Even better than reading about the historical events and artifacts is......finding something while you're out exploring.
In the fall of 1977 we were rooting around in Upper Bedal Basin, checking out the back door to Sloan. While crossing one steep gully at an obvious spot, we ran into a large cedar root that had been planed smooth and had old block letters carved into it: "8 miles to go". This was located at the lip of the gully....where one was forced to step up and over it to regain the big talus slopes heading south.
We speculated that it might have been carved by a prospecter with weekend plans involving a trek to Monte Cristo over Ida Pass. Who knows? Fun to think about.
Changed my mind. I'm thinking it's better to be unmoderated too. A web chat site isn't the best place for "scholarly research", but great for sparking discussions about mountain hysterical places. This area will probably ebb and flow, perhaps with extended quiet periods. Maybe it's best just to have good tales spun, true and fancied, for our hiking entertainment. Man, that Tubal Cain website sure is fascinating!
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