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09-18-2020 09:26 PM
SSGNasty Well Mike, it will be awhile before you see this. In spite of the naysayers you keep going with your plans. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

Hopefully your neighbor will take care of that bear problem y'all are having.
08-17-2020 09:20 AM
cavedweller Just check InciWeb and that Cameron Peak fire is A LONG ways away from Mike's. The fire would have to jump a whole valley to another mountain range to be a threat. The map didn't show any other active fires in Mike's area.

Have chatted with him recently. He spent the night in town last week gathering supplies. He needed concrete for his pole barn/snow shelter/garage thing he is building. Always buying more food. He did say a bear got into one of his cashe. So was building some better wood boxes to help keep it out. Sounds like the bear is hanging around. Mike hoping his neighbor bags it coming hunting season.

Mike's neighbor that has the travel trailer. Mike has posted several pictures of the trailer under the long pole barn. Well that pole barn collapsed this winter crushing the travel trailer. Sounds like the bear got into the neighbor's trailer as well. When I saw the poles last fall, I was shocked it was still standing. Every pole I saw had a crack, split or other breakage. With all sorts of other lumber and metal strapping scabbed over the problems. Looked a bit under built for the loads.This neighbor donated a truck load of lumber to Mike. Sounds like mostly 2x4's. Mike was very happy about that.

The old neighbor little bit down the hill. The ones he went in with this winter by snowmobile. Mike has not been able to get ahold of him. Has heard that he has since passed away. Mike was still bit unsure and trying to contact him to figure out if true or not.

Except for the bear getting into a few things and the snow caving in the topper on his black truck, did't sound like Mike had many problems when he showed up at his land. Sounded like the camper was OK. Sounded like he was able to push and jack up the topper back into shape.

Wouldn't be too worried about Mike getting out of his place in good weather. He is able to get to the highway and coast down hill by bicycle. Kinda leaves him at the good graces of others to hitch a ride home. As the return trip would be 100% up hill and tons of peddling. His black truck was working last fall. Think he rode it dirty to town once. Don't think he is real comfortable behind the wheel. Until he is completely snowed in, that is still an option. Winter is only time I'd be very concerned. Not even all winter. As his BOL is basically a winter time playground. So weekends, guessing good weather and snow conditions there are people not too far away. Just beginning and end of snow season I'd bet the area would be a ghost town.

Thanks Biathlon for the heads on the fire. Buddy in Denver was camping with his family in Arapahoe NF last weekend. They got evacuated (kicked out) because of a fire. He commented on the size of the fire over three days. Was wondering to myself if fire departments really start fighting them very hard in the beginning. As it's my understanding that Federal money starts flowing in once the fire is more than three days old. That these could be put down faster, but aren't because of the cash.

Cheers! -K
08-17-2020 07:48 AM
biathlon https://www.coloradoan.com/story/new...do/5596467002/
OK. My bad. Wrong link. I believe this is the correct one. You guys should see the smoke from this. It's still pretty much out of control.
08-14-2020 10:12 PM
GrizzlyetteAdams
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Originally Posted by lawnmower View Post
The fire in this article happened 4 years ago....look at the date
*breathing a sigh of relief*

Good catch lawnmower. (I should have at least clicked the link!)
08-14-2020 10:08 PM
lawnmower I hope Mtn Mike is getting along and survivalin’ well. Hopefully he’ll stop in and give an update at some point
08-14-2020 10:05 PM
lawnmower
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Originally Posted by biathlon View Post
https://wildfiretoday.com/tag/beaver...l%20in%20place.

This is a huge fire and it is now just a bit south of Mikes place. I believe his land is about to go up in flames as the wind changed this morning coming directly from the south. You should see the smoke from Cheyenne or Laramie!!!
The fire in this article happened 4 years ago....look at the date
08-14-2020 08:45 PM
GrizzlyetteAdams I hope Mike is OK!!!!
08-14-2020 03:41 PM
Ballenxj Hi Mike, I hope all is well. I had quit coming here for quite a while as I didn't care much for the way this site was run. I had all but forgotten about it when suddenly I started getting subscription notifications again, so here I am once again.
08-14-2020 03:26 PM
roseman Bad news...
08-14-2020 02:17 PM
biathlon https://wildfiretoday.com/tag/beaver...l%20in%20place.

