I'm sorry to hear this. I saw your note on Tues at both the beginning of the High trail @ Agnew and at the intersection of the PCT/River trail. I didn't read the first one, thinking it was just a note for another hiker. However, I recognized the same notepaper the second time and stopped to read the message. It definitely gave me something to think about for the next few hours; detective Hobbes on the case.Shhsgirl wrote:Husband and I camped just below TI on River Trail, a little beyond intersection with PCT. During evening, after I had set up camp and before husband got there, I was down at the water. Someone came into camp and took everything in my pack: all stuff sacks, Mountain Laurel Design Cuben fiber bivy, Cuben fiber pack cover, Z Packs rain suit, and my new Wiley X sunglasses. Hope he liked those-- they were prescription. I need everything I carry, so we decided to turn around and go home. This was disheartening, to say the least. Well, I guess I can buy new stuff, but I can never get this time back. Sticky Fingers, at least, can't buy a new character, but maybe that doesn't matter anymore. Our daughter says maybe he'll get struck by lightning.
It couldn't/wouldn't be a PCT hiker because it's long past when they would be coming through Mammoth; besides, they (along with JMT hikers) have their own gear. As you know, it was extremely busy in Mammoth this week. I spoke to the Reds shuttle driver on the way down who said it was the busiest so far this year - her supervisor/dispatcher had to pull an extra bus and drive it himself. With those types of crowds, you have enough people to mirror the entire social stratum found in urban areas, ranging across the spectrum from peaceful hippies to meth head criminals.
TI is a fairly easy day hike from either Agnew or Rush. My guess it's was a weekender scumbag. Crime can happen anyplace - you just don't expect it in on the trail.