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Hello, I’m Guy Starbuck. I love exploring backcountry locations in the deserts and mountains of the Western United States. Most of my adventures are hikes to historical mines, Native American rock art sites, and anything else with some history. For me, the more remote the site is, the better. Click on the links below to come along with me on an adventure!

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Johnny Lang Mine and Quail Mountain

I've hiked to the top of Quail Mountain from Covington Flat, but I wanted to visit the Johnny Lang Mine. Johnny Lang being noted for ...
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Virginia May Mine

Virginia May Mine
The Virginia May Mine (also known as the Horn Mine) had been on my "To Do" list for years. It was never a high priority, ...
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Twin Tanks

Twin Tanks
History The Twin Tanks are a couple of natural tanks enhanced by cattle ranchers to hold more water by concrete dams. The southern dam is ...
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Confidence Mine and Dugout

Recently, I hiked out to some mines in the Upper Confidence Wash of Death Valley, but I still hadn't been to the Confidence Mine itself ...
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Confidence Wash Upper Mines

The Confidence Wash area of southern Death Valley has always interested me. I'm not sure why. There isn't much out there. It is wildly desolate ...
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Contact Mine

Contact Mine
Information on these mines is sparse. The Contact claims were located at least by 1921 by a Phil Sullivan. Phil, with Bill McHaney, reportedly built ...
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Samuelson’s Rocks

Samuelson’s Rocks
Samuelson’s Rocks was once the homestead of a Swedish man named Johann (or John) Samuelson who came out here in the late 1920s. He must ...
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Last Updated on May 22, 2021 by Guy Starbuck