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Old 04-30-2017, 12:35 PM   #1
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Monument Hunting

My favorite time for an Adirondack adventure is as soon after ice-out as possible. It is likely that I'm antsy after a long winter, but in early spring, before the buds unfurl, the lay of the land is visible, there are things to be seen that in any other season could be missed. On page 369 of the 1904, annual report by the State Engineer and Surveyor of the State of New York there begins a description on the placement of iron I-beam markers that define the county boundary progressing east from the Great Corner. I have used that information to plot, the best I can, some of their locations.

I just completed a five-day paddlewhacking adventure that roughly followed the southern border of St. Lawrence County between Lows Lake and it's intersect with the East Branch Oswegatchie. I was successful in finding four of these monuments. I should point out that the turn of the century surveyors had miss identified the Oswegatchie, calling it the Robinson and that there was a whole lot more than rusty iron posts to captivate my interest. I hope this link will allow some to share my experiences. I apologize to any for whom it does not.

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Old 04-30-2017, 12:42 PM   #2
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Cool post !!!
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Old 04-30-2017, 02:08 PM   #3
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Beautiful photos and a very interesting version of geo-caching!

Do you think some of those benchmarks are identified on these old maps?
http://tiles.arcgis.com/tiles/8krRUW...?view=wmtsview
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Old 04-30-2017, 02:47 PM   #4
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Do you think some of those benchmarks are identified on these old maps?
http://tiles.arcgis.com/tiles/8krRUW...?view=wmtsview[/QUOTE]

I know that years ago we stumbled upon one (I-beam) going south from High Falls where the older maps do indicate a benchmark. On this trip, I was sure I would find the one at the Clifton and Fine Township intersect with the southern St. Lawrence Co. line but alas, none was found. It was most difficult terrain, which may have played into my efforts but I would guess a hundred years could easily swallow up one of these markers placed in a wetland.
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Old 04-30-2017, 05:13 PM   #5
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My favorite part of the entire Adirondacks. What we call the Tri-County Marker (TCM) (or your County line monument #62) is a favorite navigation test checkpoint. I take students there during an annual guide's training course to test and evaluate their navigation skills. Actually they take me on a bushwhack to see if they can find it. I just follow along and take notes for later evaluation. Been doing that since before the '95 microburst. I figure is they can navigate there without external guidance (no GPS allowed, and no progress hints from me), they will have no problem navigating anywhere else. It was really a lot of fun (and very instructive as a navigation exercise) the first few years after that big blowdown. There is false iron stake marker, some yards to the north, with an arrow pointing the the real monument. At one time the monument was wedged in the middle of 3 fallen crossing logs. Both are much easier to find now that the debris has settled, but still challenging to inexperienced students of map reading and bushwhack. The TCM monument is precisely where indicated on the map if your nav sense is good.

That nearby giant pine tree, known affectionately by us as "The Old Man", is another nav check point I have my students attempt to find. Back before '95, he had many almost as large brothers between there and Big Deer Pond. All gone now, he is the lone last survivor.

Before 95 the region to the west of Nick's Pond was known as Ranger's rest, an absolutely beautiful place to camp underneath the tall pines not far from the creek. All obliterated now, can't even recognize the original spot.

In the vicinity of Clear and Slender Ponds there are a number of deep kettle-hole depressions. A few years ago I came upon one of the larger ones, which I dubbed "Jurassic Park". So called because the area outside all around was a mess of blow-down debris and woody death, but upon crossing the crater's lip, it was extremely lush and totally debris-free inside the kettle with beautiful tall green ferns, and few large trees all still untouched by the blow down. I fully expected to see galloping dinosaurs crossing as I watched the marvelous scene before me.
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Old 04-30-2017, 05:29 PM   #6
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Great thread!
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:58 PM   #7
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Thank you for posting, those are lovely pictures and it looks like a great trip. That big pine tree is very nice.
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Old 05-01-2017, 08:07 AM   #8
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What a fantastic trip, and spectacular photos! Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:29 AM   #9
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From my archives:
False monument post near the Tri-County Marker, pointing toward the updated survey post.


"Jurassic Park" in 2005, a pristine lush kettle hole completely surrounded by 10yr old blow down debris.


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Don't do facebook but signed in just behind you @ Low's takeout on 4-24 on way to Inlet w/ a friend. No tracks in snow on Big Deer pond trail indicated you bushwacked
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Don't do facebook but signed in just behind you @ Low's takeout on 4-24 on way to Inlet w/ a friend.
Glen, LT tells me you had a good trip.
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Old 05-02-2017, 07:33 AM   #12
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No tracks in snow on Big Deer pond trail indicated you bushwacked
I used the carry trail to a point North West of Big Deer then began a bushwhack to Tamarack and High Ponds. I can't recall seeing any snow on the trail. My route to the Oswegatchie would follow Clear and Nicks Pond Outlets.
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