quote:Originally posted by Justin Case
OK, if I did the wrong thing, I apologize in advance.
Went up to Stewart Peak on Saturday and discovered the summit register had been stored screw-side up and had been absorbing quite a bit of water. The register (a collection of loose pieces of paper) itself was completely soaked and crumbling. Decided to take the papers down and find out where to go with it.
To my surprise, I then found a second register in the same cairn. This one was mostly dry and in use since 2008, so it seemed. (The soaked one offered dates from 1994 to 2007). The pages were relatively dry, but had lots of mould spots.
As such, I took down both the soaked papers (which are now dried) and the PVC tube. This tube is also missing the rubber seal ring, which no doubt contributed to the moisture problem. I now have both the old register and the tube at my home, while I left the younger register with the dry PVC tube (and a pencil) at the cairn (stored screw-side down!).
Does anyone know why there would have been two tubes on Stewart? And where can I send the register to that I now have in my possession?
My personal policy for summit register finds is to leave them, If they are in relatively good condition. I usually have a PVC tube and waterproof book with me on my summit bids and replace what ever needs, or to put a new one in a cairn on the summit, if there is no register at all.
If you have a register book and want to know what to do with it, contact the nearest section of the Alpine Club of Canada and they can either keep it in their archives, or can repair & replace it back to the summit it came from.
I have a soaked register book from the Golden Hinde, in my freezer (preserved) until I can get around to drying it out properly. Once dried, we'll take it back and place it in the new tube with the current waterproof book. Going to this trouble is worth it to me, as this old register goes back decades and would be better read on the summit, rather than in a warm dry library.
In my opinion, a register is a repository of history and I like to read about past summit bids and I like to add my own comments as well. Sometimes a register will offer good advise on a better descent, than your sketchy ascent. Sometimes a register tube will contain a real gem... Several peaks on Vancouver Island have in their register tube aluminum discs with "Mike Walsh, Island Mountain Ramblers" stamped on them. Mike did some of the hardest first ascents on the Island back in the 60's.
At any rate, not everybody puts much store in summit registers and those that don't, needn't read or sign them, but for those of us that do, it's kind of like having your footprint preserved and maybe found fossilized by some future people.