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Re: [John Muir Trail] Re: Where are the Man eating rock and Shorty's cabins on or near JMT?

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  • Prapanna Smith
    I ve ben by this old cabin several times. It looks too big to be Shorty s and there was some large pieces metal roofing next to it. Shorty did not use metal
    Message 1 of 18 , Nov 23, 2012
      I've ben by this old cabin several times.  It looks too big to be Shorty's and there was some large pieces metal roofing next to it.  Shorty did not use metal roofing.

      Here's a 2008 pict of Shorty's cabin up Cloud Canyon:

      http://climber.org/reports/1999/555.html  (on the bottom of the page).

      And a video of his cabin at Vidette Meadow along the PCT:


      On Nov 16, 2012, at 6:53 AM, Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd wrote:


      Camped next to this cabin when doing the HST a few years ago. It's about 1/4 mile off of the HST, after you've climbed out of Junction Meadow, about 3 miles from where it joins the JMT at Wallace Creek. I wonder if this is a Shorty's Cabin?

      On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 5:34 AM, charliepolecat <kennethjessett@...> wrote:

      What a sad life. It makes you want to cling on to somebody. We need to mean something to someone, otherwise . ..

      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "John" <johndittli@...> wrote:
      > Somewhere, somehow, sometime, I have read Shorty's story. This is all
      > from memory so I'll stand corrected by anyone.
      > Shorty was a trapper; he was an alcoholic. He built cabins along his
      > winter traplines mostly in what is now Sequoia and Kings Canyon National
      > Parks. He built them short because it was easier to build.
      > He would binge in the summer spending most of his money on alcohol, in
      > the winter he would be "dry"
      > Snow surveyors found him almost dead in one of his cabins from a
      > ruptured spleen (tree fell on him), they hauled him out.
      > When the lands became Nat'l Parks, officials looked the other way for a
      > few years (trapping was illegal).
      > At some point Shorty was "evicted" from the parks. On the "outside" he
      > ended up drinking and dying.
      > JDWalk the Sky: Following the John Muir Trail

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