Mountaineers and Lookout Peak Pins
Fire Lookouts of Washington
Everett Mountaineers Lookout Peak Pin
In October 1946, the Everett Mountaineers met at the home of Casey and Lolita Jones with Harold Sievers as Chairman. A new pin award was decided upon and named the "Valley Pounders" (now called the "Lookout Peak" award). It was to be awarded to climbers who climbed any 12 of 15 peaks which were to be determined by a committee. The 1947 annual report is shown below describing the pin:
Peaks Listed in 1947 Annual Report:
Note that Mount Ruth and Lichtenberg Mountain are not on any list today as ever having a lookout of any kind. I find it very hard to believe this was a mistake by the Mountaineers members. It is likely, these two sites should be added to the possible list of lookout sites.
Fire lookout lists are not new and hiking to lookouts has long been popular. The Mountaineers first started their climbing awards with the Snoqualmie 10 during the 1910ís. Lookout peak pins and patches started around the 1940's.
Olympia Branch Lookout Patch
Members earn a patch to wear by hiking, climbing, or scrambling to the summit of twelve of these that are or were Forest Fire Lookout sites.
Olympia Branch Lookout Rocker
After members have obtained the Olympia Lookout Patch, they can obtain the summit of twelve more locations that are or were Forest Fire Lookout sites.
Peaks Listed Today:
12 of the destinations are required for the award.
New additions are:
Hidden Lake Peak
Removed from the original list are:
Mount Ruth (possible never was a lookout)
Lichtenberg Mountain (possible never was a lookout)
Beckler Peak (maybe because it is not on a actual summit)