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Old 02-26-2010, 09:15 PM
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Anyone ever come across them? Did you add a rock?

I ran across rockpiles that were 20 something feet high in Korea, but that's a tightly packed country full of people who climb mountains for excersize. I had nearly forgotten about them, but, while I was out hiking today I found another little one about 12 inches high.

Is this some kind of secret hiker tradition? Can anyone elaborate on rockpiles in the middle of nowhere?

I always add a rock, because that's what my Korean friend told me to do when I find a rockpile in the woods, but I don't know anything beyond that.

Anyone?
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There were lots of them when we hiked in the Adirondacks last year. I guess it's sort of a challenge to carry a rock to the top of the mountain. Beyond that I don't know what their purpose is.
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Be careful, that could have been put there by a trapper to warn you that he has traps in the area.
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The purpose of the rock piles is to act as signals for alien spacecraft to land, so they can take you onto their ship and probe you several times, then show you where they live on a map and send you on your way.

At least that's how EVERY alien abduction story starts.
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People use them around here to mark hiking trails, just as you would use flagging tape on tree limbs. Little bit easier on the eye than florescent ribbons hanging everywhere but not as easy to see if there's snow or if it's dark.
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Anyone ever come across them? Did you add a rock?

I ran across rockpiles that were 20 something feet high in Korea, but that's a tightly packed country full of people who climb mountains for excersize. I had nearly forgotten about them, but, while I was out hiking today I found another little one about 12 inches high.

Is this some kind of secret hiker tradition? Can anyone elaborate on rockpiles in the middle of nowhere?

I always add a rock, because that's what my Korean friend told me to do when I find a rockpile in the woods, but I don't know anything beyond that.

Anyone?
I seen a lot of them in Arkansas. Most of them were close to old farms. I always thought that they were placed there by old farmers just to get them out of the cultivated field.
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There were lots of them when we hiked in the Adirondacks last year. I guess it's sort of a challenge to carry a rock to the top of the mountain. Beyond that I don't know what their purpose is.
They used to be the equivalent of road signs to indians, you could actually read them. They would tell you where a hunting trail, water source, etc., was. They would arrange different sized rocks and point them in certain ways to be meaningful to others.

The ones nowadays are just done by bored people who think it's cool, just something neat to do in the woods, means absolutely nothing, it just means they found some nifty looking rocks that happen to fit together at least halfway. Basically if it's public land and there's a place that even remotely resembles a cool place to rest and some nifty flat rocks are laying around, somebody's going to stack them.

Now, going beyond the typical rock stack in typical places... stacking and balancing rocks is actually a modern art form, if not sport. Lots of people get a kick out of balancing rocks that are very hard to balance then leaving them. I'm pretty sure I've actually heard of rock balancing competitions. Still absolutely meaningless, but it's cooler.







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We had rock piles in my home town but they where made back in the day when people cleared for fields. They would take the stones to make boarders.
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We had rock piles in my home town but they where made back in the day when people cleared for fields. They would take the stones to make boarders.
Yeah, we still have a lot of these in MI.. Of course the cityiots are rapidly depleting them to put in their cookie cutter suburb yards.
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we have those in the south. We call them slave walls. I am not raciest. I am just sharing what I know.
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I always add a rock, it just seems natural, don't think I could walk past without putting another on top.
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Possibly a grave site covered with rocks to keep critters from digging up the body.
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Not the woods but a spot in Baja called the wall. People build huge rock structures all up and down the beach for shelter against the wind and stack rocks all over the place. This thing was about three feet thick and over 7 feet tall. There must of been no surf for weeks!
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Isnt there some new age religion where by people go out in the woods and build small pyramid shaped piles of stones for some reason? Thought I'd heard that somewhere.
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Everyone knows that Sasquatch loves to stack rocks, common knowledge.
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Rock piles in the bonies are sometimes called rock stacking alog areas that people are trying to get to minerals like gold, silver and they stack the rocks aside to get to the smaller gravels to process & recover said mineral or minerals, usully around river channels.

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