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Nevada, land of endless public land

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Offline 01ACRViper

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Nevada, land of endless public land
« on: August 05, 2011, 08:25:00 PM »
Haven't been around much lately, but as some people around here know I got a job in northeastern Nevada earlier this year. I've been out here for 3 months now and enjoying the overabundance of public land. But to preemptively counter Presidio, the downside is random trash dumps all over the place. At least we don't have to drive by old rusty cars and mattress piles on the Black Gap Road.

I've forgotten the memory card to my camera a half dozen times, and it's gotten to the point where I leave one in the Jeep so I'll have a back up. So here are a few trips I've taken around.

These are from May, going for a drive west of town

South Mary's Mountain

Carlin Peaks area

since i'm just driving randomly, i'm going to have to guess that's the way down

that may or may not be where i work

no bluebonnets up here, but lots of yellowbonnets  :icon_lol:

i missed the mud by a narrow margin, i'll need to get rid of the all terrains that were so good in big bend for some mud terrains  >:(

more dried mud. i guess they weren't lying when they said they have a mud season

I'm a bit lost by this point, but I know what general direction I'm trying to go, so I keep heading that way.

mountains to the horizon. to decide what to climb on my 3 day weekends, I just drive until I see something large. 9.5 times out of 10, it's on public land.

may or may not be a large mine dump

looking down to the rock creek valley

it was a wet, cool spring. it snowed in late may, and in early june. quite a bit different than texas

a pano of a mine in the area


Offline 01ACRViper

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Re: Nevada, land of endless public land
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2011, 08:28:48 PM »
Lone Mountain or Nannies Peak, it seems to have 2 names. There are a few "big" mines, well big for the late 1800s, around the peak, and dozens of small mines and prospects. They mined silver, lead, and zinc, commonly formed around felsic bodies that intrude into carbonate rocks

Lots of dirt road driving to get here. spending my whole life in texas, it's very weird to come to Nevada where you can go through any gate that doesn't say private property. going through random gates in texas will get you shot

some sort of grouse? it was pretty big, bigger than a domestic chicken

starting the climb. i followed the ridge on the right, but i should have gone left, would have been much easier :o

lots of random cows in nevada. they were very skittish, must spend most of their time out in the boonies.

the tallest point of the ridge is one of the two peaks on the left. i'm going to follow the ridge over there.

there's a named mine over that ridge, but i was too lazy to walk over there and check it out :o

these willow looking shrubs started popping up. they got so think it was hard to make forward progress :rofl: the ridge to the left was clear, ahh hindsight :o

it took 45 minutes to get 1000 feet up to the base of the willow shit, then 45 minutes to get the last 500 feet

i thought the willows would thin out at the top of the ridge, nope.

looking over the ridge to the west, the Ruby Mountain Pipeline running over the ridge

the main part of the Independence Mountains. lone mountain is a 6 mile ridge that is structurally related to the Independence Mtns, so they group them together even though they're separated by 10ish miles

should make for good scrambling, which will be needed, because this ridge looks worse than i thought. and i'd rather scramble than fight those damn willows anymore.

fire up here at some point :hs: most of the peaks i've been on out here have burned trees at the top, guess it's more common.

more scrambling

the two highest peaks on the ridge coming up next.

on top of the first high peak, looking at the second. that peak looked lower, so i thought i was at the summit. couldn't find a benchmark, but thought there just wasn't one. got home and checked the topo, this peak is 1 foot shorter than the next one.

big pano looking back north along the ridge :o

looking east towards the Rubies

small prospect, not sure what they were looking for. most likely silver. there were 3 small pits and a trench

there was a shitload of Malachite (copper carbonate), but just this one little scrap of Azurite i could find. normally they occur in generally equal proportions. but azurite oxidizes INTO malachite, so you can tell this is a pretty old prospect, because it's mostly all oxidized :o

look at all that copper

can you find the jeep?

the lighting was good, had to get one more picture :o

the overall route.

1800 feet of gain, 3 or 4 miles?


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Nevada, land of endless public land
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2011, 08:30:17 PM »
Glad to have you back viper!  Thanks for the story!


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Re: Nevada, land of endless public land
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011, 08:32:35 PM »
last set of pictures :(

I'm on call this weekend, but if things go well tomorrow I'll be going up in the Rubies again tomorrow night, so I'll make another report.

copied from another message board

The wife, who still lives in Austin, came up for the weekend to go house shopping and see beautiful Elko. Decided to spend Saturday climbing in the Rubies, but a big snow pack coupled with a cool spring would stop those plans. I thought it would be more melted out :wtc:

We were going to scramble up Snow Lake Peak. 8 miles RT, 1800 feet of gain, class 3-4 route.

Just above the upper parking lot. At this point we're 3000 feet above town and the main valley.

shouldn't give the wife the camera :nono:

small pano of upper Lamoille Canyon

one of dozens of streams this size we crossed, with Snow Lake Peak in the background. Would have been a fun climb. I'll come back in late August and see if more snow is gone :o

reached the snow line. the wife wore Chacos since i figured the snow would be gone, and the climb would be impossible if it wasn't, so what's the harm :o

Snow Lake Peak again

the wife running to the next bare ground so her feet could thaw :rofl:

full leather, waterproof boots >*

looking back, can barely make out the parking lot.

Lamoille Lake, still 95% frozen. it's at 9700 feet or so, I wonder what 14ers would look like out here.

linked, it's big

wish there was more to do, but we weren't really equipped to do much more :o

guess i'll have to start buying real mountaineering gear now that i'm out of texas


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Re: Nevada, land of endless public land
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2011, 09:01:54 PM »
Great pictures!  The bird looks to be a Sage Grouse hen.  Hard to tell from the picture.


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Re: Nevada, land of endless public land
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2011, 09:14:11 PM »
outstanding :eusa_clap:
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Re: Nevada, land of endless public land
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2011, 09:50:52 PM »
Looks like a place that I need to go explore. Any idea if you are allowed to explore on an ATV if you stick to the roads?



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Re: Nevada, land of endless public land
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2011, 06:26:53 AM »
Looks like you're having a great time! Love the photos, as always.  :13:


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Re: Nevada, land of endless public land
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2011, 07:50:39 AM »
Viper:  Looks like a great place to just set off and explore with no real destination in mind and see what you find!

The snow pics sure are nice to see when it's 110F down here! :(




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