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Stanley Cup Carried to Elbert's Summit

August 23 2001 at 9:31 AM
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Many thanks to John Mitchler for this item.

Today's Rocky Mountain News has a picture of the Stanley being carried up Elbert.

Excerpt:
In the National Hockey League, nearly anything goes with the Stanley Cup on its 24-hour visits with players, coaches and officials from the winning team.
And Mark Waggoner, the Colorado Avalanche's top financial officer, proved it Wednesday when he and a few friends lugged the 34 1/4-inch-tall, 35-pound Stanley Cup to the summit of Mount Elbert, at 14,433 feet the tallest peak in Colorado and the second-highest in the lower 48 states. Mount Whitney in California is 14,494.

"To me the Stanley Cup represents the best -- the championship, the top -- and I just thought it would be a great tribute to the Stanley Cup to carry it to the top of Colorado," said Waggoner, 43.

It was on Aug. 5 that Waggoner, an avid hiker, hatched the idea while on a mountain outing. The vice president of finance for Kroenke Sports Enterprises, which owns the Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets, Waggoner had already made it to the summit of 26 of the 54 Fourteeners in the state.

So he popped the question to the NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame, which has a staff that travels with the glistening trophy, and was a little surprised to get the go-ahead.

He had a custom cup-carrying backpack made, and then he started training for the climb in earnest.


 
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August 23 2001, 9:33 AM 


 
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Denver Post URL; Fox News reported on this story

August 23 2001, 11:02 AM 

This was very interesting. Fox News Channel featured this story in one of their reports this morning. Here is The Denver Post URL, but I think the RMN article is better:

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,84%257E114934,00.html

 
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Stanley's Second Summit Sojourn

August 23 2001, 12:43 PM 

I wonder which member of the Avalanche team will carry it up Mt. Elbert next summer?

 
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Next to carry Stanley

August 25 2001, 11:22 PM 

I believe the name of that next player will be Mike Modano. He is on the best team this year.

 
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ESPN.com article about Stanley Cup's Highpointing adventure

August 23 2001, 4:25 PM 


 
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This is SO Coloradian...

August 28 2001, 7:57 AM 

All I could think of when I read this article was - This is SOOOO Coloradian (is that the word for native of Colorado?). And I have a strong affinity for all things Coloradian

Wonder if we can get that guy to write a trip report for the newsletter, eh? Did it mention anywhere what trail he took? I'd be really impressed if he lugged that cup up the Black Cloud Trail

 
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Bring the Stanley Cup to winning team's highest point every year

August 28 2001, 12:27 PM 

I believe the term for someone from Colorado is Coloradoan. Perhaps we should contact the NHL and have this become an annual event - bringing the Stanley Cup to the highest point of the winning team's home state or province. If this had been done since 1990 this would be some of the places where the Cup could have gone:

Year--------Stanley Cup Champion------High Point
1990--------Edmonton Oilers-------Mount Columbia (AB)
1991, 1992--Pittsburgh Penguins---Mount Davis (PA)
1993--------Montreal Canadiens----Mont D'Iberville (PQ)
1994--------New York Rangers------Mount Marcy (NY)
1995, 2000--New Jersey Devils-----High Point (NJ)
1996--------Colorado Avalanche----Mount Elbert (CO)
1997, 1998--Detroit Red Wings-----Mount Arvon (MI)
1999--------Dallas Stars----------Guadalupe Peak (TX)

Perhaps if Wayne Gretzky can perform the same magic in the Phoenix Coyotes front office that he did on the ice as a player, then we may see the Stanley Cup on top of Humphreys Peak within a few years.

Ken

 
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watch out Stanley Cup

August 28 2001, 3:09 PM 

If the Cup goes up Humphreys Peak (or any other)
it could act as a large lighting rod!
Gretsky may want to scale Camelback Mountain instead.

 
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Stanley Cup

August 28 2001, 3:17 PM 

Wherever the Cup goes, so does at least one of its full-time caretakers. I wonder how excited he was to be told he'd have to follow it up a 14er.

