The Outdoor Gratitude Log Project

mountain obsession log

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 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?

4 comments… add one
  • B. Nov 30, 2014, 9:45 am

    That’s interesting. So maybe we’re thankfull for our metabolic processes?

  • Gillean Daffern Nov 29, 2014, 10:47 pm

    You may be interested in reading “The Alchemy of Action” by Doug Robinson published in 2013 by Moving Over Stone. The back cover blurb reads: “Why do people climb Mountains? Because it gets us high. Here is the surprising answer to that age-old question.” In this book Doug gives us the science behind what is purely a metabolic process.

  • Spencer Nov 17, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Thanks for the post!

    I would like to let your readers know that Mountain Obsession had begun overhauling our current logs in order to make them more eco-friendly and lasting. The container size has been reduced to your standard nalgene style tube – it is freeze proof, so it would shatter and end up in a bird’s mouth.

    The log is much for compact and to the point. Less words to read when it is -20. Pencils have been included in addition to pens.

    Please note that a GMTM will be regularly checking the logs to ensure they remain and are not damaged. After all, we want to protect the environment as well as encourage others to enjoy it.



  • B. Oct 10, 2014, 8:04 pm

    What on earth is the Global Mountain Tribe? And don’t forget: Only you can save the squirrels. People who have shirts like that maybe are members of the Global Mountain Tribe with their vision to thank Mother Nature (or whatever) and to encourage the AACG.

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