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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby hikin_jim » Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:39 am

Stove, yes, and coals, yes too. I used a Ti-Tri from Trail Designs. EXCELLENT stove.

You can see the Ti-Tri immediately behind the fish I'm cleaning in this photo. There are several fish wrapped up in the aluminum foil that you can see atop the stove.
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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby hikin_jim » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:21 pm

I'm somewhat bemused that this has turned into fishing and stove post (I mean, I am hoping my wedding ring will be found) :)

But since a couple of people have asked me about what stove I was using, here's a write up I did on said stove: The Ti-Tri Stove. "Tri" refers to its three fuels: alcohol, ESBIT, and wood. The kinda cool thing about this particular stove is that it works equally well on all three. There are other stoves that burn wood that you can kind of burn alcohol in, but just kind of. Not so with the Ti-Tri which works equally well on all three fuels. It's one of my "go to" stoves.

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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby hikin_jim » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:51 pm

If someone were to find my ring, I would like to offer a cash reward of $100. Trail magic is a wonderful thing, but I think a modicum of compensation would be warranted, and given the ring's sentimental value (it's just Ti, so no big monetary value), I am happy to offer a reward.

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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:38 pm

You may have to melt that ti pot and make a new ti wedding ring!
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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby hikin_jim » Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:06 am

What? Heck no! That's my favorite pot. I love my wife, but even love has it's limits. ;)

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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby hikin_jim » Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:53 pm

If anyone is headed out in the vicinity of Charlotte Lake this weekend, please keep an eye out for my ring. :)
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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby gdurkee » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:10 pm

Jim:

Hi. I sent your description and map to the Charlotte Ranger, Jim Syvertsen. He's going in tomorrow (Sunday 6/22). He said he'd look for it. Hope hes' successful!

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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby hikin_jim » Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:00 pm

Wow. Thank you very much, George. I talked to the Cedar Grove Visitor Center again on Friday morning, and they mentioned the ranger at Charlotte Lake, but they seemed hesitant to contact him for some reason.

A PCT Through Hiker that I know just looked for my ring earlier today, but he didn't find the two large jobsite type tool chests. Hopefully Jim will know where they are. I'll put a more detailed description below, although it may now be too late to get in touch with him?

MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION:
If one were walking west on the trail along Charlotte Lake, one would first come to the ranger station, then to the NPS bear locker, and then to the west end of the lake. As the trail draws even with the west end of Charlotte Lake, it is some distance away from the outlet stream. As the trail proceeds further west, it turns a bit to the left (~SW) and comes closer to the outlet stream. If one looks to the right (~NW), there is a bit of a rise with a pretty faint use trail going toward it. If one were to follow this faint use trail, there is a flat area, suitable for a large group to camp in on a sort of bench type area that is just above and slightly to the north of the Charlotte Lake trail. West of this flat area there is a bit of a rise, the crest of an indistinct ridge. In an cluster of trees more or less on the crest of the indistinct ridge are two large jobsite type tool chests. The brand name "Knaack" can be seen on at least one of the tool chests. These tool chests are similar in size to a NPS bear locker but are a bit lighter in color. The eastern most of these two tool chests can be seen from the above described flat area but most definitely cannot be seen from the Charlotte Lake Trail. I lost my ring in the flat area just east of the two tool boxes, perhaps 30 yards east, perhaps a bit less. As I recall, I set my ring on a rock that might have been about 18 to 24 inches in height while I washed up. I have revised slightly my topo map of the vicinity; I have now sketched in the faint use trail using yellow dots. Note also that the tool chests are on the crest of the indistinct ridge (placement approximate) and that the lost ring location is just east of the tool chests.

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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby SummitAntics » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:41 pm

Hey - I know Jim, the backcountry ranger stationed at Charlotte Lake this summer, and will be visiting him sometime in the next few weekends. I've sent him your note, and can add a picture for you if you'd like to email or post one here. If he finds it, I'm happy to mail it back to you. Bonne chance-
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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:24 pm

Hi SummitAntics,

Welcome to HST! Thank you for offering your help to a fellow member. :thumbsup:
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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- Charlotte Lake

Postby hikin_jim » Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:47 am

SummitAntics wrote:Hey - I know Jim, the backcountry ranger stationed at Charlotte Lake this summer, and will be visiting him sometime in the next few weekends. I've sent him your note, and can add a picture for you if you'd like to email or post one here. If he finds it, I'm happy to mail it back to you. Bonne chance-

Wow, that would be great if you could talk to him and he could look for it. Of course I understand that it's a bit of a "needle in a haystack", but if he has time to look a bit just east of those big tool chests in the flat area, that would be great. Other than wedding photos, I don't think I have any photos of the ring itself, but I'll see what I can dig up. It's just a plain man's titanium wedding ring. I'm on vacation right now with my wife and daughter (visiting mom), but should be home tomorrow night, so maybe I can post something on Sunday.

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Re: Lost Wedding Ring -- FOUND

Postby hikin_jim » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:25 pm

UPDATE 7/6/2014: My ring was found by JMT through hiker Tim. Thank you to all who searched (especially Tim!).

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