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Re: One man's trash...

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:47 pm

My dad abandoned a tent once due to high winds and cold. It was fine but he just didn't want to deal with trying to pack it up.

We did come back and get it a week later though.



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Re: One man's trash...

Postby Flux » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:58 am

I had kind of an eerie morning last summer on a dayhike lake. I arrived at the lake and just had a weird feeling. I head a couple big noises like a rock move and then what sounded like a wooden bang on a tree across the lake, which is not very big really. I watched the trees for a while, fondled my lock blade a bit. Nothing. No more noises and I headed to the inlet of the lake and while casting spied a weird blue backpack. I checked it out and it contained some cotton socks, a pair of lee jeans ..........and a blue bong?? WTF?? The daypack was old and faded the clothes looked dated. It was like a time capsule rolled off the hill. Between that and the loud bangs that morning I was spooked a bit, but caught some nice fish anyway. Strange find though for sure.

Mid 90's I took a solo trip to the continental divide in CO. I had nighthiked into Coney lake near the Indian Peaks wilderness just to tromp around and get out knowing it was my last chance to hike in CO for a while. The next day I bushwacked back to the upper lake and decided to scramble a saddle and get some views. On the way up I noticed a really pale log in a swampy area, thought it odd since there were no big trees up this way. On coming down I circled the other side of the valley and while hiking down the scree I saw a weird piece of aluminum. I picked it up, it had an aerodynamic shape, all at once it dawned on me. The log was a wing, then I saw the cockpit chasis, windshield all broke up, etc. The engine was gone as well as some other parts. Appeared to me someone flew into this tight valley and didn't have the horsepower to get out. I doubt very many folks ever get back in there, if any at all. So a pretty unusual find.
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby TehipiteTom » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:44 am

oldranger wrote:I love it how people feel it is ok to abandon their gear when things get tough with no feeling of responsibility to return and retrieve it. ](*,) It happened to me several times as a backcountry ranger.

Mike

I confess that I once accidentally left a groundcloth in Kid Lakes Basin. Just spaced on it while I was packing up, and by the time I realized I didn't have it I was 10 miles away and 6,000' lower. My bad.
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby rlown » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:55 am

the only thing I've accidentally left was a yellow nylon fish stringer on the N side of Star Lk. It was draped in a small pine tree. So, if you find it, it's probably just the ring and the tip by now..

I have found a few nice knives over the years on trail.. Mostly Gerbers.
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:45 pm

During an early season (late April/early May) trip to Hamilton Lakes in '95 or '96, I found a huge Swiss Army knife, a few dollars, and a few other items that looked they fell out of an open pocket on a pack. They had obviously been there through the winter, so I guessed someone didn't notice an open zipper when they bailed out at the end of the previous season. I remember thinking, "who packs this huge knife with 50 tools you'll never need?" I think the knife has either been lost or is buried in a box of gear as I never would carry it.

Once, we left a bota bag filled with tequila hanging on a tree at the first night's camp. We figured it would be gone by the time we came back through, but there it was, 3-4 days later. I always pack out trash I find on the trail, even backtracking a bit to pick up stuff I saw on the way in.
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:57 pm

Oh oh- now that we have listed what we have found, do we have to list what we have lost/left? True confessions. Most were unintentional and I did try to find them, without luck.

socks- a few have gotten away from me while washing out in a stream
sunglasses - classic- put down on rock at rest break and forget
$$$ prescription bifocals - fell out of my pocket in a boulder field (cannot hop rocks in bifocals)
one tennis shoe- fell off my pack going up the creek to Edith Lake bushwhaking
ice axe- at the bottom of a creek I fell in headfirst- lucky to just get myself out
much climbing gear- used as anchors to rapel off on many retreats
plastic bag full of garbage- put under a rock and forgot to retrieve it- guilt to this day
sporke- left on a log- I know exactly where
water bottle - bye-bye as it falls 1000 feet off a climb
my belay device - bye-bye off Tenaya Peak
hat- bye-bye as the wind blows it into a lake
toilet paper- papered willows so helicopter could see wind direction on rescue- some not retrieved
spent fuel cannister- yup-earlier days- dropped down a huge gap in a boulder field, guilty
years ago left some food in a bear box, good intentions to return, route changed, lesson learned
many fishing flies, now up in the trees beyond my reach
many fishing lures, now stuck on submerged logs, below my reach
many fish, set in stream, memory of exactly where escaped my memory when I returned
too many pencils to count- fell out of my pocket
stove - caught on fire, it blew up to simtherines- only found the fuel cannister rim
tent stakes - probably found as many as lost so I am even on this one
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby TehipiteTom » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:07 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:sunglasses - classic- put down on rock at rest break and forget