Safe to say we won't be seeing similar stories about someone lugging up the O'Brien Trophy, the World Series Trophy or the Lombardi Trophy up any peaks. The Cup is grand, and big! Arguably the most identifiable trophy of the big four sports.

There was a photo in Sports Illustrated a year ago after the Devils won the Cup. One of the players was shown hoisting it on top of some peak in BC (I believe). However, he was helicoptered to the top. Nice photo op, but not in the spirit of highpointing .

The Montreal Canadiens have won the Cup 23 times (or 24??). Imagine the logistics of taking it to the far north of Quebec to get it atop d'Iberville every few years. Maybe the NHL should adopt a rule that only teams from temperate climates with class-1 highpoints can win the Cup. This gives the Kings a fighting chance, and the Coyotes a whisper.

Lastly, imagine you being atop Elbert, enjoying your latest summit, and up comes some guy carrying the Cup! That would be the coolest of cool! A moment of cognitive dissonance.

 
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Wanna be Coloradoan

August 28 2001, 6:15 PM 

That WOULD be a sight!! Even though I am not up on the hockey scene, I'd still be kind of stunned to see a guy walk up with a trophy that size on his back...

Btw, is hockey affinity a requirement for residency in Colorado?

I'm half way there... I love soccer.... Dont know how I am going to stand going from a town that lives by its baseball team to one that lives by its hockey team... what am I going to do all winter?

 
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There is another option.

August 28 2001, 7:49 PM 

Granted, the Colorado Rockies (as in baseball) have been a collective disappointment but the football season is just around the corner which should prove to be most exciting for the Denver faithful.

 
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Conflict of interest

August 29 2001, 12:48 AM 

From what I hear, there's some conflict of interest between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos.... something about the Broncos kicking the Browns' collective ass back when the Browns were actually the Browns (before Art Modell sold them to Baltimore). But I havent followed football much...

 
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Conflict of interest

August 29 2001, 12:48 AM 

From what I hear, there's some conflict of interest between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos.... something about the Broncos kicking the Browns' collective ass back when the Browns were actually the Browns (before Art Modell sold them to Baltimore). But I havent followed football much...

 
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Hockey affinity not a requirement to live in Colorado

August 29 2001, 11:38 AM 

> Btw, is hockey affinity a requirement for residency in Colorado?

Hockey affinity is not a requirement for residency in Colorado. The Avalanche did not even arrive in Colorado until 1995, when the Quebec Nordiques moved from Quebec to Denver. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in their first season in Denver, and have been a strong contender for the Stanley Cup every year since then. I lived in Colorado from 1993-1999, so I lived in CO during the pre-Av days and saw the Avs first championship parade.

Before the Nordiques moved to Denver and became the Avalanche, Denver had a collection of minor league hockey teams, but most of them did not last very long. Denver also had a previous NHL team called the Colorado Rockies (the same name as the current MLB team), which was an NHL expansion team that began in Kansas City in 1974 as the Kansas City Scouts but lasted only two years in that western Missouri city before moving to Denver in 1976. However, the hockey Rockies, unlike the Avs, were a horrible team, making the playoffs during only one season (at a time when nearly every team in the NHL made the playoffs) and lasting in Denver for only six years before moving to East Rutherford, NJ in 1982 and becoming the NJ Devils. The Devils, after lean years during the 1980's, have become one of the strongest NHL franchises in the 90's and 00's, winning the Cup in both 1995 and 2000.

Thus, this year's Stanley Cup Championship series was an exciting seven-game affair that featured the current Colorado NHL team (Avalanche) versus the former Colorado NHL team (Devils).

Ken Akerman
Highpointer and NHL correspondent, Tempe AZ

 
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Inanimate Objects HPing

August 28 2001, 6:19 PM 

That's a cool idea. My husband and I always used to talk about getting some sort of alien or stuffed animal or something and leaving it on a highpoint for the next highpointer to take down and take to the next highpoint. We thought that'd be pretty cool - make an object travel between highpointers to other highpoints... I dont know - goofy idea, I know. But then, we were goofy peopel.

