Jack Ash Project

Jack Longacre’s final wish was to have his ashes scattered on the high points of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Jean Trousdale, a close friend of six years, took the responsibility of making sure it happened. After Jack died of cancer in October 2002, Trousdale spent the next year coordinating a nationwide set of memorial ceremonies for him.

More than 600 people have taken part in scattering Jack, but Trousdale was the only person who had the job of putting Jack’s remains into 51 separate film canisters, which Jack had marked with the names of each state. She didn’t know if it was going to freak her out or not, she says, but a man’s last wish is a man’s last wish, so she sat down with the canisters, a roll of bubble wrap, 51 Ziploc bags, 51 boxes, and a box of ashes that used to be her friend.

I just scooped them out,” Trousdale says. “Just took the little canister, dipped the ashes out and wiped the canister off.” Before he died. Jack had shown her how he wanted her to seal each canister before mailing it. “I’ve dealt with ashes before,” Trousdale says. “They’re just calcium.

[Ed: The above text is paraphrased from pages 19-20 of Brendan Leonard’s thesis “Because it is there“. You can read his full article on the “Jack Ash Project” (pages 19-33) for more information.]

The initial effort was to memorialize Jack’s ashes on all 50 state highpoints and DC. Since then, Jack has been memorialized on all 7 continents. If you are high point traveling abroad and wish to take a bit of Jack Longacre to a mountain top, email Mick Dunn at mickfords@gmail.com stating your proposed destination after which he will consult his tracking spreadsheet.

The following tables show where Jack Longacre’s ashes have been memorialized. Links will show pictures or specific memorial pages.

United States Africa Antarctica
Asia Australasia Europe
North America South America

United States

The following is a list of people responsible for scattering Jack Longacre's ashes on the state highpoints as part of the "Jack Ash Project". Alan Ritter, club member and liason for Taum Sauk, MO, has taken responsibility for maintaining the highpoint arrows shown in this table.

