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A VIKING RISES IN THE DESERT: A PHOTO ESSAY

A Viking is once again rising at this former talc mine and ghost camp in Death Valley California.    

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TALC CITY HILLS: A DVNP ADJACENT OFF ROAD ADVENTURE

Take an off road adventure through the white chalky hills that once produced nearly all the steatite grade talc in the United States.      

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STRAYNGER RANGER: TOP 12 VIDEOS OF 2017

We went BIG with video in 2017. Out of the 83 original videos that we made over the past year, these are the Top 12 of 2017.

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STRAYNGER RANGER: TOP 10 POSTS OF 2017

Reviewing where we’ve been, where we’re going and counting down the top 10 most popular posts of the year.

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GHOST MINE: EASTERN SIERRA NEVADA

Sitting at an elevation of 8000 feet in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, this ghost mine operated from 1909 to 1938.

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RETURN TO ROBERTS RANCH: WHITE MOUNTAINS, CA

It’s been 30 years since I last visited the old mining cabin my family and I used to stay in while hunting in the White Mountains.  

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HIKING CHINA RANCH: TECOPA, CA

Known for its delicious date shakes, unique history and incredible beauty, this desert oasis is also one of the best places to hike in Death Valley.    

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SALT CREEK HILLS ACEC: A GREAT SIDE TRIP ON THE WAY TO DVNP

This oasis at the southeastern tip of Death Valley is rich with history of the Old Spanish Trail, Mormon mines and what is believed to be the oldest standing structure in the Mojave Desert.  

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UNDERGROUND 2016

This annual 3-day event allows explorers of all skill levels access to miles of underground mines that were once some of the most profitable in the Death Valley region.   

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RINCONADA MINE HIKE: CENTRAL COAST, CA

Opening in 1872 and worked over the next 90 years, the Rinconada Mine was once one of the largest producers of mercury in San Luis Obispo County.  

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