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adkleaddog
06-02-2006, 03:09 PM
In your travels in the backcountry, mainly off trail bushwhacking, what "treasures" have you found? For example, just when you think that you're the first person that has been in a "pristine" spot, you stumble across an old disused hunting camp that is miles from the nearest trail or road. I do this quite often, and it's amazing to realize who's been there before you. We know logging in the past has reached far into the wilds, so remnants of man and his works are expected.

Things I've stumbled across:
Camps old and new, Stoves, Metal Barrels, Chains,Wooden Barrel Rings, Pieces of Buckboards, Chains, Old Boats, Mylar Ballons, Clothes, Axeheads imbedded in moss on a rock, An old bear trap, the list goes on and on!

What have you found?

SAR-EMT40
06-02-2006, 03:36 PM
Cans, Cables, Gearboxes (from water wheels I believe), Old Glassware at an obvious old camp, Cars in the middle of nowhere, Railroad spikes (no suprise), Metal drums some with god knows what inside, Metal Pipes, Tires, I'm sure there is other stuff I can't remember.

Keith

onestep
06-02-2006, 03:47 PM
Two weeks ago while 'whackin Bull Mtn (3136') in Maine we pushed through a particularly thick steep section and stopped to check our bearing. There at our feet, in the middle of nowhere, was a swiss army knife! Whats the odd's huh?!

Onestep

mavs00
06-02-2006, 05:19 PM
Among other things - A big plane crash :D

http://www.adkhighpeaks.com/albums1/blue-ridgte/IMG_2472.sized.jpg

Paradox
06-02-2006, 05:29 PM
A 5' rock wall of typical NH construction about 200' south of the summit of Mount Prospect in Holderness, NH. I bushwhacked up there a few years ago, because it is very close to my house. There are no trails or views up there. All trees and brambles. Somebody had to expend a lot of time and energy to build that wall up there. Proves we were visited by aliens, I guess.

Seeker
06-02-2006, 06:14 PM
mavs00, where is that?

rhihn
06-02-2006, 07:01 PM
Nothing unusual or anything that others probably haven't seen on regular hikes: Airplane wreckage (Camel's Hump, Vt., Wright Peak); lumber camp remains (rusted iron coffee pot, stove, etc., Nye Mt. Adks.), stove (between Saddleback & Jay Mtns. on bushwack, ADKs), old car (off trail to Hogback, SW ADks), remains of old TV signal tower station (Graham Mt. summit, Catskills), probably tons of other stuff that doesn't come to mind at the moment.

mavs00
06-02-2006, 09:31 PM
mavs00, where is that?

Its............. in the Adirondacks of course. :cool:

I happened to be with Dick on the Saddleback/Jay discovery of the stove. Here it is on all its glory. Very odd too, 3200' middle of nowhere, no trail within miles. Big one too.

http://www.adkhighpeaks.com/46er-flash/fun/stove.jpg

spongebob
06-02-2006, 10:32 PM
I think cutting thru the woods and boom there is a pond not on your map is the one of the best surprises.

West Field Pond (http://community.webshots.com/photo/550206011/2052471540074054169ctyocp)


or if the link is still not working http://image30.webshots.com/31/4/71/54/2052471540074054169ctyocp_fs.jpg

porky
06-03-2006, 10:08 AM
I once found an abandoned school bus deep in the woods south of Mount Sherrill in the Catskills. This was particularly disturbing, as I had just read Jon Krakhauer's _Into the Wild_, in which a young man's body is found in the Alaskan wild, in an abandoned school bus :eek:

NewHampshire
06-03-2006, 07:20 PM
Not found by me, but was there all times when they were found:

$300+ digital camera. Just sitting on a Cairn, not another soul for sight in miles (on the Presidential range....so yes, for miles.)

L.L. Bean or EMS (cant remember which) sleeping bag that the rodents had gotten into, but was still useable after patching.

Sock

Empty bag of tuna fish and snack cake wrapper.....gotts love those slob campers :rolleyes: :D

Brian

brianW
06-04-2006, 05:44 AM
Found an old tow rope (the machine part) on the southern side of Gap Mt. At the time I was not completly sure that it was a tow rope or maybe just some sort of farming equipment. I never new there was skiing there and the slopes have 40-60 year growth in the area. About a year later I spotted it listed on the New England Lost Ski Area Project site www.nelsap.org

skibones
06-04-2006, 06:26 AM
Found an old tow rope (the machine part) on the southern side of Gap Mt. At the time I was not completly sure that it was a tow rope or maybe just some sort of farming equipment. I never new there was skiing there and the slopes have 40-60 year growth in the area. About a year later I spotted it listed on the New England Lost Ski Area Project site www.nelsap.org


Found the nelsap.com interesting--especially Chris Vacarro's article in USA Today about Afgahanistan. Thanks for the info.

