I remember a few years ago when that Wyoming firefighter went missing on Challenger and KC, SAR crews checked the summit registers to see if he had made the summit, to curtail their search location. I was up there during the search & talked at length with several of the volunteers. And yes, while summit registers on 14ers (or I suppose any peak really) can seem moot, they are used in emergency situations, situation dependent. I left a few myself over the years, I'll sign them if they're present but I don't go out of way to look for them...each to their own.pvnisher wrote: ↑Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:57 amHas there been any productive use of a summit register from a popular 14er in recent/memorable history?
If someone if lost I don't see the SAR team saying, "quick! Check the summit register!"
Maybe as emergency TP, which is perhaps the best use of that paper.
And he was found...at the base of the Kirk.
Jeff, your comment only makes me more sure of my decision many, many years ago as being the correct one that I posted on FB.SurfNTurf wrote: ↑Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:21 pmCurrent CMC employee here. That post is from 2009 and extremely out of date (the 14erWorld reference ). That's not even the current URL for the CMC blog -- that old Blogspot page probably hasn't been touched (or thought about) in more than a decade.13erRetriever wrote: ↑Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:29 amHow does the CMC play into this conversation? I've always wondered what the correct thing to do is when I find an old register on a summit that's in a half broken container, or the pages are so frail and crumbling that pretty soon it'll be useless. I've never taken one off but it makes me sad to think they'll soon be lost to all of us. Should I bag those up and mail them in to CMC to keep and log? I'm not a member, so this is a genuine question. Is that something they do?
I found this link that says you can get a register and canister from them to place on a mountain...anyone know if this is still accurate/acceptable?
http://coloradomountainclub.blogspot.co ... sters.html
The CMC is no longer supplying or installing summit registers, at least not in an official capacity. (There might be a rogue volunteer here or there.) We will accept filled-out registers if someone brings them down from a summit and mails or delivers them to the CMC headquarters in Golden, but nothing is really done with them. They're simply added to the American Mountaineering Museum archives, which is a fancy way of saying they're stored in our basement.