IMG_505940 years ago, a 13 year old boy from La Canada Flintridge named Tim Taylor climbed Sequoia National Park’s Milestone Mountain and left a note at the summit with his name and address, asking whoever summited next to write him a letter. Last month, Oakland resident Larry Wright stumbled upon the note while on an 11-day trek with his similarly-aged grandson and other family members and is now trying to get in touch with the earlier teen summiteer, according to the Times.

Tim doesn’t live in La Canada Flintridge anymore, and now the Wrights are on a mission to try to track him down to share their story and answer the note.

I think this is a pretty awesome story – and I hope people can help them track down Mr. Taylor now that the story’s hit the internet.

Whenever there’s a summit register I always sign it with my name and date and a little story – I never know what happens to them after I leave but I know I love looking back in the notebook to see who else has made their way to the summit and what they thought of the trails. What about you guys? Do you like looking back to peek into other hikers’ trail-experiences? Do you leave fun notes or drawings or words of encouragement for those who come after you’ve gone back to the trailhead?

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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on October 9, 2012


  • Chenendez says:

    I sign them. But I find them lame. As they are filled with lies, exaggerated tales of boasting, hike duration (who cares?), and other nonsense. On Olancha’s register you will find someone calling himself the Gay Jewish Ninja. He goes about thanking science for the stupendous views of the Owens Valley and high Sierra Peaks while denouncing God, because according to him, he doesn’t exist. I’d rather you tell me minor league baseball game scores from 1987.

    • Modern Hiker says:

      That’s too bad, Chenendez. I find the sillier entries just as entertaining as the stats, little messages to loved ones, and stick figure drawings. It gives you a glimpse into the minds of all these very different types of people who, like you, chose to spend their day exploring the outdoors!

  • Jack says:

    I always sign summit registers and I usually take a photo of both my entry, whatever good drawings there are and the first entry in the book. I don’t reach summits all that often, but I sure wish that I knew how many I’d been on. I love seeing the “number record” of other people’s trips.

  • Eileen says:

    I usually sign, date and leave a sentence or two in a register. However my first reaction upon seeing my first register ever was that it was trash left behind. After browsing through the little book I realized what it was supposed to be for and I signed it.

    I think peak registries have a bit of a message in a bottle/time capsule romance to it… I see this story about the then 13 year’s old note and subsequent quest as evidence of that.

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