Jay H
06-05-2006, 09:18 AM
Not really the woods but on sunday on the Wallkill river in New Paltz, NY I found a 48" snow tube!!!! floating in the river stuck to the shore just north of the Rt 299 bridge over the Wallkill.

it's made by Aqua Leisure and has "Uncle Bob" plastered over it. it has 3 grab handles and according to AL's website, is a full functioning snow tube. Cool, maybe I can go down Whiteface in the ADKs with it. But anyway, it's in perfect shape, still inflated and all that....

Jay

wayward son
06-05-2006, 10:21 AM
Back in the early '90's, while enjoying a very limited foggy view from Hough, my dog Alex came happily bounding up the path with a weathered, scruffy old baseball. Somewhere in the scrubby trees he came across this prized treasure. To this day, I was always perplexed why someone would tote a baseball into the midst of the high peaks. :confused:

the starchild
06-05-2006, 11:12 AM
yesterday between the hancocks on the ridge i found a quarter in the middle of the trail. it was heads up and very tarnished on one side. my partner, ahead of me, walked right over it. its green color blended in.

i left it to give someone else good luck.

lattinhill
06-05-2006, 01:17 PM
Going up the Garfield Ridge Trail, on the steep section before the spring and cut-off to the tentsite, there's a brick lying in the rocks. How it got there is anyone's guess, but it reminds me of the story [ true or not ] about a thru-hiker who's buddy hid a chunk of scrap iron in the bottom of his pack. He supposedly carried it from New York State.

Dave

Chip
06-05-2006, 02:34 PM
What have you found?
A nearly full case of beer emerging from a snow bank (previous owner apparently lost it earlier in the winter, probably during a snow storm) and the meaning of life.
The former I shared, the latter I've kept to myself.

Ketch-Up
06-05-2006, 03:00 PM
Back in the 90's near Norwich Vermont I was hiking southbound on the AT and ran into a friend from the west coast that I had not seen or heard from in 6 years. Not quite finding something but unusual considering the last time I saw him neither one of us was into hiking.

chipc
06-05-2006, 05:13 PM
A nearly full case of beer emerging from a snow bank (previous owner apparently lost it earlier in the winter, probably during a snow storm) and the meaning of life.
The former I shared, the latter I've kept to myself.

I couldn't come up with any significant finds to add to this thread - then I saw your post.

This past winter, I found two unopened Bud tallboys frozen and partally buried under big rock near our local lake. Having cleaned out my share of empties over the years, I figured this was my reward. As it was 7 AM, I brought them home to drink later that night. My wife was "surprised" (ok - disgusted) that I would drink beer I found in the woods. Isn't modern packaging great!

Paradox
06-05-2006, 05:29 PM
Yes! The beer thing happened to me also. In 1979 three friends of mine and I flew out to Denver to go backpacking in Estes Park for 2 weels. At the end of the first day, tired, hungary, thirsty, we walked into our campsite (reserved for us) and there happened to be a large roaring brook, about 100 feet away from our site. I had far more experience at backpacking, so I had no expectations other than finding a flat place to set up a tent and sleep. I immediately went about setting up the campsite. They went off to check out the brook. They came back with a twelve pack of Coors they had found in the brook. I was flabbergasted. It was great, but now they had all these expectations. None of us have ever found anything like that since.

dug
06-05-2006, 07:10 PM
A woodstove. First time I really realized how much logging really went on in the Pemi.

evilhanz
06-06-2006, 12:01 AM
yesterday between the hancocks on the ridge i found a quarter in the middle of the trail. it was heads up and very tarnished on one side. my partner, ahead of me, walked right over it. its green color blended in.

i left it to give someone else good luck.

I accidentally left an old quarter on the trail late last year when I used it to scale a photo. It just might be the same one.

Apart from the usual logging camp/firetower/shelter leftovers, there are a few places, like the Ramparts in Carter Notch or the area around Lakes of the Clouds where I always seem to stumble across odds and ends that people have lost in the boulders. Although usually old, I haven't found anything that stands out as being out of place.

One of the more interesting things I found was a lost dog in the Pemi, or more properly, it found me. It followed me up and over Flume and Liberty before I was able to hand it off to a local.

Greg
06-08-2006, 09:36 PM
I found several metal buckets and what looked like sled runners on the Mt. Success trail.

charlos
06-09-2006, 08:45 AM
in vancortland park in the bronx i once found an eggplant sliced in half with what looked like an egg yolk inside.i believe there was also string and blood involved but i cant quite remember how. thought it was some kinda ritual object....spooky. :eek:

sierra
06-10-2006, 11:58 AM
earlier this summer I saw a large animal off dugway road running into the woods. I couldnt indentify him but it looked cool so I took after him. I went in about 1/4 mile and gave up but found a pile of brush that looked funky, under the brush where boxes of tapes, cd's movies and such, looked like a heist to me. I hightailed out, kindof felt like I was pilaging a stash ( I took nothing) didnt want to meet the NEW owners.

