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  • in01880
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    I read the history page and it mentions the six hikers that started all this. just wondering why there are no photos of them or mention of their names?

    SilentCal
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    This thread here might answer your questions.

    http://forums.flagsonthe48.org/viewtopic.php?t=2006

    backcountryexplorer
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    Frodo could vouch for my authenticity … it has been a long time. I think we might have last saw each other on Katahdin … just 2 weeks after the event.

    I stumbled upon this site while doing research for a totally different project and was happy, dare I say a bit proud, to see that the even has carried on … even prospered. It is heartening to see so many people that still care and remember the fallen.

    There are pictures and a video recording of the first event. If there is interest, I could post.

    Rob

    SilentCal
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    Nice to hear from you, backcountryexplorer. If you have photo’s please post them.

    The original group, or at least as many as we could get, would be a nice touch for the 10th anniversary on Liberty.

    backcountryexplorer
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    Thanks SilentCal,

    Can’t say for sure that I would be there for the 10th anniversary but you never know ? I live on the west coast now. I’ll post some pics soon.

    Looking over the site, I really am struck by how this has grown and been perpetuated. I played but a small role … carrying some PVC pipe and taking pictures and video … never would have thought that such a seemingly small act would mean so much to so many. Don’t want to philosophize about it too much. Frodo said it well in the history … it just felt like something needed to be done to deal with the grief we were collectively feeling and to show solidarity with our fellow Americans.

    I hope that spirit of collectivism … of shared sacrifice, responsibility and call to action permeate more of society.

    Rob
    Los Angeles, Calif.

    SilentCal
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    It took a great deal many little steps to get to where the event is today. The first year of the event(2002), we got about 38-40 peaks covered for the year and needed the whole summer just to fill those slots. Now, on our sign-up day, we get 35-40 peaks signed up for within the first hour. We do still run into some snafus along the way but for a total volunteer effort, I’m quite pleased with the results.

    SilentCal
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    Here is a pic of that first group.

    SilentCal
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    Had the pleasure today to meet Gail atop Cannon. I thanked her for being a part of that founding group.

    sno_gabe
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    Thanks for keeping it going. Hopefully they were all covered…Well done.

    RichNH
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    Yes, This event has taken on a life of its own and it’s not surprising when you think on it. Thank you to our Founding Hikers for an outstanding idea and memorial event. 🙂

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