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  4. Weird stuff on the trail.

    Well their loss is your gain, it seems.
  5. Fair enough. I've been in some parts of Wayne National Forest where you are warned not to use any water at all that you find due to chemical contamination.
  6. I never thought about it, there was mining in parts of BSF (Blue Heron) and there were oil wells in other parts, but a lot of it looks like it was just farm land gone back to forest. A couple gallons of filtered water probably won't kill you
  7. Weird stuff on the trail.

    I don't think any of those things were forgotten--they were abandoned. The cook pot was left in a fire ring, and it was black as soot. We took it home cleaned it up, and still use it as our primary cook pot.
  8. awesome, i looked the area up online but only for a general idea of the location. i notice that there are a number of small streams there. do you think the water could be filtered and safe to drink? several areas near me in ohio you can’t drink the water due to mining chemicals still in the water.
  9. Weird stuff on the trail.

    sounds like you benefitted from others’ forgetfulness, good for you! i would hate to be the folks that realized they left their tent after a long day on the trail.
  10. This gives you an idea about the Honey Creek area https://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-bunch-of-wetness.html Yahoo Falls south to Blue Heron https://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2016/05/yahoo-falls-ky-trail.html A loop heading south out of Blue Heron https://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2016/11/blue-heron-big-south-fork.html
  11. Weird stuff on the trail.

    We've founds pairs of boots twice in the backcountry, each time a good day's hike from the trailhead. IN each case just sitting out on the ground in the middle of the trail. But we've found tons of stuff, from whole new tents carefully packed up, to a rainfly carefully draped over a rock to dry, to tons of old mining equipment and too many articles of clothing and mylar balloons to count. . Best of all we've a few things that we've been able to use ourselves: a nice Leki hiking pole, a very nice cook pot, two good mesh bags....all of which we added to our gear!
  12. Weird stuff on the trail.

    yea, that would give me pause, too. A story that made the news a few years ago still sticks in my head. A guy found a rifle that was over 100 years old leaned up against a tree in a national park in Nevada. One thing I love about traipsing through the backcountry is that you never know what you will stumble across.
  13. Weird stuff on the trail.

    Oddly enough @Mark, I’ve stumbled across what I bet is the same place in the Deam Wilderness, and sounds like using the same map! Stangest thing for me was coming across an old boot partially sticking out of the ground, completely offtrail, in one of the most remote parts of the Winds. Although I may not have completely wanted to, I felt obliged and a responsibility to investigate, not sure if I’d find anything attached to or inside the boot...luckily it was just an old boot. A bit of a mystery - last place you’d want to throw a boot away. Also offtrail, I’ve seen some interesting “cowboy signatures” on rock walls before, the interesting ones are those where you can make out a date, like 1905, but not the entire message. I’ve taken pictures of them and using a photo editing program can help make out parts of the message sometimes, but overall they’ll always be a mystery I suppose. I’ve seen a backpacker carrying a small (twin size?) bed mattress, strapped to the outside of his pack quite far from any trailhead. This last year a couple miles from the trailhead, I passed a day hiker heading the other way back towards the parking area - we simply said hello - the odd part was that 10 minutes later there’s a fresh, half eaten elk carcass about a foot off the trail. I thought it odd that he didn’t give a quick heads-up, and 10 minutes farther I passed another day hiker also headed back to the trailhead. Since he was just out for the day he had passed the area with the elk just an hour or two earlier - but he had not seen the elk (which absolutely couldn’t be missed). Interesting timing all around. A few days later and on alert, I had to pass the area again to get back to the car. What was left was still there - with mountain lion tracks scattered all over the trail around the immediate area.
  14. yea, that would be most excellent. Greatly appreciated!
  15. Weird stuff on the trail.

    given the 2 holes to each side of the oval, maybe an old sink frame?
  16. The Nat Geo map gives a pretty good overview of BSF. I have a couple trip reports on my blog if you want some ideas
  17. Weird stuff on the trail.

    that makes sense, thanks
  18. Weird stuff on the trail.

