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Stone grave markers

Postby catbus-x » Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:12 pm

Two weeks ago me and my brother did 3 summits on Sawatch Range (Elbert, Massive and La Plata).
On Elbert climb, there was a lot of snow over the timberline, and looking for better routes we found this stone grave marker. We did the South Elbert route.
Does anyone knew about her?

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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby Mel McKinney » Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:11 am

I haven't heard about this marker. Tried doing an internet search too. Very curious to hear the story.
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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby Hacksaw » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:28 pm

catbus-x wrote:
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How big is that? How heavy do you think it is?
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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby Jim Davies » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:41 pm

I doubt if that's a grave marker, likely just a private memorial (maybe her friends and family scattered her ashes there).
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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby Cruiser » Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:08 pm

I think I remember passing a similar stone memorial on Princeton a while ago.

What's the USFS position on those? I can't believe that they just allow anyone to put one up on the mountain.
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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby 14erFred » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:02 pm

Just east below the summit of Mt. Princeton is a memorial marker for Catherine Martha Pugin, who was struck and killed by lightning on the summit of the mountain on September 10, 1995.
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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby catbus-x » Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:58 am

Thanks for that info g. It looks like she didn't die here, perhaps her wish was to have a stone grave here.

That stone was aprox. 10 inches X 5 inches. The material is similar to marble stone, and I didn't want it to move it to calculate the how heavy was. But I guess around 15 ~ 20 lb.

That stone, is located at 39º 07' 15.58"N 106º 25' 13.04"W

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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby whoopi_cat » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:09 am

What's the USFS position on those? I can't believe that they just allow anyone to put one up on the mountain.


Some part of me, perhaps an ill-informed part, hopes that they do.

I can tell you of someone who was touchingly memorialized on Elbert, although only through having his ashes scattered, not with a stone. His first name was Elbert and had worked his entire career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He retired on the Wednesday or Thursday before Memorial Day one year. On that Friday he started a backbacking trip with his son (It was the son I worked with, years later). Ten or fifteen steps into the trip he was dead of a heart attack. His children choose the summit of Elbert as the perfect place for him.

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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby Hacksaw » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:59 am

catbus-x wrote:That stone was aprox. 10 inches X 5 inches. The material is similar to marble stone, and I didn't want it to move it to calculate the how heavy was. But I guess around 15 ~ 20 lb.


Well, this person had/has some really devoted friends, that made a hell of an effort to haul the marker to that location. 8)
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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby tmathews » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:36 am

14erFred wrote:Just east below the summit of Mt. Princeton is a memorial marker for Catherine Martha Pugin, who was struck and killed by lightning on the summit of the mountain on September 10, 1995.


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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby 2giqs » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:54 am

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Re: Stone grave markers

Postby peter303 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:02 am

There's that sad little pioneer family cemetery near the beginning of the Belford trail, now overgrown.
At one time the valley forests were populated with mining and framing homesteads.
But many were too unproductive and disappeared.

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