I'm curious, not looking for a big argument.
As your avatar foto suggests, we (humans) are wired that way.Bob Sihler wrote:…. Why do we need to leave signs of ourselves behind?.....
rpc wrote:I love summit registers. Esp. on obscure summits. Stuff like top of Whitney etc..., I could care less though.
mconnell wrote:I agree with Bob. Registers don't bother me a lot since I don't usually look for them. I think that cairns could serve a useful purpose if they weren't built by idiots. On a training hike near here, I once tore down 100 cairns in a little over a mile. ON A DEVELOPED TRAIL. Some were in the middle of the trail, some were 10 feet off the trail, none of them served any purpose.
I can see using them to mark a hard to find path, but I almost never see them used that way and they are wrong as often as not.
cp0915 wrote:I dig finding registers and small cairns on top. I'll usually build a summit cairn if one isn't already there. I don't leave registers.
Why? Something intuitive, elemental about cairns. Registers are just fun -- history being recorded.
I have a hard time being offended by an old Knots Berry Farm jelly jar containing a golf pencil and a mini note-pad with 5 signatures in it.
MoapaPk wrote:I've known people who bristle at the thought of any tiny sign of humanity on the tops of mountains; but they will happily avail themselves of all the man-made way stations, roads, trails, and mule paths for the summit bid.
MoapaPk wrote:Some of the cairn antipathy is akin to territorial instincts; people may tear down cairns to erase any previous record of "ownership", just as dogs pee on other dog marks to obliterate the previous scent.
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