THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby climbing_rob » Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:17 pm

tmathews wrote:
climbing_rob wrote:In case anyone's wondering where Cairns actually come from, we found out quite a few years ago; they are born in Canyonlands NP, on the Joint Trail; zillions of them. Here's proof:

http://homepage.mac.com/lyolacliff/.Pictures/Slide%20Shows/Public/Image-424AC16543EA11D8.jpg


I do believe that is the largest birth canal I've ever seen. :mrgreen:
Wow, I honestly hadn't noticed that. Quite obvious now! So the last question I might ask, since we now know the mom, who's the Dad?
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Postby Doug Shaw » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:05 pm

So the last question I might ask, since we now know the mom, who's the Dad?

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Postby Skip Perkins » Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:14 pm

I'd say that if you remember what the birth canal looks like from that direction, you have an incredible memory.
Also - If a cairn falls in the night, with no one around, does it make any sound. Now I have a headache!!
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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby tmathews » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:16 pm

Doug Shaw wrote:
So the last question I might ask, since we now know the mom, who's the Dad?

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That, or Sunlight Spire!

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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby MUni Rider » Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:53 pm

climbing_rob wrote:In case anyone's wondering where Cairns actually come from, we found out quite a few years ago; they are born in Canyonlands NP, on the Joint Trail; zillions of them. Here's proof:

http://homepage.mac.com/lyolacliff/.Pictures/Slide%20Shows/Public/Image-424AC16543EA11D8.jpg


Actually, I found the true breeding ground in Nepal. There were thousands upon thousands all along the hillside for a really long time enroute to Gokyo around the lakes. Must be something in that lake water. This cairn nest was huge! The picture might be hard to make out as I had to dumb it down to upload. The picture doesn't do it justice.
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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby cougar » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:28 pm

cairn beach

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the glasses were left there
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the ones in Arches are pretty cool - they build them like mini-arches. This one was at Delicate Arch

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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby blonderoadkill » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:19 pm

cheeseburglar wrote:I hope cairns are the solution to that pesky double summitting problem many of us have but don't even know we have. What is double summiting?


In my mind, double summiting would be completing two summits in a trip. Unintentional double summiting (which is what I almost did) would be climbing Sheridan, looking over to a taller peak, facepalming, and then climbing Sherman.

To those recommending orienteering courses, I couldn't agree more. It has been seven years since I was in the scouts, and almost as long since I've held a physical topo map. Is there a cheap source for reliable maps anyone can recommend?

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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby DeTour » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:03 am

Skip Perkins wrote:Also - If a cairn falls in the night, with no one around, does it make any sound. Now I have a headache!!

This reminds me of my favorite tourist t-shirt in Estes Park: If a man speaks in the woods and no woman is around to hear him, is he still wrong?
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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby mcdbrendan » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:22 am

blonderoadkill wrote: Is there a cheap source for reliable maps anyone can recommend?

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Check out this site for free Topo maps you can print. I picked up some Nat Geo map paper and it works great with my home printer.
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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby blonderoadkill » Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:31 pm

Thanks (/mcdbrendan)! exactly what I was looking for. And I hadn't even heard of waterproof paper before, so thanks for that too. I love this forum already.
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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby flintster » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:39 pm

What if you saw this cairn? Would you follow it? Where is it taking you?
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Re: THANK YOU to all cairn builders and maintainers!

Postby Doug Shaw » Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:03 pm

flintster wrote:What if you saw this cairn? ... Where is it taking you?


Seems pretty clear from the photo. Let's ask this gentleman...
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