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S Long
(Izeloz)

Locale: Wasatch
Lost Gear in Uintas? on 03/31/2012 19:40:14 MDT Print View

I was up near King's Peak, UT in the middle of January and found an abandoned camp. Figuring someone would soon come to retrieve their gear I left it as I found it. Yesterday (two months and change later) I was in the area again and the tent and gear were STILL there. I threw everything I could fit onto my sled on my sled and pulled it out. I was concerned with it getting ruined due to exposure or stolen if it was there much longer. I left two notes at the trailhead register and bulletin board. I wrote that I had taken the stuff for safe keeping and included my name and email address. I would like to get the gear back to the rightful owner but there is abslutely NO indication of who it may have belonged to. Anybody have an epic or some sort of terrible adventure up there and have to abandon camp? I am sure there is some story behind it. I am sorry if this is in the wrong section. Gear related? Maybe. It's lost gear and the owner was evidently NOT into ultralight backpacking.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Lost Gear in Uintas? on 03/31/2012 19:52:05 MDT Print View

That happens here on the Lost Coast from time to time. First time hikers expecting a walk on the beach. Not boulders and bears. Was any of it quality gear? Or does it look like someone's first kit? Stuff found here is usually from Target or Big 5. Found a huge marine cooler full of dry blankets one time.

S Long
(Izeloz)

Locale: Wasatch
Re: Re: Lost Gear in Uintas? on 03/31/2012 20:35:47 MDT Print View

It was an odd mix of Walmart type cheapo gear and high end expensive gear. I have been up in the area four times during the winter and got BELOW zero fahrenheit temps three of four of those times. I think someone may have gotten in a bit over their head there. I just can't figure why they wouldn't come back for it sooner or send someone for it. It was maybe 6-7 miles in.

Doug Smith
(Jedi5150) - F - M

Locale: Central CA
SAR on 03/31/2012 21:02:51 MDT Print View

Might be interesting to call the local Sheriff's SAR team coordinator and ask if they had any searches in that area in the last few months...

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Lost Gear in Uintas? on 03/31/2012 22:35:36 MDT Print View

An aussie disappeared in August:
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52434218-78/search-lake-missing-trail.html.csp

and Several hunting parties were rescued after an Oct snow storm caught them by surprise:
http://www.vernal.com/stories/Stranded-hunters-rescued-in-Uintas,1984757

But of course that's just what I found from some googling and it may not correspond well with where you were hiking.

I would definitely recommend calling the local sheriff's office, you may help with a cold case or bring closure to a family (or just return some gear).

Josh Leavitt
(Joshleavitt) - F

Locale: Ruta Locura
Trash on 04/01/2012 11:51:19 MDT Print View

A few years ago I found an almost complete, and abandoned, camp in the Tungsten basin area of the Uintas. The camp had been there for quite a while. Any year that the snow flies early in October, you will find abandoned camps in Utah, usually from "backpack hunters". I am going to take this opportunity to point the finger at two groups, both of which I'm associated, hunters and boy scouts. In the Uintas of Utah, these two groups disproportionately leave a negative impact. I dont see this nearly as much in other states, U-tards need to get their act together, and quit making there neighbors clean up after them. While it may not have been a boyscout or a hunter that left the camp, I'm pretty sure it was a U-tard.

S- Big Thanks! for hauling all that out of there, nice job.

cole jones
(peakbagger1) - F
You found my stuff!!! on 05/16/2012 17:18:04 MDT Print View

So, I went to the trailhead of Henry's Fork and found a note on the register that someone named Matt had found my gear and packed it out. I was not pleased... I had this camp up there starting December 31, 2011. That is when I packed all my stuff in on sled and set up camp several miles in. I stayed for 3 days and left the tent and several items inside it. I visited the camp 5 times from January to the end of march. Sometimes staying 1 night or several. I have tried to email you about getting the stuff back with the email go left at the trailhead. have not been able to make contact. BTW, I had a glorious time staying up there this winter it was a blast.

