posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 06:55 PM
malarkey: the reason someone can't get their ass up there and camp out is because we can't figure out WHICH mountain ridge these lights are
appearing to hover over.
since you're from the uk i'll cut you slack -- the united kingdom's a lot of things, but mountainous, it's not (even if it is very hilly in
places, i hear) -- but as a former resident of phoenix i can tell you that there's literally a couple dozen mountains that look like the ridge in the
film if you zoom in. to get a feel for it, the geography of phoenix is like this:
a) the city is built in the middle of a huge expanse of mostly very flat land -- like, in general the land in and around phoenix is flat and not very
b) BUT, it's not TOTALLY flat; instead of hills, we have random mountains jutting up, many of which are several miles long and some of which are more
or less a mile or more high at their peaks
so without a lot more info about exactly which ridge the lights appear to be over we're kinda out of luck, because there's enough mountains in the
lights' general direction that you'd have to basically get lucky if you were trying to find the right one. making this problem worse is the fact
that phoenix is in the desert, and because it's in the desert the visibility at night is really good, too, so it's not out of the question that the
lights are a hundred miles away or so.
what could be worthwhile is camping out somewhere in the desert near where the lines cross (or look like they're going to cross) on the map
worldblend put together, although I'm not sure how much of the land out that way is public (ie, campable) and how much private (of which there's a
surprising amount) and thus not open for camping. i'm not sure how it is in the uk, but in the states we have no equivalent of norway's
"alllemansretten (every man's right, spelling might be off)", ie, camping on private property is entirely at the owner's discretion.
assume for the moment that camping is possible somewhere in the general vicinity of where the lines cross on worldblend's map; from that location one
could get a pretty good fix on where the lights actually were coming from, provided of course that the lights did in fact reappear. if they're
reappearing every night like one of the experience reports on worldblend's site says, it would seem like a reasonable prospect that they'd appear
while you were camping out, especially if you made it a weekend thing.
so, maybe camping out in that region would yield some good info, if someone has the time for it, but for the time being i don't think anyone has even
figured out exactly which mountain we're talking about here.
moving along: you did some great work on the test clip, muppet -- hopefully you'll get a large video clip in a good format so we can all get a closer
look soon. in any case, i've been watching this thread but between being busy with work and not having anything to contribute anymore i'm more or
less on the sidelines again.