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Southern California Hiking/Backpacking

2011.12.09 21:58 nwangelo Southern California Hiking/Backpacking

This is a place for fellow hikers and backpackers in Southern California to organize meet ups, post gear reviews, trip reviews, and etc. Hopefully this will unite local hikers and allow us to meet and explore the beautiful landscape we inhabit.

2023.06.08 20:34 hardindapaint12 Hiking/Day Trip recommendations with current conditions?

I'll be visiting your city next weekend. Wanted a summer getaway with modest temperatures to do some hiking and eat good food.
I didn't realize when booking that snow can still be an issue this time of year. We had planned to take Utah route 150 to Mirror Lake but see that is still closed.
Some of the top hits on AllTrails in Deer Valley look closed too.
From a local perspective, do you expect more stuff to open in the next 12 days or so or what is best to do this time of year?
Would love all help I can get. Thanks!
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2023.06.08 20:32 United-Culture1439 Solo day hiking in Banff/Jasper in late June. Looking for potential hiking buddies!

I am planning a last minute trip to the Canadian Rockies in late June. I am currently planning to be solo and have nightly accommodations booked, but I am a bit concerned about hiking alone in grizzly country. For reference, I am an experienced hiker & backpacker. For this trip, I am planning on only doing day hikes and am thinking about trying to stick to more popular trails for beaanimal safety reasons. Do folks know if there is a culture of solo hikers finding a group to stick with at trailheads in the area? Any other tips people might have?
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2023.06.08 20:31 Ethan_Sandula Deciding on trails to do, any input?

Hi, in early August, my family and I are going to GNP. We are trying to figure out what hikes we want to do but were really indecisive. We are staying 3 days in West Glacier and 2 days in Many Glacier. We don't know if the amount of hikes were doing is a lot or too much mileage but we are a very active and fit family. We have a decent amount of experience as we have done hikes in Yosemite, Zion, Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, and more.
Currently, we have chosen these trails.
Day 1: Avalanche Lake trail + Trail of the cedars, ~7m,
Day 2: The loop and Garden Wall Trail, 13.2m, (essentially Highline trail with a few add-ons)
Day 3: Hidden Lake Trail and/or Mount Oberlin Trail, 8.8m,
Day 4: Swiftcurrent Mountian via Swiftcurrent Pass Trail, 16.6m,
Day 5: Grinell Glacier and Wing Lookout via Grinell Glacier Trail, 13.3m,

We feel that this would cover a lot of GNP and give us a good experience there, but there are other trails like Staton Mountain, Mount Siyeh Climbing Route, and Apikuni Mountain we thought looked fun and challenging. Do all of you that have been to GNP think this will give us a good experience, or would you change something?
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2023.06.08 20:18 Gotthoms What is the best way to go to Mt. Fuji and back to Tokyo in a day?

A friend of mine and I are going to Japan in July and are planning on climbing mount Fuji then. We will climb the Yoshida trail, from the Fuji-Subaru 5th station, and we are planning on going to the top and back down in a day. We will be staying in Tokyo(Ginza) which means that we will need to get to the 5th station as early in the morning as possible, to have time to get a ride back home at the end of the day. Upon searching online, a direct shuttle from Shinjuku station to the Subaru 5th station seems like the best choice for us.
The problem is, the timetables for departures from the 5th station back to Shinjuku station seem very few and far between, the latest being at 5pm. If we choose to do this in a single day, considering it'll take around 11 hours to go up and then back down, we'll be back at the 5th station in late afternoon (7-8pm maybe?).
What would be our best solution to head back to Tokyo after our hike? Are there even buses still going back to Shinjuku after 5pm? Could there also be alternatives to a shuttle that head back to Tokyo? Is it even a good idea to try to do this in a single day?
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2023.06.08 20:17 Ethan_Sandula Trying to figure out what trails to do

Hi, in early August, my family and I are going to GNP. We are trying to figure out what hikes we want to do but were really indecisive. We are staying 3 days in West Glacier and 2 days in Many Glacier. We don't know if the amount of hikes were doing is a lot or too much mileage but we are a very active and fit family. We have a decent amount of experience as we have done hikes in Yosemite, Zion, Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, and more.
Currently, we have chosen these trails.
Day 1: Avalanche Lake trail + Trail of the cedars, ~7m,
Day 2: The loop and Garden Wall Trail, 13.2m, (essentially Highline trail with a few add-ons)
Day 3: Hidden Lake Trail and/or Mount Oberlin Trail, 8.8m,
Day 4: Swiftcurrent Mountian via Swiftcurrent Pass Trail, 16.6m,
Day 5: Grinell Glacier and Wing Lookout via Grinell Glacier Trail, 13.3m,

