Coolest Find While Hiking

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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby 14erFred » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:17 am

On a solo climb of Tabeguache in June 1987, a ghostly apparition guided me safely through the fog down to Jennings Creek during a violent storm. I've never been able to determine exactly what it was -- perhaps the Angel of Shavano?
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Dank » Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:24 pm

A few weeks ago in LCW my wife and I came across this saddle.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Rick Canter » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:56 pm

I was hiking from Riflesight Notch near Winter Park, toward James Peak. I went a bit off-trail by design at Rogers Pass, just to peer over the nearby ridge. I found a headlamp and when I put fresh batteries in it, it worked.

This makes up for the hand-made Korean bandanna I lost high on Mt. Princeton...
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:26 pm

14erFred wrote:On a solo climb of Tabeguache in June 1987, a ghostly apparition guided me safely through the fog down to Jennings Creek during a violent storm. I've never been able to determine exactly what it was -- perhaps the Angel of Shavano?

Brocken spectre maybe?
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby powhound » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:06 am

When I first read this thread a few weeks ago, it reminded me of many cool things I've found through the years. Two of which were aptly named encounters:
A crystal geode on Crystal Peak ... and while descending Peak 9 and entering the Breck ski area near the ski run called "Boneyard", I found an almost intact skeleton of a moose.

However, this also jogged my memory of another item I found a long time ago...

Sept.1984 ... I was in Custer State Park, South Dakota and went hiking in the "Needles" area. I was wandering around off trail and scrambled up a random rock tower. I found this "message in a bottle"... a note written on birch bark, stuffed in a rusty old Prince Albert tobacco can ... wedged in a crack in the rock formation. Apparently it had been there for 68 years.

The note requested that if anyone found it to leave their name in the can too. I didn't have a pencil or paper with me, so I took it, intending to write the guy as he also requested. Well, I figured he was probably dead or moved on, so I thought there was no rush ... and set it aside and promptly forgot all about it. It remained lost in storage for almost three decades. Then I found it (again) just two nights ago while cleaning out old junk in my garage. What a coincidence to come across it after reading this thread!

When I opened it, the birch bark started to crack. I realized that if I kept it, it would soon disintegrate as it is now over 97 years old. I contacted the South Dakota State Historical Society and sent them photos to see if they were interested in having it. I heard back this morning and the curator is very interested in preserving/displaying it. So far, so good.

I did some poking around online to try to locate a family member, and didn't come up with anything. However, I requested that the museum try to find a living relative. If they could, that would be amazing if someone unexpectedly heard that their great, great grandfather had a museum item on display. That would complete the circle and redeem my forgetfulness from 30 years ago. Now that would be cool!

The note reads:

Saturday August 26, 1916
Topped for the first time by Richard Graham Stevenson Rochester NY
The next man to climb this peak please leave his name in the enclosure.
Will you also please write me a card explaining your climb.
Wishing you a safe journey down the "needle".
Yours
R.G.S.
102 Colby
Rochester, NY
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby davebks » Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:14 pm

Last winter I found a wedding ring sitting at the top of one of the Ptarmigan Fingers (snow climb) in RMNP. I am guessing someone took off a glove in winter and it fell off, then I found it in the spring.
I am still trying to find the owner but no luck so far.
Coincidentally it was just a few weeks before I got married, which is weird.

p.s. the note in the can is AWESOME!
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Canadian_bass » Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:30 pm

Powhoud,

I actually was raised in Rochester, NY and now live and work in the area again. I work just a few block from that address, which can be seen here:

http://goo.gl/maps/pUVaO

I checked Zwillow. The house was built in 1910. Perhaps Mr. Stevenson was the first owner? Back then that was a well to do area. Lots of Kodak execs etc. Pretty crazy. I'll see if I can wrangle any information about that family...next of kin...etc. Great find.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby bking14ers » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:12 pm

The coolest thing I found/only thing I found was a folding stainless steel cat hole shovel. Ironicaly I found it when I stopped to take a piss while hiking in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby rijaca » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:49 pm

I have found some new friends!!! :-D
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby LoveThisSite » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:15 pm

I've had a few "interesting" experiences, but the coolest thing I discovered was myself.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Kiefer » Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:55 am

LoveThisSite wrote:I've had a few "interesting" experiences, but the coolest thing I discovered was myself.


Probably the best response! =D>

For me however, it was...THIS. :mrgreen:
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby jam6880 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:02 am

^That is too cute Kiefer!!!!!

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