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(SacBee)   Summit registers on tops of mountains mysteriously vanishing. Trolls, ogres and dwarves eyed suspiciously   ( divider line
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9109 clicks; posted to Main » on 24 Oct 2004 at 6:38 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-10-24 05:10:21 PM  
The '70s also were a time when the thrill of climbing mingled with illicit recreational activities. "It's good to be high again," one Mount Conness entry reads. "Can you dig it?"

"Almost as intense as being busted at the Canadian border for LSD five days ago," another hiker wrote. "Almost as intense as LSD itself, for that matter."

Yeehehehehe that's hilarious.
2004-10-24 06:44:59 PM  
goblins... it's always the goblins.
2004-10-24 06:48:45 PM  
Could it be that Sasquatch has finally let his (her?) subscription to national enquirer expire ?
2004-10-24 06:50:35 PM  
Oh oh.....I foresee alot of pissed LOTR fans.
2004-10-24 06:53:20 PM  
Obviously climbers are taking the notes and will sell them on e-bay.
2004-10-24 07:08:21 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
step 1 - steal summits.
step 2 - ...
step 3 - profit.
2004-10-24 07:09:22 PM  
Probably just some environmental whacko twit thinking he was merely toting out the trash.
2004-10-24 07:18:50 PM  
Real climbers leave their frozen bodies at the summit.
2004-10-24 07:20:06 PM  
Sounds like some Geocachers are taking this "Cache in, Trash out" thing just a bit too far.
2004-10-24 07:28:44 PM  
It does seem odd that someone would take the effort to climb a huge mountain and remove these registrars ( registers? ). I can see the lightning/wind/storm explanation, but that can't be all the story. Someone is doing this and it can't be cheap. Environmental whacko theory is plausible, but also perhaps some climbers getting a little too goofy on some substance and somehow destroying the documents ( "Hey man, we're out of papers ... hey, wait, we can use this!" ). I don't know many mountain climbers that like to get farked up on top of the summit though. That's asking Darwin to pay a visit. And to have these things disappearing from really tough peaks of the mighty Sierra is perplexing.

--- it's not The Sierras folks, it's the Sierra ---
2004-10-24 07:30:40 PM  
This is really sad. Despite the fact that registers will decay over time, they still shouldn't be stolen. Also too bad that the park service doesn't have the funds to maintain the old ones....I mean, how much can it possibly cost to do that sort of thing?
2004-10-24 07:32:22 PM  
Because it can't be wind.
2004-10-24 07:34:23 PM  
So it's odd when you leave something on the ground outside for years and have it not be there when you get back?
2004-10-24 07:34:28 PM  
MATRIX et al-

Well, of course it *can* be the wind. But it's not. It's not as though it's been mysteriously more windy up there as of late than in the past many years.
2004-10-24 07:36:00 PM  
DammitDrag: "Could it be that Sasquatch has finally let his (her?) subscription to national enquirer expire ?"

I farkin' hate samsquanches.
2004-10-24 07:36:02 PM  
It's the yeti's fault. I love that word. Yeti.
2004-10-24 07:36:59 PM  

In case you're not a climber/'s not like there are all these little paperbacks lying on teh ground for folks to write in. They are usually kept in some sort of protected container-box. Altitude and relative dryness also tend to keep the registers in better condition than, say, compared to if they were left on a seashore or whatnot.
2004-10-24 07:47:08 PM  
Gee, what a surprise in these days of Jackass and Opie and Anthony.
2004-10-24 07:57:23 PM  
Look, there's nothing here in CA even 15,000 ft tall. It's not a big accomplishment. Anything left at the top is litter. Get over it.

/Been to the top of Mt Whitney and Mt Shasta.
2004-10-24 07:57:36 PM  
I meant more along the lines of "Leaving something on the ground anywhere that is not inside your house tends to end up with its being picked up by other people." Assholes abound, even at the tops of mountains
2004-10-24 08:04:47 PM  
The elite mountainclimbing chapter of Mormon posthumous conversion unavailable for comment.
2004-10-24 08:10:13 PM  
It's pretty neat," he said. "It's history without having to go to a museum. You just climb the mountain and there it is.

Oh yeah, too pansy to got to a museum? Taking the easy way out! noob.
2004-10-24 08:25:00 PM  
I bet birds make nests with them.
2004-10-24 08:31:26 PM  
Once the "Sierra Register Committee" stored the registers they should have made a copy and put that copy back at the summits imo.
2004-10-24 08:41:37 PM  
"wind-polished domes"

Yep never the wind.

Like a bottle, jar or can will sit up there forever.
2004-10-24 08:54:56 PM  

*Like a bottle, jar or can will sit up there forever.*

Fact is, they often do...well, at least for an incredibly long time. In case you're missing the point, what's happening is that a lot of the registers are vanishing "all of a sudden" and in a short time frame. Not like one or two vanish every 30 years or so!
2004-10-24 08:59:15 PM  
Methinks that folks, like Johnny up above, should refrain from commenting unless they at least kind of know what they are talking about from experience. If you've never climbed or hiked before or summited a very high peak you'd be hard pressed to know what it's like or what the conditions can be like up there. Otherwise you'd know that the reason registers are left to begin with is since they have a tendancy to stay put. It's not a new invention, folks.
2004-10-24 10:00:42 PM  
A lot of beautiful customs are based on a sense of communal importance, where one person could easily ruin something of value. We live in an era where no single thing is considered sacred.
2004-10-24 10:15:19 PM  
2004-10-24 10:19:48 PM  
I think it's probably that there are so many people climbing these peaks now that it isn't the elite club that it used to be.

With the masses come the occasional boorish individual who wants a souvenir.

In other news, the best waves are getting snaked at an alarming rate, the coolest campsites are always taken, the best beaches already have boats on them, and you can't hike anywhere anymore without hearing an ATV, dirt bike, snow machine, airplane etc.

Welcome to the 21st century.
2004-10-24 11:30:22 PM  

You said a mouthfull and all true.

Welcome to the 21st century indeed.

/ *siiigh*
2004-10-25 12:29:39 AM  
I bet yetis make nests out of them.
2004-10-25 04:38:00 AM  
I did it.

Well, at least I think I did it. It's possible I simply spent the last three months writing climber's names on purposely weathered sheets of paper, and putting them into jars. Really, I can't remember a thing about any of it. I have lost a toe to frost bite, but it wouldn't be the first time my other personalities used dry ice to pull a fast one on me.
2004-10-25 07:50:57 AM  
Same asshat who changed the course in the girls' cross-country event the other day. I saw him climbing Xixapangma a couple of days ago...someone should go check that summit log.
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