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Hardware in the backcountry?

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:42 am
by Gazelle
Anyone know what thes are? They were found on a off trail pass. Just wondering!! Seems wierd!
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Kristine

Re: Hardware in the backcountry?

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:45 am
by rlown
Are there any bridge crossings nearby on either side of the pass?

Re: Hardware in the backcountry?

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:18 pm
by Gazelle
No

Re: Hardware in the backcountry?

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:29 pm
by rlown
Send the picture to the nearest ranger station, and ask. The carriage bolts look new, and they aren't climbing gear. As far as I know, no one carries carriage bolts for fun.

An example: https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpubs/ ... dpi300.pdf

Re: Hardware in the backcountry?

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:27 am
by The Other Tom
rlown wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:29 pm
Send the picture to the nearest ranger station, and ask. The carriage bolts look new, and they aren't climbing gear. As far as I know, no one carries carriage bolts for fun.

An example: https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpubs/ ... dpi300.pdf
Correct. Generally used to bolt two pieces of wood together, like when making a bridge or perhaps a cabin.

Re: Hardware in the backcountry?

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:42 am
by Wandering Daisy
Although not probably linked to the bolts you found, a few years ago, some "survivalist" individual was caught by rangers. The survivalist was hauling cement to an off-trail location. He was building a structure and had already poured half the foundation, to live out the "end of the world", as he thought was going to happen soon. He was cited, and his structure was demolished. I doubt he is the only one with such crazy ideas.

Re: Hardware in the backcountry?

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:51 pm
by dave54
Either a trail crew packing in material for a bridge or other trail structure dropped them
--or--
The fell out of a helicopter external load (cargo net) packing in material for a cabin or other structure. Since this was off-trail, I would suspect that, as a trail crew would stick to established trails but a helicopter would fly through a pass.

Major no-no to lose cargo from an external load.