After you climb a Sierra Peak, please click here to
Send a Report
to me on the condition of the summit register. I will
keep track of them. I need "all OK" reports, too!
My main focus is on the 247 peak SPS LIST.
Before you climb a Sierra Peak
UPDATES for Missing Registers, as of 7-17-2016
Here are my latest UPDATES to the status shown in the main list of register needs at
climber.org . For peaks
not listed here - see
For the following peaks you can ignore any conflicting info
- Agassiz Mt,
needs a lid for a metal 30 caliber ammo box, or a new container. Book is OK but
showing wear. July 2016.
- Alta Peak, Needs Nothing 6/26/16
- Cedric Wright Mt, May be Missing,
- Four Gables, Ammo box with book chained on this UNNAMED peak (12,801’), south of Four Gables
- Goethe Mt, Needs Nothing - July 2016
- Gould Mt, Needs Nothing, 9/13/15
- Hurd Peak, Needs container. Glass jar is broken. July 2016
- Kaweah Mt, Needs container to replace ziplock bags placed June 17, 2016
- Kern Peak, Needs container, has small book in baggie under map stand - 5-24-2015
- Needhham Mtn, Needs All 8/10/15
- Sawtooth Peak N, Ammo Box lid slid down a crack - hard to get. 8/9/15
- Tyndall Mt, Needs Nothing,
- Vandever Mtn, Needs All 9/13/15
- West Vidette, Needs Nothing, July 2016
Pilot Knob N could use a new lid for the old container, but I would need accurate measurements
of the box and thread size for new wing nuts. See this picture of the old container and lid
Please assume all peaks will need PENCILS (not pens) to leave with the registers. Ink washes out with moisture!
Desolation Wilderness managers
don’t seem to want registers on their
SPS peaks (Pyramid, Dicks, Tallac)
SPS Mountain Records
The Sierra Club and the Sierra Peaks Section have long
been helping to maintain registers on Sierra Peaks. I am currently the
appointed "Mountain Records Chair". The SPS
Policies and Procedures
state: "The SPS Mountain Records Chair maintains ... a record of the condition of summit registers and register containers on qualifying
peaks ... maintains and preserves, as required, registers and register containers on summits of qualifying peaks. He should provide new register books
and cylinders to climbers to replace old and missing ones on SPS peaks and other qualifying peaks."
SEKI summit registers
4-19-2015 Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI) has published in the "final"
Wilderness Stewardship Plan.
Summit registers are mentioned in
Chapter 2 and
Appendix-J-Climbing Management Strategy.
... The SPS has inventoried and maintained these registers for many years ... Some summit registers have historical value; the registers are also viewed
as intrusions on the undeveloped quality of wilderness by some visitors. ... these parks (SEKI) will work toward reducing the number of registers and will
not permit placement of new registers. ...
November 2015 - The SEKI "Wilderness Steward" person is asking me to agree to
REMOVE over 40% of the summit registers located within the park boundaries.
March 2016 update - I was contacted by the Chief Ranger in SEKI, after the
previous Wilderness Steward retired. His people will be working on a new list of summits which will be considered for registers,
but I have not heard back from him as of 7/2/2016. This is fine with me, as I am still doing summit register business as usual, and
hoping for the best.
9-13-15 There is a renewed effort to discover the fate of Matthew Greene, who vanished on 7/13/2013, while possibly out on a climb in the Minarets. Please click
on the link above for details. They are interested in finding anyone who may have crossed paths with Matthew on July 17, 2013 or soon before that. To that
end, any entries in summit registers in that timeframe could identify any people who might help. The area of interest is from the Minarets to Lyell/Maclure. If you
have pictures or knowledge of such summit register entries, or any information, please help.
YOU CAN HELP
Please help me gather information to assist in Summit Register documentation and maintenance.
I would like to get reports on the condition of summit registers and overfilled or missing summit
registers/containers/pencils for any SPS (Sierra Peaks Section) listed summit, or other major summits in the Sierras.
also want any history on these summit registers, including the disposition of registers removed from their summits.
Reports of registers in good condition are important, too, so I can
remove a peak from my list if it no longer has needs, and I can track their condition
and the type of container!
Please send me pictures or links to pictures of summit
registers/containers on any of
these peaks .
The registers may be harmed by publicity, so I will not publish
pictures or reports on this web site. I will keep them forever,
as a valuable reference for maintenance and history.
Thanks to everyone who has sent me pictures and
If you find any damaged register containers, please help me determine
what it would take to repair it, so someone can go up there with the
proper equipment and fix it.
