CATCH & RELEASE POT HUNTING/ AKA THE OUTDOOR MUSEUM!

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Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Original Post - May 10, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Our catch & release Pot-hunting adventure, without location details.


In 2004 Heidi & I did some detective work based on years of adventures in the 4-Corners area, and hiked our group to an Anasazi pot with some difficulties.

The pot had been described, without its location details, in a book published in the 1990’s. It took us 4 days of exploring to find the pot in 2004, even though we were somewhat familiar with the area.

I never made notes about its location.

There’s not enough adventure left in the world, and 700 year old Anasazi pots left untended, need to be an adventure for those seeking them------ to have some respect.

In 2011 some friends, despite my lack of help, reported the pot was still there.

So-----relying on my memories from 2004, we made a one-day effort to find the pot again last week.

It was a little ugly, and difficult to remember the secret route to find "THE POT".


Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
The "POT" has a crack. It is a known artifact to BLM folks, and may well have an "artifact-cam" recording visits.

We are simply very happy that it still is there, after being left 700 years, or slightly later ago.

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - May 11, 2013 - 12:31am PT
"THE Pot" has survived 700 plus years in its location. '

Hints to its location were published in the 1990's and it was still there last week.

I think everyone (so-far) who works throught the clues, and manages the difficult hike, climb, and hike to the pot: wants to leave the pot where it has been for the last 700 + years.


Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 11, 2013 - 12:34am PT
I found the book reference, and was going to quote it, but it gives away the book title. My wife read it some years back and mentioned it to me. Good hunting!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - May 11, 2013 - 12:48am PT
Clint! I got up from my computer, and with some difficulty found the book.

The author takes some liberties with the exact directions to the pot.

Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 11, 2013 - 12:53am PT
Cool schitz, Fritz! Did you stick your hand in there to see if anything is in it?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
May 11, 2013 - 12:55am PT
Thanks Fritz and Heidi. What an engaging and special jaunt, this. Thanks for sharing.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - May 11, 2013 - 01:04am PT
Wayno!

Cool schitz, Fritz! Did you stick your hand in there to see if anything is in it?


Wayno! We made friends with a BLM seasonal ranger around 2003 and the ranger admitted that they tolerated "The POT" and occasionaly checked it out The ranger mentioned that "the POT" often had business cards in it.

Heidi had to check out "the POT" this trip, (although I suspected it was full of scorpians & rattlers).

There was a single slip of yellow-paper, which we did not read.
MisterE

Social climber
May 11, 2013 - 01:06am PT
CATCH & RELEASE POT HUNTING

You can get shot for that here in the lusher regions of California - just sayin'...

Cool pot.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
May 11, 2013 - 01:09am PT
thx Fritz, I may never get there, but if I did, I really appreciate the opportunity.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 11, 2013 - 01:22am PT
There was a single slip of yellow-paper, which we did not read.

Whoa. The gait of power. I'm not sure I coulda pulled that one off.
Captain...or Skully

climber
May 11, 2013 - 10:38am PT
Is the gait of power a two step? ;-)

Cool stuff there, Fritz!
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
May 11, 2013 - 10:47am PT
very cool Thanks
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
May 11, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
Pothead.
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
May 11, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Good juju you potheads. Thanks for leaving it for others to enjoy!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - May 11, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Thanks to those that expressed their enjoyment of "the POT!"

I am hoping to see some more Outdoor Museum items?

For those that call me a "pothead."

If the pot fits, wear it.



That's better than my Glen Plake look after tearing down camp in a rainstorm last Monday morning.



Ok!

To save the thread, here's some more not-pot related scenery from the trip.


Here's some pot-shards at a ruin we dubbed "Pottery-Barn" because of its abundance of pot-shards.




Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 11, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
AWESOME! (to coin a phrase)
Tork

climber
Yosemite
May 11, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
No pot inside, just corn


Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 11, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
I found and documented this basalt mano (4-5") in a location outside of Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness this past January. The area has been excavated by groups from a certain area university over the past decade, but this previously undiscovered artifact is the first basalt artifact discovered and was left in situ where it was found, at the base of a large ponderosa pine. The area has evidence of transient teepee sites and seasonal habitation.

The interesting part is there is absolutely no local or natural source for basalt within a 100 miles or more, suggesting either far-ranging travels by the locals, or more likely, trade with other groups; this according to the head archaeologist.

MisterE

Social climber
May 11, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
I like the Glenn Plake look, you should roll with that.
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