We feel that this would cover a lot of GNP and give us a good experience there, but there are other trails like Staton Mountain, Mount Siyeh Climbing Route, and Apikuni Mountain we thought looked fun and challenging. Do all of you that have been to GNP think this will give us a good experience, or would you change something?
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2023.06.08 20:16 theaveragejoe14 Thoughts on Itinerary

We will be spending 3 days in the park next week. Saw someone else post their itinerary so i figured I would do the same. Let me know your thoughts!
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2023.06.08 20:00 ResponsibleFly9076 Footwear in Swiss Alps

I’m wondering if ordinary tennis shoes will suffice for hiking around Lauterbrunnen for a couple hours at a time. I’d rather not bring heavy duty hiking boots if I don’t have to but wondering how the trails are near Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, Wengen. Thank you in advance for any help!
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2023.06.08 19:57 Cosy9244 AITA for not wanting to change my plans?

Some background... I (34F) am in an LDR with my boyfriend (40M), we planned and booked our next visit around 3 months ago for me to fly from UK to CA,US on June 16th and since the last time we met up we had quite an expensive trip to San Diego, I asked for a more home based trip to save money and just to spend some quality "live-in" time together if we are going to close the gap eventually.
Anyway, shortly after I booked the trip he told me his Mum's birthday is at the end of June (after I leave) and she wants to do a trip to the Grand Canyon with him and his 2 older kids (18 & 16), only problem was, when she wanted to go, clashed with my visit but I was invited to come along. I was slightly annoyed as I wanted to save money this time but it is the Grand Canyon and I have never been before so I agreed to go and pay a share of $400.
I have been excitedly telling everyone about going and was actually looking forward to it. So, less than a week ago he texts me and tells me about Yosemite (it looks beautiful!) and suggested a day trip, to which I was fine with... except his mum also wanted to tag along -_- After sensing my annoyance he reassured me that she wanted to do a separate hiking trail and we'd be alone. Cool, no problem. Let's do it.
So fast forward to today... he calls me and mid conversation excited told me "Oh by the way, plans have changed". I was like "huh?" He said we are no longer doing the Grand Canyon and are instead doing a 5 day trip to Yosemite with aforementioned mum and 2 older kids. It immediately ruined my happy demeanour and I just didn't want to talk to him after that.
My reasons for being annoyed are;
- I was not consulted or asked about this, I am a single mum so this trip is also my holiday and I feel I have no control over it
- Is this going to cost me more money which I already didn't want to spend
- My trip is 11 days in total but 2 will be travel days involving 11 hour flights so with this trip now being 5 days instead of the 3 to the Grand Canyon it now leaves me 4 days with my boyfriend
- I feel I am backed into a corner because if I kick up a stink, it is ruining everyone else's trip, especially if cancelled and I am feeling guilty for that and also, since this is the first time I am meeting his mum, is this going to leave a bad first impression?
He got the feeling I wasn't in a good mood and just finished our call with "Well you clearly don't want to talk to me so I will talk to you later" and hung up.
I just feel so angry but AITA for feeling this way? Am I overreacting?
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2023.06.08 19:48 rimbaud1991 Trekking advices

Dear Hiking

Last summer I went on an amazing hiking trip for nine days in Portugal, walking along the Atlantic Ocean on Rota Vicentina.
It was a very succesful trip since the trail is well-marked and there are small villages along the route so it's easy to find accommodation (guest houses, hostels, hotels etc.).
This summer I would like to do something similar and the world is packed full of exciting trails. I would like to go somewhere warm (I'm from the cold north) for about 10 days. I'm fit and I can easily do 20-30 km daily. I have a short holiday so it would be wonderful if it is easy to find accommodation and I don't have to camp in the wild. That would be preferable.
I hope you have som great advices for me :-)
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2023.06.08 19:36 GeospatialReisMaps My map of Mt. Kanlaon - one of the most active stratovolcanoes of the Philippines (2160x3840)

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2023.06.08 19:32 tonepoems Partial Trip Report: Kiso-Fukushima / Nakasendo Trail (with photos) Plus Other Odds & Ends

