Arizona Club to Sprinkle Ashes on 315 Mountains Around Tucson

Arizona Club to Sprinkle Ashes on 315 Mountains Around Tucson

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 9th, 2005, 8:33 am #1


Arizona Central reports Charlie Whitmore asked his climbing buddy Richard Kane to sprinkle his ashes on the 315 mountain peaks around Tucson.

Climbing the peaks, all within a 75-mile radius of Tucson, is considered a milestone for members of the Southern Arizona Hiking Club, which Whitmore had served as club statistician. Kane is the club’s trail keeper, in charge of volunteer efforts to maintain trails.

Kane enlisted other members of the club, many of them friends of Whitmore, to haul tiny portions of his ashes up mountains ranging from Rincon Peak near Tucson to rugged summits in the Baboquivari Mountains southwest of the city.

Susan Whitmore acquired scores of small prescription-pill bottles as containers for the ashes. Peak-bound hikers carry the bottles and scatter a pinch of ashes unobtrusively on the summits they reach.
Kane said the ashes won’t be noticeable to other hikers visiting the mountaintops.

“It’s a very small amount, and they’ll blow away anyway,” he said.
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:12 am

November 29th, 2005, 2:55 pm #2

While it appears to be perfectly acceptable to spread the ashes of the dead atop mountain peaks, it is not acceptable to spread such ashes on a professional football field during an NFL game, as you can see below (<a href=http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/sports ... .htm>click here for the source</a>):

PHILADELPHIA - An Arizona man identified by police as Christopher Noteboom, 44, of Tempe, was arrested after charging onto <a href=http://www.lincolnfinancialfield.com/home.jsp>Lincoln Financial Field</a> with a bag of ashes during <a href=http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/gamed ... 8>Sunday's Eagles game</a>.

As Noteboom ran across the field about 6:10 p.m., chased by authorities, the ashes formed a grayish cloud.

The ashes were his mother's remains, police said. She was a dedicated Eagles fan, even after the family moved to Arizona, Noteboom told police.

After releasing the ashes, Noteboom made the sign of the cross and dropped to the ground, face down. He was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor trespassing, police said. He was released and is scheduled to appear before a judge two days after Christmas, authorities said.

Inspector William Colarulo said Noteboom's mother was from Doylestown and died earlier this year.

"I think he used extremely poor judgment and, as a result, he will be prosecuted for it," Colarulo said.

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