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

Postby John Dittli » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:26 am

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

Postby LMBSGV » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:19 pm

Nothing quite as spectacular as a helicopter, but along with the usual cans, bottles, balloons, etc. I did come across a full set of bed springs at a campsite in the Minarets many years ago.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby frediver » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:17 am

Other than normal bits n pieces I did have one lucky find, two faded but full cans of beer.
I've often thought of returning the favor and packing in a six pack to stash a can at a time
for some other lucky hiker.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby oldranger » Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:02 am

Speaking of beer,

In the early 70s a friend and I hiked in over Cottonwood Pass, down to Whitney Meadows. In the middle of the meadow we found an old glass jar filled with Malt (though an ingredient of beer that is not the connection). Later in the day we got near where the map indicated a gauging station along Golden Trout Creek. I told my friend if we went down close to the creek it was likely we would find a decent campsite. We did. Then as I usually do I started poking around along the stream and shortly came back to camp with 5 bottles of Brew 102. Not the best but beggars can't be ..... The bottles had cork inside the caps and a couple were rotted out so some of the beer was spoiled. But all in all it was a great find.

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

Postby trav867 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:58 am

Thats a good find! There's a lot of junk in big whitney meadow isn't there? Oil drums, tools, old fence and the like.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby rlown » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:17 pm

In 2007, i did find two Garcia bear canisters full of food and a gallon of coleman white gas at Upper Mattie in Yose in early october. No one around but our party. Oh yeah, and the gill-nets.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby frediver » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:46 pm

One thing does bother me about picking up "abandoned" items, am I positive they are
actually "abandoned" and not a pre-positioned "Cache" that someone is depending on?
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby rlown » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:51 pm

frediver wrote:One thing does bother me about picking up "abandoned" items, am I positive they are
actually "abandoned" and not a pre-positioned "Cache" that someone is depending on?


Yeah, we just found them and looked at them. We didn't bother them. It was clear they were a cache for the following year's net haulout.. I'm not saying some in my party didnt have ideas, but the permit was under my name and they knew where i was going.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby oldranger » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:35 pm

Russ,

Russ, I think I would have moved the canisters and white gas far enough to shake up the owners but not so far that they couldn't easily spot them. But that is just my perverted sense of humor. :D

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

Postby rlown » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:40 pm

we moved nothing. it was sad enough to see what they did, without advertising it.

i better not find another lake not advertised for rehabilitation.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby oldranger » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:42 pm

One thing does bother me about picking up "abandoned" items, am I positive they are
actually "abandoned" and not a pre-positioned "Cache" that someone is depending on?


99% of the time it is pretty easy to tell. I've left notes on my stuff when I was away for a couple of days. Of course no one found it so the notes were irrelevant.

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

Postby rlown » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:24 pm

oldranger wrote:
99% of the time it is pretty easy to tell. I've left notes on my stuff when I was away for a couple of days. Of course no one found it so the notes were irrelevant.

Mike


Funny, I leave notes on my stuff as well if i have to go out and come back, like in late Sept:

"Please do not disturb this 150lbs of bear meat. I'll be back to pick it up on Oct 1st.

Hugs,

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After the snowstorm, i didn't think anyone be there. It was more for any ranger that might creep in.

The other item i seem to find a lot of are flimsy steel BBQ grates. I see like 1 a year.
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