Raymond
06-12-2006, 04:03 AM
I found a sleeping bag down off the trail next to Lake Colden, right where the steep trail up Mount Colden begins.

I found a tent crushed under a downed tree. I didn't want to look inside it, not that I could have easily gotten to it anyway. I don't recall where that was.

On Elephant Mountain, thrashing around trying to find the path down, I found a couple VFTT stickers that Harry K had lost a week or two earlier. They have been on the back ledge of my car ever since, facing out the rear window.

chuck
06-12-2006, 11:22 AM
Found a Wood Stove door off trail in the Pemi.

professor
06-12-2006, 01:52 PM
OK, now here's a weird one....

While running on some trails at the outskirts of my town I came upon what appeared to be complete sets of men's and women's clothing (I didn't dig through the stack to check to check every last piece, but very obvious examples of the underwear of both sexes were apparent), next to a paperback copy of the Bible! Have to wonder what the owners were up to....

carole
06-12-2006, 03:12 PM
Today, 3 kids (maybe 10-12 yr. olds). School bus in parking lot and the three were no where near a trail. Said they'd been at it for about and hour. Timing was just right as I could hear them from the route I was taking and knew there were no trails where the voices were coming from. I followed the voices to find the 3 (1 boy, 2 girls) very relieved to see me.

Sad to say this isn't the first time. :(

Raymond
06-13-2006, 03:40 AM
While running on some trails at the outskirts of my town I came upon what appeared to be complete sets of men's and women's clothing (I didn't dig through the stack to check to check every last piece, but very obvious examples of the underwear of both sexes were apparent), next to a paperback copy of the Bible! Have to wonder what the owners were up to....

Either they were enraptured or The Langoliers got ’em.

Flounder
06-13-2006, 02:27 PM
I have yet to find anything of value or interesting but I did lose a nice pair of sun glasses on Mariah a month or so back (brown, polo between the summit and that big rock called homers pillow ) and an ice ax between six husbands and rt 16 this past march.. I should change my screen name to yard sale.

Free beer if you found them (and return too) :-)

carole
06-29-2006, 11:52 AM
I turned off one trail and on to another and see a lily on the side of the trail next to a tree. My first reaction was, :mad: “why do people pick the flowers and then toss them?” But then I realized this wasn’t a wood lily (I haven’t seen them open yet any way) but a garden variety. “That’s odd, bring a flower hiking and then toss it?” :confused:

Then I notice a grey powdery substance on the ground. It’s all around the tree and on some of the leaves. It’s recent, as is the flower.

I hope my assumption is correct.
(no face for sad)

jbrown
06-29-2006, 12:59 PM
This past weekend, I found 6 nice aluminum tent stakes (skewer style), one 24" bungee cord and a sports bra draped across a log.

snowbird22
06-29-2006, 04:20 PM
Back in the early '90's, while enjoying a very limited foggy view from Hough, my dog Alex came happily bounding up the path with a weathered, scruffy old baseball. Somewhere in the scrubby trees he came across this prized treasure. To this day, I was always perplexed why someone would tote a baseball into the midst of the high peaks. :confused:

I have contemplated many times bringing my driver, a tee, and old golf ball. When I get to every summit write the date, the time of day, my name, and what number 4k footer I just completed. Then tee it up and drive down off summit for maybe someone else to find. Always kind of afraid I might hit someone. Still might try though.

I think I found an oil burner on Mt Major. Hiked it the first time I saw it. The second time I hiked it a few years later it was in the same exact place

dug
06-29-2006, 04:53 PM
I have contemplated many times bringing my driver, a tee, and old golf ball. When I get to every summit write the date, the time of day, my name, and what number 4k footer I just completed. Then tee it up and drive down off summit for maybe someone else to find. Always kind of afraid I might hit someone. Still might try though.

Smart. There was a thread a few years back about some bozos teeing off into Tuckerman's Ravine.

Make sure you leave your home address and phone number on the ball so you can be tracked down after.
:rolleyes:

snowbird22
06-29-2006, 06:22 PM
Smart. There was a thread a few years back about some bozos teeing off into Tuckerman's Ravine.

Make sure you leave your home address and phone number on the ball so you can be tracked down after.
:rolleyes:

Yeah, I always thought I might hear the ball hit some trees then hear "Oowwww" followed by screams. Needless to say that rather discouraged me from doing it.

DougPaul
06-29-2006, 07:11 PM
Yeah, I always thought I might hear the ball hit some trees then hear "Oowwww" followed by screams. Needless to say that rather discouraged me from doing it.
Safer to throw rocks down on places where people might be--they are harder to trace back to you and you can always claim it was a natural event... :)

Be very careful when rock climbing on a face with public access to the top... (Been there, done that--fortunately, they missed us.)

