Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 5, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
For ages, there has been a summit register on top of Tahquitz Rock. The last 20 years or so, the register consisted of a large plastic tube with threaded top and sat all the way on the top of the rock where there is a small flat area. It was well secured and wedged under a large boulder. It contained/contains happy entries from all kinds of climbers..
Penelope and I scrambled on the North Side last Sunday and topped via the Notch. On our way down the south side, in the gully by "Diddly" we found the register protruding from snow. It appears it was thrown down there from the top.
If you are the one, who did this, shame on you!
Pen and I will replace it the next time we go up there.
Some of the old pages are at the Historical Society, downtown Idyllwild. We will offer them the two note books (about the last 10-15 years) that we found in the container. We will replace them with new ones, pencils and sharpener.
What is so nice to read from these, is the joy people feel, sitting on top of the rock after they climbed something. It just lifts one's spirits reading the notes. People really love Tahquitz Rock...
Thanks for the info, Alois. I was wondering if the original register still existed. I remember signing it several times way back when, probably after climbing "le Toit" with Phil Gleason around 1966. Here he is on the pitch headed up to the roof. Not many previous ascents back then.
I don't know where the original register's contents might be. The Idyllwild Historical Society building is open on weekends, I will go and ask. Bob Smith, who is the San Jacinto Mountains historian, is usually there, so let's see. The Historical Exhibit has a section on Tahquitz Rock, so they are aware of a lot of things..Will add a note here.
Thanks for the picture, those were the good days, I bet. My first time on Tahquitz was 1973.