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Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby mokelumnekid » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:25 pm

What junk/stuff have you found in the backcountry? Outside of a few old weather balloons, these are the largest item. Obviously old and stashed in deep brush along the south fork Kings, west of the JMT. Right at the eastern edge of the second large rockslide to be specific. Old style wood core and waxables with broken/shattered tip, and a three-pin front binding (!). LONG way to post-hole out if you lose your skis.....


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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby ERIC » Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:00 pm

great topic.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby trav867 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:38 am

What a find! I've never found anything beyond the usual balloons, socks, and old tin cans.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby copeg » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:44 am

Most items that comes to mind is the usual junk I carry out when I see it: balloons, clothing scraps, etc....I did fid a huge metal grill in northern yosemite this summer (not the thin light kind, but thick metal), most likely to cook fish on, then the idiot bailed on carrying it out.

Can't help but wonder about the story behind those skis :-k
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby Hikin Mike » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:07 pm

Found some party balloons years ago. I've seen lots of old miner equipment, but I'm not carrying that! :lol:
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby dave54 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:00 pm

A helium balloon with a note inside, from a 3rd grade class from Eureka, CA. The note asked for details about who/where/when found etc.

We wrote a very detailed account and sent it. Later, a very nice thank you note signed by about thirty kids arrived in the mail, with details of all the balloon replies enclosed. Just doing my part for grade school science projects :)

Remote part of Plumas NF, Buck Wilderness. About a mile from the nearest trail, in a steep thick brushfield -- a folding stepladder. :confused: Never did figger that one out.

An old inflate-a-date. I left it there, looked used. There is some trash I won't pick up.

A stash of cast iron cookware (pots, dutch oven, grate) near a fairly well used lake. Someone had carefully cached and hidden it to avoid packing it in and out.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby mokelumnekid » Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:59 pm

Okay going to restart this thread- yes I did "find" this in the backcountry in part because I was not far away and saw it go down; summer of 1980 I recall (or was it '79?). Location is somewhere in the general vicinity of the East Fork Carson River but I don't recall exactly where- but my guess is directly west of Dumont's Meadow.

Luckily no one was injured, it didn't fall very far as it was a failure on take-off. I was told the wreckage was lifted-out shortly after the accident. Bunch of fat geologists (like me) and their rocks. Anybody else find stuff like this hiding out there?
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby ERIC » Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:25 pm

Yikes :eek: mokelumnekid. Notwithstanding poopin' their knickers, they appear to have been lucky to have walked away from that mess.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby BSquared » Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:34 pm

How about the opposite: what have you left in the backcountry. To get the confessional rolling, I have to make the following admission: I left Trail Crest this year with my (full) wag bag firmly stuffed into the outside pocket of my pack. I arrived at Trail Camp with an empty outside pocket. Ew!

Now, I'm a pretty conscientious leave-no-tracer, but I confess here and now that my consceientiousness knows some bounds, and retracing my steps up the 100 switchbacks is beyond those bounds. So, my apologies to my compatriots in the wilderness, and the next time I find someone else's wag-bag, I promise I'll pick it up and carry it out.

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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby mokelumnekid » Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:10 pm

I haven't left much of anything (yet). But here's another snap of fallen bird pictured above.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby oldranger » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:17 pm

Bill,

Now that you bring it up I left my new spoon up at Glacier Lake in the Eagle Cap. One minute it was in my hand the next minute it was gone. I spent the last half hour before dark combing the area and another 1/2 hour the next morning. Problem was the spoon was the same color as the rock!

Damn am I embarrassed!

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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby oldranger » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:31 pm

I can't begin to describe all the crap I found in the backcountry--Whole tents that were shredded after being left set up in the winter, more fishing lures, hooks, and line than I can count. Sets of pots and pans and food abandoned when a group got hit by a snowstorm. Hundreds of pounds of foil, wire, barbed wire, broken glass, flashlights, tennis shoes, boots, whiskey bottles, a large first aid kit, hats,hundreds of helium party balloons, horseshoes, nails, prescription medicine, fishing rod and reel, coleman stove, sheepherder stove, decks of cards, crashed planes, cast iron skillets, sheets of plastic, a weather balloon, dead horses, halters and lead ropes. On second thought I just began to describe some of the crap I have found ... :angry:

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