Doug

dug
06-29-2006, 08:09 PM
Yeah, I always thought I might hear the ball hit some trees then hear "Oowwww" followed by screams. Needless to say that rather discouraged me from doing it.

You could just yell "alligator eggs" back at 'em.

Periwinkle
06-29-2006, 11:42 PM
What have you found?

Other than the usual logging camp and other miscellaneous human refuse -- oh, and let's not forget a pile of moose bones :) -- the only thing that has surprised me is finding a mini-cairn on an totally obscure little hump on the map.

I 'whacked up this nothing much of a hill simply because it was the only spot on my map I hadn't been to. When I got to the top, I found a rock marker. WTF?! Why? Is there actually a 1000 Footer List?!?!

Raymond
06-30-2006, 06:35 AM
There was a big group of Appalachian Trail finishers atop Katahdin back on October 8, 1997, knocking golf balls off the summit in the direction of Chimney Pond.

oldfogie
07-03-2006, 10:35 PM
While bushwhacking about half-way up Donaldson I found a horseshoe... actually probably a muleshoe used duing the logging days.

While exploring the north side of the Dix cirque I came across and old deserted hunters campsite with a hut cut into the hillside. Inside it was filled with beercans. Outside there was a half keg container. What does one of those weigh filled?

While hiking over Shepherd's tooth, a sparkle caught my eye in a rock crevice. Turned out to be a pair of eyeglasses ... very old and quaint looking. I didn't see any bones nearby.

While camping at Lost Pond peak I came across a stack of wood neatly piled between two posts. The wood had not been chopped. It had been neatly cut with a saw.

While bushwhacking up the side of Gothics I came across a biodegradeable urn. Iniside were the ashes of some 46er hiker who I suspect loved the Daks and wanted to be laid (dropped from a plane) to rest there. Not really. But that is my plan in the near future for me. So if you come across my urn, just let it be, okay? The rains will return it all to the elements.

Peaks
07-05-2006, 07:01 PM
If you find panties along the trail, would they be considered Lost and Found, or trash?

giggy
07-05-2006, 07:12 PM
While hiking the franconia ridge yesterday, we found a 10 pound dumb bell :confused: :confused:

Gris
07-05-2006, 07:19 PM
My own beer in the stream where i left it...

adkleaddog
07-07-2006, 01:31 PM
If you find panties along the trail, would they be considered Lost and Found, or trash?

It depends on whose they were..... :D

JBGuinness
07-08-2006, 02:20 AM
On top of Mt. Mansfield last month, stepped away from trail to pee and found a tag that apparently was inside someone's urn. "Pineview Crem. #414 Queensbury, NY 2005". Not sure why I kept it, next time I'm up there I think I will toss it back.

HikerAmiga
07-09-2006, 03:58 PM
...found last Friday on the Indian Head Trail (to Mt Pemigewasset) naming a deceased person? See my thread here: http://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?t=13321&referrerid=2552

Of course, I left it just where I found it!! :o

BorealChickadee
07-10-2006, 02:19 PM
A wallet.

Mailed it back to the owner.

Tom Rankin
07-10-2006, 02:47 PM
I found these poor souls along the Sherburne trail (ascending Pico):

http://home.hvc.rr.com/trankin/O14.jpg

oops, I meant soles! :D

Doodles
07-10-2006, 05:51 PM
Plane crash site on Seward Mt.

Phone that was lost the previous day on Graham Mt.

TheChez
07-14-2006, 08:35 AM
I regularly collect pack parts, silverware, tent stakes and other useful refuse from the trail. I have never bought a set of nesting eating utensils, but I have about 4 sets put together from trail finds.

skiguy
07-14-2006, 08:54 AM
While I was out Winter hiking one time lower down on the way out I had taken my Crampons off and strapped them to my pack because they were no longer needed. When I got off the trail I noticed that one of the Heel Bails on this particular stepin model had fallen off and was lost. Thank goodness it was lost when it was and not when I needed it. The odd thing was that the next time I went out, in a totally different area than I had hiked previously I found the same exact Heel Bail that someone else had lost!Very Odd.

IndianChris
07-15-2006, 11:40 PM
An 8 point buck skull while in Arkansas. Nice!

adkleaddog
07-16-2006, 01:51 PM
I regularly collect pack parts, silverware, tent stakes and other useful refuse from the trail. I have never bought a set of nesting eating utensils, but I have about 4 sets put together from trail finds.


We too bring back treasures...one of our guys always starts digging around old hunting camps....finding silverware, parts of whatever, tools..stoves lanterns, pots and pans...he's our "resident archaeologist" :rolleyes: