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 Peak
UPDATES for Missing Registers, as of 2-22-2017
Climber.org was updated mid-summer 2016, and here are the
updates I have recieved since then. For any peaks not listed here - see climber.org.
For the following peaks you can ignore any
conflicting info on climber.org.
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 for ammo box - old book almost full -10/23/16
Wright Mt, May be Missing entirely. Needs container and book,
- Conness Mt - needs ALL - Sept. 2016
- Donohue Peak register in small box missing its lid. Book damaged - probably needs new container/book/pencil 8-28-16
- Hurd Peak, Needs container. Glass jar is broken. July 2016
- Matthes Crest, Still needs book. Now I know the size is up to 5.5" x 7" - July, 2016
- Muah MtnNeeds All - 8-26-16
- Pyramid Peak S Container missing 7-31-16 - has cylinder lid and book in baggie 8-23-16
- Sirretta Peak Needs container to replace glass jar.
- Striped Mtn needs nothing - August 2016
- Tyndall Mt, Needs Nothing, 05-29-2016
- Warren Mt no longer needs anything Sept. 6, 2016
- West Vidette, Needs Nothing, July 2016
- For any peaks NOT listed above, - see
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
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)
We do not maintain registers on overcrowded peaks, such
as Whitney and Half Dome.
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
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
SEKI summit registers
4-19-2015 Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI) has published in
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
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 of 7/2/2016. 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
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.
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
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 detailed reports!
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 greatly appreciated!
- 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 it
Summit registers play an important part in Search
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 50 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 containers
! 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,
I would welcome a source of properly sized new Tin Cans, for the
cans" type of container, or a source of black 4" PVC pipe
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
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
diminishing, though some have been doing fine for many years on
isolated peaks without any interference from you. The older registers are
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
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.
The Bancroft Library
at UC Berkeley has a list of the summit registers in their collection
. 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? The Bancroft list of "mountain
registers mainly from California summits of the Sierra Nevada", stored
in 21 cartons, is 696 lines long. Some are dated as recently. This is
evidence (along with the fact that most register needs are only for
new books, not containers) that collectors are to blame for
disappearance of many missing registers.