Found far off trail...

posted Jul 22, 2015, 7:50 AM by Paul Wagner
We hate finding trash in the back country at any time, but we were absolutely depressed to take a hike far from any trail across Humphreys Basin and find all sorts of trash along the way.  In one short section we found a rifle shell, a comb, a shoelace, a plastic bag, and a Clif Bar wrapper.  All this at least a mile and half from the nearest trail, and given the various stages of decomposition of the items, they were left by more than one person and over a period of time. 

It's pretty sad...
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We've found everything from mylar balloons (too many to count---thanks to birthday parties everywhere) to sweatshirts, a perfect good cooking pot (still in use with us!) toiletries bag with toothbrush and toothpaste, tons of old fishing lures and line, a rainfly for a tent, at least two pairs of hiking boots, a day pack...all of this far from the trailhead. 

What's the wildest thing you've ever found?  And no, you can't count the "historic" items like old mining equipment and refuse, tin cans from 50 years ago, or a steel cable and bucket from the Hetch-hetchy dam project....
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