    Looks like the top of a woodstove to me. That's the chimney outlet in the back--the oval opening
  19. that’s perfect, just what i am looking for. thanks!
  20. Weird stuff on the trail.

    These are all great, in my opinion. question, if you find the carcass of a tagged animal, such as the mountain lion, is it something that should be reported when we make it back out or leave it as it is? I found an old mine years ago day hiking in colorado. a much younger and less sensible me thought seriously about exploring it but not having a light kept me from doing it. probably for the best that. any idea what this might be part of?
  21. Weird stuff on the trail.

    here's a couple: found a mountain lion skeleton with a tracking collar (this was in a wilderness study area near uncompahgre plateau in Colorado.
  22. Weird stuff on the trail.

    Most recent weird thing is this metal object near the summit of Standing Indian Mountain in NC. It was about 12 - 16 inches tall, kind of weird to find at 5500'
  23. The southern end of the Sheltowee through Big South Fork is a great place for solitude. It is very scenic and you could probably hike 50 miles without seeing anyone if you were hiking in the middle of the week. Check out the part between Honey Creek in TN and Blue Heron in KY. Happy to answer any questions or provide more details
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    I've stumbled across an unmarked graveyard before, too. It was in the Charles Deam Wilderness in Indiana and was sort of spooky -- we were following an road that we mistakenly thought was the trail on the map, so we were super confused when we found out that neither the "trail" we were on or the cemetery were on the map. The cemetery had a fairly intricate tombstone for a Civil War veteran, and a tattered old Bible sitting on a tree stump. I've found remnants of moonshine stills in eastern Kentucky and litter from attempted marijuana growing operations as well. Other than that, I've found a lot of random mining-related artifacts out here in Montana and Idaho.
  26. Given that this is something that often comes up around a fireside, i thought it might be fun to share anything weird or unusual they might have seen or experienced on the trail. I like to find off the beaten path places where most people avoid. while it isn’t unusual to find old houses or other structures, i stumbled ( almost literally) over an old graveyard once. there was no evidence of any structures around that i could find but there were about a dozen old headstones. most werent legible but i did find one dated 1820. honestly i was glad i found it during the day and not towards night. i’ve seen too many horror movies that started that way. anyone else have something to share?
  27. Camera or actioncam

    Hi! I'd like to ask what people prefer to bring while hiking (a multi-day hike): a normal digital camera, SLR camera or an actioncam (e.g. a GoPro). I look forward to the opinions!
  28. Thanks for the info, it gives me a great starting point. One of my pet peeves on hikes is feeling like I am not so much in nature as in a herd. I am a big fan of solitude when I hike.
  29. I hiked several sections of the Sheltowee Trace when I lived in Kentucky, but only as 1-2 night trips. Here are some quick thoughts: - The most trafficked part of the ST is in the Red River Gorge area. It is an exceptionally beautiful area, but sees a lot of visitation especially on weekends. There are some good loops you can do in the Red River Gorge using parts of the ST, or hike it as a section, but if you do that you miss some of the amazing adjacent scenery. - I think the area near London, KY around Van Hook Falls (parking above Laurel River Lake off Hwy. 192) is absolutely gorgeous and is one of the prettiest hikes in the state. That said, it is best suited to a leisurely weekend or overnight trip (a 12-mile partial loop is a great option for this). The section north of Cumberland Falls State Park is also beautiful as well. Hiking from Cumberland Falls State Park to a point north (ideally past Van Hook Falls) would be a good trip. - For longer backpacking trips with a high likelihood of solitude, you'd definitely want to consider the section of the Sheltowee Trace (as well as other trails) in the Big South Fork area of Kentucky/Tennessee. Amazing landscape, trails are usually in pretty good shape, and not a lot of people. If I were to plan a backpacking trip back to Kentucky (I live in Montana now), the Big South Fork is where I would want to go. Hope this helps, I'd be happy to answer any other questions but it has been 5 or more years since I've hiked most of those trails so my information is a bit out of date.
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