SendMeHome.com: Helping Lost Gear Find Its Way

12:01 p.m. on September 25, 2008 (EDT)
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What would happen to your GPS receiver, backpack, or ice axe if someone forgot them at the airport, the trailhead parking lot, or even on top of a mountain? (Trust me, this does happen.) If you’re lucky, you’ll find them in a lost-and-found bin (or table, like at right) before anyone else. Or you'll hope the finder can ID you as the owner and contact you. If not, you’ll be looki...

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2008/09/25/sendmehome-lost-gear.html

1:14 p.m. on September 25, 2008 (EDT)
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This sounds like an improvement on a similar service that has been around for a couple years and one that is part of and international travel insurance program I have used (I only seem to lose things colored black or dark colors at the bottom of my black packs, only to recover them when I return home from the trip and unpack the whole bag).

There is a catch - it isn't completely free. The finder and loser have to make an arrangement to rejoin you with your lost item (SendMeHome just provides the connection), and someone pays the shipping (probably the loser). But registration and notification by the finder is free, unlike the other services I am familiar with, where you pay an up-front fee. SendMeHome lets you print the ID tags free on your own computer, as an alternative to buying their tags.

Nice! I will think about registering. Lessee, that's about 5 million items, or will that inspire me to go even more ultralite?

1:39 p.m. on September 25, 2008 (EDT)
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Years ago I acquired a backpack through a lost & found auction, the gear came from airlines, bus lines ect.
Some time later I found a partial address (smeared), it was an address in Denmark, the first name was Henrik. I wanted to return it to Henrik as it was a nice pack and I'm sure he missed it. (Lowe Alpine Contour 4) But what do you do with a partial address and no last name.

Anyway this sounds like a good service.
Can I tag my forehead?

10:13 p.m. on September 25, 2008 (EDT)
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I read a post on VFTT where someone had lost their digital camera on a trail, the finder took it to the local police station where the cops started looking at the pictures for clues. One of them spotted a photo of a couple of dogs and went "hey, I know those dogs!" A happy ending.

Someone in NYC has a website for lost gloves-they post pictures of them. Kind of funny, but apparently it works sometimes.

10:16 p.m. on September 25, 2008 (EDT)
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Also, there's that lost luggage place in Alabama that's on the news every so often. They have all kinds of stuff.

1:01 a.m. on September 27, 2008 (EDT)
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Tom, I guess gloves are quite important in NYC huh.
I know I get cranky about mine sometimes. I really dislike numb fingers, no good reason to suffer I say.

8:42 a.m. on September 27, 2008 (EDT)
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The lost gloves site reminds me of a book called "Too Many Mittens" that I read as a kid and now read with my son.

In the story, one of the twins loses his red mitten and everyone in town brings him any lost red mitten they find. The family ends up having a lost mitten line on their clothesline every winter to pair people and their mittens together. It's a cute story.

4:21 p.m. on September 27, 2008 (EDT)
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Around our house we have many gloves with no mate, they are in a box, we have had the box for years. I don't know why we keep them. Same with tupperware.

I'll give this site a try.

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