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He ticks off similar chases: gambling in Las Vegas, women, fishing.
Berdena Ragsdale, the current cook at the camp of uranium geologists and drillers, is due to leave soon. The previous cook left after a disagreement about sandwiches.
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"Do you see what I deal with?" Bell says to two visiting journalists.
"We're not reinventing the wheel, just filling in the spokes," Bell says.
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Such camps, often called man camps because of their all male occupancy, aren't rare in the oil and gas fields. But the camp is unusual in the state's resurgent uranium industry, in which drilling crews and geologists usually travel from nearby towns to exploration sites.
Bell and the others are due to strike camp in the next few weeks to escape the winter chill, wind and snow drifts sometimes dozens of feet deep.
Across the road and over a rise, three drillers and a geologist are hard at work on one of the remaining 20 holes.
"Yeah," Webb agrees, and nods as he runs the rig's controls.
Bell is the project manager for Crosshair Exploration and Mining Corp., a Canadian company. He oversees the cluster of seven camping trailers and a large canvas mess tent. The lodging facilities' whiteness stands out amid the sagebrush and dust like bleached bones.
But he says he could understand why it might be worthwhile to stay near a site.
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Over the evening meal in the tent, Bell says exploration geologists are a different breed the type of person ready to gamble, lose and gamble again.
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One of the older formations contains the uranium in a stretch so narrow and a band so thin, Bell compares it to spearing spaghetti with a toothpick.
The drill crews punch 400 to 600 feet down, through a relatively young top layer the Wind River Formation to get to older formations that are angled like a tilted row of books.
"We're off to the races, Glen," Stubbe proudly says from under a broad brimmed hat.
Bell looks at an aerial map of the drilling plan and points out the ghostly white marks of drill holes from decades past. Others have explored for uranium, but Crosshair is giving it another look.
And unlike the oil and gas man camps, which often feature modular housing, nice couches and laundry rooms, the Bootheel camp is sparse in terms of comforts.
He's not joking. The camp is home to more than a dozen hungry workers exploring a small portion Shirley Basin for uranium hidden deep under the gentle but barren rise and fall of the basin surface, at a site known as Bootheel.
"To be a good exploration geologist, you have to have an irrational feeling you're going to get something for nothing," he said.
"I've been out there in the boonies, and it's better to stay where you can," he says. "If you've got 20 miles of two track and another hour to get home, that's quite a ride."
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The Bootheel camp isn't a common sight in the state's uranium industry. All other exploration in the state is conducted by workers who drive in from towns nearby, says Bruce Larson, exploration manager with Uranerz Energy Corp. of Casper.
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to understand: "enigmatic," Bell calls it.
But first, there's work to be done.
Three rig crews are drilling the last 20 of 75 exploration holes marked on a map on Bell's trailer wall, small circles stitched across two crescent shaped patterns west and south of the site.
SHIRLEY BASIN Tom Bell needs a cook for his camp, and soon.
At another nearby drilling site, geologist Chip Wallace looks up from his work to greet an approaching Bell with a wisecrack.
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