If you find a container that needs a book, please let me know what kind
of container it is, so we will know what size book it needs. Photographs are
- Agassiz (had) an ammo box with missing lid, so it was useful to determine that they need only a 30 Cal. box lid for repair.
- The register box on Mt. Kaweah (the emblem peak) was barely hanging on to the rock, and needed repair/replacement of the screws and anchors (but it went missing before it was repaired).
- The register box on Pilot Knob needs a new lid, but I need accurate measurements for it.
And the most important way you can help is to volunteer to
carry a register to a summit on my list! Ask me, and I will tell you
precisely what the reported needs are, and I can send you materials or advice.
I will accept any returns of misplaced registers or information regarding
Sierra Nevada summit registers, and try to restore the register to its proper
If you want to be
anonymous, I don’t ask, I don’t tell!
No one has taken me up on anonymous communication in 10 years, so If you want to do it, you can
send me an anonymous email here.
Then I will make arrangements according to your request and report it here.
Summit registers play an important part in
When a climber disappears (as at Mt. Goode 2008, Palisades 2007, Brewer 2006 ...)
SAR even goes so far as to retrieve the registers by helicopter (North Guard/Milestone 2006). They use the registers to trace the path of the
missing climber or to find people who may have seen the climber.
The most famous use of registers in a search in the Sierra Nevadas was the search for Walter (Peter) Starr Jr. in the Minarets, 1933
||I have about 50 new SPS register books in stock!
3.75"x6", 144 page, soft cover,
with a sturdy sewn/taped binding,
so the pages won’t fall out.
I have purchased a good supply of
various sized register books. Please let me know if you want a tiny but sturdy notebook to carry with you always, just in
case you find one missing, or maybe a nice hard cover book to put in an ammo box.
Notebooks with sewn bindings will last much longer than spiral bound notebooks.
Please help me find sources for replacement
! These aluminum cylinders, machined by the late great Charles Gerkins, were perfect, but they are no longer available.
If you know who cast the raw canisters or who else helped design them, Please let me know! Give me some ideas from some idiot-resistant,
water-shedding, bomb-proof, light-weight containers.
I would welcome a source of properly sized new Tin Cans, for the classic
"nested cans" type of container,
or a source of black 4" PVC pipe and caps.
If you can build containers like this
"Sierra Register Committee" box, please let me know!
I have 2-3 ammo boxes
left. I prefer 30 cal. boxes. They will hold books up to 10" x 6.5" max. Ammo boxes are
pretty good, but even they get damaged or lose their lids, and they are fairly heavy (3.7 pounds)- any suggestions for improved, large, DURABLE
containers are welcomed! Unfortunately, new metal ammo boxes are no used by the military, so they are
more expensive ($12) to come by.|
The classic Sierra Club aluminum boxes were designed by
Kasper Casperson around 1924, later adopted by the national club.
The last one made that I know of was on Olancha Peak in 1959 - now missing.
Summit registers are an endangered tradition in California. The earliest Sierra
register was placed on Mt. Dana in 1863, and another on Mt. Brewer in 1864. Some registers (used
too) survive on their summit for 100 years, dating back to the 19th century. See
the article at
http://www.claudefiddler.com/article/article.html. Registers have great historical and cultural significance, especially to peak baggers. But the registers and containers are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Please do not publish your "discovery" of old registers,
giving away their specific location. This serves only the braggart, the
thieves, the vandals, and armchair climbers. The number of surviving old registers is
diminishing, though some have been doing fine for many years on
isolated peaks without any interference from you. The older registers are the more
valuable targets for those who collect them, as well as for those who would vandalize them,
they need NO advertising !
Please help by keeping the location of these valuable objects
a secret, until they are no longer with us. Tell your family and friends, but not the whole
world. Registers, containers, and even multiple benchmarks have been stripped from many peaks.
I think that taking pictures, instead of taking away registers, is a great way to
preserve the history they bear. Send the pictures to me and/or to the library, and keep the registers on the summit. It seems that putting a summit register away in
a vault is like taking Bighorn Sheep out of the mountain wilderness and putting them in a
cage - they will never be the same. This is my personal opinion.
Library at UC Berkeley has a list of the summit registers
in their collection
here . The UCLA library has a collection of registers and other
historical SPS artifacts. The East California Museum in
Independence has the old Mt. Langley Sierra Club aluminum box on display, given to them, oddly enough, by RJ Secor.
Do any other libraries/museums in California collect old summit
registers, too? The Bancroft list of "mountain registers mainly
from California summits of the Sierra Nevada", stored in 21
cartons, is 696 lines long. Some are dated as recently.
This is evidence (along with the fact that most register needs
are only for new books, not containers) that collectors are to
blame for disappearance of many missing registers.