[at-l] wedding ring found on AT, last chance

bluetrail at aol.com bluetrail at aol.com
Mon Jan 25 10:11:47 CST 2010

I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of these things didn't orignally belong to Jon Phipps, my significant other.  When he leaves for any long-distance hike, I immediately go to the outfitters and buy extra socks.  I know that he will surely lose socks.

He's made a lot of friends along the trails from people who follow him, pick up stuff he drops, eventually catch up with him and return his property.  

He's lost cameras, tevas, cell phones (never on--only there for an emergency), sleeping pads, water filters, jackets, hats, etc.  I tell him one of these days the eco police will arrest him for littering our national trails.  He gets soooooo focused on getting up and moving at first light that I don't think he ever looks around where he camped to see if he might be leaving anything.


-----Original Message-----
From: danandgailsc at aol.com
To: at-l at backcountry.net
Sent: Sun, Jan 24, 2010 8:12 pm
Subject: Re: [at-l] wedding ring found on AT, last chance


We have never found a wedding ring, but anyone who does much hiking will come across some interesting finds.
This week Gutsy found a like new Mountain Hardwear Goretex rain jacket and I used it today while hiking 10 miles in the rain.   
A few of the many things we've found while hiking-- 
AT Data Book, several years old but we still use it--near Springer
Like new Ridgerest sleeping pad--near Springer 
Mountain Hardwear down jacket, in good condition--in VA
Patagonia long johns caught on a bush on a side trail heading down from Mt. Washington.  They later summitted Mt. Rainier with me. 
Travel bag for toiletries.  I use it for travel, but not for hiking.
floppy hat
about five abandoned cheap tents, 5 different times and places--AT and Foothills Trail
Two large garbage bags full of food abandoned by Boy Scouts--Muskrat Ck Shelter.  We donated to a hiker box.
One of the most exciting finds was an unopened can of black olives that we added to our one pot meal!


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