 
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"Incrediball"

August 29 2001, 1:07 PM 

My first big peak ever was Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range overlooking Death Valley, in 1991. My hiking partner and I carried our baseball mitts and a cloth faux-baseball called "Incrediball" up to the summit. When we reached the summit, we had about 30 feet to spread out and play catch.

This proved to be an interesting experience: we were so cognizant of the rocks and drop-offs that we "thought too much" about our throws. Instead of throwing completely natural like we'd done for years before, our throws were labored and usually off-target. After about a half-dozen throws, one went high and over the edge.

Baseball fans may refer to Chuck Knoblauch of the Yankees, and his sudden inability to throw properly. They call it the "yips". Golfers have the same problem. The act should be subconscious; when it's not, it becomes difficult. Steve Sax of the Dodgers and Yanks also had this problem. In L.A., the joke was that Sax had a great arm- just ask the fans behind the first-base dugout!

On a similar vein, I saw a guy driving golf balls from Elbert's summit when I made the top in 1995. Couldn't say what the hikers below thought about that.

 
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BACK TO DAVIS

August 29 2001, 9:07 PM 

The CUP will live on Mt. Davis for years to come thanks to Super Mario.

 
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Agree

August 30 2001, 12:29 PM 

I agree that there is a strong possibility that Stanley's prize may find its way to Mt. Davis, but it won't be the Pittsburgh Penguins that put it there. Look East, my son.

 
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Curse

August 31 2001, 1:53 PM 

The Red Sox traded Ruth and they havent won a World Series since. I have a feeling that the Curse of the Eric will haunt my "friends" to the east for decades to come.

Anyway, Mt. Davis is alot closer to Pittsburgh than it is to that city right next to New Jersery.

 
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Ice Surface

August 31 2001, 1:54 PM 

I hope the guys who put the ice down for the Flyers are not the same guys who do the truf at the Vet.

 
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Whats ice hockey?

August 28 2001, 3:21 PM 

Ice is something I put in my freshly brewed, REAL lemon tanged,full o sugar Lipton iced tea. You can play a sport on it?

 
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Odes to Ice

August 28 2001, 6:16 PM 

Ice is something I find myself skiing upon against my will out East... you mean people deliberately do slide around on it??

 
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Ice Hockey

August 29 2001, 7:13 PM 

It is World Wrestling Federation with clubs for the players and beer for the fans. It is usually performed on hard services in order to shorten the athletic careers of the participants.

 
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Ice is...

November 9 2001, 2:46 PM 

Ice is what God put on high mountains to protect the tips of our crampons from getting bent.

 
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HighPointers Club Flag?

August 29 2001, 4:28 PM 

Does The High Pointers Club have a flag? And has it been to the top of all the Highpoints? If not a flag, them some Item needs to make it to the top of each.

 
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My recollections

August 29 2001, 5:15 PM 

I recall that Jeff Wagener (13th completer) pulled out a highpointers flag when we summitted Granite Peak (his 49th, my fifth) in June 1990. At the time I didn't know what it was, but it had a logo that looked similar to the highpointers club logo. He said that he had carried the banner to each highpoint and planned to carry it to Mauna Kea the next week to finish the 50.

 
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Museum Relics

August 30 2001, 10:59 AM 

I believe there have been 7 Club pennants that have flown all 50 and are retired. They are supposed to be placed in the museum. It's been in the newsletter but I can't remember which issue.

 
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Custom Case to Carry Cup to Crest - Mountainsmith

September 8 2001, 12:58 PM 

As a follow up to the story of stanley's summit sojourn, the Golden Transcript (9.5.01 page 20) has an article about Mountainsmith.

They are the manufacturers (based in Golden, Colo.) who make backpacks and duffels. They custom designed a pack to carry the cup up Elbert.

Two photos: backpack construction and Mountainsmith employees with the Stanley Cup.

 
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great photo of Cup on Elbert

October 9 2001, 12:05 AM 

Rocky Mountain News, 10.3.01, page 1H (cover of special hockey season preview season):

Good photo of Stanley Cup on summit of Colorado highpoint

 
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Now it's time to carry World Series Trophy to summit of Humphreys Peak

November 5 2001, 3:01 PM 

I'll contact Jerry Colangelo this week to make arrangements to lead this upcoming hike. All Arizona Highpointers are welcome to join me.

