I agree, words, names and memories do mean something - they mean a lot to so many people! But Susan, what about the locals of Crestone and their memories? You don't seem to live by your own words. Almost an entire community wants their memories of always calling the mountain by its correct name, restored. But because a handful of you spend one day up there, a entire community who lives by the mountain's side and who have climbed it hundreds of time for decades, should be silented and not be able to call the mountain what it always has been called by the locals? The rest of the world needs to get this name right - just like they did before 1875, when the mapping error took place.PAUL: "Words still mean something to some people and memories mean something to me. It seems wrong that my memories and the memories of many many people who’ve summitted that peak are really being overlooked and ignored."]
The name "Kit Carson" has been incorrect for years now and this is why us locals started this entire thing. That is where you and the others here are blind and not looking at both sides. Yes, names do mean something. But Susan, you come across here as being selfish. Almost the entire community where the mountain is located wants the name changed back to having "Crestone" in its name, yet you feel only your point of view should matter, because you climbed it one time? You are nothing like the people who live in the town of Crestone. We climb that mountain and maintain it's trails for its beauty, not because it is a notch in our 14er book. Us Crestone locals also save people - like you and your friends here, who get lost or hurt up on that mountain - because that mountain is a part of our home town and you are our guests when you are up there. We do not treat you rudely when you come here, so why are you being rude to us and our memories? Our town was named after this mountain in 1880, we do know what its correct name is, we just want the rest of you to get it correct. But to you, it is just another 14er you climbed and I guess you like to brag about that. Please check your ego. Yet the truth of the matter is - you still climbed this mountain anyway! That fact will not change if the name changes, you can still tell others you climb Mount Crestone. But because you are so selfish and don't care of the feelings of others, you organize your friends here to go against the wishes of a community who has been living with confusion over this name for over 100 yeas now. Gee, real sweet of you.
I lived in your neck of the woods for over 20 years. I know for a fact if somebody all of a sudden came to Colorado Springs and said "We just found out that Pikes Peak was renamed in 1875, and is officially 'Mount Whitey', and that is what everybody is now going to call it".... Would you or anybody else locally like that or accept that? No, you would not and you would keep calling the mountain "Pikes Peak" and you would work to change the mistake. Well Ms Paul, it's the same deal here. Crestone's main landmark had "Crestone" officially in its name once, and the locals want it change back to that name, a name it has been called since before 1880 when the town was named after it.
Nobody ever asked me this before. It is simple to answer, too. The highest peak up on this mountain has no name! It is one of the highest peaks in Colorado and it has no name, shouldn't it? The second and third highest peaks on this mountain have names (which by the way were changed in '89 and '02 by outsiders - nobody here at this board was against those new name back then, so why protested our town's two proposals now, why?), so why doesn't the highest one?We still haven't heard a logical explanation for why the proposal contains a recommendation for naming the summit "Tranquility Point." That particular point cannot be defended with a single reason - historical, political, or otherwise - provided in the petition, or the proposal. Doesn't anyone else question the reasoning behind this recommendation?
It seemed to us locals that since we were going to try to correct the name mistake for the entire mountain, that we might as well name this unnamed peak while we were at it, too. No big deal and I find it hard to believe anybody would be against giving a peak a name so people like you climbers can tell your friends you climbed that peak, too.
BTW Susan, you know nothing about me if you think I'm doing this just to gain some kind of fame. Are you joking? Me? I am the complete opposite of that. I was asked to write up this proposal by Crestone's mayor, and the Board of Trustees of Crestone. That was the only reason I started this thing, for my community. We are a very close group of people here, like many other small towns across Colorado. But the last thing we want here is publicly for ourselves or our town. That is the kind of person I am and why I fit in this community so well.