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Postby Scott P » Sat May 12, 2007 5:27 pm

Have you ever left camp set up for a lighter-weight summit day and had your gear messed with?

Yes, but only by marmots in Colorado, ravens in the Grand Canyon, and skunks in Southern Utah.

Other than that no, and I've had over one thousand camps (mentioned only for statistical purposes on theft) in the mountains. I could be lucky though and it (theft) could happen, but seems rare in CO, at least away from the cities.
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Postby Mtn Geek » Sun May 13, 2007 7:40 am

We left our coolor out before going to sleep in the San Juans. A bear decided to jack our pepper jack cheese.
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Postby upndown » Sun May 13, 2007 8:13 am

I've never had my base camp messed with. I left my truck on the South Colony lakes road while on a 4 night stay up in the basin. When we returned we discovered a mouse had gotten into the back and chewed one hole through every piece of my partners clothing in his bag. (also ate my snickers bar :evil: ) I thought that was the extent of the damage until several months later when I had my truck in the shop for maintenance. On the repair ticket "NOTE THERE IS REMNANTS OF A RODENT NEST ON THE BACK OF INTAKE AREA".
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Postby Ackbar » Fri May 18, 2007 5:14 pm

rlw49 wrote:The question is: is there anyplace safe to park in Levelland or do you have to go to Ralls?

Any trouble I've had, has been in campgrounds (commercial, no less). No problems at trailheads, haven't overnight backpacked yet.

Why Ralls?

I prefer Idalou. ????
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Postby Mountainman18 » Fri May 18, 2007 7:31 pm

yeah, only problems are marmots...they love warm engines up in yankee boy. even just for day hikes. :roll:
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Postby guitmo223 » Fri May 18, 2007 10:37 pm

True story. A friend of mine went for a hike and left a lunch for a group of five and a 24-pack of beer in the back seat of his car in an ice box. Apparently, a bear broke the window, ate all the lunches and drank the entire case of beer. This was in California - I don't think the Colorado bears are as bold.
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Postby Ablattel » Fri May 18, 2007 11:00 pm

I have not had anything stolen in CO. However, those marmots are trouble. They will chew through anything with a food scent. My tent sites have been few and remote.
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Postby malcolml1 » Sat May 19, 2007 1:10 pm

Last year two mice made a nest in the trunk of my car. I had to buy mouse traps to catch them. And no I have no idea how they got in.
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Postby Papillon » Tue May 22, 2007 7:23 pm

Ablattel wrote:I have not had anything stolen in CO. However, those marmots are trouble. They will chew through anything with a food scent. My tent sites have been few and remote.

There are some high altitude rabbits out there that will go after the salt in your boots, your hipbelt and anything else where heavy sweating has occurred. They gnawed on the handles of my trekking poles a few years back.

I have not had anything stolen either but I never leave anything in plain view in my vehicle or my tent.
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Postby mtn_hikin » Thu May 31, 2007 11:44 am

From what I hear you are most likely to have stuff stolen at an Open Space parking lot or car campground.
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Postby Jim Davies » Thu May 31, 2007 12:22 pm

I've had my car broken into at North Cheyenne Canyon trailheads twice, but never had anything stolen (yes, they broke in and didn't take anything either time. I'm so insulted...) Nowadays I leave my car unlocked on low-traffic days.
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Postby mainpeak » Thu May 31, 2007 12:49 pm

Those rabbits are dynamite!!!

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