 
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I'll buy the gas.

November 5 2001, 3:44 PM 

If they let you (or me or anyone) have the trophy for a day, I'll be the brother of a parent of a monkey.

Awesome game! Better yet, let's hike it up all New York state's county highpoints instead. Here's yer Aura and Mystique here, pal.


 
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trophies to highpoints; a new tradition

November 5 2001, 4:01 PM 

Will you inivte the Yankees, seeing how they loaned it to the Diamondbacks for a year?



Actually, I was pulling for the Dbacks, and was happy to see such a close exciting series with such interesting personalities.

 
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Sounds Good to me!!

November 5 2001, 4:50 PM 

I'm all for it!!! Go D-Backs!!

 
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You Should Make That Into A Serious Proposal

November 5 2001, 5:09 PM 

Ken, you should make that proposal for real. Things are done differently in the mountains and it would be a wonderful tradition. Go for it!

 
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World Series trophy damaged in Wednesday's victory parade

November 9 2001, 11:12 AM 

I am thinking about this, but a major drawback to this proposal is that the World Series trophy is a bit fragile. It was damaged during Wednesday's victory parade when it was wacked by a low-hanging tree while riding on top of the lead fire truck carrying Jerry Colangelo, Rich Dozer, and Bob Brenley. "The tree branch knocked three of the tall, skinny flagpoles loose from the base, and separated three flags that had been soldered together", according to the article in today's Arizona Republic.

The design of the trophy, with a circle of tall, skinny flags representing each team in baseball, is not conducive to being carried around. The Stanley Cup is more conducive to being carried around, which is why the Cup is the most revered of all the sports championship trophys.

I would like to see MLB design and introduce a trophy that is less fragile and more conducive for being used in celebretory activities, like the Stanley Cup. The current World Series trophy was introduced in 1967. I wonder what the trophy looked like before then?

Ken

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/1109ruelas09.html

P.S. If teams are contracted out of existence next season, then will MLB remove some of the flags from the trophy?

 
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Tiffany & Co. designed World Series trophy and Super Bowl trophy

November 9 2001, 11:23 AM 

The Tiffany & Co. web site (http://www.tiffanys.com/html/about/time_1951_1975.asp) shows that the company manufactured and introduced the Super Bowl trophy in 1967, but it does not show a picture of, nor explain that it manufactured the first edition of the current World Series trophy in the same year. It appears that the leaders of this company are not as proud of their World Series trophy design as they are with the Super Bowl trophy design.

Ken

P.S. If the Broncos win another Super Bowl, then I would be happy to help the Coloradoans organize a climb to bring the Super Bowl trophy to the summit of Mount Elbert. I doubt that I will have the opportunity to bring this trophy to the summit of Humphreys Peak at any time in the near future.

 
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I'll volunteer...

November 9 2001, 2:40 PM 

...to be a carrier, or whatever else is needed--carry the Mogollon beer, maybe. I'm not a real baseball fan (to me AZ's victory was merely a justification for the practice of forcing taxpayers to support private business) but I'll take any excuse to hit the high trail again.

 
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Could the Stanley Cup appear at Mount Mitchell during the 2006 Convention?

June 1 2006, 10:28 PM 

With the Stanley Cup Finals now set between the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers, I have decided to root for the Hurricanes to win the Cup. If they do, then we should contact the team and the NHL to arrange to bring the Cup to the summit of Mount Mitchell during the 2006 Convention.

 
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Re: Could the Stanley Cup appear at Mount Mitchell during the 2006 Convention?

June 2 2006, 9:00 PM 

Stanley Cup,................is that like Flat Stanley, the cut out paper drawing with a cup in his hand. (Your kids may know)

 
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Time to make room for the Stanley Cup on top of Mount Mitchell

June 19 2006, 11:46 PM 


 
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Wouldn't it be neat to bring the Stanley Cup to the summit of Mount Whitney?

June 7 2007, 1:13 AM 


 
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