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    Phone fell into a garden of poison oak...

    So when my phone fell in a garden of poison oak on a steep embankment, the question was... is it time for a new phone? Wearing shorts and sleeveless, my one good decision yesterday was to go home and regroup.

    Called a few friends and a retrieval first thing in the AM was in order. Phone was dead with no signal and I only had a rough idea of where it landed. It's an iphone X so it's still so new to give up on. It was worth an honest effort.

    Suited up and headed out. A climbing rope was called for and full coverage was the attire. Buddy Travis set me up and down the hill I went. The poison oak got thicker and thicker as I descended. I passed the dead phone since the black phone face rested against a big black rock. I crisscrossed for about 30 minutes and at the last gasps, found it!!! No battery since it was running a GPS program at the time.

    Quarantined all the clothing in a plastic bag and backpack and then hey.... went out for a ride.

    On to the next adventure. Anybody give up on their fallen phone?
    Now i wait for the evil rash...


    protection is key


    If I'm not back in 30, just pull the rope with all ye got.



    easy ride they said...



    Camouflaged phone found!!!


    What the heck. Let's ride.



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    HAHA You have a very strong fear of PO! I'm kinda resistant to it so, I shouldn't really chide you for that.

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    LOL. Queue Mission Impossible theme.

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    Not sure if this is epic, or dramatic

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    LOL. Queue Mission Impossible theme.
    It was a mission
    And i chose to accept it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    It was a mission
    And i chose to accept it.
    I'm curious how it launched itself down the bank. I suspect there is more to this tale.

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    I dropped my phone in the urinal trough at a hockey game once. Not sharing the outcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    I dropped my phone in the urinal trough at a hockey game once. Not sharing the outcome!
    Why did you have your phone out while at the urinal?

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    is that technu on your ear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    I dropped my phone in the urinal trough at a hockey game once. Not sharing the outcome!
    Haha I dropped my phone in the toilet once and immediately retrieved it without thinking. I saved the phone but my ego took a hit.

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    FC, you need some throwing stars and nunchucks with that outfit.

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    Time for a new phone. Yikes....

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    Wear a disposable Tyvek suit next time. Just throw away when done.
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    ^ Carry one in your Awesome Strap FC.

    That story had me chuckling, goodnight.
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    My friends and I had a yearly ritual. Ride up to Rock City with backpack full of beer and watch fire works on 4th july. Ranger came one night chased us. My friend went running or riding. Ranger chased him. found him hiding in posion oak. He had a very bad case, but we chuckled even more because the ranger must have gotten it just as bad and he had to go back for safety supplies hidden te next day. Ranger was so pissed he took off his front wheel to prevent him from fleeing. Ticket was 40 hours of cleaning toilets at Morro Bay State Beach while going to Cal Poly. Mid 1990's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gddyap View Post
    Wear a disposable Tyvek suit next time. Just throw away when done.
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    I need that for crawling around the attic nex time . $10 at Amazon
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    Quote Originally Posted by dw22107 View Post
    My friends and I had a yearly ritual. Ride up to Rock City with backpack full of beer and watch fire works on 4th july. Ranger came one night chased us. My friend went running or riding. Ranger chased him. found him hiding in posion oak. He had a very bad case, but we chuckled even more because the ranger must have gotten it just as bad and he had to go back for safety supplies hidden te next day. Ranger was so pissed he took off his front wheel to prevent him from fleeing. Ticket was 40 hours of cleaning toilets at Morro Bay State Beach while going to Cal Poly. Mid 1990's.
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    When the phone first fell, I almost went down after it. Wearing shorts and t-shirt and no way back up, that would have been bad

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    I guess that's why one should always carry climbing gear in their car? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    So when my phone fell in a garden of poison oak on a steep embankment, the question was... is it time for a new phone? Wearing shorts and sleeveless, my one good decision yesterday was to go home and regroup.

    Called a few friends and a retrieval first thing in the AM was in order. Phone was dead with no signal and I only had a rough idea of where it landed. It's an iphone X so it's still so new to give up on. It was worth an honest effort.

