVs. The plan considered five alternate COAs (Courses of Action) with 'A' being the status quo (i.e. leave it as is), and 'E' being the BLM's proposed action. As you can see there is currently 3,840,300 acres open for motorized use (Alt 'A'). The BLM's proposed action is to have only 55,700 acres open for motorized access! WOW. It is true, they want to close all of our land from riding. Well, not necessarily if you read further. The amount that is currently closed to motorized travel is 6,900 acres and that amount actually drops to 6,200 acres in their proposed plan. Similarly, it's the same for the next category of mechanized travel limited to existing routes. In the last category, which limits travel to existing routes, we currently have 924,300 acreas and this will increase to 4,717,300. 


Figure 1

The areas proposed to be closed to motorized and mechanized travel is only 6,200 acres and is similar in size to what it is today. Page 2-178 of the plan provides the details on this.

The areas closed to motorized travel is currently 31,800 acres and will reduce to 24,100 acres in the proposed plan. Pages 2-176 to 2-178 of the plan provides the details on this.

The areas Limited to Existing Routes for motorized and mechanized travel changes from 924,300 acres to a whopping 4,717,300 acres. Page 2-180 of the plan discusses this but provides little detail other than referring you to the Plan's Figure 2-66, shown below as my Figure 2 (click to view the map at a larger size). 

Figure 2 (click for a larger version)So the big change that this Plan proposes is that instead of almost the entire area being open to motorized and mechanized travel, travel would now be limited to existing routes. Is that going to be a problem for us? Well, part of the answer is dependent on the answer to the question: "What constitutes an existing route?" On page 2-180 of the Plan it says "Manage the 4,717,300 acres as limited to existing routes, primitive roads, and trails for OHV and other motorized use until subsequent route designation occurs Figure 2-66)."

The question/comment that I plan to voice at the meeting is when and how will the route designation occur and who will decide? Will the public have a say in the matter? Is anything that is a trail, road, etc. now going to remain open in the future for motorized travel?

As it stands now and based on what is in the plan, the riding areas we have and enjoy today will remain open under this new plan. We need to remain vigilant and keep engaged and take an active participation when route designation occurs; and make sure our interests are considered.

Our Club is a great bunch of people and we love our riding. Keeping to existing roads and trails isn't going to be a problem for any of us, and it's what we should do even if this plan didn't require it. Taking ownership and care of our lands and keeping them open for all to enjoy is a small price to pay. We are very fortunate for the freedom to ride almost anywhere we want in this Great State, let's not lose it!

So what is your opinion of my very simple summary of the BLM Plan?

Do you think our riding areas will remain open or is this "their" plan to close them?

Are you going to attend the meeting this Thursday and voice your concerns/opinion?

Like many things, silence is consent, so lack of action and voicing your opinion is telling the BLM and the Government that the Plan must be good because no one voiced any concerns.

See you on Thursday,

~Dave 

If you want to download pages 2-175 to 2-184 that are referenced above, click on this link: Details of Plan
If you want to download Figure 2, shown above, click here: Figure 2.

 

Saturday
May102014

MILL CITY RIDE ON MAY 10 RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 17

I know that some of you were disappointed today that I cancelled the ride to Mill City, but I believe it was for the best. Cancellations are never optimum, but I think we have had to do it every year the Club has been in existence.

Watching the weather on TV Friday night as well as the forecast for Saturday, it was apparent that the area where we were planning to ride was going to be right in the cold front that was moving through the area. Low temperatures, precipitation, and high winds were forecast.

That front came through Fallon later in the day, and I think we all agree that the winds were strong and not something we wanted to ride in.

We have rescheduled the ride for next Saturday, which is supposed to have much nicer weather. Hopefully you will be able to make it.

What is it they say: "If you don't like the weather in Nevada, wait, and it will change."

~Dave

Sunday
Apr202014

GOLDYKE RIDE

The ride last weekend to the Goldyke area was a fun one, even though we only rode 31 miles. This has to be one of the shortest rides for the Club, but there is a lot to see, which is why it took us all day!

We had our first flat tire of the new riding season by the Henderson's on their Ranger. The Hendersons are friends of the Petersons. Carlos was also on the ride, so he was on that flat like white on rice--isn't he always! So while we were waiting for Carlos to get the tire repaired, I was thinking that it's great that Carlos was here. But, I also was thinking that every time Carlos comes on a ride we have a flat? Hmmm, what gives? So I'm just putting it out there for all of us to watch for the next flat tire and if Carlos is on the ride. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe not.

We had a big turn-out with 17 ATVs/UTVs in attendance. Rides are always going to take longer with a group of this size as compared to a group of 6-8, so don't be surprised.

Our first stop along the ride was the town ruins of Goldyke. There's not much left except for a foundation or two. It was here that Toby stirred up the first rattle snake of the season. He was really "rattling" to alert us to his presence.

Next on the route we stopped at a number of old buildings and explored.  After a few miles, we came to the site of an arrastra, which is explained below and can be seen in the pictures from the ride.

What is an arrastra: An Arrastra (or Arastra) is a primitive mill for grinding and pulverizing (typically) gold or silver ore. The simplest form of the arrastra is two or more flat-bottomed drag stones placed in a circular pit paved with flat stones, and connected to a center post by a long arm. With a horse, mule or human providing power at the other end of the arm, the stones were dragged slowly around in a circle, crushing the ore.
For gold ore, the gold was typically recovered by amalgamation with quicksilver. The miner would add clean mercury to the ground ore, continue grinding, rinse out the fines, then add more ore and repeat the process. At cleanup, the gold amalgam was carefully recovered from the low places and crevices in the arrastra floor. The amalgam was then heated in a distillation retort to recover the gold, and the mercury was saved for reuse.

After the arrastra we rode for a little while longer before taking a break for lunch on top or a ridge. It was a beautiful view during lunch.

Our ride took us up and down hills while steadily climbing to our next artifact, which was a Roaster. It was still standing, but who knows for how long. It's balanced precariously on four natural timber posts and it wouldn't take more than a heavy winter to fall it. We were over 8,000 fett in elevation now and there was still snow on the northern face of the hills. If it would have been a bad winter we never would have made it to this point as the roads would probably have been covered in snow.

After leaving taking pictures at the Roaster, we rode to the top of the nearby hill and then turned around. Our trip back to the vehicles was via a loop, so we weren't back-tracking very much. The trails were much better on the way back and we made pretty good time, arriving well ahead of the darkness!

Most of us stopped at Middlegate Junction for dinner on the way home. This put a nice finish to a nice ride and made it a complete day.

~Dave