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  1. gzb

    gzb Moderator Super Moderator

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    We're members of a sort of weird tribe living out here in the High Rocky Mountains of Western Colorado.

    Mostly Caucasian, but tribal nonetheless.

    Cairns, AKA rock piles, have been used since prehistoric times here mostly as navigational aides to show the trail(s) above timberline, especially in the scree fields of higher mountains. Sometimes they mark a particular place or happening. A shrine of sorts.

    Now this cairn pictured below isn't a navigational aid above treeline, and it doesn't mark anything particularly important, that I'm aware of anyway. But it is cool as hell IMO.
    Located on the side of an old mining road just outside Aspen city limits, where I like to ride my mountain bike.
    27 stones in all, 7' tall, and balanced with only gravity holding them in their place:

    Cairn1.jpg Cairn2.jpg

    ETA: I now see after posting I'm going to have to get a pic from a distance to better show the outrageous scale of this thing...
     
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  2. woodlander

    woodlander Brigade Member Brigade Member

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    Impressive trail marker.
     
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  3. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade Aku of Texas Super Moderator

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    Have seen them hiking trails in the Rockies quite a bit but never one like that. Surprised some asshole hasn't knocked it over while videoing doing it. :2tonheavy:
     
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  4. Bobert

    Bobert Look what I can do!

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    That thing is pretty damn cool.
     
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  5. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    The balance of ,,,,,,,,,,,,Rock... Too cool
     
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  6. Clydetz

    Clydetz straight and true Brigade Member

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    My thought... exactly!!!
     
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  7. Kelper

    Kelper Penguin Egg Eater Lady Devil

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    Nice post, I like seeing things such as this. Calling it a Cairn is interesting in itself as I knew it was a Scottish word.

    Without intending to hijack your thread here is a link to other Cairns.

    Cairn https://g.co/kgs/h5vEoh
     
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  8. Clydetz

    Clydetz straight and true Brigade Member

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    You're going to need a couple of Cairn Terriers to keep the stupid tourists away from that cairn!

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  9. gzb

    gzb Moderator Super Moderator

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    I was mildly surprised it was still there intact this morning. With a new little one (since yesterday evening) nearby:

    Cairn3.jpg Cairn4.jpg
     
  10. seandavid55

    seandavid55 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    No I wouldn't knock it over, but I bet I'm not the only one who has the urge to knock it over.....
     
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  11. sam eib

    sam eib Average Member

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    Any idea how tall it is and how long it's been there?
     
  12. gzb

    gzb Moderator Super Moderator

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    It's currently over 7 feet tall. Due to occasional storms with gusty winds where it's located at ~8600', it goes through
    some changes and remodels. Here's another pic from today, where someone's added a couple more stones to the top.
    Pretty much at what I'd consider to be *Terminal Elevation*:

    Cairn5.jpg
     

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