Hi everyone!
My husband and I recently came back from a 15-day trip to Japan and overall it was an epic, life-changing adventure. Most of the tips shared in this sub are absolutely true (I don't think there was a single day where we didn't hit the 20K step mark and SO glad we had some cash and a coin purse handy.)
We covered all the "greatest hits" of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, so reporting on those areas would be redundant as this sub already has great info. However, I haven't seen too many recent posts about Kiso Valley, so I wanted to share our experience since it was a personal highlight for me!
Between our stops from Tokyo to Kyoto, stayed in Kiso-Fukushima for 2 nights:
Travel from Tokyo
We took the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano and then a rail train to Kiso-Fukushima. The whole trip took just under 3 hours. Since were were only making a 2-day stop in Kiso, we forwarded our main luggage from Tokyo to the following stop in Kyoto and only took our backpacks with us with a change of clothes. The luggage forwarding system is amazing.
To get to Kyoto afterwards, we took a train to Nagoya and then transferred to Tokyo. That leg took about 2.5 hours.
We stayed at this traditional ryokan which was a 10-min walk from the station. We splurged on a room that had a private bathroom and an open air bath (hot tub) overlooking the river. Let me tell you, with all the walking we had done, it was HEAVEN. It allowed for a few moments of downtime (and a little romance) amidst all the running around. Breakfast and dinner were included in our package, which is recommended as the town is small and dining options close early. The food was amazing. Worth every penny.
In Town Highlights
Walking the Nakasendo Trail from Magome to Tsumago
We took the limited express from Kiso-Fukushima to Nakatsuaga, and then a bus to the Magome which drops you off at the start of the trail.
This portion of the trail is about 8km and I would consider it an easy to moderate hike (there were some uphill portions and forest paths). More information about it here.
IT WAS ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING. I loved every moment. A beautiful combination of walking through small towns and forest. The weather was beautiful, there were definitely other people, but it wasn't crowded by any means. I'm still looking at the photos and just sighing over how beautiful it all was.
When we got to Tsumago we explored the shops a bit. Then took the bus to Nagiso and the train back to Kiso, with just enough time for a hot tub soak, shower, and then to the dining room for dinner (donning the provided yukata robes).
Things We Didn't Get to Do in Kiso-Fukushima
I would have loved to spend another day or two in Kiso-Fukushima because there were a number of things we didn't get to. Also, it's just a lovely place to just walk around and experience.
We've been back exactly a week now and I'm still feeling blue about it - would have absolutely loved to stay a whole month or more.
Happy travels!
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2023.06.08 19:28 NoNeighborhoodForYou How long is to long

I think I may have a good guess of where to look, a lot of the poem matches up but hike will be around 6 miles. Is that to long of a distance and what were the previous years trail lengths?
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2023.06.08 19:26 ImpossibleChip10 Og Takk =)

Hello all/Hallo alle
I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for the incredible experiences I had during my recent visit to your breathtaking country. From the moment I set foot in your land, I was captivated by the stunning natural beauty that surrounded me.
One place that truly stole my heart was Balestrand. The charm of this small village nestled amidst the majestic fjords was simply irresistible. I couldn't help but wonder how the people of Balestrand make a living in such a remote and picturesque location? Whether it's fishing, farming, or perhaps tourism, I marveled at the resourcefulness and resilience of the locals.
During my stay, I had the privilege of embarking on several unforgettable hikes. The Norwegian landscape, with its towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear lakes, provided the perfect backdrop for my adventures. Each step I took brought me closer to nature, allowing me to immerse myself in the tranquility and serenity that only hiking can provide. The trails in Norway are a true testament to the wonders of the great outdoors.
As I reluctantly bid farewell to your extraordinary country, I can't help but dream of returning one day. Norway has left an indelible mark on me, and I yearn to explore more of its hidden gems. From the majestic fjords to the vibrant cities, there is so much more to discover and appreciate.
Thank you, Norway, for the memories that will forever remain etched. The warmth and kindness of your people, the awe-inspiring landscapes, and the sense of adventure that permeates the air have made a profound impact on me. I sincerely hope to come back one day and experience the magic of Norway once again.
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2023.06.08 19:20 KeystoneLaw Does it make sense to rotate which Scout is sleeping by himself?

