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Scott P wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:19 pm
cougar wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:53 am
I've found many Mike Garratt registers on obscure peaks, a lot have been there a while.
Mike Garrat and Bob Martin have both left a lot of registers (especially in baby food bottles) on remote peaks around the state. Usually in NW Colorado, the registers have been left by one of the two.
My guess is at least half of all registers currently on named/ranked/soft 13ers were placed by Garratt. Not many of them are older than 1999. Unless all the existing ones really were trash, I imagine he has a sweet collection of old registers. I don't know how long people (the CMC?) have been leaving the horrible PVC registers, but the use of small glass (and even plastic) jars that actually keep the contents dry seems to predate that. One obscure 13er has signatures back to 1950, possibly 1934 but I couldn't be sure. Another has some funny commentary from the '70s. At least in the San Juans, Linfield might possess the remainder of the cool old registers.
I'd love to see these old registers digitized for the community to enjoy. Sad to miss that connection to history when reaching these rarely-visited places.
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Trotter wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:16 pm
Unfortunately someone chose a glass container for the register, and we found it shattered. Then apparently something chewed up the register pretty bad. I wish people would use plastic containers, because now the summit is littered with glass shards.
The glass jars just aren't a good idea. Peanut butter containers make good registers as long as they're cleaned well. I'll put a rock inside (and on top) to help prevent it from blowing away.
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Someone needs to check the summit register on Everest. Could finally establish whether or not Mallory made the summit.
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12ersRule wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:02 pm
CaptainSuburbia wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:54 pm
I was disappointed there was no register on Hamilton Peak.
Lin-Manuel Miranda took it.
I heard Alex got shot before he could climb the peak.
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13erRetriever wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:29 am
How 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
Current 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.
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.
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