This is a huge fire and it is now just a bit south of Mikes place. I believe his land is about to go up in flames as the wind changed this morning coming directly from the south. You should see the smoke from Cheyenne or Laramie!!!
06-26-2020 09:46 PM
salty Mtnman mike has left Laramie and returned to his mountain retreat. I took him up today with a truck load of suppplies. You could see the change in him when we arrived, he does love his camp!
06-20-2020 11:43 AM
Mtnman Mike I was not going to post again in this thread until possibly October when I most likely will have many new pics of what I have done, built etc. the coming summer of 2020 but I must answer the following.

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Originally Posted by salty View Post
Just for you unbelievers, it snowed a couple of inches last night in Laramie. It was gone by noon but just saying!
For unbelievers which many seem to be on the net unbelieving about everything, but pics can help prove much. Even then many will not believe. But here is a photo of Laramie, WY that night of a somewhat rare snowfall in June >



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https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/p...-plan#stream/0
Just a heads up Mike. The Forest circus is planing to do an awful lot of logging near your place over the next 15 years. The goal is to remove as many of the dead trees as possible, not just as fire prevention but to provide new growth as forage for the deer, elk and moose populations.
Thanks and interesting but they have already done a lot of logging along the state highway 70 that is the main road from Encampment to Baggs, WY My land is 12 miles west of Encampment and I have seen many of the dead trees cut down along the state highway for the past 7 years or so.

I hope they do cut down a lot more dead beetle killed trees in the huge Medicine Bow national forest but a few hundred acres of that national forest is mixed in with a few hundred acres of private land so likely they will not be cutting trees too close to the private land.

Such as on two sides of my land is bordered by the national forest and people would have to trespass on private land to get to some of that part of the national forest. Anyway all about that and I plan to get a lot more dead trees from my land and from nearby neighbors who still have a lot of dead trees that should be cut down.

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Originally Posted by Eddie_T View Post
Mike I know you are getting close if not already on your land. I wish you the best as you continue your quest.
Thanks and I am very glad to see a message from you Eddie. I tried to send you a private message but seems not able to. I also hope to see a message from Watch Ryder and maybe a very few others but in a very few days Salty and me are going up to my mtn place. He has not seen my land before although on May 27th he got within half a mile and I hiked alone to check my land which still had six or so foot drifts on it and my truck etc. were still mostly covered with snow.

But now I see from the snotel snow survey station that there is 0 inches of snow up there. And likely no more snow until October up there. There are most likely still a few patches of snow in the most shaded areas as there usually are until July 4th or some years until mid July.

I cannot wait to get back up there and I was going to be up there by mid June at the latest but always something. I am Finally done with most of the business I had to get done and the main reason I did come back to Laramie was to do business that I could not do when on my land. Such as email, snail mail etc to a ND attorney who took since Dec. 2019 to get the oil business done. Plus he charged more than enough, even about twice as much as the CO attorney who did probate on the house there.

But I am almost ready to go back up to the only place I truly like on this planet. I have ten boxes, four large and small boxes packed and sealed with food and other stuff. I also have 3 large strong plastic bags of clothing etc. and hope it all will fit into Salty's nice Chevy truck. Otherwise he will get some stuff if it won't fit.

I hope to post many new photos on this thread or maybe in a new thread next October but will see what happens. I will take photos anyway this summer of what I do, build etc. Here are some pics that I must post to show some more of what I must do and hopefully finish. I am going to prioritize what I must do and build to be able to stay on my mtn retreat permanently, hopefully for twenty or so more years.

Some of you might not have seen some of these pics and these Should help prove that I am preparing and already prepared more than many. Such as I don't have to worry about water with my two springs. And I do have at least a two year supply of food plus 3 sealed cans of 8000 vegetable seeds in each can plus quite a few packets of seeds. At least 15 varieties of seeds.

So here are some pics people can glance over if they wish.

I have used at least 1/3rd of this stack of lumber I had delivered last September 2019. I must use all of this lumber plus log poles etc. from my land when I finish building the long garage and maybe a new small cabin.



