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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby grizz » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:59 am

I love how some members on this site compare 14ers to Everest… seems to happen weekly.
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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby gcoldewey » Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:19 pm

Not related to this thread...but David, nice shot of the monument on Guadalupe Peak. That's a nice climb when it's not too hot. Way to be Texan and be proud from one Texan to another!

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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby cletons » Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:04 pm

My wilderness experience has now officially been completely enhanced by the above pink font...cool. I noticed. And you know don't forget all the annoying noises that intrude on the wilderness experience like people talking about the latest episode of Scrubs or whatever...or people saying "way to go, you're almost there"...I have taken to wearing my Ipod for some of my hike just to avoid hearing conversations...maybe we should enlist a mountain code of silence to go along with a code against strewn gear....and as a p.s., please know Mr. Irish American, I am proud to be a Texan-American...don't forget it...

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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby David Connolly » Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:28 am

"people talking about the latest episode of Scrubs or whatever..."
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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby Jim Davies » Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:18 am

Carol & I packed out not one, but two abandoned water bottles off of Quandary yesterday. One was half-filled with a yellow liquid that proved, after I cringily opened it, to be gatorade. The other was a Nalgene covered with stickers. If anyone wishes to claim them, they'll be in my garbage can until the next pickup on Wednesday morning.
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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby otr13 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:37 pm

When I cache/hang food and/or water on backpacking trips, I will write on some duct tape w/a Sharpie something like:
"Please do not remove. Cache placed on 8/2...will pick up on 8/4" and put that on on my food bag or dromedary.
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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby dustj » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:51 pm

LNT...?
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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby fluxrad » Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:07 pm

otr13 wrote:When I cache/hang food and/or water on backpacking trips, I will write on some duct tape w/a Sharpie something like:
"Please do not remove. Cache placed on 8/2...will pick up on 8/4" and put that on on my food bag or dromedary.


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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby cbinkley » Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:40 pm

dustj wrote:LNT...?


Not 'L'ing if you intent to carry it out eventually... To be a symantic nit picker... It's not called Leave No Temporary Cache (LNTC), eh? 8)

I think it's not so much a LNT as a "Don't get seperated from your stuff" thing.

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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby covfrrider » Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:42 pm

Just to play Devil's advocate for a minute here... Why would you leave any piece of gear behind that you may need in the event of an emergency or change of plans? What if you have to pursue an alternate route later in your trip? So, trekking poles weigh what? 2 lbs, maybe 3? If you really think that much weight makes that big of a difference, maybe you shouldn't carry poles at all. Kinda like the old, should I take my crampons? argument... IMHO, if you are carrying your ice axe, it probably means that there is steep enough snow that it may warrant crampon use, so best to have them and not use them, than to get in a jam and wish you had them.

As far as caching, I will cache a gatorade once in a while, providing there is a snow bank or cold arse creek to stick it in, in a very discrete way, otherwise, what's the point? And losing a $1 bottle of gatorade is a lot different than losing trekking poles or snowshoes.

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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby utepasspro » Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:12 pm

i'm really surprised that somebody would see gear and not leave it alone. Talk about obnoxious! Maybe i've just hiked the wrong mountains but every conversation i've had with someone on a 14er has been polite as if we're all in the same boat- struggling for air and thankful for the back yard we have up here...i can't believe that gear gets stolen on a regular basis- that blows me away. I was up on Massive this week and passed an abandoned tarp and just left it alone...figured somebody was coming back for it..thought that was standard practice
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Re: stolen trekking poles on Quandary

Postby AT14er » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:52 pm

Hopefully mountain Karma will sort things out.

I will continue to leave my basecamp tent and related accessories at basecamp.

However, we should remember that separation from essential gear is not wise (especially during cold weather climbing). Backpacker Magazine has featured stories of folks who left packs for the final summit push, only to loose their gear due to a combination of disorientation and changing weather conditions. They were up the preverbal s!@# creek without a paddle.

Although socks, poles and snowshoes are not essential, raincoat, food and water likely are.

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