S Long
(Izeloz)

Locale: Wasatch
Re: You found my stuff!!! on 05/16/2012 19:13:26 MDT Print View

I have not gotten any emails about any of this stuff. Your PM's are not set up. I think anyone else in the same situation would have done much the same thing as I did. You can try again: Izeloz at hotmail. Please specify what kind of gear you left so we can get this sorted.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
For what it's worth--14 day camping limit on 05/16/2012 20:49:05 MDT Print View

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5325138.pdf

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: For what it's worth--14 day camping limit on 05/16/2012 21:45:43 MDT Print View

Seriously. Don't leave your stuff out there long term like you're saving your spot. It's not your spot. It's not LNT, and it's just bad form.

Legal issues too.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: You found my stuff!!! on 05/16/2012 22:21:57 MDT Print View

There is no way a person would know to come to this thread on backpackinglight.com. All you left was an email. Ignore that post... that person is probably trying to scam you.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
nukes. on 05/16/2012 22:32:55 MDT Print View

it's like nuclear treaties...

trust, but verify.

Ben H.
(bzhayes) - F

Locale: So. California
Re: Re: You found my stuff!!! on 05/17/2012 10:24:05 MDT Print View

Hey S Long,

If this tard does happen to be the owner of the equipment, and you do end up giving it back to him, I would hand it over by way of the proper forest service employees along with his post above. Then let him explain to them why he set up a camp for 3 months on forest service land and then got upset when you hiked out his trash.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Lost Gear in Uintas on 05/17/2012 11:23:29 MDT Print View

I agree with Ben. Turn the stuff you packed out over to the Forest Service, explaining the circumstances. Let claimants go to the USFS. That way you can't be accused of stealing and the claimant(s) can explain their illegal permanent camp to the USFS. Above all, it gets you out of the loop of trying to verify claimants!

Edited by hikinggranny on 05/17/2012 11:25:24 MDT.

cole jones
(peakbagger1) - F
not lost on 05/18/2012 23:13:01 MDT Print View

Not trying to be rude. I understand forums are for anyone with an opinion. I used this high camp for training. Tried to set it up so I could still do a winter camp without the whole sled and all the gear. Run in... Run out if I have to. My work is very inconsistent and I head into the back country whenever I get the chance. Maybe bad form yes. Whatever you decide to do with the gear let me know so I can plan accordingly. There is another winter coming..... if me to verify what was there I can. I did get the little clothes that was left and the backpack with the dragonfly msr stove. Any way this works out I had an awesome winter. I already have several more trips planned for this summer. Hope to have my favorite sleeping bag back though...

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Lost Gear in Uintas? on 05/18/2012 23:18:38 MDT Print View

Someone left a van running with the doors open in my parking spot.

Two weeks later It was gone to a new owner.

How long did you leave it for ? It's likely not yours any longer.

cole jones
(peakbagger1) - F
Re: Re: Re: You found my stuff!!! on 05/18/2012 23:50:16 MDT Print View

Google my friend... He also left his first name. I did a search on my phone and fou
nd his name in about 15 seconds and the thread to this commentary..... Life is way to public if someone can be found that fast.

J C
(Joomy) - M
Easily verifiable on 05/19/2012 00:33:51 MDT Print View

Well if it is his stuff he should pretty easily be able to name the brand and model of his tent, sleeping bag, etc.

S Long
(Izeloz)

Locale: Wasatch
Re: Easily verifiable on 05/19/2012 13:36:03 MDT Print View

I am STILL waiting for an email from you or for you to set up your PM's on this site. I think I may just turn the stuff over to the USFS.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: You found my stuff!!! on 05/19/2012 16:46:03 MDT Print View

Cole if you are going to set up a camp, at least leave a note! That would have prevented this. In California, if I saw a camp set up for an extended period of time I would assume someone was doing something illegal.

Edited by justin_baker on 05/19/2012 16:47:40 MDT.