Here are a few logs that are on my land ready to use for building and I have many more elsewhere



This is a two story outhouse from the Encampment museum and I should build something similar but I do have a toilet and shower in my camper trailer.



I would like to finish this greenhouse cabin which has two steel beams supporting the strong log roof but it depends on if I will have any help this coming summer as to how much I get done.





Here are two out of six solar panels I have. These are on top of the greenhouse cabin I just showed pics of and I also have 3 gas generators



I also hope to build a ten foot high fence to go along with my ten foot high gate but will see how much time and help I have to do all of this. My fence may not look like this but something similar



This one out of several wild flower and other plant meadows that are on and within a mile of my land. This also is so green and full of plants since one of my springs runs through this.



I plan to plant more than ever using all of the 30 or so containers plus raised beds.

And I usually don't post anything about any guns I may own but I do own plenty although never enough ammo maybe. Here is one that I like



I also usually don't post anything political but this is sorta humorous





One view that is sorta wild and Bridger peak in the distance which is a bit over 11,000 feet and about 3 or so miles to the west.


I need to get back to this life only full time for the rest of my life. This was taken by my Dad the summer of 1988 of me feeding a gray jay aka camp robber.





Hope people can understand this and what I am thinking now



My plan which maybe more and more will also do something similar is grow more food, forage, hunt, fish etc. and not build a fancy place for others to judge and envy.




So my plan is also to be more "socially distant" than most. Hope everyone can do what they want and especially need to do in the coming months and years.

I also don't plan to shake hands too much if ever again but do this more and more. I would say see you all later but maybe not. You all do take care and do not worry about me but about yourselves and any you might care about!

06-19-2020 11:26 PM
Eddie_T Mike I know you are getting close if not already on your land. I wish you the best as you continue your quest.
06-12-2020 07:52 AM
biathlon https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/p...-plan#stream/0
Just a heads up Mike. The Forest circus is planing to do an awful lot of logging near your place over the next 15 years. The goal is to remove as many of the dead trees as possible, not just as fire prevention but to provide new growth as forage for the deer, elk and moose populations.
06-12-2020 07:50 AM
biathlon https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/p...-plan#stream/0
Just a heads up Mike. The Forest circus is planing to do an awful lot of logging near your place over the next 15 years. The goal is to remove as many of the dead trees as possible, not just as fire prevention but to provide new growth as forage for the deer, elk and moose populations.
06-10-2020 08:44 AM
n1d
CAW!

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Originally Posted by cavedweller View Post
Global warmers (or denial), climate change deniers..... Maybe those those that deny the holocaust. Maybe that racism doesn't exist...? Why the need to pick apart every post?

Speaking of the weather out there. I do keep my eye on that SnoTel site MMM has mentioned several times. Pretty interesting to watch how quickly the snow pack is melting off. Really would like to be up at MMM's place right now. As I'm sure it's a very dynamic environment. There was a bunch of water coming down the hill last fall... and it was DRY. Sure it's a flood right now. Would be fun to see. Even more fun trying to think about existing in that situation. Why I'm hoping MMM gets back to living the dream. Sooner rather than later.

Because having a 24/7 presence on his mountain means dealing with all this weather. Which has to be a lot of bad with only a bit of good. Good luck to you Mike. Hope this is the year you coral all your poop. Don't have to come to town for a winter motel. Cheers! -K
I'm having a hard time accepting your explanation for another poster.

You gonna get butt hurt now?
06-09-2020 09:13 PM
cavedweller Global warmers (or denial), climate change deniers..... Maybe those those that deny the holocaust. Maybe that racism doesn't exist...? Why the need to pick apart every post?

Speaking of the weather out there. I do keep my eye on that SnoTel site MMM has mentioned several times. Pretty interesting to watch how quickly the snow pack is melting off. Really would like to be up at MMM's place right now. As I'm sure it's a very dynamic environment. There was a bunch of water coming down the hill last fall... and it was DRY. Sure it's a flood right now. Would be fun to see. Even more fun trying to think about existing in that situation. Why I'm hoping MMM gets back to living the dream. Sooner rather than later.

