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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief" 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, April 10, 1997 17 Iron Horses Never Die &ntsa glimpse of this :S ::by hosting:i:a:: climbing workshop to participants 14 years 0fage and older. The workshop will be conducted by the staff of Rocks and Ropes, a !ocalindoor climbing facility; on April 25• Participants will meet at the Youth Center, located at 105 Basic Road, at 5"30 p.m. "The workshop provides teens an excellent" introduction to climbing, a sport that is certainly not as easy as it looks," says Recreation Coordi- nator Paul Widman, CLP. "Just a few of the benefits include increasing physical fitness, dex- terity and stamina." The advantage of learning climbing skills at modern indoor facilities include practicing on artificial surfaces that are covered with "hand holds," ranging from easy, big ones to tiny edges, called "finger burners. "Safer than unsu- ELY Having survived 88 years of hard service and a head-on collision two years ago, Nevada Northern Railway Museum engine #93 will steam back into ser- vice on May 3,1997. It joins old #40 as one of two coal- fired steam locomotives in passenger service at the Ne- vada Northern Railway Museum, NNRM. "We are celebrating the rebirth of an old friend," said Lorraine Gleave, Director of the NNRM. "And we are celebrating the spirit of the community that has provided us with generous funding and thousands of hours of volunteer service." The Museum operates both steam and diesel train excursions for weekend operations May 17 through Sept. 20th. Specialty Trains are also offered; Evening Trains with wine and food, a fun-filled "4th of July Fireworks Train," as well as Labor Day Raildays Celebration. Please call the Museum at 702-289-2085 for further information and reservations or write Nevada Northern Railway Mu- seum. Box 150040, East Ely, Nevada 89315. The 1909 American Consolidation Steam Engine was first put into service at the NNRM in 1993. It was restored at a cost of $15,000. Of that, $5,000 came from donations, and $10,000 was supplied by the White Pine Fair & Recreation Board. Volunteers provided over 6.000 hours of donated work on the engine. The second rebuild, after the 1995 crash, was performed by Steam Operations of Birmingham, Alabama. It was a strange set of circumstances that put old #93 in harm's way on Saturday, June 17, 1995. Engine #40 developed mechanical problems, and #93 was substituted for her on the 1:30 PM excursion, which carried 130 passengers from all over the nation. Meanwhile, up the grade in Robinson Canyon, a now defunct local freight company; Northern Nevada Rail- road Company, attempted to move a flat car loaded with railroad ties down the track without locomotive power. The flat car got loose and, on the steep grade, quickly reached incredible speeds, headed straight for #93 and its load of passengers. Six minutes later, they collided. Like a sacrificial lamb, the old iron warrior absorbed the brunt of the impact, and the passenger train stayed on the track. The beautiful wooden coaches vere shattered. Passengers received injuries with no fatalities. Engine #93 was a mass of wreckage--but her boiler remained intact. Had the engine been #40, the wreck would have been much worse. The accident was covered extensively in the press, and the NNRM's reputation was damaged as well. But rail fans and local residents pulled together to help NNRM rebound from the catastrophe. The local copper mine, Magma Consolidated (now BHP 'Copper) funded the purchase of two 1927 steel passenger coaches. "'We now have our full complement of eqdipment and are ready for the summer holiday season," said Gleave. According to Field & Stream Some tips for campers, fishermen (and women), as the season is upon us Easy Access Flashlight Storage Ever wake up at night in camp and fumble around in the dark for your flashlight? It's never where you put it. But you'll always be able to put your hand on it if you tuck it into your shoe under or beside the bed, and it can't roll away, either. Carrying and Applying Bug Dope Here's a convenient way to carry and apply bug dope: saturate a square of cloth about the size of a handkerchief with repellent, fold it to fit a pocket, and wrap it tightly in aluminum foil so it can't evaporate.Ronnie Jenks, Rayville, LA. Using a Stick to Open a Pot Lid Over a Campfire Open-fire chefs who keep burning their fingers on pot covers can make things easier for themselves by making a lid-lifter from a Y-shaped branch. Trim it to a handle and fork and wedge the lid top in the fork.