= THE DOUBLE-CONE QUARTERLY =
A WINDOW TO THE WILD
Summer Solstice 1998 || Volume I, Number 1


ODDS AND ENDS

PRE-ATTACK GRAFFITI

Pre-attack signs. You've all seen them, those odd orange triangular aluminum things scattered here and there around the wilderness, seemingly without sensible purpose other than as targets to the riflemen. Well, they did serve a purpose way back when - at least to the Forest Service - and perhaps they still do. I'm a little unclear as to exactly how, but as I understand it they designate certain places of likely importance during times of wildfire such as trail junctions, ridgelines, springs, safe-zones, helicopter landing sites, etc. Anyway, the signs seem to be all but abandoned today, but have apparently taken on a new and likely illegal purpose: as backcountry guest-books. The best I've seen in terms of legible graffiti is the one on Launtz Ridge, about a half-mile southeast of the trail junction above Duveneck's Hole. The last time I passed that way I paused to transcribe the entries, as they are, in a way, folklore.

ed.


Terry Winn
8/21/62  2:00
+Dick Hays
+Sheldon Hicks
p.s. It's Hot

Stuart Blood
8/4/63  7:00

2:30 pm 2-2-65
Rick Main
Ron Totten
Kenny Strong 
p.s. it's foggy

3-29-65
John Espinoza
Mike Winsett

Dick King
6/24/65
ps  it's foggy

Troop 92
7/7/65
ps - it's hot

4:30 pm 3-13-66
No Pigs

7:30 am 4-2-66
Still No Pigs

J. D. Poole
3/12/67

Bob McKee
'77

Bingo and Redbeard of Turul
2-26-77

Inyo County Hotshots Here
8/15/77 
(This was during the Marble-Cone fire - ed.)

Coondog was here
9-12-77

9-12-77
Kevin Foley

Big Sur Bushwackers
10/15/77

Ralph
2-8-79

Frederick Williams
4/13/80

Tom Mounts

Pete Dyer

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