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rbhayesSeptember 29, 2004 at 8:42 pmPost count: 69rbhayesSeptember 22, 2004 at 9:38 pmPost count: 69
You might want to also do a private poll of the people who signed up for the 48 peaks this year via email. From looking at past polls it appears that a minority actually vote in the poll. Perhaps the majority doesn’t check this site very often and when they do they have hundreds of post to read through, so some important threads are not read. Would hate to see 15 people make a decission that the majority will not support.rbhayesSeptember 21, 2004 at 6:22 pmPost count: 69rbhayesSeptember 21, 2004 at 5:45 pmPost count: 69rbhayesSeptember 20, 2004 at 5:48 pmPost count: 69
That would be a Great location – Central to everything, and a wonderfull place to have a hiking event!
I would think the majority of the participants would be more likely to be willing to pay for the bunk rooms at a discounted rate than the general lodge accomidations, but wouldn’t commit until they have signed up for a peak – maybe a reason to start the sign-up process earlier this year.rbhayesSeptember 17, 2004 at 6:58 pmPost count: 69
All clubs and organization (this is both and yet neither) require a lot of work to keep things running smoothly. A website alone takes a lot of TLC to keep it running smoothly and to make the many modifications that are required/reqeusted.
Having been a founding member of a large Sea Kayaking club on the North Shore, I personally know exactly how much work is done behind the scenes, and the drain on both personal time and ones pocketbook.
All I did last weekend was go for a hike on a great day, enjoyed great views, and along the way talked to many wonderfull people as we shared our memories of a very tragic day. Yeah – carrried a few extra pounds of gear up the hill.
In my mind Steve, Greg, and a few others are the key players that have done 90% of the work while we all enjoy the benefits.
If the general feeling of the overall group is to keep this website/event completely volunteer based, then people need to show their support in terms of offering to fill a role for next years event, and by offering financial assistance to keep this site going.
Steve – until a planning meeting can be held (who wants to volunteer to organize it?) maybe we can start with the supporters web page that was suggested. Just tell me where to send a check – it will be in the mail tomorrow.rbhayesSeptember 16, 2004 at 5:42 pmPost count: 69rbhayesSeptember 16, 2004 at 5:34 pmPost count: 69rbhayesSeptember 16, 2004 at 2:29 pmPost count: 69
We would be happy to make a donation, but another idea we have is:
What about seeking out a sponsor to cover the costs of the Web Space and a banner that could be used for planning meetings and the Post event gathering. Companies that come to mind are ski companies, hiking related companies (REI, EMS, etc..) $500 a year would be cheap advertising dollars for them.rbhayesSeptember 14, 2004 at 3:47 pmPost count: 69
I believe that we looked at ski areas this year and found they wanted $500 for a room rental to start, then pay as you go for food, beer, wine. or ask for so much per head for a sit down dinner.
It’s hard to find a place that can hold that many people and be centrally located, especially if the event grows.
We arrived a little after 6 and by the time we had made the rounds saying hellow to people a table was ready for us to sit and eat.
One thought I have as an option would be to find a campground that would like to host the event with alarge tent in case of bad weather, and do up burgers, dogs, ribs, etc…
The Twin Mountain Chamber of Commerce might be a good place to start asking for ideas on how too improve things for next year.rbhayesSeptember 13, 2004 at 4:58 pmPost count: 69
I want to share with you the note that Geri sent too her friends at work this morning regarding our experience Saturday.
I was sorry for missing the picnic/party on Friday. But wanted to share my very amazing weekend with you to explain my absence.
You all know we’ve been doing alot of hiking.The last 2 years we’ve taken part of an hiking-community event that honors the anniversary of Sept 11th by flying a flag on top of all 4,000 foot mountain peaks in NH. (48 peaks) THis year every peak was ‘signed up’ and different individuals or teams carried a flag to the top of their peak and flew it from noon – 2pm.
6 months ago Bob decided he’d like to do Mt Liberty – appropriate peak name for the event. He designed a 20 foot flag pole of 1.5 inch pvc pipe, 2 inch support, and many supporting lines. We ‘cut’ the pole in 4 five-foot sections to make it hikable. We have a 6×10 flag that had to be carried up. We also brought a log book for people to sign their names and write down their thoughts. Bob and I had the 2 dogs, and 2 good hiking buddies with us.
Obviously the weather was beyond perfect and Liberty has utterly amazing views. But that was just icing on the cake.
Bob had contacted a man who had a posting asking if his daughter Emma could join anyone on their hikes. He had done it with her last year, but could not make it this year. Bob gave him our schedule and said we’d certainly like to have her join our group. His excuse this year is that he is in Iraq helping train / organize the Iraqi military. It was such a pleasure to have this very mature 17 year old with us and to hear about her father. And itbrought the whole experience much closer to us.
As our group headed up the trail at 8am, we reached the peak approx 10:45 to see another flag already flying! 2 men had hiked up in the dark, to see
the sunrise from Liberty. They were flying their flag until the ‘official’ flag made it up. What a beautiful surprise for us. Our peak ended up having
a flag from 6am until 3pm.
We met a ton of people. We’re guessing 150 people hit our peak — maybe more. From 2 young boys (11 & 12) from a local church group to others that had to be in their 60’s or older. Many knew of the event, other hikers were just very pleasantly surprised. We got some wonderful comments and thoughts in our log book. Many people were very touched and found it a good way to remember the event, those that were lost, and also the wonderful freedom and privledges we have here in this country.
From our peak we could see flags on about 8-10 other peaks (mostly with binocullars). Bob’s work buddy Andy (who did this event with us last year) had Mt Flume, our closest peak and we could see his flag very cleary. Andy is 63 and hiked this very tough climb with many family members.
We ended the night at a get together in Twin Mountain where a number of other hikers planned to meet. It was great to hear stories from the
other peaks and meet some people that are active in the hiking bulletin board that we follow.
Sorry for rambling and I would not normally throw so much personal stuff at you all at work. But it was so amazing I really wanted to share this with you all.
Here is a link to the photos Bob took. He put many comments from our log book into the photo descriptions too. He really did a great job getting
ourgroup organized.rbhayesSeptember 13, 2004 at 2:47 amPost count: 69
Words cannot describe what a wonderfull day we had yesterday on Mt Liberty. Somewhere between 100 and 200 hikers came by the summit with 40 – 50 present at most times.
When we arrived at the summit at 10:45, we found a flag already flying – a crew had decided to start their day by flying a flag on Mt Liberty starting at 6 AM. They waited until we arrived to swap flag duty, so Mt Liberty was covered from 6 AM to 3 PM.
We have posted pics and comments that people wrote inour log book on our web page:
It was great to meet many of you at the Mooseland Grill! We look forward to participating again next year.rbhayesSeptember 10, 2004 at 6:49 pmPost count: 69
MtnMagic had previously stated he was going to inform them.
“Yes, I’ll let Dawn know a day or two in advance as she requested. She has a large catering business for many years, so not to worry about the number of guests–a 100 is just a drop in the bucket.”rbhayesSeptember 9, 2004 at 8:32 pmPost count: 69
My clock is ticking too fast! Still have to finish our flagpole tonight – Home Depot was closed last night by the time I realized I needed a few more nuts and bolts.
JayTrek – we will be glad to buy you a beer, but you need to buy everyone else who responds to this posting one. :beer: