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T Mary
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PostMon May 24, 2010 8:12 am 
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We had a great backpack trip to Falls Creek camp this weekend--fine weather until our final 15 minutes out to the trailhead, when it dumped rain and hail on us.  Great wildflowers; the balsam root was past prime, but still lots of trillium, paintbrush, lupine and all the other usual suspects.

When we hiked out on Sunday afternoon we encounted encountered an unusual man about a mile from the trailhead.  He was dragging an enormous canvas duffle bag, a suitcase on wheels and an empty water container--probably held 25 gallons.    It's a wonder he made it in as far as he did with this unlikely gear, but reading the signs he left behind on the trail, it looked like he had camped somewhere closer to the trailhead on Saturday night and started hiking again on Sunday.  He  was wearing jeans and a flannel shirt when we saw him, smelled a little like alcohol and claimed to be hiking to Snoqualmie Pass, the PCT and Pyramid Peak.   

There was no incident and he was polite when we talked with him, but be forewarned that an odd individual is out there right now.

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PostMon May 24, 2010 8:13 am 
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Please report this to the ranger station!

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PostMon May 24, 2010 8:14 am 
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Already reported!

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PostMon May 24, 2010 8:15 am 
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No, that's normal for him. Nothing to be alarmed about. People have different styles of hiking.

EDIT- was he carrying a large chest, or was there one nearby along the trail?
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PostMon May 24, 2010 8:22 am 
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Maybe Robert is doing spring training:
http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16604&highlight=footlocker
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PostMon May 24, 2010 8:24 am 
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I saw that guy also..weirdo!  I was coming back from my camp at Cascade Creek yesterday afternoon.

I marveled at the drag marks lefrt by his giant suitcase and wondered at his water jug.  I kept looking back behind me the rest of the way to the trailhead paranoid.gif

Edit:  I just saw the picture of "Robert"---yeah, it's the same guy.

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PostMon May 24, 2010 8:26 am 
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up.gif  Ah, "footlocker" was the keyword I should have been searching with. I was getting weird search results with "chest"  embarassedlaugh.gif
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PostMon May 24, 2010 12:14 pm 
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On Sat May 22nd at about 4:30pm as we departed. we saw this chap dragging a suitcase on wheels up the road towards the Ingalls Creek Trailhead.  He also had a dufflebag, etc.  It appeared he was moving his stuff towards the trailhead parking area and it was too much for him to carry or drag so he was going back and forth.
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PostMon May 24, 2010 1:59 pm 
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Sounds like Robert. Not a big deal...

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PostMon May 24, 2010 2:20 pm 
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I read through some 'Robert threads' last year.  Once you get the vision of that guy inn your head, it's hard to forget.


A seemingly heavy backpack get's a lot lighter when thinking of the trunk.


What seems like a long trail isn't after imagining retracing steps to schlep the trunk.
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PostMon May 24, 2010 7:21 pm 
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You know, I'm really glad I posted this and learned about Robert.  I'll never forget this trip because I met him on the trail.  But an encounter with Robert on the trail IS a big deal, if you haven't ever heard about him. 

I wished him good luck when we parted, and I hope he makes it to Snoqualmie Pass.   Reading the other trip reports from previous years, I have no doubt that he'll get there eventually.

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PostMon May 24, 2010 8:32 pm 
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wow go robert  GO !!!!!
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