    Suited up and headed out. A climbing rope was called for and full coverage was the attire. Buddy Travis set me up and down the hill I went. The poison oak got thicker and thicker as I descended. I passed the dead phone since the black phone face rested against a big black rock. I crisscrossed for about 30 minutes and at the last gasps, found it!!! No battery since it was running a GPS program at the time.

    Quarantined all the clothing in a plastic bag and backpack and then hey.... went out for a ride.

    On to the next adventure. Anybody give up on their fallen phone?
    Now i wait for the evil rash...


    protection is key


    If I'm not back in 30, just pull the rope with all ye got.



    easy ride they said...



    Camouflaged phone found!!!


    What the heck. Let's ride.



    Technical gear FTW.

    I hope somebody washed the rope for the next person that uses it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    Technical gear FTW.

    I hope somebody washed the rope for the next person that uses it.
    Yeah, the rope and shoes went in the wash on the 2 hour cycle.
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    ha A+ rescue mission

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Yeah, the rope and shoes went in the wash on the 2 hour cycle.
    So this really happened and wasnít staged photos? Even funnier now.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NRP View Post
    I guess that's why one should always carry climbing gear in their car? LOL

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    Some rope in the vehicle is not a bad idea.

    Hey I learned how to use it. Wrap it around the arm a couple times and grip it and it gives good traction.

    My assistant allegedly has had a lot of experience recovering stuff.

    Good news is I'm 24 hour s after and don't have the telltale itchin.

    Phone is working great!!!!

    At the end of the day, it was an adventure. And that phone lying there would have bothered me for years if I didn't try.
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    It was so dramatic...that the story is in Times New Roman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleMtnSlayer View Post
    Haha I dropped my phone in the toilet once and immediately retrieved it without thinking. I saved the phone but my ego took a hit.

    Dropped my phone in a toilet as well. Luckily it was a clean flushed toilet. Got it but it was toast. Didn't think much of it. I worked in construction remodeling people's bathrooms, so I've seen some horrid stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post

    At the end of the day, it was an adventure. And that phone lying there would have bothered me for years if I didn't try.
    So....did you find any other hidden treasures at the bottom of that ravine?

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    At least you didn't crash and roll into the poison oak -- I got a bad case that way as the poison oak broke my skin a little, of course I stupidly finished my rid.

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    mine is at the bottom of Lake Michigan...no hope for that one...happened on the first day of the trip, so I had no phone for 5 days....it was actually awesome minus the GPS, but I am an old school paper maps guy anyway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    So....did you find any other hidden treasures at the bottom of that ravine?
    A can of beverage, a plastic cup. The mother lode of poison oak.

    Maaan, I went twice as far down as I needed to cause I could not find it and had to tackle a thicket. Would have been sooo easy if i spotted the phone on the way down.

    But.... it was an adventure.

    And i don't have oak today!! And my itching always starts the next day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    At least you didn't crash and roll into the poison oak -- I got a bad case that way as the poison oak broke my skin a little, of course I stupidly finished my rid.
    I think when you do that, there has to be a rulebook that says, "go straight to the hospital."
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    So I have a demure, lady friend camping two years ago. She did her business at the porta-potty and when done, her brand new phone slipped out of her pocket.

    She got it back. She's scarred for life. But oh man, the facial expressions when she tells the story...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BraaapTastic View Post
    It was so dramatic...that the story is in Times New Roman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good eye. How'd i do that??? Frickin phone is possessed now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    ha A+ rescue mission
    Every rescue mission indeed has a rating. And this is tops for me.

    Can't stage poison oak photos dirtjunkie! Ain't nobody foolish enough for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Why did you have your phone out while at the urinal?
    D-pics, of course. Trying to avoid a Senator Craig, perhaps.

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    Zanfel will help get the poison oak off of you. Rubbing alcohol or Dawn dishwash soap will help get it off of everything else.

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    I clipped a pedal on a rock hidden in some tall weeds while sprinting hard on a flat section of trail last week. My weight was way of the front when it happened since I was sprinting so there was no saving it. Did an instant summersault over the bars and landed in PO resulting in abrasions with PO in it. I usually don't get a reaction with my soap scrubbing technique even hours after contact but this stuff was too deep. Saturday and Sunday were just awful. Most of my back and neck were on fire. I scrubbed my arms pretty well but the back was hard to reach plus I figured with a shirt on when it happened I'd be ok. Nope!