We have a crew of 13- 9 boys and 4 dads.
The boys will be using the Philmont-issued tents. Obviously, that means we will get 5 tents, with one boy sleeping by himself.
Our 9 boys are from the same Troop, and everyone has been in this Troop together for 5 years at least. Everyone knows each other, and gets along.
Over the course of our practice hikes, there has been a natural selection process leaving one boy in his own tent. He is not disliked, but he is difficult to wake up in the morning, and can be a bit of selfish person.
We are wheels up in two weeks. Last night we had a final crew meeting to hand out the crew shirts, go over everyone's packs, figure out the final pieces of crew gear (anyone know of a good deal on stakes?).
The boy who has been tenting alone announced that he does not want to sleep by himself. Not really sure exactly why, but it was clearly important to him. There was a lot of awkward discussion and then silence, and then another boy volunteered to sleep by himself the second night on the trail.
Does it make sense to rotate which boy sleeps by himself? Or is this going to disrupt benefits from having set partners when it comes to tents and food?
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2023.06.08 19:13 MrElectricOps Shakedown for Long Trail June-July Thru-Hike

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2023.06.08 19:08 ConstProgrammer Bright Colors, Strange Entities, and Baffling Vanishings

This article is not my original creation. It was from "Mysterious Universe" website. Unfortunately the site has since been taken down. I was able to find the wayback machine (internet archive backup) for this article. However it is not a reliable permanent solution, hence I decided to post the duplicate here as well.
Content of the original article:

