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Title: Lost and Found
Post by: nyoung on May 29, 2017, 06:05:27 PM
I found a really nice Ka-Bar on Blue Creek Trail Sunday morning if anyone is missing it. I'd gladly mail it to you if it fell out of your holster.
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Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: dprather on May 29, 2017, 06:48:02 PM
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: presidio on May 29, 2017, 09:56:16 PM
I found a really nice Ka-Bar on Blue Creek Trail Sunday morning if anyone is missing it. I'd gladly mail it to you if it fell out of your holster.
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I wonder how you'll determine if the claimant is the actual owner?

To wit:

That looks like my 5208 Defender Xtreme
Blade 7"
Handle 5"
Total length 12"
Greenish/OD handle
Black blade
Serrated back

And, it DID fall out of my holster, somewhere on the Blue Creek Trail. I didn't notice it was missing until I got back to my truck. It was late and I didn't have any idea where it got dropped, so trying to backtrack wasn't an option. Thanks for finding it.
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: House Made of Dawn on May 29, 2017, 11:09:21 PM
Ceci n'est pas une Ka-Bar: It's a Rorschach Test.  ;)
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: mule ears on May 30, 2017, 06:42:49 AM
I wonder what you would do with a knife that big?  This is all I ever carry backpacking.

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Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: Slimkitty on May 30, 2017, 07:16:04 AM
I wonder what you would do with a knife that big?  This is all I ever carry backpacking.

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Yeah seriously.  Perhaps that knife is all that was left after its owner tried to foolishly rely on it for defense.


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Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: badknees on May 30, 2017, 07:23:41 AM
Bigger is better???
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: dprather on May 30, 2017, 09:50:55 AM
One way to measure rookies is by the length of their knife
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: House Made of Dawn on May 30, 2017, 10:39:04 AM
Very proud of my newest knife....the CRKT NIAD (0.6 oz).
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: House Made of Dawn on May 30, 2017, 10:46:09 AM
That said, I do understand the impulse to carry a knife for defense. I usually carry a somewhat larger CRKT Tanto at a little over 5 ounces, which has served me for years as a nice compromise between utility and weight. But having blown out my knee recently, I'm having to make some tough choices on the weight of my equipment.

Years and years ago, when I had the freedom to spend a few weeks in the Bend, I met a cute female ranger up in the Basin. I regaled her with stories of the yahoos I'd seen on the rim carrying huge sheath knives on their shoulder straps.  A few days later I ran into her again on one of the trails. It was her day off and she was hiking for fun. On her shoulder strap was a huge sheath knife.  Sometimes I just need to shut up.
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: TXbywayofMS on May 30, 2017, 11:58:38 AM
All i carry with on trips is an ESEE Izula strapped to my pack and a spyderco delica in the pocket. Been riding like this for years now. Never needed anything else.

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Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: Hang10er on May 30, 2017, 01:47:58 PM
Had a knife in my pocket since Jr High (is that the right term still?).  Use it to clean my fingernails, peel/cut apples, pry things, cut open wrapped gifts (to the annoyance of my less patient children) and ever now and then I actually cut a piece of rope or something.  Never ever considered it a "defensive weapon".  Just a tool. 

I'm law enforcement and those knifes that have a clip on them so they attach to the inside of your pocket are really popular.  I like the style a bit more old fashioned, with a bone or nice wood handle.  Those are a little too round for that.  I do see it's becoming more popular to carry your pocket knife (even small 4 inchers) in a leather sheath on your belt.  Saw a whole display of sheaths (no knifes) at Buc-Ee's recently.  I just spend most of my time in shorts and seldom wear a belt.

Maybe those bigger "Crocodile Dundee" knifes provide some false sense of security, like me sleeping inside a tent to be safe from bears and things that go bump in the night instead of cowboy style under the stars.

I won't laugh at your big knife, don't laugh at me for throwing up a Coleman. 
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: House Made of Dawn on May 30, 2017, 02:22:24 PM
I promise to never, ever laugh at you, Hang10er. You are a mensch and a man among men. I consider a knife a defensive weapon, not against humans, but against mountain lions (and, hey, I just became one on BBC!!!!!) because of stories like this one.......

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/environment/article/Big-Bend-mountain-lion-attacks-boy-6-3105934.php

Most of my field research has been on birds, but I have done a tiny amount on Puma concolor, and while I know an attack is infinitesimally likely, the chances are not zero.  I've had two face to face encounters and been stalked once. Bear attacks are even more likely and I've been through several bluff charges. If everything else fails, I like knowing I can take out eyes, maybe even a carotid artery.
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: horns93 on May 31, 2017, 03:13:55 PM
. Bear attacks are even more likely and I've been through several bluff charges. If everything else fails, I like knowing I can take out eyes, maybe even a carotid artery.