--J.D. Davis, Dearborn, MI. Making Rose Hips Tea to Ward Off Colds Wild rose hips, the red pods that swell just beneath a rose's bud and remain on the plant stem all winter, are extremely high in Vitamin C. They can be gathered in summer, fall, and winter along riverbanks, lakeshores, and roadsides and make a pleasant-tasting tea which is said to ward offcolds. Boil a quantity of rose hips for 10 minutes, then dilute with water and sweeten to taste. Logging Roads to Help You Get Home If you are lost in heavily wooded country, the angles at which logging trails join will always show you the way out to a traveled road. Logging trail systems branch out like tree limbs from the main stem. The sharp anle formed at their junctions always points to the route the loggers used to haul timber to the road. Securing a Tent When Campsite is Windy When camped where your tent will be exposed to high winds, drive in extra tent stakes a few inches from the four corners and lash a rope in an x-pattern from the extra stakes over the top of the tent. This will protect the tent from ballooning with excessive air pressure and will take strain off the ground stakes that hold the tent in place. Pasta as a Versatile Camp Food The most versatile food you can carry on a camping trip is pasta. It contains no water, so there is no extra Fishing Tips weight or bulk. Pasta can be combined with almost anything--cheese, eggs, meat, fish, vegetables, dried sauces, or soups--to make a quick, tasty, and wholesome meal. Add water to pasta leftovers, and you have a hearty soup. Proper Compass Use Don't try to follow a directional course by looking at a compass while you move. Instead, hold your compass at waist level, then pivot yourself and the compass to- gether until you are facing in the direction you want to travel. Now choose a distant object on that line and walk to it. Keep repeating this procedure until you reach your destination• Efficient Packing for Camping When you pack for camping trips, space can be saved by removing all ingredients from boxes, cans, and jars and transferring them to sealed and labeled plastic bags. Eggs can be broken into plastic bags and then placed in a rigid container for safety. Label bags with a felt marker• Heated Stones to Dry Wet Boots at Camp Wet boots can be dried quickly by filling them with heated stones. A bucket of dry rounded stones kept for this purpose can be heated on a camp stove until they are warm but still safe to handle. Pitching a Tent Before pegging a tent to the ground, tie loops of strong cord through the stake loops that are sewn to the tent. Now pound your tent stakes through the cord loops rather than the permanent ones. This will save wear on the permanent loops and will make it possible to pull the stakes out of the lround without tearine the tent Uses of Aluminum Duct Tape Aluminum duct tape has countless uses when hunting, fishing, or camping. It can be used to patch torn foul- weather gear, fix holes in boots, join rips in tents or sleeping bags--even to repair leaky boats. Proper Place to Pitch a Tent The safest place to erect a tent is close to the protec- tion of small, young trees or brush. Open places are vulnerable to damaging winds, and sites under large trees are threatened by lightning and falling branches. Small trees and brush provide protection from wind and are not imperiled by dangers from above. Catching Crickets for Bass and Panfish BaR Crickets make excellent bait for bass and panfish, and bread and sugar make excellent bait for crickets. Sprinkle the bread with sugar, moisten slightly, and leave on the ground overnight beneath cloth or newspaper. You'll collect aday's supply of bait. Dragging the Bottom with a Stringer for Lost Items If you lose something overboard, try grappling for it with a chain fish stringer. Tie the stringer to a stout cord, open the snaps, and drag it bk and forth over the bottom where the lost object dist.--Mrs. Ted Schaeberer, Estherville, IA. rislang Tactics'for Bass Here's a trick Wox*,h trying when you are casting for bass from an anchored,: first toss out live bait--minnow, crayfish, wo.a bobber and cast around it. Fish that follow your lure ut striking will ofteti take the bait instead ..............