Sanctuaries in the Snow

The Rusty Knife (Snowmass)

The "Rusty Knife" (also known as the "Sword in the Tree") is on Snowmass.  It appears to be a Western knife with a double tang handle (circa 1950's).  It is said that it has been in this tree (see photos below) for some 30 years or more.  Does anyone know who put it there and when and why?  If anyone has any information they would like to share, it would be very much appreciated; send to  Many thanks to Michael Bone, Billy Fontana, and Joyce Dupree Maxwell for their help with this one.  For more photos, see this Facebook photo album (you do not need to have a Facebook account in order to view the album): 




Sometime toward the end of the 2017-18 ski season the handle of the knife was somehow broken off.  Then, sometime during the 2018-19 ski season, someone nailed the handle to the tree near the broken-off blade.  See photos below and click on images to enlarge.