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Jonathan

Party balloon carcasses in the Cascades

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While perhaps not "important to NW climbing," and hence not germane to this forum, does it appear these are on the increase?

 

Seems on just about every trip nowadays one encounters the rubbery, entrail-like remnants of party balloons, presumably the tattered remains of urban soirées. More proof, I suppose, that the generation of petroleum-based waste characterizes most human interaction in industrial societies. Certainly some of my more, ah, er, pleasurable moments have been so marked. Below locations of more or less recent finds and inconsistent shorthand attempts to further pinpoint. The tally is not at all inclusive.

 

* West ridge of Kaleetan Peak, between Kaleetan Peak and Lower Tuscohatchie Lake--Kaleetan Lake Trail.

* Just S of Genesis Peak, Prophet Range

* Outlet of Triad Lake, near High Pass, Suiattle Drainage

* Louis Creek pumice fields, Upper Louis Creek in the Napeequa Drainage

* Upper Dot Lake, just S. of Ptarmigan Peak in the Pasayten

* White Rock Lakes, Ptarmigan Traverse

* Near Cub Lake, Ptarmigan Traverse (Actually observed balloon descend to terra firma)

* En route to the NE Ridge of Black Peak, near Wing Lake

 

Jonathan Pryce

 

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The first time I saw balloon entrails was on the west side of Malachite Peak in May 1994. I was in the middle of nowhere taking a break and there it was, this unnaturally colored thing on the ground in front of me. I thought it was a fluke. I even picked it up and took it home to "show some friends."

 

In the next couple of years after that I continued to see them, maybe one or two a year, thus making it seem less and less like a fluke.

 

Now, in the last few years, I average seeing about one per hike/climb in the Cascades. Of course, I am climbing more now than I was 7 years ago, so the chances of seeing the popped balloons are greater in that regard. Still, though, I do wonder whether or not these balloons are becoming more popular in the Puget Sound at fairs and the like. It's not like I'm going out specifically searching for them.

 

Balloon entrails are becoming a serious litter problem in the mountains. thumbs_down.gif

 

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Lummox: where in my post is this supposed "proof" that I'm a fucking wanker who hates kids? All I said is that the litter is becoming a serious problem in the mountains. I offered no solution such as banning them from fairs, etc. It was you who made the assumption and suggestion.

 

Reading for comprehension. Give it a try, bub. rolleyes.gif

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Boys! Boys! Let's lighten up a bit!

 

BTW, "Fucking wanker," necessarily a contradiction in terms? Or a description of one who enjoys the best of both worlds? wink.gif

 

Jonathan Pryce

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Early last summer I was trying to find the way into Boot Lake in the Sisters Range from the East side. On the way back I saw something bright blue in the bushes down in a gulley by a creek. I thought I should check it out because it resembled a jacket from a distance and could have been a body or something. I wacked through neddles and forded the small creek to find......a party balloon. Oh well. crazy.gif

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Lets blow up all the car dealerships. They are the culprits behind this environmental delimma.

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Jonathan said:

More proof, I suppose, that the generation of petroleum-based waste characterizes most human interaction in industrial societies.

guess what? balloons are made from latex. from trees wouldnt ya know.

whynt ya go tell some little kids the tooth fairy got his ass kicked by santa claus so santa went to jail and they aint getting no tooth money and no presents anymore.

and dont forget to mention that ice cream will make em even fatter ya fucking killjoy.

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more and more balloons are made from mylar, and I don't think that stuff grows in trees. rolleyes.gif

 

I used to find these things all the time when I was out working in the woods. Saw a couple floating off into the woods just the other day in fact. yellowsleep.gif

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We saw a balloon descending into Icicle Canyon from the top of Cashmere. It was a mere white dot. At first we thought it might have been a hang glider, but it turned out to be much closer (and smaller) than we had originally thought. Only could have been a balloon.

