We were up on the Coyote Hills recently and were surprised to find within the cairn a large pink plastic box containing The Outdoor Gratitude Log, which is a new take on a summit register. The question is asked “ What are you grateful for?” I found this a really odd question, because according to the dictionaries it means showing thanks to someone for some helpful act. But reading further, I gathered the idea is to “document our feelings and emotions that course through our veins as we stand at a summit .”
That’s better. However if SRM is expecting any deep insights he may be disappointed. The feelings are mainly prosaic: Relief that we don’t have to climb one more step followed by thoughts of getting down. Not that this applies to the five summits in K Country where you’ll find the registers: Coyote Hills, Mt. Burke, Prairie Mountain, Mary Barclay’s Mountain and Barrier Lake Lookout, all except one mere walks. I was racking my brain on what to write. Maybe on Burke people are grateful for the reoute? The view is great? The felworts are still blooming, though all the other flowers are long dead? I am always happy-grateful? when our friends produce a better lunch than what we have and offer us some? Tony came up with the “we are grateful because we can (get up Coyote Hill),” which is a bit like Mallory’s answer as to why climb Everest “because it is there.” Then he added the word still—can still get up— which I thought was unnecessary.
You can read all about Mountain Obsession (brainchild of Spencer Raymond Madden) at www.mountain obsession.com. The plan is to place 10,000 of these logs on summits all around the globe and to collect the entries at some future time and share them with the Global Mountain Tribe “in order to further our mission and vision.” Your comments? And what are YOU grateful for?