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Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

Postby Ska-T » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:20 pm

This past July 4th weekend I did a short backpack of the 20 Lakes Basin out of Saddlebag Lake just east of Tioga Pass. On the way back to the car on July 3rd we were hiking the loop clockwise and had just come over Lundy Pass. I was 5 or 10 minutes ahead of my partner and passed a young couple who I said hi to. By the time my partner passed them the guy was taking a drone out of his pack and proceeded to launch it.

"Sorry if I ruin your outdoor experience", he said, "but I'm going to fly my drone."

I had stopped to wait for my partner and heard and saw this drone flying back at the pass and wondered what the hell was going on. I got the story when my friend caught up to me.

All I can say is that guy is lucky I'm not a slower hiker. Am I being unreasonable and old fashioned? Are there any laws yet prohibiting drones from the National Forest or would I be in the wrong for (verbally or otherwise) spanking that young techie's butt?



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Re: Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:34 pm

Inyo NFS:
Activities like backpacking, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, and horse camping are allowed. Motorized or mechanical activities, like drones or bicycles, are not allowed in wilderness. There are maintained trails through the area to hike on, but no developed campground facilities. Groups are limited to 15 people or less, in order to preserve the solitude and tranquility of the backcountry.


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Re: Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

Postby Ska-T » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:36 pm

Thanks, Mav. I going to start carrying a paddle.
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Re: Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:37 pm

not unreasonable. If appropriately equipped, my response would have been more direct towards the craft.

Had a neighbor's kid drop a drone in the pasture. flew it too high and the wind blew it 1/3 mile downwind. Laws are coming on drones, but more about how/where to fly and licensing. I would prefer the ol' 12 gauge, but that's just me. No drone tag yet, but...

and good luck on the enforcement. Where illegal, the best evidence is the pilot yelling at you in front of a witness, "you broke my drone!".
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Re: Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

Postby ERIC » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:45 pm

If he hadn't made the statement he had, that might have been a teaching moment on the regulations. But he obviously knew what he was doing may be impacting your Sierra experience (and he was going to do it anyway). So in that situation, myself, I would have found a nice way to pump him for his first and last name, followed by taking some pictures, followed by a smile and informing him I was going to report him. :)

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Re: Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:51 pm

Pull!! The smile comes after the drone destruction.
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Re: Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:52 pm

I would have replied "I hope you don't mind losing your expensive toy, because I'm going to make sure it doesn't come back to you. You can ask at the nearest national forest office where I will turn it in." And hike off, after taking his picture.

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Re: Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

Postby Ska-T » Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:07 pm

ERIC wrote:If he hadn't made the statement he had, that might have been a teaching moment on the regulations.

In a perfect world he would be a member here and the teaching moment could still occur. But I doubt that is the case.
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Re: Drone in 20 Lakes Basin

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