Coolest Find While Hiking

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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Navigaiter » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:02 pm

I'm going to say this story qualifies, though it wasn't me that did the finding.

Back in 2002, three of us were on a week-long climbing trip in the San Juans. On day 4, after having climbed Sunshine, Redcloud, and Handies, and after having driven from there to the Matterhorn creek trailhead, we planned to attempt both Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn in a day.

We almost made it. After a successful morning summit of Uncompahgre, we backtracked and started up Wetterhorn. Unfortunately, at about 13,000 feet, weather moved in, and we had to bail. We ran across the tundra in the basin below Wetterhorn as we were pelted with hail. My buddy's favorite hat flew off in the gail.

He was pretty bummed. That hat had been with him on every climb.

The next day, we made plans to re-attempt Wetterhorn. On the way up, my buddy decided to head down off the trail a bit to see if he could run into his hat. I figured there was no way he'd ever find it, since we were ascending a different route than the one where we ran down the basin.

Somehow, in that gigantic basin, he found it, even though it was green and well camouflaged. Unfortunately, marmots had already chewed up the salt-stained brim, but I'll always remember him randomly finding his hat again, against all odds, as one of the coolest moments in my climbing life.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby NM_Hiker » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:23 pm

serenity :)
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby wrxpilot » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:16 pm

10 years ago I was hiking around down in Mt Vernon Canyon, just outside of Golden. Mt Vernon is the canyon paralleling I-70. I'm not really sure why I decided to hike down there, I was just bored that day I guess.

Anyway, I came across a wrecked Ford Explorer that was completely crushed and on its roof. I was wondering how long it had been down there, and was surprised the CSP or whoever just left it. As I approached the driver side, I noticed a mummified hand sticking out what was left of the driver side window. Yep, the driver's body was still in there. Turns out he was a Denver Post executive returning from a night in Central City (Hwy 6 was closed for construction at the time). Somehow he lost control on EB I-70, hit the guard rail, and flipped into the canyon. He had been missing for about three months before I found the wreckage. That was definitely a weird day.

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