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Title: Hunter memorials
Post by: woodman on August 14, 2012, 09:59:12 PM
Do any of you have family or friend memorials in the mountains?

This last weekend a group of us hiked a few miles up off of the roads and onto a high peak in the Cascades. We do this each year to visit a family member that passed a few years ago. It is this time of the year each time we go and it gets pretty darn hot and sweaty by the time we get to the top. The person that we visit is my cousin Mike. This is a hike that takes effort to get to, but is worth the work to get there.

Mike was a great hunter and a man's man. He was a very strong athletic person and someone that you really wanted at your side if there was trouble. He was a good man, but took crap from no one. Cancer took him down an awful road and eventually took his life.

When he passed, a group of us took his ashes very high into the mountains and scattered some of his ashes in one of his favorite hunting spots. We also took equipment with us and bored a hole into a rock that he used to hunt from for many years. In this hole we put a capsule with ashes from him in it. We also put his favorite hunting hat in there. We put some of his bullets in there and his favorite brand of beer in there, I do believe that we made sure it was empty first. We had a custom bronze plaque made to cover the hole up with and sealed it very well.

This memorial is in a place that I think maybe one person in a hundred years would stumble onto it. It is beautiful country there with a view for many miles overlooking a giant canyon where some beautiful animals live.

I have stumbled onto a couple of memorial spots over the years, but I am curious if many people do this.

I am including pictures of us working on the rock and what we put into it. Also a view from up there
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: jyerxa on August 14, 2012, 10:11:38 PM
That is really nice guys.  :tup:

I've seen something like that before and never considered it was a memorial like what you tell. I was at first like............... whats that doing here. I could only reason out that some hunter died in that spot. Heart attack or something. Thanks.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: Angus on August 14, 2012, 10:20:10 PM
 :tup:

Back in '91 a cousin of mine took his own life while on a hunting trip near Tamarack Springs in the Manastash, his dad, brother and sister spread his ashes near the site where it happened. I've only been over there once since it happened, been meaning to get back again, just haven't.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: ghosthunter on August 14, 2012, 10:40:51 PM
Yes I have come across many of them around the state.
Buttermilk Ridge
NF above Addy
Bridge creek near Twisp.
To name a few.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: BOWHUNTER45 on August 14, 2012, 10:42:10 PM
Thats super sweet ....  :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: ghosthunter on August 14, 2012, 10:45:06 PM
You guys are good hunting buddies.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: Fishaholic on August 14, 2012, 11:54:48 PM
burlap pass up past the camletree grove past donkey creek
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: Cougar125 on August 15, 2012, 07:05:23 AM
You guys are good hunting buddies.
:yeah: :yeah: :yeah:
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Post by: buckhorn2 on August 15, 2012, 07:13:44 AM
Real Friends never forget.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: jrebel on August 15, 2012, 07:14:12 AM
That is awsome.  I would truely be honored if my family and or hunting buddies spread my ashes in what I call "Gods Country."  Looks like your cousin Mike has one of the most beautiful resting places a man could have.  Strong Work. :tup:
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: turkeyfeather on August 15, 2012, 07:19:35 AM
We would all be very lucky to have buddies (hunting or not) that would do something like that to forever honor our passion for the outdoors.  :tup:
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: grundy53 on August 15, 2012, 07:28:28 AM
I came across one on little peacock, near Conconully.
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Post by: BigFoot02 on August 15, 2012, 07:48:47 AM
That is awesome!
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Post by: duck1187 on August 15, 2012, 09:30:35 AM
Theres one in elk heights that some  pos destroyed.it made me sick to see it :bash:
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: ELKBURGER on August 15, 2012, 10:08:21 AM
There is one near bare mountain. A bronze plaque with the name Jaime on it, overlooking some of the souixon creek drainage.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: CoryTDF on August 15, 2012, 10:08:28 AM
We made one in Montana for a friend of mines grandpa. Hiked a big pole and two bags of concrete up on the top of a ridge and made a flage pole put an american flag on it with a plaque at the base. Go back and change the flag every year.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: Glockster on August 15, 2012, 11:34:59 AM
We laid my father's ashes to rest on Bethel Ridge about a mile straight up from his favorite elk camp. 

