Adventurers Club has two levels of awards; Flags and Certificates.
you are a member of the club and wish to be considered for a flag or
certifcate please contact Peter M. Suttle, flag committe chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org
you look about our curious Club...
particularly as you gaze towards the ceiling... you will
see several hundred embroidered flags with the Club emblem and the names
of Members; they all have a story to tell. If one of our members proposes
an interesting and dangerous or very different sort of trip, he or she
may apply to the Flag Committee, providing the committee members with
a synopsis of the proposed trip. If the plan meets with our stringent
standards of travel, adventure, uniqueness and daring-do, then the committee
will order that two flags be made. When the member departs on
the trip, the flags will accompany him or her. When - and if! - he or
she returns, one of the flags will be presented back to the Club President,
usually at a special dinner upon the Long Table (known as "Flag
Dinners"), during the course of which the tales of the adventure
will be recounted to the membership. The returned flag will proudly
join its brothers and sisters, to hang in the rafters as a memorial
to the Adventure. The second flag is retained by the Member, to
do with as he or she pleases.
Ackely a great naturalist and explorer, chose to have his flag buried
with him on Mt. Mikeno, in Zaire.
Amundson and Ernest Shackelton have taken their flags to both
poles; Admiral Richard E. Byrd, U.S.N., took his to the South Pole,
when he established the research station known as "Little America".
it comes to travel by water, Ben Willis flew his flag for 12,000
miles on the longest solo raft trip ever made; Francis
carried our Flag on both of his Atlantic crossings... in a dugout canoe.
And, Thor Heyerdahl, of "Kon Tiki" fame, has had flags to
go with him on various voyages of his. Our Flag has been taken
about as high as it can be carried by foot, to the top of Mt. Everest
(29,081 feet above sea level), not once, but twice! The first time was
by Sir Edmund Hillary the first person to reach the summit of Everest,
and the second time by Stacy Allison, the first American woman to conquer
it. Actualy, there are 3 Everest flags. The last one awarded to Al Hanna
of Chicago, aged 70, who on his 3rd attempt came within 300 feet of
the summit. Al has summited the 6 of the 7 summits and if he is successful
this year in 2002, will be the oldest person to reach the peak of the
World?s highest mountain.
more recent Flags have gone to Bill Orthwein (who flew accross the
Caribbean in an "Ultralight" aircraft - really a kite with
a lawnmower engine to propel it) and to Peter Boczar (who spent
2 weeks hacking through the jungles of French Guyana, in search of a
crashed WWII army Air Force plane that claimed the life of of one of
some of the older flags seem to have redundant themes ("Safari
to...."), in those days it was difficult to get from here to there
and to hunt. But now, "just another safari" is about
as likely to rate a Flag as would a trip on a luxury cruise ship!
design of the Flag incorporates our "A" and the "Globe"
emblem that was reported to have been designed by Baron Guido
Von Horvath at the original organizational meeting of the club,
in 1911. A slight variation of this emblem is now used on other
Club paraphernalia, thus reserving the originally emblem for the most
important feature of the club. covery.
people seem to think that our Flags are not flags at all, but rather
"standards" or "pennants". To set the record straight,
my copy of The Random House Dictionary of the English Language
defines a flag as "a piece of cloth, varying in size, shape,
color and design, usually attached at one edge to a staff or cord, and
used as the symbol of a nation, state or organization, as means of signaling,
etc.; ensign; standard; banner; pennant." So they are true
flags; since they are usually attached to a bar across the top, they
could be said to fall into the subspecies vexilloid, in the arcane terminology
of flag lore.
receive a flag at The Adventurers Club and have it placed on our rafters
placing you among the elite adventurers in the world is one of the highest
honors one can achieve for an adventurous activity. But what about
those great achievements that do not qualify for a flag? For example,
5,000 people climb Mt. Rainier every year of the 10,000 or so who attempt
it. Is it an easy climb? Absolutely not! Does it qualify
for a flag? The answer would be no. However, climbing this mountain
is a significant achievement and for this reason, in 2000 the club started
issuing certificates of meritorious achievement. Once earned, the certificates
are placed in a book at the club for all to see. The adventurer
who earns the certificate also receives a copy for personal use. The
process for qualifying for a certificate is the same. One must present
the idea to the Flag committee.