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#13782 - 05/07/11 05:18 AM Let Our Freak Flag Fly
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1499
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Looking at all the discussion of the Whitney Trip Calendar and possible meet-ups, I'd like to offer the following suggestion: that we adopt some kind of colors to display in the Zone for quick and easy recognition of each other as Forum participants and WHA members.

I would suggest a length of lime green (readily available*, highly visible not too obnoxious) surveyor's flagging tape, attached to the left trekking pole or top left side of the pack, tent peak, ice axe etc where it can stream in the breeze and be visible in passing on the trail or in camp.

Not only can this ID us to each other, but Steve points out this could be a conversation starter and generate awareness and interest (and new members!) as people ask what is the green ribbon about?

What say you all?




* Most contractor supply houses, and definitely at
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200332715_200332715
good ol' Northern Tool


Edited by saltydog (05/07/11 01:22 PM)
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#13785 - 05/07/11 07:32 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: saltydog]
GandC Offline


Registered: 03/21/11
Posts: 244
Loc: SoCal
I do like the idea. Heck, we might run into other members in places other than Whitney!

But if we're going to do something attached to the trekking poles or ice axes, might I recommend something a tad bit more manly? Like maybe set of these bad boys, one on each pole?





Edited by GandC (05/07/11 07:33 AM)
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#13786 - 05/07/11 09:07 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: GandC]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2192
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
This supplier is a client of mine.

Preprinted with "Whitney Zone.com" along the length?

With "No Whining" logos, too.
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#13792 - 05/07/11 12:47 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: wagga]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1499
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Ok Wagga! Product placement at the Whitney Zone!

Tell ya what: I'll order a roll or two of the green flagging tape, and any WZ Poster/WHA member who can't find it locally and sends me a SASE will get as much as I can reasonably fit by return mail. PM me for address.

If its really available printed, would your client consider a tax deductible donation of a few rolls? What the hey, they could include their own (modestly displayed) logo as well.
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#13799 - 05/07/11 01:51 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: saltydog]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2192
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
I'll talk to Michelle on Monday.
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#13815 - 05/07/11 06:00 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: wagga]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7131
Loc: Fresno, CA
I like that green shown on wagga's client's site.

I am curious what she'd charge to print a few rolls with "WhitneyZone.com"

Wagga, how small a font can be used on the tape? We could add come fine print, pass out lengths to interested parties.

Regardless, I'll carry whatever folks decide on. cool

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#13862 - 05/09/11 12:00 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: Steve C]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 277
Loc: Orange County, CA
How about toilet paper trailing from the shoe? Or if you really want something green streaming from the pole, open and shred an unused wag bag and let it fly in the wind.

Jokes aside, I think it is a great idea. I would love to meet up with you folks on the trail.


Brent N

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#13864 - 05/09/11 12:32 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: Brent N]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 552
Loc: Murrieta, CA
At the beginning of the Wild Wild West marathon, I looked over at wazzu and said, "wow, I thought there would be more people from the Whitney board on this run". A split second later a woman said, "you guys are on the board....so am I". It was Cecelia from the WPSMB and we talked a bunch about when she and her husband were lost on Mt Whitney. I also couldn't find one member, Darrell, who wrote and said he would be there. He did show up, I just didn't see him.

Hey, maybe Steve should spend a few hundred dollars on special t-shirts!!! (just kidding Steve)
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#13866 - 05/09/11 03:33 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: saltydog]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 785
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
The flag:

Four quadrants (just like a map).

Forest green: go figure!
White: Snow
Blue: water and sky
Grey: Mountains

In the middle connect "fire"...the passion of what brings all of us together and what we respect.

Motto: We go, we do, and go and do again.




Hey, it's the best I could come up with.

Now, where would those portal fries go?
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#13995 - 05/13/11 07:40 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: saltydog]
dezertrat Offline


Registered: 05/13/11
Posts: 1
Loc: arizona
I'm down for havin a little marking as to who is on the forum, even the tassels from a kids bike ha ha
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#13997 - 05/13/11 07:47 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: wagga]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7131
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: wagga
I'll talk to Michelle on Monday.

Did Michelle give you any info?

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#13999 - 05/13/11 08:31 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: Steve C]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2192
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
I'm waiting for a callback.
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#14004 - 05/13/11 09:45 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: saltydog]
tyrus Offline


Registered: 03/10/11
Posts: 16
Loc: Bluegrass Commonwealth
It's a great idea! I'll have my lime green tassels blowing in the wind the end of June.
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#14021 - 05/13/11 07:44 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: saltydog]
John P. Offline


Registered: 03/19/10
Posts: 52
Loc: Palmdale
I've often wondered how many members of this forum (and the WPSMB) I've crossed paths with in the Sierras and didn't know it. My humble suggestion is STICKERS!! They are cheap and plentiful. You can stick them on your ride. You can put them on your helmet or trekking poles or bear canister or whatever. I'm sure someone can make designs and we can vote for which ones we like best. The San Gabriel Mountains Discussion Forum has done this and IMO it's a really cool idea.
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#14022 - 05/13/11 08:01 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: John P.]
GandC Offline


Registered: 03/21/11
Posts: 244
Loc: SoCal
Agreed on the stickers idea. I'd be in on some of that action for sure. Especially with a cool design like some of the stuff that they did over there.
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#14024 - 05/13/11 10:41 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: John P.]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7131
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: John P.
The San Gabriel Mountains Discussion Forum has done this and IMO it's a really cool idea.

Interesting... By the way, what is the meaning of "Eispiraten"?

I'm sure a sticker with Mt. Whitney's silhouette would be quickly recognizable.

Here are a couple that turned up in a search:
Cafe Press:

US 395 Store:


I still like the idea of the green surveyor tape. Stickers can be placed various places, but a little tape hanging off a pole or pack strap would be more recognizable on a hiker. I'm waiting for wagga's contact to reply.

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#14034 - 05/14/11 09:50 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: saltydog]
Ken Offline


Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 742
Loc: Los Angeles

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#14039 - 05/14/11 02:03 PM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: Ken]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 277
Loc: Orange County, CA
A sticker would be cool on my bear canister, but it won't identify us to each other as we pass each other on the trail. Green flying tape on my pack or treking pole ought to do the trick though. Again, I like the sticker idea, but for a different purpose.

Brent N

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#14059 - 05/15/11 09:27 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: Brent N]
quillansculpture Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 552
Loc: Murrieta, CA
How come I thought of wagga when I saw this? He and I possibly share the same sense of humor.
We could do a variation of this sticker :-)

Sticker Idea
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#14086 - 05/16/11 05:36 AM Re: Let Our Freak Flag Fly [Re: quillansculpture]
jlafevers Offline


Registered: 04/08/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Toccoa Falls, GA
I know I am just a newbie...but the green ribbon sounds like a great idea. I certainly would be encouraged to meet other WhitneyZone.com members on the trail.

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