Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dedicated Mountains from this past Winter

This is a list of the 4,000 foot mountains Atticus and I climbed this past winter that were decidicated to individuals who are fighting cancer, have beaten it, or have died from it. There are a few other mountains that were dedicated but they were not climbed yet. Even though winter is over, once those mountains are climbed they will be added to this list.

Friends, family members, and loved ones could dedicate a mountain to someone for $50. The donation went to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In a few instances, mountains that were not claimbed were dedicated to individuals I know or knew or know of.
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Washington 6,288 ft: Dedicated to Laura Williamson. Given by Ann and Ken Stampfer. Hiked on February 28, 2007.

Adams 5,774 ft: In memory of Evelyn Cates. Given by her friend, George Woundy. Hiked on February 26, 2007.

Jefferson 5,712 ft: In memory of Richard Wall, a wonderful man who died from complications after surgery for lung cancer several years ago. Given by his granddaughter, Amy DeMelia.

Monroe 5,384 ft: “In memory of my father, Albert Locy, who died in 1960.” Given by Doug Locy. Hiked on February 28, 2007.

Madison 5,367 ft: “In memory of June’s mom, Valerie ‘Vi’ Rogier, who died of cancer.” Given by John and June (J & J).

Lafayette 5,260 ft: “In memory of my mom.” Given by Debra Torris. Hiked on February 26, 2007.

Lincoln 5,089 ft: In memory of Vicki Pearson. Given by her friend, Esther Sayer. Hiked on February 26, 2007.

South Twin 4,902 ft: Dedicated to Lisa Manley. Given by her twin sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and John Morris. Hiked on January 24, 2007.

Carter Dome 4,832 ft: Dedicated to Margaret Forney, cancer survivor, and her husband, Merle, her support. Given by their daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Bruce Menin. Hiked on January 7, 2007.

Moosilauke 4,802 ft: In memory of Warren Taylor Brierly (1909-1982). Given by his granddaughter, Susan Elizabeth Gordon. Hiked on January 19, 2007.

Eisenhower 4,780 ft: In memory of Charles Read, who died of pancreatic cancer on January 9, 1987. Given by Peter and Lynda Alford. Hiked on February 28, 2007.

North Twin 4,761 ft: Dedicated to Florence Buckowski who has been battling stomach cancer for two years. Given by the Wolfe family. Hiked on January 24, 2007.

Carrigain 4,700 ft: In memory of Barrie Briggs who died on November 15, 2006. Given by her friend, Mary Eaton. Hiked on December 22, 2006.

Bond 4,698 ft: Dedicated to Richard Jones who is fighting cancer. Given by Gert Jones. Hiked on December 30, 2006.

Middle Carter 4,610 ft: Dedicated to Christine Vallerand, a cancer survivor who lost her beloved sister and father to cancer. Hiked on January 7, 2007.

West Bond 4,540 ft: In memory of Jamie Valente Richard. Given by her friend, Joyce Coady. Hiked on December 30, 2006.

Liberty 4,459 ft: In memory of Thelma Dodge. Given by her sister-in-law, Linda Miller. Hiked on February 22, 2007.

South Carter 4,430 ft: In memory of Billy Lemmler who died too young to see the mountains. Hiked on January 7, 2007.

Wildcat 4,422 ft: Dedicated to Ray Dodge who was diagnosed five years ago. Given by his wife, Linda Miller. Hiked on January 7, 2007.

North Hancock 4,420 ft: In memory of Charlie Stramielo who died of AIDS. Given by Bruce Menin. Hiked on January 3, 2007.

South Kinsman 4,358 ft: In memory of Lucy Grogan. Given by Terry Berns and Tom Jones. Hiked on December 25, 2006.

Osceola 4,340 ft: “In memory of my mother who passed away this summer from cancer.” Given by her daughter Kathy Miller and her son-in-law, bob Brustlin. Hiked on January 4, 2007.

Flume 4,328 ft: In memory of Ellen Ring-Dushane. Given by her cousin, Terry Berns. Hiked on February 22, 2007.

Pierce 4,310 ft: In memory of “my Dad, Justin Little.” Given by his daughter, Nancy Streeter. Hiked on February 28, 2007.

