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 Nevada peak, FIRST look
for it in the list below for it's last reported register status.
Only if it is not listed below, then
for another list of peaks with register needs, at climber.org
If your peak is not on either list, you are good to go (but let me know what
you find when you climb the peak).
UPDATES for Missing Registers, as of 6-19-2019
Climber.org was updated in mid-summer 2016, and here are the updates
I have recieved since then. For any and all peaks
NOT listed below - see "Sierra Peaks
Summit Register Needs" at this link climber.org.
For the following peaks you can ignore any conflicting info on climber.org.
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
- Adams Peak Needs All June 16, 2019
- Abbot Mt Needs Nothing - August 10, 2018
- 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 Book (up to 10"x6.5") for Ammo Box, July 6th 2018
- Carillon Mt - Cylinder Needs Lid or new container, books OK. - August 2017
- Cedric Wright Mt - May be Missing entirely. Needs container and book, 07-09-2016
- Colosseum Mtn - Needs to be moved from East summit to higher West summit. July 4, 2017
- Conness Mt - Needs ALL - Sept. 2016
- Cotter Mt - Needs NOTHING 8-31-18
- Donohue Peak - register in small box missing its lid. Book damaged - probably needs new container/book/pencil 8-28-16
- Eagle Scout Peak - Needs a Book as of September 2016
- Elwell Mt - Book is full - August 2018
- English Mtn - Needs nothing - August 2018
- Gabb Mt - Needs nothing 8/4/18
- Hurd Peak - Needs container. Glass jar is broken. July 2016
- Julius Caesar Mt - Jammed cylinder has been unjammed. Needs book. October, 2018.
- Kern Peak - Needs All, June 2018
- Matthes Crest - Still needs book. Now I know the size is up to 5.5" x 7" - July, 2016
- Merriam Peak - needs book. September 2018
- Mokelumne Peak - Needs Nothing Oct. 2017
- Muah Mtn - Needs better container - has a plastic peanut butter container and a small note pad June 2018.
- Pyramid Peak S - Container missing 7-31-16 - has book in baggie, recover cylinder lid please 8-23-16
- Relief Peak - needs small book, July 12, 2018
- Royce Peak hasn't had a real register for 6 years. Has small pill box in baggie. September 2018
- Russell Mt - Needs small Book - August 2018
- Sawtooth Peak N - Needs All 7/28/18
- Sill Mt - Needs NOTHING - October 2018
- Silliman Mt - Needs All - Oct. 2017
- Sirretta Peak - needs Container - April 14, 2018
- Striped Mtn - Needs nothing - August 2016
- Temple Crag - Needs nothing - 8/18/2018
- Tyndall Mt - Needs Nothing, 05-29-2016
- Warren Mt - Needs Nothing Sept. 6, 2016
- West Vidette - Needs Nothing, July 2016
- For any peaks not listed above, - see
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."
Unfortunately we have no Cylinders any more. I have metal and plastic ammo
boxes, and a lot of note books that I can send to you if you give me plenty of
advance notice. I help track not only peaks on the
but all the peaks on the 344 Sierra Peaks
list on Climber.org.
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 yet. This is fine with me, as I am still doing summit register business as usual, and
hoping for the best.
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.
Plastic Register containers are NOT acceptable as permanent containers (Gatorade
bottle, water bottle, plastic box, etc.) Please let me know when you find one.
I also want any history on any 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 or unaceptable register containers, please help me determine
what it would take to repair or replace 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 place.
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 the address to use here, on this page.
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 40 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? Bancroft lists "mountain registers mainly
from California summits of the Sierra Nevada", stored in 27 cartons, with 738 registers listed.