I hope you never have your "Hugh Glass" moment but that would make for one helluva trip report. Hahaha
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: House Made of Dawn on May 31, 2017, 03:42:54 PM
. Bear attacks are even more likely and I've been through several bluff charges. If everything else fails, I like knowing I can take out eyes, maybe even a carotid artery.

I hope you never have your "Hugh Glass" moment but that would make for one helluva trip report. Hahaha

 :icon_lol: :icon_lol: :icon_lol:  I first read the story below in Backpacker Magazine, but couldn't find a link to it. I did, however, find a link to the same story in Good Housekeeping ( :eusa_think: go figure...). Also, note: the bear was a grizzly, NOT a black.  Makes all the difference.... If I were ever attacked this viciously by a grizzly, I'd be sorely tempted to use my knife on my own carotid. But, as the story proves: there's always hope, Frodo.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/news/a40750/man-survived-bear-attack-twice/
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: ds9writer on June 03, 2017, 09:13:53 AM
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.

Several years ago, as my son and I were driving on Old Ore Road at night (!!) back to McKinney Springs CG, we saw something in the road - it was a nice pair of Ray Bans - which he still wears to this day!  A little further down the road, we found a Go Pro case (no camera) and a couple other Go Pro parts.

We imagined that a dirt bike hit a few bumps and stuff bounced out of someone's pack... 
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: dprather on June 03, 2017, 11:25:07 AM
Once, while doing the OML between the Juniper Canyon/Dodson trailhead and Homer Wilson, my amigo and I found a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli.

The can was really fresh and had not been there long at all.  We wondered if the can had been jettisoned by someone who hadn't got the memo about the weight of canned food.  We even tsk-tsked about the very sketchy nutritional quality of the "food."

Not wanting to leave the can on the trail, we took it.  We sorta planned to open the can, dump the "food," crush the can and haul it out with us.

We did some of that.

Arriving in a few minutes at the Dodson's place, we opened the can and ate every bit in the comforts provided by the Dodsons.  I would never eat that stuff under any other circumstances, but it was the greatest tasting ravioli in the world at that point.  Go sodium!  It was our unintended trail feast, and every time we pass that spot we talk about it.

PS: to any and all federal employees who are monitoring this site for infractions, we did crush the can and haul it out.



Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: House Made of Dawn on June 03, 2017, 12:06:54 PM
Arriving in a few minutes at the Dodson's place, we opened the can and ate every bit in the comforts provided by the Dodsons.  I would never eat that stuff under any other circumstances, but it was the greatest tasting ravioli in the world at that point.  Go sodium!  It was our unintended trail feast, and every time we pass that spot we talk about it.

 :icon_lol:  :icon_lol:  :icon_lol:   Totally understand. Henceforth, every time I pass Dodson Spring, I will secretly think of it as Chef Boyardee Spring.
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: Jimbow on June 16, 2017, 04:27:17 PM
I started carrying a Gerber mini with a scissors. I can't believe how much use I get out of a scissors instead of a blade.
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: strawhouse on June 16, 2017, 08:01:51 PM
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: SA Bill on June 16, 2017, 10:23:21 PM
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

Wow!  :icon_eek:  Nothing like a nice beard trim after a long day on the trail!  :eusa_doh:

I found a GPS unit in the Dog Canyon area one time. Took it to the ranger station and turned it in.
  Bill
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: House Made of Dawn on June 16, 2017, 10:42:01 PM
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

Wow!  :icon_eek:  Nothing like a nice beard trim after a long day on the trail!  :eusa_doh:

Trimliness is next to oddliness. I somehow always manage to forget to bring mine.   ;)
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: dprather on June 17, 2017, 07:55:16 AM
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

Yes, but how was the machete?
Title: Re: Lost and Found
Post by: strawhouse on June 17, 2017, 03:14:34 PM
Isn't it interesting what one finds along trails?

I like to imagine the stories that go along with the finds.
One OML trip after spring break, the 3 of us going CCW came upon a heap of stuff at the elephant tusk intersection on the Dodson.  We assumed someone was struggling to make it to Homer and abandoned much of their load.

Included in the pile was: a pillow, sandals, a complete electric beard trimming kit with case, a book, and much much more.

Later, as we got to the top of the hill after Fresno Creek, we found a dehydrated Lasagna meal and a machete.

The lasagna was delicious.

Yes, but how was the machete?
Not sure it was even sharpened.

I was unwilling to carry the extra weight up Juniper Canyon, but one of our party was.  I think his grandson got it.