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Yelling Alvin
July 20, 2014 11:46AM
Spending the night backpacker camp, there was a continuous chorus of yells coming from the car camp sections - "Alvin"...(or maybe "Albert".)
Not the first timeI have heard this name being called, seemingly out for no good reason.
What's the story?
avatar Re: Yelling Alvin
July 20, 2014 01:46PM
They weren't calling for "Elmer", were they? It seems to be a tradition of sorts in the Pines campgrounds.

I find it kind of annoying, myself. I'll occasionally answer, "WHA-AT?" That seems to confuse them a little. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out
avatar Re: Yelling Alvin
July 20, 2014 03:53PM
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gophersnake

They weren't calling for "Elmer", were they? It seems to be a tradition of sorts in the Pines campgrounds.


Elmer has been found. Now Alvin is missing. wink

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Re: Yelling Alvin
July 20, 2014 04:03PM
The only redeeming aspect of the "Elmer" tradition is that kids get a kick out of it - other than that, it's just annoying - A ranger told me that many years ago a kid named Elmer got lost and his mom went throughout Yosemite campgrounds looking for him yelling out his name - A legend was then born as this became a tradition amongst campers to mimic the mother looking for her son - My understanding is she eventually found him.

Last month at LYV I heard yelling and could have sworn they were doing the "Elmer" routine but then realized they were yelling "Bear!!! Bear!!!"
Re: Yelling Alvin
July 20, 2014 05:14PM
I always thought Elmer was the name of the person who pushed embers over glacier point creating the firefall. A ranger on the ground would call up "Elmer, let the fire fall!" Or so I have been told.
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