I had benchmarks on my mind today. Specifically, the azimuth mark for BM White Tank. It, along with reference mark 2, are the only two remaining from the original station set in 1910, although they were set a number of years later. I've known about the azimuth's location for some time now, and this
picture gave me the reminder I needed to finally check it out.
Took a brief moment to catch my breath on 4018 and headed south along the ridge to the peak where the benchmark was expected to be. Traveling along the ridge exposed me to the strongest, most unrelenting winds I have ever encountered. I was constantly getting bombarded aside from the two or three times when they subsided for a couple seconds. Any tree or outcrop cover was greatly appreciated. The last 15ft or so to the top was a fun and light scramble. At the top I found the benchmark in great condition.
Took many pictures before heading back to 4018 for a short break. Which reminds me, someone has taken the pencils/pens out of the summit jar. If anyone is headed up there, feel free to donate one or two...
On the way back down Goat Camp, I went a short ways off-trail to check out a small dam I saw on the way up. It had a pipe running through the bottom of it, leading me to think this is a reassuring clue as to why it's called "Goat Camp." I figured there was some sort of ranching history, but I have yet to find out for sure.