One time when I did the Yosemite Falls trail, I was resting at the top and noticed something on top of Lost Arrow Spire. Got my binoculars, and saw a pair of sunglasses there. I didn't go fetch them...and I'm guessing the owner didn't come back for them. ;)
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:02 pm

I certainly have left sunglasses. The last pair I remember leaving in the back country was in the middle of the Tablelands. I also lost a pair of socks near Glen Aulin. I lost a gaiter in Deadman Canyon. I lost a trekking pole on the ridge that drops SW of Mt. Morgan, I lost a trekking pole in the Middle Fork of the Kings. I have lost water bottles. And perhaps the worst that should not be admitted to I had to use a thermal shirt as TP once and I buried it with the rest of the mess. :o
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby tomba » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:18 pm

In addition to assorted trash (which I collect, unless it is heavy and I have to carry it far), I found a head net near a mosquito infested place, a spring-loaded-loop sun hat with a logo (I wish they made such hats for hiking - very light), a bright red cotton bandana, which must have been there for at least several weeks because sun-exposed parts have faded, sunglasses in a case, tent stakes, trekking pole baskets (they fit my REI ULs - now I have spares). Last year I found a shining coin from Ghana near Twin Island Lakes.

Also REI titanium sierra cup, with the usual bent handle for hanging it.
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby Cloudy » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:22 pm

Perhaps eight or nine years ago, I had lunch at Duck Lake on the JMT, filled my canteens and proceeded to walk about seven miles before I needed a drink... Left my two favorite olive drab military canteens at Duck Lake! Fortunately I always carry at least one bladder in the pack so I was able to continue but I regret leaving them since even then, I was irritated that someone would have to clean up after me.
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby cvr » Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:47 pm

Two seasons ago, I was on a one-way trip from Norris TH to Happy Isles. It was a great trip the last week of September, during a crazy heat wave. I fondly remember an amazing night spent sitting on the shore/beach of Washburn L. in shorts and a t-shirt at midnight. I never stay up that late on trips, but it was so amazingly warm that I figured I better take advantage of it. My trip's bourbon rations were hit hard that night! Anyway, back to the topic...On the morning of the second day, I stopped to rest at the top of Isberg Pass. As I was sitting on some rocks enjoying the expansive view of Southern Yosemite, a shiny object stuck in between some rocks caught my eye. Curious, I retreived the item to find it was a stainless steel thermos. I immediatley thought that someone had inadvertantly dropped it, but it turned out to be something very different. I opened the container to find a picture of the man in circa 1940s mountaineering gear and a good-bye letter written to him from his daughter and his son. Deeper down, was a zip-lock bag that appeared to contain a man's ashes, but I did not check closely or remove it. Apparantly, Yosemite was their dad's favorite place in life so they decided to make it his final resting place. I can't remember the exact date of the letter, but I seem to recall it was from the early '80s so it had been there for some time.

I would have never disturbed the thermos had I known its contents, but it was an interesting find. I quickly resealed the container and returned it to the exact spot where it was discovered.
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Re: One man's trash...

Postby TehipiteTom » Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:28 pm

Cloudy wrote:Perhaps eight or nine years ago, I had lunch at Duck Lake on the JMT, filled my canteens and proceeded to walk about seven miles before I needed a drink... Left my two favorite olive drab military canteens at Duck Lake! Fortunately I always carry at least one bladder in the pack so I was able to continue but I regret leaving them since even then, I was irritated that someone would have to clean up after me.

I left a canteen once, at Granite Lake (Emigrant) while on a 2000 trip with my son that I fondly refer to as Death Trip 2000. Weather was fine the first day, when we did the trail to Bear Lake and then 2 miles of cross-country to Granite. Second morning the lake was socked in, dense fog. Fog turned to drizzle then snow then sleet then snow again, all day...Third day it was still coming down, and we hightailed it outta there. Visibility was about 100', and I kept thinking this is a TV movie of the week just waiting to happen. We made it out, cold and wet and miserable (but alive), but in the frenzy of trying to pack up and go in the wet snow I ended up forgetting my canteen.
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