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    You know you could have just had somebody that isn't affected by p.o. (15% of the population) butt-slide down the hill and retrieve it. But the YouTube-influencer method was way more entertaining!
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    Man,fc, in your first post, in pic #2, you look like a ninja just about to spear his victim with a rope dart, and from a pretty decent side stance, too!

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    I'm almost immune -- not sure how many are like that. I only get it if I try hard or crash in it. A brush up here and there is fine me and my kids are the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Some rope in the vehicle is not a bad idea.

    Hey I learned how to use it. Wrap it around the arm a couple times and grip it and it gives good traction.

    My assistant allegedly has had a lot of experience recovering stuff.

    Good news is I'm 24 hour s after and don't have the telltale itchin.

    Phone is working great!!!!

    At the end of the day, it was an adventure. And that phone lying there would have bothered me for years if I didn't try.
    Itís generally 2-3 days before you start itching.
    All out of S**** and down to my last F***

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    Pour undiluted bleach directly on it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    I need that for crawling around the attic nex time . $10 at Amazon
    I use this for going under the house and reassembling the ducts that the raccoons destroyed. I figure the black widows will have a hard time biting through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    Itís generally 2-3 days before you start itching.
    not me. 12 hours itch itch... 24 hrs blisters start
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    not me. 12 hours itch itch... 24 hrs blisters start
    Well, if you have experience already then you know. Most people don't actually have any experience with it. I've had a lot of guys come work for me say "I don't get poison oak". Ha, sure thing bud, so now your job is all the poison oak areas. Next day they come back and say "See, no itching!" Haha, ok you were totally right. Yeah, two days later they all got it, every last one of them. For me, sometimes I'll notice the itching start in two days and then a rash will break out in three.
    I got broken in hard to the poison oak. When I started my career about 20 years ago, the first guy I worked under, unbeknownst to me, told the owner of the company I didn't get poison oak. So I got sent to all the poison oak jobs. So much so that I just thought everything we did had poison oak. About 5 years later I was talking to the owner on the phone and he asked how this big job was going. I told him not too bad, poison oak every where but you get used to it. He says "Steve told me you don't get poison oak". Then it all became crystal clear. So there was a 3 year period where I had PO for 9 of 12 months solid every year. I don't think Steve even remembers saying that, but man that was a good one.
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    Dude pay it forward next time. Roundup is the call while you are splunking through PO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 121GW View Post
    Dude pay it forward next time. Roundup is the call while you are splunking through PO.
    This oak grove is like cockroach. It will survive napalm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzaro View Post
    Well, if you have experience already then you know. Most people don't actually have any experience with it. I've had a lot of guys come work for me say "I don't get poison oak". Ha, sure thing bud, so now your job is all the poison oak areas. Next day they come back and say "See, no itching!" Haha, ok you were totally right. Yeah, two days later they all got it, every last one of them. For me, sometimes I'll notice the itching start in two days and then a rash will break out in three.
    I got broken in hard to the poison oak. When I started my career about 20 years ago, the first guy I worked under, unbeknownst to me, told the owner of the company I didn't get poison oak. So I got sent to all the poison oak jobs. So much so that I just thought everything we did had poison oak. About 5 years later I was talking to the owner on the phone and he asked how this big job was going. I told him not too bad, poison oak every where but you get used to it. He says "Steve told me you don't get poison oak". Then it all became crystal clear. So there was a 3 year period where I had PO for 9 of 12 months solid every year. I don't think Steve even remembers saying that, but man that was a good one.
    Love it! Yes Iíve had it at least 50 times.

    But only the first 5 events were major. I finally learned and saw the doctor.

    I always have prescription meds in the house. And now I just discovered that I have many viles of 1% prednisone... because of my ear issues earlier this year. Hmmm...
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    FC, our fearless leader. This thread shall go down in MTBR history. Funniest thing Iíve ever seen. Awesome!

    FC scaling down a mountainside in a full on HazMat suit. This should be an iPhone commercial. So important are they.....
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