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snoboy said:

more and more balloons are made from mylar, and I don't think that stuff grows in trees. rolleyes.gif"

 

mushsmile.gif

Ya, I have found the mylar stuff more than latex balloons except in certain parking lots where it seems that climbers, hikers etc. practice safe sex and deposit the "personal" party balloons on the ground. Where upon little kids seeing this items ask mommy and daddy, "Look at those funny balloons, can we get some of those?"

 

No all kidding aside, this is more of a problem in the marine environment. Apparently certain species of marine critters think these balloons are edible and end up dying because of it.

 

Alas, we are short sighted and that is why we will go out like the dinosaur.

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Jonathan said:

Below locations of more or less recent finds and inconsistent shorthand attempts to further pinpoint. The tally is not at all inclusive.

 

* West ridge of Kaleetan Peak, between Kaleetan Peak and Lower Tuscohatchie Lake--Kaleetan Lake Trail.

* Just S of Genesis Peak, Prophet Range

* Outlet of Triad Lake, near High Pass, Suiattle Drainage

* Louis Creek pumice fields, Upper Louis Creek in the Napeequa Drainage

* Upper Dot Lake, just S. of Ptarmigan Peak in the Pasayten

* White Rock Lakes, Ptarmigan Traverse

* Near Cub Lake, Ptarmigan Traverse (Actually observed balloon descend to terra firma)

* En route to the NE Ridge of Black Peak, near Wing Lake

 

Jonathan Pryce

 

I remember being a little dismayed last year to find one about two miles up the Bachelor Creek trail. confused.gif

 

That was no party...

 

-t

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thumbs_up.gif Instead of burning them, though, they should drain the oil, and put Karo in the fuel tanks, a la Ed Abbey. thumbs_up.gif

 

Any guy whose dick is so small he needs a hummer should get a penis implant. Would be cheaper, too!

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vegetablebelay said:

Fuck you commies who think you know what's good for someone else to drive.

 

Fuck you jackasses who care more about your ego than your impact.

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vegetablebelay said:

Fuck you commies who think you know what's good for someone else to drive.

 

naw... its great for them to drive it... then they flatten us and dont even scratch their cars or themselves.... they are $35,000 in debt so who the fuck cares about an extra $30 at the pump here or there... just a drop in the bucket. and about that environment thing... that was so early 90's anyways i will be dead before the ozone is gone anyways.... pshaw pitty.gif

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I've got a nice picture of me on the summit of Maude in June with a string of three purple baloons which drifted in while we were on the summit. They're cute when still alive, but do become junk. I've picked up a number of both rubber and mylar baloons over the years, they're everywhere. At least the rubber ones will rot away in a while. Mylar lasts...? A long time.

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PHILONIUS said:

Mylar lasts...? A long time.

 

Not when it's in emergency space blanket form! laugh.gif

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I found quite the carcass Saturday near the "tree fence" on Main Cowlitz Chimney. It had ribbon streamers on it, burgundy and white, and the balloon was white. Definitely a party balloon, and quite possibly from a wedding. I pack them out, and I have a small collection going now, some shiny red and blue mylar balloons. I wish I could remember where I got some of them now. I'm sure there is one from the North Cascades. BTW, if you want to blame a vehicle for pollution and smog, blame the diesel fuel burners and the old cars with burning oil coming out their tailpipes.

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MounTAIN_Woman said:

I found quite the carcass Saturday near the "tree fence" on Main Cowlitz Chimney. It had ribbon streamers on it, burgundy and white, and the balloon was white. Definitely a party balloon, and quite possibly from a wedding. I pack them out, and I have a small collection going now, some shiny red and blue mylar balloons. I wish I could remember where I got some of them now. I'm sure there is one from the North Cascades. BTW, if you want to blame a vehicle for pollution and smog, blame the diesel fuel burners and the old cars with burning oil coming out their tailpipes.

 

yeah it is difference when you are forced to buy a $1200 truck (me) and when you buy a $60,000 SUV which gets the same gas mileage as my truck which i use for work rolleyes.gif i get better gas mileage than new SUVs thanks to my distributer-less ignition (on a 82 f-250). so scram yuppie. tongue.gifthumbs_down.gifwave.gif

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