Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
We were a good 40 miles out into the backcountry in Montana, near the Bob Marshall. We pulled off a little-used trail (by that I mean the only regular use this trail would have received would have been by deer) into a clearing by a creek for lunch. It was as pretty of a little spot as you could find, but sitting off to one side under a tree was an upholstered recliner chair with a pair of unlaced hiker/hunting boots next to it. It had been there for quite some time -- covered with leaves and some mold where the sun didn't reach. We did search the surrounding area for a tent or other sign the person had met a bad end and didn't find anything. No rope, no tent, no backpack, no tarp, nothing. No sign of humans at all except for the chair and the boots. We reported it to authorities when we got back, but there wasn't anyone listed as missing at the time, and I never heard if they found out what had happened.
Why would someone drag a big, heavy, upholstered recliner that far into the backcountry in the first place? This wasn't anywhere near a trailhead, forest road, or simple access point. The only way to get it back there would have been to pack it on a mule up a steep, twisty, windy game trail that was very rarely used. The boots were worn and unlaced, like someone had taken them off then went to do something and never came back. We theorized that maybe someone had used the spot for deer hunting, but the chair wasn't facing the game trail or an area of the creek where the deer would come to drink, and there are far better ways to wait for deer than with a soggy, upholstered recliner... the area we were in was generally inaccessible by hunting season anyway, due to snow. Just.... odd and creepy.