I covered it with his favorite hunting blanket and left the antlers of the first deer i ever shot on top of it.  This is located well off the beaten track in a place he can see the sunrise every day and not too far from where I killed my first buck. 

We laid him to rest there in spring of 2002 and I try to make it back at least once a year.  The blanket is still there under the big sage.  I always takes me a few minutes to find the exact spot, but once i do it knocks me to my knees.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: PlateauNDN on August 15, 2012, 11:52:46 AM
I would love to have something like this done.  I finally took a picture of one I had came across before to show my wife because she didn't believe me.  Devils Table, Bethel Unit.

Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: NRA4LIFE on August 15, 2012, 11:55:38 AM
There's 2 memorials side by side in the Umtanum overlooking a huge area of the Cascades.   Very nicely done posts/plaques to 2 old hunters.  I've always wanted to know the story. 

My buddy and I spread the ashes of his old friend and hunting partner a few years back up on Clemens.  I had never done that before, very touching.

Good on you for honoring a long time friend and hunting partner.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: cedarriver on August 15, 2012, 01:11:33 PM
Very cool!! That's what family is about, and we are all one big family.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: Glockster on August 15, 2012, 01:16:04 PM
Plat,  I have seen that same memorial on the DT....very touching.  I hope someone can tell us the story on that one.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: PlateauNDN on August 15, 2012, 01:20:13 PM
Plat,  I have seen that same memorial on the DT....very touching.  I hope someone can tell us the story on that one.

the 1st time I came across it I was peering across the canyon and almost stepped on it.  I thought the same thing, if somebody knew the story or at least recognized the family? 
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: Eli346 on August 15, 2012, 05:26:28 PM
 I've found one in Winston Creek, one in Wynoochee, and a plaque in Satsop dedicated to a girl that was murdered there and also the detective who finally solved the case was added to the plaque post mortem.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: BNAElkhntr on August 15, 2012, 05:40:57 PM
I would love to have something like this done.  I finally took a picture of one I had came across before to show my wife because she didn't believe me.  Devils Table, Bethel Unit.
I've made it Known I Want a Plaque like the one on DT a little closer to Carmack Spent a lot of years already there
can't think a better final spot :'(
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: SniperDanWA on August 15, 2012, 10:30:26 PM
There is one up near Buck Meadows in the campground.  I can't recall the guys name, but I like to see them as it shows respect and admiration for friends.
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: krism83 on June 26, 2013, 07:08:02 AM
There is one up near Buck Meadows in the campground.  I can't recall the guys name, but I like to see them as it shows respect and admiration for friends.

Is this the one up by riders camp? It's a little headstone on a concrete slab all fenced off from the rest of the area just off the side of the road looking out into the meadow?
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: KillBilly on June 29, 2013, 08:02:31 PM
(http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll238/Hannibal47/Memorial_zps1b81c6eb.png)
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: woodman on September 02, 2013, 07:32:17 PM
Hey Mike, You are not forgotten!

Today we made our hike back up to a family member's memorial in the mountains. Pretty much the same description for the day  as I wrote on page one of this thread. Long hike, hot and sweaty, darn well worth the effort. We had others with us, but I wanted to keep this simple and consistant. Always rewarding at the top with the view. Feels good to spend time with family to remember ones that have past on.


We miss you Mike!
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: logger on September 02, 2013, 07:50:25 PM
Can't believe they left the tire shop!!!
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: MADMAX on September 02, 2013, 07:54:19 PM
saw one done in the Toutle years back
Fred Crow trail boss
very cool
Title: Re: Hunter memorials
Post by: fillthefreezer on November 19, 2013, 11:13:32 AM
there is one for my best friend, its set about 50yds down in the timber, below a spine ridge with a great view. i dont have any pictures of the rock handy but heres a picture of my friend
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