Smith Canyon Recon
I received this info in a recent e-mail from Red Army. In my years on the border I have patrolled the road around Smith Canyon many times, observed and reported many illegals there. But, I regret to say, that as I am usually alone in my truck and radio contact and cell phone coverage is virtually non-existant there, I have never ventured into the canyon on foot.
Red Army and his "comrades" did a thorough recon of the area and below is his brief but very interesting after action report.
Thanks to these men who risk their lives and resources to secure the border on their own time. I hope to join them there at some point.
Golf 1 and Red Army report that Smith Canyon is a veritable highway. The trails through it are extremely well worn , the cover is thick and dense (including a large amount of poison oak) and the central section of the barbed wire fence between the USA and RoM is completely smashed down and in need of repair. Cell phones do not work in the canyon, and the sheer volume of water bottles, booties, trash sacks, tracks, and assorted debris indicates that the traffic through the area is constant. There are at least three caves in on the east side of the canyon, one is quite large, and has evidence of being used as a camp site, given the sheer amount of charcoal and soot stains within.
With only two men, no backup, and no cell communication, adequate repair of the fence was not possible. It is proposed that over the course of the Friday/Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, Patriotic forces, so far numbering Red Hand, Golf 1, and Red Army sweep Smith canyon and repair the damaged section of fence between the two nations. Given the remote and communications-lacking terrain, a larger group would be advisable.