via West County Explorers Club: Having visited a couple of fire lookouts this year, I found them to be pretty fascinating places. In this age of electronically monitored everything, rangers and volunteers still head to the tops of mountains to scout for forest fires with nothing more than simply surveying gear.
When smoke is spotted, a bearing is taken using something called an Osborne Fire-Finder, basically a circular map and a sight on a rotating turntable. Once the fire’s bearing is recorded, it’s shared with other towers, who, if they are within visual range, also report a bearing. With a bearing from at least two towers, an approximate fix on the fire can be made. Using the line of sight across the circular map (the lookout tower is located in the center of the map) estimates of the fire’s location can be made if no other lookout is within visual range.
This video, about the Mt. Tamalpais fire lookout in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is more about the view but I’ll hope you’ll enjoy it just the same.
I went on a nice little solo trip up to the Sierra Nevada this past summer, found some great back country camp sites, and thought I’d share them with you. Keep these in mind for next summer when the snow clears.
Here’s something you don’t see every day, a 1959 Chevy NAPCO Suburban. NAPCO was the company that made aftermarket 4-wheel-drive systems for GM trucks in the 1950s, before GM made them in-house.
It’s Overland Journal’s fault. I’ve long appreciated the pleasures of the morning coffee ritual, an easy vice to maintain in the city, but one that is typically tolerable at best in camp. Working in an office…
If late October finds you in Southern California longing for adventure, or just a weekend getaway, swing by Outdoor Adventure USA’s annual BorregoFest.
via West County Explorers Club: If you’ve ever wondered about saving some money and painting your truck yourself, it can be done. The folks from Rugged Guide did it with a roller and spray cans and show you how.
See part 2 after the jump.
I like these early trucks because they were fitted with the classic instrument cluster that Mercedes had used for decades: temperature/fuel to the left, speed in the center and tach. on the right.
The 2012 Ural Solo St (solo tourist)
From the Ural Mountains, the Solo sT might be the perfect adventure motorcycle.
From the forums comes refurbished Land Rover Series IIa.
via West County Explorers Club: It’s only a couple of months until the Dakar Rally starts up again in January. Until then you can watch the best of 2012 in this action packed video.
To mangle a Smiths lyric, some potholes are bigger than others. Driving up to this washout, you’d think there was no getting across. Watch this Pinzgauer 6×6 give it a go.
via West County Explorers Club: As part of our Southwest Trip this summer, we drove through the Prescott National Forest. We shot video of the most remote part of that drive, Forest Road 82A through Crooks Canyon.
Here’s the post about that part of the trip: Southwest Trip, Part 4: Prescott, AZ.
“Do you have a current passport?”
“Of course!” “…Are you sure?”
Over the past several months I’ve been trapped in the seemingly endless search for that perfect balance between got-it-all, and the liberty got-it-all prevents in an “everyday” bag. You name it, I’ve carried it—from sleek and…
It’s times like this that you really need to trust your snorkel install and waterproofing job. This video is from New South Wales, Australia via YouTube. Once your windshield wipers are under water, you know you’re in deep.
Just a Pinzgauer 718K heading over the horizon in Tunisia.
“I don’t want to talk to China.”
It is pretty safe to assume that most people watch TV shows because they like drama. Mad Men is full of it. To compensate for the lack of passion in their actual life, they turn to…