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PostTue Jul 10, 2007 8:05 pm 
So, does one need to pee down both sides in order to properly claim the conquest of a divide?




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PostTue Jul 10, 2007 8:07 pm 
Oh, and cairns rock, at least those made by non-mechanical means.

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PostTue Jul 10, 2007 8:13 pm 
RDEshadow wrote:
That cairn is pretty big, Spotly.  You might have a winner there.  Where is that at?

ok...I cheated. It's actually in Idaho. Granite Peak.   biggrin.gif

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PostTue Jul 10, 2007 8:19 pm 
Jason Hummel wrote:
I found this one near chain lakes:

Not big but cool.


up.gif  up.gif That is a totally awesome cairn.  The next time I head out I'm going to try to make one of those.  I gotta go with Matt: style gets extra props.

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PostTue Jul 10, 2007 8:22 pm 
dicey has a shot of a cool one just like that on Daniel.

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PostTue Jul 10, 2007 9:11 pm 
According to the USGS, they had built an 8' tall cairn on Tiffany Mountain to mark a benchmark. The cairn is no longer there. Following is a description taken from the geocaching web site:

Documented History (by the NGS)
1/1/1900 by IBC (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY COMMISSION 1900 STATION MARK--A DRILL HOLE 6 INCHES DEEP IN SOLID ROCK WITH AN 8-FOOT CAIRN BUILT OVER IT.

1/1/1925 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1925 ON THE HIGHER AND MORE SOUTHERN SUMMIT OF TIFFANY MOUNTAIN, A ROUND, BARE, DOUBLE - TOPPED MOUNTAIN IN THE MAIN RANGE BETWEEN THE METHOW AND OKANOGAN RIVERS. THE STATION IS ABOUT 22 MILES NORTHEAST OF WINTHROP, EASHINGTON, ABOUT 20 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOOMIS, WASHINGTON, AND ABOUT 12 MILES NORTHWEST OF CONCONULLY, WASHINGTON. IT MAY BE CONVENIENTLY APPROACHED FROM ANY OF THESE PLACES. STATION MARK--A DRILL HOLE 6 INCHES DEEP IN SOLID ROCK WITH AN 8 - FOOT CAIRN BUILT OVER IT.

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PostTue Jul 10, 2007 9:20 pm 
I saw this last year near Little Chetwoot lake

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PostWed Jul 11, 2007 11:44 am 
How tall are "ducks" compared to "cairns"?

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PostWed Jul 11, 2007 6:38 pm 
Cascadian Farmer wrote:
How tall are "ducks" compared to "cairns"?

Back in my rookie years, I was trying to follow a route description for a largely cross-country 7-day traverse from Chile to Argentina, near Pucon.  The route description used all sorts of words that I had no idea what they meant at the time, so I was constantly scratching my head.  One of those words was "duck".  Follow the "ducks to the col," the description said.  "What the hell would ducks be doing up here on this volcanic plateau?" And for that matter, "What in the hell is a col?"  It was an enlightening experience, let me tell you.   rant.gif  hockeygrin.gif  I did eventually make it to Argentina, despite my ignorance.

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PostFri Jul 13, 2007 3:40 pm 
Okay, these are not particularly large either, but they really ROCK!!  biggrin.gif

Here's another pic of the one at LaBohn Gap...I have pics of the one at the base of Daniel too, but it's not digital.  Very cool though!
Here's another pic of the one at LaBohn Gap...I have pics of the one at the base of Daniel too, but it's not digital.  Very cool though!
WTF???
WTF???
Here's a funny pair...
Here's a funny pair...
My personal favorite...
My personal favorite...

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PostFri Jul 13, 2007 3:53 pm 
Ducks are usually two or three stones with the top one pointing the way up.  I believe they are popular on the east coast.  On the west coast we build cairns, usual three to five stones.  No pointers, just randomness.  You can look all this up in the Cairn builders manual

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PostFri Jul 13, 2007 4:51 pm 
There are a bunch of elegant and artistic cairns on top of Table Mountain (across from Mount Baker).   agree.gif

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PostFri Jul 13, 2007 5:19 pm 
The cairn on top of Wapaloosie Mountain is roughly .80 Quarks tall. There is a summit register hidden inside near the top.


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PostFri Jul 13, 2007 6:08 pm 
Probably made by the same person as JS's Chain Lakes arch.

Table Mtn 09-23-06
Table Mtn 09-23-06

And a couple more from Table Mountain.

Cairn
Cairn
Tibeten cairn
Tibeten cairn

And from Table Mountain several years ago.

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Tibet

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PostFri Jul 13, 2007 11:51 pm 
Table Mountain is a cairn-building playground.

It may not have the largest cairn, but it easily wins for greatest number and variety.

For those who question cairn-building, I'd like to note that the cairns aren't actually on the summit, but on the flat crest where the trail from Artist's Point first reaches the top of the mountain, visited by thousands of people.  The cairns are continuously being taken apart and rebuilt by children young and old, and they provide a charming ever-changing form of popular art.  I don't usually build any cairns, but the multitude of flat rocks there practically begs one to see what kind of creative way you can stack them.

Ryan and Daniel with the cairn they built in September 2003
Ryan and Daniel with the cairn they built in September 2003
Lots of kids and cairns on Table Mountain
Lots of kids and cairns on Table Mountain
Daniel checking little cairn city on Table Mountain
Daniel checking little cairn city on Table Mountain
Daniel and me with the cairn we built all alone in the rain on Table Mountain, September 2005
Daniel and me with the cairn we built all alone in the rain on Table Mountain, September 2005

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