Because having a 24/7 presence on his mountain means dealing with all this weather. Which has to be a lot of bad with only a bit of good. Good luck to you Mike. Hope this is the year you coral all your poop. Don't have to come to town for a winter motel. Cheers! -K



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Originally Posted by n1d View Post
wow just wow...

unbelievers of what??????


06-09-2020 07:46 PM
n1d
CAW!

Quote:
Originally Posted by salty View Post
Just for you unbelievers, it snowed a couple of inches last night in Laramie. It was gone by noon but just saying!
wow just wow...

unbelievers of what??????


06-09-2020 07:38 PM
salty Just for you unbelievers, it snowed a couple of inches last night in Laramie. It was gone by noon but just saying!
06-05-2020 11:41 PM
Mtnman Mike
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Originally Posted by salty View Post
27 May took MMMike up to his camp, but we couldn't get any closer than about a half mile. There was still anywhere from two to six feet of snow still blocking the road. I have pictures, but being a Lugite, I haven't figured out to get them from my phone, to my iPad, to the website.
5 June. Picked up MMMike and took a trip to Chinamart, so he could pickup some more supplies. Still can't believe that they are out of a lot of things. Lousy choice of beef, very few canned vegetables or beans. Did have tuna and tp, just not a big choice.
And thank you salty for posting this. I was not going to post anymore but guess I will now and I want to tell a bit more. I could go on and on even more If I would have taken pics on May 27th and today June 5th. But I did not take any pics and I likely will take more pics during this coming summer and I Might post them sometime in October 2020.

I would have to go to the library in the closest town 12 miles away and not sure if that library is even open?

About May 27th is that Salty drove him and me up to my mtn place in his nice truck. We went up and over the Snowy Range but before we did that we stopped and saw salty's nice forty acres of land in a huge "subdivision" where there are many animals such as pronghorn antelope etc. He is going to dig into a nice big hillside he has but he should tell about that someday if he wishes to tell anything.

When we got up to my private road it had been plowed by a neighbor who owns a bobcat machine, half way - half a mile - from the paved state highway to the Y which is where my own private road begins to my land. That last almost half a mile was not plowed open by the guy who owns a cabin on the other part of the private road. I hope he doesn't plow my private road and I don't think he usually does.

I did walk from where salty parked and when I got to my land there were still six foot drifts of snow pack. On the sunny hillside much of the snow had melted but it is slow to melt on the north face part of my land with many trees and shade.

I did look inside the back of my F-350 and saw that the great amount of stored food was still in there untouched except some mice had gotten into a couple packs of ramen noodles and ate them all. I also put the shovel I had used Feb. first when I was up there telling about that in this long pic thread > https://www.survivalistboards.com/sh...d.php?t=938308

There was not too much damage to my trucks and none to the camper trailer since I had shoveled the snowpack off it on Feb. first.

The damage was to the two aluminum camper shells on my trucks. The middle part of the shells was bent down from the heavy snowpack but I can fix it by raising up the middle etc. later.

I am glad to have gotten a lot more food and some other supplies from the Dollar Tree and Wal-mart. Wal-mart was packed and they did have masks which I bought one pack right away from the pharmacy which was close to the entrance. I don't really like Wal-mart but it is the main place for one stop shopping. Wal-mart does have some American made stuff if people look hard enough.

I have helped the economy of Wyoming much, even at some small businesses the past two years I have been here.

If no one ever sees anymore posts from me again then please don't worry about me. I may or may not post new pics in October and it will depend on many things such as if I will go to town to the library and post if the library is open. And if I even want to go to town much after Sept. 2020.

If salty doesn't post the few pics he took it is ok with me. One was me sitting almost on the roof of his pickup by the big snow plowed snow drift that was a few hundred feet long on the private road. This is the only pic I have which can show a bit how it was. Salty's pics would be similar to this one only I would be in one or two of the pics.

And instead of the paved highway he took a couple or so pics of the muddy road with the huge snow drift over his truck



A few more pics / memes that I hope some like and tell better what I think and what I am doing and will do more and more, instead of me posting too much.


Anyway, I wish the best and good luck to all.
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