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

Postby Tom_H » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:33 am

Back in the 70s the USFS rangers in Uncompaghre NF (now a wilderness area) would go in with mules and carry out junk if you found and properly bagged it, so on our guided trips we'd do eco projects as part of teaching about wilderness conservation, e.g. cleanup of old elk hunters' and shepherds' camps. I remember on one trip I was leading we found a single low brush type cedar or juniper. We pulled out enough rusty old cans hidden beneath the brush boughs to fill up six 55 gallon trash bags.



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

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:24 am

Same thing for me with the Shasta Cola. I never knew that brand was so old.

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Of course I have found cans and bottles of all types. Plenty of can dumps if you look around. Most of the time they aren't that interesting because nothing can be read on them but every once in awhile you do find something like that.

At Tunemah Lake I looked into a crack between a rock and found an old spam can with the old style twist tool to peel the lid off. I could read the ingredients and all it said was chopped pork shoulder, salt, spices. I was thinking hell nothing wrong with that. Not the mystery meat you might think it was. Of course it's not as good anymore.

In America it's pretty much a felony to reuse any protect. Or to use it in a way not a described. I like how they used to actually print it on glass bottles way back. I have found more than one really nice looking glass bottles that made a big point of being printed near the top that it's a violation of federal law to reuse this bottle. :lol:
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby WarrenFork » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:09 pm

I remember seeing Shasta cans like the first one pictured as a kid but the "DO NOT FREEZE" on your cola can is new to me. According to a collector's site I just browsed, that dates it to the late 1950's. Someone on eBay has a set of three cans like that in similar rusty condition with a buy-it-now price of $60.00.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:41 pm

Yeah I figured they had collectors value but I left them where I found them which was at the small lake in the middle of Red Rock Basin.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby Cross Country » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:18 pm

I'm surprised that no one ever found a chair nor a rubber raft.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby rlown » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:25 pm

Cross Country wrote:I'm surprised that no one ever found a chair nor a rubber raft.


We did. They weren't junk. we used the two chairs and two rafts at Lillian. We even politely repacked them in the large Rubbermaid container and put them back after we were done, with a friendly thank-you note.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:58 pm

I found a chair at the Graveyard Lakes. I used it.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby Shhsgirl » Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:55 pm

Near a lake (I forget the name) in Desolation a few years ago my husband and I found someone's marijuana in a nice plastic container. Then we found his/her teeth in another one. Must have been pretty stoned to forget his teeth.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby Jimr » Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:30 pm

I think I know that guy
What?!
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby Cross Country » Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:07 pm

At the lake below Eagle Scout Peak Mike and I found a grill for cooking fish. That really came in handy.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby Cross Country » Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:17 pm

I swear to god this is true. At laurel lake another backpacker and I discoverd a box and a parachute that was labeled "radioactive". I hesitated to opern it but my aquaintace convinced me that the label was just to presearve this illigal drop from someone like us. We opened it and found two six packs. We put some of the bear in the water and were drinking some after dark when we heard water splashing. Although we had seen nobody at the lake all day we suspected that someone was helping themselves to the beer. Here is the good part. We saw a bear in the water above our beer and the the bear had his head in a very upright position. We chased off the bear and examined the situation. We discovered 2 unopened cans in the water and severl empty cans with teeth mark holes. We drank the last 2 cans.
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Re: Crap/junk you have found in the back country?

Postby Cross Country » Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:17 pm

I had forgotten this until I read the account here about the beer.
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