Bright Colors, Strange Entities, and Baffling Vanishings

Brent Swancer

August 7, 2019

There are numerous cases throughout history of people just seeming to step off the face of the earth to vanish into thin air. We are usually left with only scattered clues, grasping at theories as to what has happened to these unfortunate souls, but in some cases it appears that there is a correlation of sorts. Throughout a great number of these accounts of people who have seemingly blinked out of existence there is the simple but nagging clue that they were wearing brightly colored clothing. It seems to be at first a meaningless quirk, but the number of reports of the mysteriously vanished and bright articles of clothing has increasingly become something that can’t be easily ignored, although the answers as to why might be forever elusive.
A very strange case popped up on Whitley Streiber’s site, Unknown Country, concerning a witness calling himself Alan Lamers and his very unusual, otherworldy story. Lamers claims that he was working on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, which is where it first came to his attention that a great many people were said to have gone into the jungles of the area to vanish without a trace. He was first told about this as he visited a small speck of a village in the district of Sandu Batu, in South Sulawesi, where he was warned to only wear clothing that was white or black in color, with no bright colors whatsoever. In particular he was warned not to wear anything that was yellow, and that black was the best one to go with. Odd indeed, but it would get odder still.
When Lamers pressed as to why he should not wear bright colors or anything with yellow on it, the villagers told him that people who did so had a bad habit of disappearing off the face of the earth. Weirder still, sometimes the people would reappear dazed and confused, not remembering anything of their strange incident and missing the articles of clothing with the offending colors. As to why, the villagers had no explanation. After hearing of this, Lamers and his companions warily wore all black when they trekked out into the jungle to investigate some alleged illegal logging in the area, but one of the men apparently broke the rules, and he explains:
One of my friends, who is a Bugis-Makassar, didn’t listen or understand the warning and wore yellow socks. We did our tour and returned. He was strangely quiet. That night he became extremely ill. I had never seen a person projectile vomit that hard. He had an extreme fever also. We nursed him and about a day later he returned to his healthy self. Then he told us what happened. He said something had bitten him on his right legs calf and then his thigh. He showed us the marks. They were huge scratches. He said he could not see what was attacking him. He said he did not want to tell us what happened because he was embarrassed. The villagers stood around us with these knowing looks while we looked at the marks. they said he was very lucky. Usually people disappear. I was stunned.
What was going on here, and what in the world does the color yellow have to do with it? It is unclear, but Lamers claims that he would get at least some theories during his stay. He tells the account of a woman friend of his whose brother had gone hiking in the mountains along with four others, after which they all vanished. After an intensive search finally the brother was found, alive but in a dazed state and looking undernourished and skeletal. When asked about what had happened to them the brother said he could not remember, but whatever it was had obviously and visibly traumatized him. No trace of the others was ever found. Lamers asked his friend what she thought had happened to them, and he says of her response and his reactions to it:
She said it was the Jin. Jin is Arabic for demon. She said many many people have disappeared in the mountains because of the Jin. I asked my engineer friend who I worked with about this early today. He said it happens often and reminded me of Wala Wala the village we had gone to. Entire cultures have developed around this problem. They wear only black because they believe this allows them to travel through the jungle undetectable by whatever it is that takes these people. There is something taking these people Whitley. Something terrible and evil in Sulawesi. The people of Sulawesi have come to terms with it and have tried to adapt themselves to deal with whatever it is. It has gone on long enough to bend culture. I will continue to investigate what this is.
Is that what this was? A Jin? This makes sense considering that the population of the region is around 85% Muslim, but could there be any other explanation? He apparently did follow up on all of this, managing to get more information out of the locals, as well as from the lone survivor from that doomed trek as his memory came trickling back to him about that fateful hike. However, his story seems to make no real sense, and is so bizarre it leaves more questions than answers. Lamers tells Strieber of this additional information:
I found out he kept seeing what the Bugis call Jin Kurcaci. It means little demon people. These things do what is called “penculikan” or abduction. No one knows why they do this. But sometimes the people come back after a bit. The people or creatures who do this have a small nose and their eyes are small and black, but their mouths are very broad and when they smile it is very large compared to the rest of their face. He could not remember the color of their skin. I asked for a picture to be drawn. He managed a crude happy face with a nose consisting of a single line and a huge grimace.
The boy was the only one who could see them out of the five. He kept seeing a lot of them but when he would try to show the others one of the four who disappeared could see them. He also saw a strange animal he could not recognize. These animals are the size of a horse with huge antlers. He said he saw herds of them. He could not understand where they came from or why there were so many. They not an animal indigenous to the area. There is no such known animal that big in Sulawesi. Apparently this is a widespread problem.
Is this Jin, some sort of evil forest people, or just folklore? What is the significance of the colors and why must people wear black? Does this somehow draw these forces in, and maybe they are attracted by these colors? It is very interesting to note that some of the most bizarre vanishings on record are theorized to have had some link to bright colors, according to missing persons investigator David Paulides, author of The Missing 411 series of books.
Paulides has researched strange vanishings all over the world and has compiled a sort of list of criteria that seem to be common to many of the cases. Examples include people disappearing practically right under the noses of nearby friends or family, bodies turning up without shoes or proper outdoor clothing, children who have gone missing only for their bodies to turn up in inaccessible areas where they could not possibly have climbed to on their own, belongings or clothing left behind often neatly folded or arranged, bodies that have turned up in areas that have already been thoroughly searched or are out of reach, and people who have disappeared without leaving a single scrap of evidence behind. There are also the fact that many of these disappearances seem to happen near bodies of water or where berries happen to be growing, that with bodies which are found the cause of death is often unclear or difficult to determine, that there is a lack of tracks, and that search dogs often cannot pick up the scent or are led to places such as sheer walls where no one could reasonably scale. Often people who were with the missing explain that they just happened to get separated somehow without being able to pinpoint when or how. Then there is the curious detail that many of the vanished just so happened to have been wearing bright colors.
