Same issue with the flag on Peak 1's summit . Although the folks whom set up the flag on Peak 1 seem to have spent a little more time doing it. That setup has been up there since 9/11 and every season the flag is replaced with a new one.
Not real into the idea of a flag up on Quandary, a mountain that sees its share of visitors. That's all we need; flags popping up all over our 14ers, setup by easily influenced, Quandary visitors.
Nice idea on peak-1 to commemorate 9/11. I'm a retired FDNY
Firefighter. We lost many good people that day. However, in most cases, if someone brings a flag for a photo op they should bring it back down. A torn and tattered flag is a disgrace, (I;d like to meet the creep that burned the flag on Peak-1 anytime, anyplace)
I'm guessing Quandary's summit sees as many as 100-200 visitors a week, maybe more. It's just a matter of time before someone sees that flag and thinks its a cool idea for another mountain. Sorry for the confsion, good question. Todd, I know you are photgraphy guy, your work is excellent.
Of course, retiring the U.S. flag is usually done by burning it, but in a respectful manner. I'm in charge this year (and last) of the flag retirement that Boy Scouts do in the Oklahoma City area. Here are a few images (among other events) of last year's Veterans' Day Flag Retirement; over 1200 flags were retired:
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."