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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby Cloudy » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:18 pm

Pear Lake - lol. I was laid out flat next to a rock when a marmot popped out of a hole under the granite boulder, looked at me, scurried a bit closer and took a whizz next to me (I think that it would have whizzed on me if I were asleep...). I of course ran it off and took a whizz on its whizz to mark my territory and didn't see it again :-)



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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby Herm » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:20 pm

I'll chime in for Mineral King - Eagle Lake. On a dayhike from Cold Springs, came across two harried backpackers who were bailing out of Eagle Lake wearing sandals - their boots had been destoyed by marmots. At Eagle Lake, while fishing on south shore, marmots went after my daypack laid down not 10 feet away. They were relentless, to the point that I just kept the pack on my back. It was neat to see a golden eagle come screaming in above the lake, to hear the pikas "ack ack" their warning, and to see the marmots dive for cover.
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:31 pm

Marmots ate my chair.
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby juscro » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:54 pm

light snow camping at Bishop pass on memorial day several years ago. day trip traversed to thunderbolt col and came back to our tent with a friendly marmot hanging around. Took some pictures. Went to my tent and grumbled because I left the zipper open. Crouched on my knees and stuck my head into the tent to rummage around. Noticed odd condensation I stuck my hand in that must have pooled in the tent until I smelled my hands...marmot pee. Popped my head out to exact vengeance on the varmint but it was gone.
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby rlown » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:54 pm

DoyleWDonehoo wrote:Marmots ate my chair.


i'm not sure why, but that's the funniest thing I read all day! :)
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby SSSdave » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:39 pm

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Some of you guys are so mean! :crybaby:

It is true there are a few rotten apples among us. :littledevil:

Here let this young gal give you all a smooch and make up.
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby rlown » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:46 pm

I kind of agree.. It is his rock!

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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby Herm » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:27 am

I wonder if the fur would have any utility in tying fishing flies? A "marmot" caddis, for instance. Those two pictures put that thought in my head.
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby Cloudy » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:03 pm

I've always wondered if they were tasty...
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby rlown » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:41 pm

according to the DFG surveys, there are people who hunt and supposedly eat them. I'd think they'd taste like a big squirrel.
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby lambertiana » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:12 pm

That reminds me of what my son has remarked on more than one occasion when backpacking out of Mineral King - "I wonder what marmot tastes like". It must be his mother's side showing through (filipinos often think in terms of food. When I was at Steinhart Aquarium in Golden Gate Park with my sister-in-law, she spent the whole time thinking about how to best cook each of the many different fish there.)
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Re: Marmot Harassment

Postby hikerchick395 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:32 am

The only time that I remember having to guard our camp was at Barrett Lakes. It was a a long time ago...August after the big winter of '82-'83. A lot of snow still up there. And it rained every day, so when the sun did come out, our camp looked a bit like a yard sale, with things drying out.

Over the ridge here, well up into Little Lakes Valley, the varmints are lurking, waiting for you to pee. (Had the deer and mountain sheep run over after you peed in Olympic National Park a few years ago. They didn't care if they were just one foot away from you...)

I feel fortunate that, as far as I remember at this moment, the only thing I had a varmint chew up was a sock.
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