This has been seen in many vanishings covered by Paulides, with perhaps the most well-known being the disappearance of 6-year old Dennis Martin. On June 14, 1969, Dennis was on a camping and hiking trip to the Great Smoky Mountains when he and his family stopped off at a grassy mountain highland meadow and popular stop-off point along the Appalachian Trail know as Spence Field. As the adults sat out on the grass chatting, Dennis, his brother, and two other boys on the trip thought it would be amusing to play a prank on their parents. They decided that they would split up, go out into the woods, and then simultaneously jump out from different directions to startle the adults in what was meant to be just harmless fun.
Three of the boys went one way and Dennis, who was the youngest, went the other. The reason he had been chosen to be on his own was that he was wearing a highly visible bright red shirt. This is something to remember in relation to this article, the bright colors. Just as planned, the three older boys jumped out and scared the adults, but then the men asked where Dennis was. Since the other boys had seen him just a few minutes earlier, they assumed that he had merely missed his cue and so they waited for him to jump out of the trees as well, but he never appeared.
Dennis’ father, Bill Martin, went out to get his son, expecting that he would be there hiding in the bushes as he had been instructed, but an immediate search of the area showed no signs of the boy, and calls into the woods went unanswered. Increasingly worried, Bill and Dennis’ grandfather, Clyde Martin, hiked out in different directions farther and farther from the place where the boy had last been seen and still they found nothing. Park Rangers were notified and a search was launched that would last until nightfall, when heavy rain began to come down along with thunder, which hampered efforts to find the boy and the search was called off until the following day with still no trace of where Dennis had gone off to.
In a rather ominous twist, a mere hours after Dennis had gone missing a family named the Keys reported that they had been hiking around 6 miles from Spence Field when they had heard a boy’s scream. The son also claimed to have seen movement in a bush which he at first had thought to be a bear, but turned out to be a man walking in the woods with something apparently slung over his shoulder. As spooky as this may seem, authorities determined that the location was too far away from Spence Field to have possibly have anything to do with Dennis within the time frame of events.
In the following days the search efforts would quickly grow in size to hundreds of people scouring the area, including park rangers, locals, volunteers, the FBI, National Guard, and even Green Berets and psychics, along with bloodhounds and helicopters, and meanwhile the news of the disappearance had started making major national headlines. Since Dennis was described as a robust, healthy boy with plenty of hiking experience it was thought that he was alive and would be found in short order, but continuing heavy rains flooding roads, as well as thick fogs, made efforts difficult. For their part, Dennis’s parents posted a hefty reward for any information leading to finding their son. Dennis Martin has never been found, and not a trace of what happened to him has ever been uncovered. Interestingly, this all fits several of Paulides’ criteria, including the brightly colored clothing.
Similarly there is the case of 4-year-old Alfred Beilhartz, who in the summer of 1938 was on a fishing and camping trip with his family at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. As the boy and his parents were taking a hike along a river, little Alfred, who was wearing a brightly colored shirt, suddenly simply disappeared without explanation. One moment he had been there walking in a line behind them, and the next the parents had turned around to find he was gone without a trace. There had been no shout or sign of distress, and all calls to him went unanswered. He had seemingly just ceased to exist.
Although the parents claimed that the boy had gone nowhere near the water, authorities were nevertheless convinced that he had fallen into the river, and immediately went about blocking off the river so that it could be thoroughly searched and so that his body would not float too far away. A 6-mile stretch of the river where Alfred had vanished was searched and dredged for 5 full days without turning up any sign of the boy, and when bloodhounds were brought in they oddly tracked his scent to around 500 feet uphill from where his parents had been when he had disappeared, which was odd considering he had supposedly gone missing as he was walking behind them. Also strange was that allegedly the bloodhounds followed the trail for some time before reaching a fork and suddenly stopping and simply lying down, an odd behavior for trained scent dogs to display, and also strange because it seemed that the trail had just abruptly stopped to vanish just as surely as the boy had.
Even more bizarre than this was an odd report that came in from some hikers in the area in the early stages of the search, the very day after Alfred had vanished. The hikers, who were a couple, had been on Old Fall River Road about 6 miles away over rugged terrain and around 3,000 feet higher from where Alfred had disappeared, and at the time had had no idea that there was a missing boy in the area, yet they reported seeing a rather worrying sight. They claimed that they had seen a young boy perched up upon a high ridge in an area ominously called “The Devil’s Nest,” near the top of Mt. Chaplin. The hikers reported that the boy had been forlornly sitting alone up there and had then suddenly moved out of sight, which the hikers mysteriously allegedly said looked as if he were being “jerked back.” At the time they could not figure out how such a young boy would be out there in the remote wilderness by himself or how he could have possibly climbed up onto that formidably high ridge. According to the hikers, as soon as they had gotten home and seen the news, they had realized that the boy they had seen was the missing Alfred Beilhartz.
Authorities acted on the tip and made the journey out to the Devil’s Nest, a perilous hike through thick, unforgiving forested terrain littered with rough brush and dense trees, and there at the top of the looming ridge they could find no trace of the boy. Considering the difficulty of the terrain, the elevation, and the steep, treacherous climb up to the ridge on which the hikers had claimed to have seen the boy, park rangers came to the conclusion that it would have been impossible for the boy to have made the hike out there in the timeframe involved on his own, and that he could not have possibly climbed the ridge alone without specialized climbing equipment and experience. There are several weird details about this case. How did Alfred manage to just vanish right under his parents’ noses without making a sound? What happened to his scent trail and why did the bloodhounds following him act so oddly? How could Alfred hike all the way up Mt. Chaplin, trudging 6 miles and 3,000 feet through unforgiving perilous terrain in such a short time, and then climb up onto that high ridge by himself? What did the hikers mean that he was “jerked back”? We may never know, and Alfred Beilhartz has never been found. Oddly enough, it is reported that young little Beilhartz had been wearing brightly colored clothing at the time of his vanishing.
