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  • SilentCal
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    in reply to: flag pole #48824

    Last year I used a ten foot section of electrical conduit as the pole. I screwed in two fisheye screws (measure your flag first!) into the pole and then latched on a flagclip to each fisheye. While hiking,I bungee corded the two clips together to keep them from clanging together. I had Cannon Mt., so i just C-clamped the pole to the side of the tower platform and It worked great. Hiking with the pole was cumbersome in places and i got some really weird glances but I saved the pole and plan to use it again on Carrigain. I am sure PVC pipe does the same job but part of the fun of doing this, is figuring out how to build it and get it to work and stay put among quite possibly some breezy conditions.

    SilentCal
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    in reply to: Flags Web Site #48809

    On the Q & A section, the date needs to be changed. It has last year’s date that the event was held on. It should be the 13th and not the 14th.

    SilentCal
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    I agree with Pedxing that this event should be neither Pro or Anti – War. This should be what it was meant to be: A Day of Rememberance and hiking. My idea that we should honor Veterans is kind of personal. My wife is an army brat and her family lost several members to WW II, Korea and Vietnam. I just thought it would be nice to honor those who do the actual fighting to protect the rights and liberties we have. We all have reasons for being a part of this event, whether it be to honor those lost on 9/11, honor veterans, spend time with your family, or just to enjoy the day. Changing the mission statement was just a suggestion. Now that I think of it, it should remain the same to keep the event as pure as possible.

    SilentCal
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    I am willing to help out in any way i can. I’m not that great with Excel but i could probaly figure out how to work it. I can help with the sign-ups this way and assist in discussions on other websites. I could also e-mail all the people who signed up last year and see if they would like to do this again. I do have one recomendation. Last year’s mission statement was perfect but i think we should add a little something honoring veterans of all wars for their sacrafices in allowing us to do this. P.S. I’d like Carrigain

    SilentCal
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    I most certainly would be interested in doing it again. We enjoyed the afternoon on Cannon and had a wonderful group. I just hope for a nice day weather-wise like we had last year!

    SilentCal
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    Cannon Mountain

    What a great day! Cathie and myself agreed to meet the rest of our hiking group at the Lafayette Campground around 8:30. We met up with Marianne and her group and after introductions and some joking around about the flagpole, we began our ascent up the Lonesome Lake Trail. We enjoyed getting to know the others in the group better and took in some nice scenery at a break by the lake. We then worked our way up to the Kinsman Ridge Trail and began our summit push. We arrived at the observation tower at about 11:40 after answering several questions from curious hikers along the way. We ended up wedging the pole into the rails at the top of the tower and used C-clamps to anchor it in place. At 11:59, amid cheers, we raised our pole and the Flag flew fully extended for the next two hours. The wind was whipping for most of the afternoon and was quite chilly for those tram users that came up in t-shirts and shorts. Many people though, asked questions and took many photos with the flag and the Franconia Range in the background. We for certain could see the flag on Mt. Flume and may have seen the Flag on Garfield at the concrete foundation and maybe the flag on North Kinsman. Did anyone see ours? We had a friend who parked along I-93 to take pictures and from the valley he said he could see ours and Mt. Flume with binoculars. Alas we took everything down at 2:00 and made our way down the mountain. The AMC SouthEastern Mass Chapter trail maintinance volunteers were working on the Lonesome Lake trail and we thanked them for the job they were doing and they thanked us for flying the flag. I guess we sort of helped each other out. Anyways we made it back to the campground and then we were off to the Woodstock Inn. There we swapped stories with several other groups and finally got to match some screen names with faces. This truly was an excellent event and I was happy to be a small part of it. Greg, RJ and Frodo (dear lord please don’t strike me dead for complimenting a Yankees fan 😛 sorry could not resist) all deserve a round of applause for making this event a reality. We got the chance to do what we enjoy doing and honor those who cannot be with us today.

    SilentCal
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    in reply to: Tough Questions #48701

    Sometimes the AMC boards can be a real turn-off. While they are useful for me to glean information from more experienced trekkers, they always seem to have a competive snipe-fest about them. Everyone is completely entitled to their opinion whether positive or negative on this subject. We all have our own individual reasons for partaking in this event, whether it be patriotism, personal healing, sense of accomplishing a goal or whatever. If doing this means that certain members of the hiking community will be unhappy or bring up trauma that they would rather have or believe we support a war with Iraq, then maybe we should cancel the event. To them I say “Get over it. The terrorists have obviously beaten you!” . Many people forget that thousands of veterans have lost their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy and I’ll be dammed sure honored to carry the flag that covered my US Marine Father-in-law’s casket and fly it proudly from Cannon. Some of us just got reasons for doing this. 😀

    SilentCal
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    Super great Job. All we need now is for a great day weatherwise. Temps in the 70’s and with just enough of a breeze to get these flags extended so they can be seen. Hope to see many of you at the Inn Afterwards :beer:

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