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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby MountainHiker » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:30 am

Dex wrote:
TeamDino5280 wrote:This is in the Monte Christo Drainage in the 10-Mile

The rock on top is the size of a mini-van......



The cairn builders got tired of putting the small rocks on top.

No, they saw on 14ers.com that some people kick over cairns. So they thought, okay, have a go at this one!
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:32 am

Not my find but on one of my Long's Peak climbs I ran into another hiker that had found a very old wallet. When he turned it in to the ranger station at the trailhead the ranger couldn't believe his eyes. Turns out that the driver's license showed it belonged to Dick Kezlan - he's the guy that slid down Lamb's Slide and ended up having brain surgery performed on him on the mountain by Dr. Luce back in 1968. Apparently he had lost it during the rescue.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby TeamDino5280 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:38 am

MountainHiker wrote:
Dex wrote:
TeamDino5280 wrote:This is in the Monte Christo Drainage in the 10-Mile

The rock on top is the size of a mini-van......



The cairn builders got tired of putting the small rocks on top.

No, they saw on 14ers.com that some people kick over cairns. So they thought, okay, have a go at this one!


Dont worry if anyone wants to go see it I marked the way with bright PINK tape :-$
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby 14RBND » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:34 am

Came home from middle school and found my ten speed bike had been stolen out of the garage. We lived on edge of desert and I used to take our Basset Hound out for a hike in desert after school each day. We hiked about a mile into desert and the dog pulled off of the trail to what at first looked like a pile of old wood. As he pulled me over to the pile of wood I caught the edge of a pedal sticking up out of the wood. It was my bike !!! The dog was the one who found it and to this day had to be the coolest thing I (we) , ever found on a hike.. =D>

Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:47 am

Was off route on Mt. Massive last November, stumbled upon a lot of the wreckage from the crash. I kept a gear that I pulled out of the snow, the entire thing happened to be recorded on my helmet cam and on youtube.

Fast forward to this last memorial day, a sister of one of the victims of the crash sent me a message on Facebook asking if I was the same guy with the youtube video. I told her I was indeed. I offered the part I kept and she said it would mean the world if she could have it. I mailed it off to her and she messaged me saying she got it on her brother's birthday, of all days.

It felt good knowing I helped a family get some closure from a painful event. I can't imagine what that must have been like.

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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby smoove » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:54 am

Somewhat of a Prick wrote:Was off route on Mt. Massive last November, stumbled upon a lot of the wreckage from the crash. I kept a gear that I pulled out of the snow, the entire thing happened to be recorded on my helmet cam and on youtube.

Fast forward to this last memorial day, a sister of one of the victims of the crash sent me a message on Facebook asking if I was the same guy with the youtube video. I told her I was indeed. I offered the part I kept and she said it would mean the world if she could have it. I mailed it off to her and she messaged me saying she got it on her brother's birthday, of all days.

It felt good knowing I helped a family get some closure from a painful event. I can't imagine what that must have been like.


Now that is cool. Thanks for sharing. Only "somewhat" of a prick occasionally, right??

Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Somewhat of a Prick » Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:56 am

smoove wrote:
Somewhat of a Prick wrote:Was off route on Mt. Massive last November, stumbled upon a lot of the wreckage from the crash. I kept a gear that I pulled out of the snow, the entire thing happened to be recorded on my helmet cam and on youtube.

Fast forward to this last memorial day, a sister of one of the victims of the crash sent me a message on Facebook asking if I was the same guy with the youtube video. I told her I was indeed. I offered the part I kept and she said it would mean the world if she could have it. I mailed it off to her and she messaged me saying she got it on her brother's birthday, of all days.

It felt good knowing I helped a family get some closure from a painful event. I can't imagine what that must have been like.


Now that is cool. Thanks for sharing. Only "somewhat" of a prick occasionally, right??


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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby djkest » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:08 pm

Someone left a $2 bill on the summit of West Spanish Peak. I was conflicted about what to do with it, but I ended up keeping it. It probably wouldn't have lasted too long in that harsh environment, and the summit isn't visited by a lot of people. I suspect the guy who reached the summit before me left it there.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby DaveLanders » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:43 pm

I found a 1920's era silver dollar when I was setting up my tent near the south end of the Colorado Trail.

I found an umbrella on the ridge near Mosquito Pass. I wonder what the story was behind that - did it
start buzzing because of a thunderstorm, and someone abandoned it?

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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby geojed » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:47 pm

djkest wrote:Someone left a $2 bill on the summit of West Spanish Peak. I was conflicted about what to do with it, but I ended up keeping it. It probably wouldn't have lasted too long in that harsh environment, and the summit isn't visited by a lot of people. I suspect the guy who reached the summit before me left it there.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby painless4u2 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:30 pm

While backpacking to a very remote site in the Lincoln National Forest, near Guadalupe Mountains NP, we came across a campsite that had a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars hanging in a tree. They had been there for some time and were a little weathered, but still quite functional. Unfortunately, it was my friend who saw them first, so he got a very nice (and expensive) bit of gear.
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Re: Coolest Find While Hiking

Postby Jim Davies » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:20 pm

djkest wrote:Someone left a $2 bill on the summit of West Spanish Peak.

That reminds me of another... About 10 years ago I scrambled to the top of an exposed non-technical rock fin near Mount Muscoco. Before leaving, I decided to mark my presence and left a dime on the rock. The next time I was up there was a few years later, and I found a nickel.... hmmm, I'm pretty sure I left a dime... So I took the nickel and left two pennies. Haven't been up there since, maybe it's time to check it again....
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