Such cases are numerous, and we also have the case of 3-year-old Jaryd Atadero, who in October of 1999 was staying with his father at a Christian retreat lodge at Poudre Canyon, Colorado. On October 2, Jaryd was out with 12 of the Christian group members on a hike along the Big South Trail when he somehow got ahead of the group and talked to some fishermen along the Cache la Poudre River, asking them if they’d seen any bears, to which they replied that the boy should get back with the others. Those fishermen would be the last ones to see Jaryd Atedero alive. In the wake of his disappearances a massive search using bloodhounds and aircraft was unable to find any trace of the boy, and it was largely assumed that he had fallen into the frigid waters of the river and drowned.
It would not be until 4 years later that he would finally be found, when on June 4, 2003 his remains were discovered up in a remote, inaccessible area up a steep incline about 500 feet above the trail he had vanished on. This is where the case gets weird. On the dead boy’s cranium were found a series of odd scratches that were assumed to be from a mountain lion, yet big cat experts pointed out that a cougar would have torn at the sweater and body near the neck and stomach, damage that was absent. Indeed, there were no other apparent injuries on the body. Paulides also claims that he spoke to forensics experts on the case who told him that, although the source of the scratches could not be determined, they were not from any known animal. Other odd details about the body were that the boy’s clothes had been turned inside out, and a single tooth from his mouth had been found placed upon a nearby log, strangely not overgrown with moss or vegetation considering that it had presumably been sitting there for 4 years. The clothes and shoes themselves were also surprisingly brightly colored and new looking for supposedly having been out in the elements for so long. And there is a key word here, they were brightly colored.
Adding to this strangeness surrounding the case of Jaryd Atadero are allegations made by the boy’s father, Allyn Atadero, that authorities were very secretive and dishonest about the whole incident, and seemed to be almost intentionally botching the investigation. One example is when the Atadero family was allegedly threatened with arrest if they tried to go off snooping around on the Big South Trail, and although it was claimed by authorities that the trail was the only way in or out of the canyon, this turned out to be a falsehood, as Allyn found records of various other entry and exit points. Another oddity was that Allyn claimed that he had discovered that the police were using his own shorts as a scent sample for the dogs rather than those of his son, and that when confronted about this glaring error in procedure they got confrontational and irritated, allegedly going so far as to threaten to call the search off. Allyn would also claim that although some strange hair samples had been collected from his son’s sweater, no test results were ever released and he was merely told that they were neither human nor mountain lion, but that he “shouldn’t worry about it.” To top it all off, Paulides also claims that authorities were highly uncooperative with his own investigation into the case, and that the FBI had refused to get involved. What in the world happened to Jaryd Atadero? Was this an animal attack, a kidnapping, or something more? It seems we may never know.
Mysterious cases like this go on and on, with that common thread going through them that they were all wearing brightly colored clothing at the time of their bizarre vanishings. Is this, as David Paulides and Lamers say, a determining factor in such vanishings? If so, then why should this be? Are the colors somehow attractive or maddening to whatever forces are taking these people? And now that we are on it what forces would those be? Is this extraterrestrials, evil spirits of some kind, Bigfoot, some sort of other mysterious animal, or what? One very interesting theory that has made the rounds is that perhaps some sort of large, unidentified winged beast is behind it all, perhaps its attention drawn by the bright colors. One commenter on our very own Mysterious Universe has said of this and how it relates to such vanishings:
I’m pretty sure I know what it is & I’m sure it’s also responsible for some of the National Forest missing adults. If these disappearances have anything to do with what I saw in 2006 in Colorado (less than one mile outside of Pike National Forest), then it’s likely that the same thing is responsible for the cattle mutilations as well:
It’s a bird & it was massive; I startled it off my roof by stepping outside onto my front porch in the middle of the night. I had no idea there was anything there but when the door slammed behind me I heard a “scrabbling” sound; as if there were a small rockslide directly above me.I covered my head with my arms & tried to duck under the eaves when I heard a rippling sound. Almost exactly like the sound one of those huge flags make when a sudden strong gust of wind unfurls it.
Then, there was a boom. A percussive boom that my eardrums felt, to the point where I started to lose my balance & fall backwards. That’s when a huge shadow passed overhead. From 1.5 stories above me, clearing 50ft tall tree in the front yard. The shape of the shadow most resembled a vulture & I can’t conceive of the wingspan being less than 20ft.As it glided up it … screamed. A pulsating croak? Not sure quite how to describe it. It was not a sound I have ever heard before. Oddly; it didn’t seem to have flapped its wings again.I refused to think about it for about a year because it was so ridiculously improbable. When an inspection of the roof occurred, the comment was “It looks like Freddy Krueger attacked your roof!” Along with the gashes, there were a few puncture holes as well. So I started researching & haven’t stopped.
It is of course possible that the presence of bright colors could just be a coincidence. Perhaps it does not matter, and has simply been assigned value by Paulides and others, but then how would that explain the clear link supposedly conveyed to Lamers by the people of that remote area of Indonesia and their aversion to entering the jungle wearing anything other than white or preferably black? Is there any connection to be had here, and if so what is it? It is certainly interesting to note the similarities between Lamers’ stories on the bright colors and people reappearing with no memory of what had happened and the very similar Paulides cases in which the same thing happens. Are there mysterious forces drawn to these colors that somehow make these people disappear? There is no way to know, and it seems to lie beyond our comprehension, but until we do understand maybe don’t wear brightly colored clothing next time you are on that hike through the woods.
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2023.06.08 18:55 FieldofScience Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Day 55 - Hotel Gym Workout!