North Kinsman 4,293 ft: In memory of Isabella DeBethancourt. Given by Tom Jones and Terry Berns. Hiked on December 25, 2006.

Willey 4,285 ft: “In memory of our friend Linda Parker, who died of kidney cancer after a long, brave battle.” Given by Nancy and Dezi Ryan. Hiked on December 28, 2006.

Bondcliff 4,265 ft: “In memory of Mary Lou Vallerand Powers. Given by her sister, Christine Vallerand. Hiked on December 30, 2006.

North Tripyramid 4,180 ft: Dedicated to Lisa Manley. Given by Nancy and Kim at Natural High Fitness. Hiked on January 16, 2007.

East Osceola 4,156 ft: Dedicated to Laura Lippert, a cancer survivor. Given by her father, David McFarlane. Hiked on January 4, 2007.

Middle Tripyramid 4,140 ft: Dedicated to Ray Clarkson who is currently battling esophageal cancer. Given by his friends, Steve and Lori Wisiwell. Hiked on January 16, 2007.

Cannon 4,100 ft: Dedicated to Jon Giacalone who was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago. Given by the Breeden family. Hiked on December 21, 2006.

Jackson 4,052 ft: In memory of Irma Smith who passed away from cancer in 1997. Given by her son, Steve Smith. Hiked on January 20, 2007.

Tom 4,051 ft: Dedicated by Katie Kozin. Hiked on December 28, 2006.

Moriah 4,049 ft: Dedicated to Lillian Berns who was diagnosed four years ago. Given by her daughter, Terry Berns. Hiked on February 11, 2007.

Passaconaway 4,042 ft: “In memory of our daughter Brittany Dahms who passed away January 3, 2006 after a courageous two year battle with AML Leukemia.” Given by her parents, David and Robin and the No Trail Mountain Club.

Owl’s Head 4,025 ft: In memory of Peggy Zampell. Given by her daughter, Susan Zampell. Hiked on January 27, 2007.

Galehead 4,023 ft: “For our dear friend and co-worker, Larry Knight. Believe and conquer.” Given by his Fitness Factory friends. Hiked on January 27, 2007.

Whiteface 4,020 ft: Dedicated to Fanny and Daniel Streeter by their daughter-in-law, Nancy Streeter. Hiked on January 11, 2007.

Waumbek 4,006 ft: In memory of Dexter Guyette (1952-2006). Given by Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper. Hiked on December 24, 2006.

Isolation 4,003 ft: In memory of Monk Jones, who died from Leukemia when he was eight years old. Given by his sister, Parkie Jones. Hiked on February 4, 2007.

Tecumseh 4,003 ft: In memory of Leonora Daniels Klein who died of breast cancer in 1988. Given by her daughter, Hailey Klein. Hiked on December 24, 2006.

Lafayette 5,260 ft: In memory of Priscilla Caron who died of pancreatic cancer in 1976. Given by her son, Ray Caron. Hiked on March 13, 2007.
Lincoln 5,089 ft: "Dedicated to to my most courageous friend, Doug Peirce, who is currently fighting cancer." Given by Hailey Klein. Hiked on March 13, 2007.

Garfield 4,700 ft: “This is for my cousin, Debbie Douglas, of Florida who is fighting breast cancer and who lost her sister to it six years ago.” Given by Louise Connors. Hiked on February 13, 2007.

Flume 4,328 ft: Dedicated to Larry Johnson of WEEI who is fighting cancer. Hiked on March 13, 2007.

Willey 4,285 ft: “In memory of our brave and loving house rabbit, Willie, who died at the amazing age (for a rabbit) of 14 of testicular cancer.” Given by Nancy & Dezi Ryan. Hiked on February 10, 2007.

Bondcliff 4,265 ft: “In memory of my mom, Shirley Hawley, who died of cancer in 1967.” Given by Andy Hawley. Hiked on March 12, 2007.

Whiteface 4,020 ft: “In memory of Tom’s dad, Louis M. Lyons, with happy memories of climbs together on this mountain many years ago.” Given by Tom and Eleanor Lyons. Hiked on February 1, 2007.

Waumbek 4,006 ft: “In memory of Dagmar Doeleman of Alphen aan den rijn, Holland.” Given by Tomas, Laurel and Maia. Hiked on March 10, 2007.

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