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History of Sierra summit registers
August 16, 2014 11:06AM
List of the first twenty Sierra Club placed Registers:
Mt. Dana - 1894
Mt. Lyell - 1894
Mt. Conness - 1894
Mt. Whitney - 1894
Muir Gorge - 1894
Mt. Tallac - 1894
Mt. Brewer - 1895
Mt. Tyndall - 1895
Squaw Peak - 1895
Mt. Goddard - 1895
Tehipite Dome - 1895
Mt. Stanford (south) - 1896
Pyramid Peak - 1896
Dicks Peak - 1896
Freel Peak - 1897
Merced Peak - 1897
Mt. Florence - 1897
Mt. Hoffmann - 1897
Cathedral Peak - 1897
Mt. Ritter - 1897

avatar Re: History of Sierra summit registers
August 17, 2014 03:22PM
Good stuff! And here is a shot of some Sierra Clubbers on their way to the Mt Lyell register circa 1913, from the book "Yosemite and its High Sierra" by John Williams, published in 1914.

btw I don't think that "leave no trace" had been invented at that time.
Re: History of Sierra summit registers
August 23, 2014 07:24PM
The Walter Starr mentioned in the article was "buried" near where his body was found on Michael Minaret, one of few burials in the high country granted by the National Park and Forest Services:

... Towards the end of that week, it became clear to everyone that there was no more hope of finding Pete Starr alive. On Friday evening, August 18, Pete's father, not wanting to expose the rescuers to further risk, requested that the search be terminated. Only one person stayed in the area: Norman Clyde. Even for this "mountain detective extraordinaire" (Bill Alsup), it was like searching for a needle in a haystack. But his skills and luck aligned favorably, and on Friday, August 25, Clyde found Pete's body on a ledge, on the northwest face of Michael Minaret.

The exact date or cause of this accident are not known. Pete could have fallen to the ledge from a point some hundred or more feet above, perhaps while trying to find a new route to the top of Michael Minaret. Several days later, Norman Clyde returned to Michael Minaret with Jules Eichorn, to entomb Pete's body in a gap formed by a talus block propped up against a cliff, a short distance from the place where Pete's remains were found. Clyde and Eichorn also made some effort to cover the body with rocks and stones. Sixty-six years later, in September of 1999, Steve Roper and Walter Venum located the 'burial' site. They didn't find much more than a pair of tennis shoes and a few bones, which they reburied. In August 2003, a group of climbers supported by the Stanford Alumni Association and the American Alpine Club placed a bronze plaque on Michael Minaret, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Starr's death.



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