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2023.06.08 18:43 HorchataMama99 Hiking in St Moritz -- is it difficult terrain?

Hi there! My family is taking Bernina Express train and getting off in St Moritz to stay a few days. We would like to do day hikes on the mountain slopes, probably taking a funicular up the mountain and walking down, returning to the resort at the end of the day. I am wondering is this terrain able to be walked with standard tennis shoes? Or should my family pack specific "terrain/trail" shoes for this ?
We are trying to pack very light -- about 12 lbs per person. Adding a technical shoes for just this part of the trip is a burden I wish to avoid if I can. But I also don't want to regret not bringing them if I need them. I would appreciate your opinion if you have been in this area before.
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2023.06.08 18:39 ChetanFS 6/7 clouds rest status report

Snow started around 8800 and went until about 9800 ft. Last few hundred feet of the climb didn't have snow anymore so felt much safer than the prior poster
I did the whole thing in microspikes and hiking poles, both were definitely essential. Between the snow and elevation, last 1.2 miles took about 90 minutes going up and an hour going back down. Following the exact trail is difficult due to the way the snow's melting (you'll just slide) so most footprints just walked uphill instead of paying attention to the switchbacks.
The clouds spoiled some of the view during the climb (definitely while walking up the ridge), but made for some unique views up top.
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2023.06.08 17:53 kotda10 Moving to DFW area

Hello Folks. We will be moving to DFW area in early August. Will rent in Coppell for a bit but eventually looking to buy a house. Please let me know what are some said/unsaid rules of the Dallas / Texas way of life? What are some areas (with good public schools) that we can look into buying a house? We’d like to be within half hour of the airport. I looked into Frisco but it it’s pretty expensive. Prosper and Celina end up being too far fro DFW. Also, we like to do light hiking and bike outside - any suggestions for trails? Looking forward to enjoying Dallas and what it has to offer. Thank you.
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2023.06.08 17:50 dumpcake999 Karen declares that oak island is very busy with many vehicles

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2023.06.08 17:48 Any_Sandwich If you had late September and all of October for a backpacking trip, where would you go?

I'm going to (somewhat unexpectedly) have the opportunity to travel from mid September - most of October. I'd ideally like to get at least one longer trail (at least 150 miles) in during that time, but I'm also open to suggestions for shorter trips as well!
Aside from permits being difficult, I'm worried that it's too late in the year for something like JMT or Wonderland Trail.
I'm also open to international options! I'm going to look into the Annapurna Circuit, but am somewhat deterred by recent regulations which require a guide.
One other note- I'll be backpacking solo, which I have generally only done for shorter trips, so I'd ideally like a trail that will be somewhat populated (although it definitely doesn't need to be Annapurna levels of populated).
If you could do any hike during this time, where would you go?
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