StatePeakDatePeople
AL
Cheaha Mountain [HP]
2003-04-10Gary White and 7 others
The Big Tree [world's largest yellow poplar tree]2003-04-10Gary White, Tim & Andrew Webb, Jean Trousdale
AK
Denali [HP]
2003-07-05[Photo in #62-3q03-p10]
John Mitchler, Mikhail P., Dirk Stephan, Thomas Jahn, Keith Woodhouse, Irais Leon and guides Greg Franson, Matt Schonwald, Keri Meagher, Tyson Bradley
AZ
Humphreys Peak [HP]
2003-06-21Bob Packard and 2 others
Browns Peak2008-09-10
John Mitchler, Kathy Dalsaso and 6 others
AR
Magazine Mountain [HP]
2003-05-25David & Brenda Young and 3 others
CA
Mount Whitney [HP]
2003-09-10[Photo in #63-4q03-p6]
Penelope May, Rick Hartman and 6 others
Goosenest2008-06-08
?
CO
Mount Elbert [HP]
2003-06-22Mary Maurer, George Vandersluis and 3 others
Antero Peak2008-08-28
?
Culebra Peak2008-08-27
?
Mount Lincoln2008-08-29
?
Uncompahgre Peak2008-08-30
?
West Spanish Peak2008-08-26
?
CT
Mount Frissel [HP]
2003-04-26Leon Barkman and 4 others
DE
Ebright Azimuth [HP]
2003-05-11Joe Snoha
FL
Britton Hill [HP]
2003-03-22[Photo in #61-2q03-p7]
Jon Mann and 1 other
GA
Brasstown Bald [HP]
2003-06-29[Photo in #62-3q03-p4]
Craig & Mary Jane Noland and 2 others
HI
Mauna Kea [HP]
2003-05-26David & Debbie Fees
ID
Borah Peak [HP]
2003-08-03Vince Golbeck, Charlie Lutomski, Carol Collins and 8 others
IL
Charles Mound [HP]
2003-08-02[Photo in #62-3q03-p24]
Paul Zumwalt, John Mitchler and ~300 convention attendees
IN
Hoosier High Point [HP]
2003-04-12Nikki Hemphill, Wayne Stitt and 13 others
IA
Hawkeye Point [HP]
2003-08-03Wendy Hecht and 14 others
KS
Mount Sunflower [HP]
2003-03-29Diane & Charlie Winger and 2 others
KY
Black Mountain [HP]
2003-04-26
Aaron & Anna Daniel
LA
Driskill Mountain [HP]
2003-05-22M. Luke, R. Scott and 30 others
2005-09-05
Rick Overholt, Tucker, Craig
ME
Mount Katahdin [HP]
2003-06-14Carl Rosenthal and 2 others
Sugarloaf Mountain2008-07-06
?
MD
Backbone Mountain [HP]
2003-05-10Gene & Lillian Elliott and 24 others
2010-07-06
Jane and Sarah
MA
Mount Greylock [HP]
2003-07-15Peter Anderson and 1 other
MI
Mount Arvon [HP]
2003-04-25[Photo in #61-2q03-p7]
Dennis Whitehead, George Johnson, Jack & Joyce Parsell, Greg Lehman and 6 others
Grove Hill [HP of Osceola County]2003Jean Trousdale, George Johnson, Jack & Joyce Parsell, Greg Lehman, Mark & Gordy Comstock, Larry Baker
MN
Eagle Mountain [HP]
2003-07-29[Photo in #63-4q03-p6]
Jan & Ray Nelson and 10 others
MS
Woodall Mountain [HP]
2003-05-03Fred & David Dale, Tim Webb, Paul Zukas
MO
Taum Sauk Mountain [HP]
2002-11-16
Faith & Paul Light, Paul Zumwalt, Lorrie & Haley Krontz and ~35 others
Jack Longacre Memorial?[various]
MT
Granite Peak [HP]
2003-08-05[Photo in #63-4q03-p6]
Larry Baker, Gordie Comstock, Sjaak van Schle and 1 other
Trapper PeakAug, 2005Mario Locatelli
Triple Divide Peak?Dave & Beckie Covill, Gary White
NE
Panorama Point [HP]
2003-03-23[Photo in #61-2q03-p7]
Dawn Howard, John Mitchler, Tim Worth, Dave Covill, Ernie Mumpower, Ada Morris, Al Capone, Jean Trousdale
NV
Boundary Peak [HP]
2003-09-17Rick Hartman and 8 others
NH
Mount Washington [HP]
2003-06-21Rick Moore and 4 others
NJ
High Point [HP]
2003-04-27Al Welenofsky and 10 others
NM
Wheeler Peak [HP]
2003-07-05Rich Small and 6 others
NY
Mount Marcy [HP]
2003-10-06
Roger Rowlett, Stony Burk, Mario Locatelli
Whiteface Mountain2008-07-01
?
NC
Mount Mitchell [HP]
2003-06-28Sherm Stambaugh and 1 other
ND
White Butte [HP]
2003-07-17[Photo in #63-4q03-p6]
Carol Emlen & family and 6 others
OH
Campbell Hill [HP]
2003-04-12[Photo in #61-2q03-p7]
Mark & Wendy Comstock, Don & Margaret Novak and 17 others
OK
Black Mesa [HP]
2002-12-06Jean Trousdale and 3 others
OR
Mount Hood [HP]
2003-06-22Dave & Beckie Covill and 18 others
PA
Mount Davis [HP]
2003-05-10[Photo in #63-4q03-p6]
Sam & Sue Snyder, Charlie Zerphey and 18 others
RI
Jerimoth Hill [HP]
2003-07-05Chuck Bickes and 4 others
SC
Sassafras Mountain [HP]
2003-03-29[Photo in #61-2q03-p7]
Bob Failing, Jessica Letterman
SD
Black Elk Peak [HP]
2003-06-06David Gwinn and 1 other
TN
Clingmans Dome [HP]
2003-04-13Tim Webb and 8 others
Mount LeConte2003Jean Trousdale, Roger Rowlett, Rick Hartman, Tim Webb, Gary White
TX
Guadalupe Peak [HP]
2003-09-27[Photo in #63-4q03-p6]
Buddy & Tresa Gilchrest, Robbie Rankin and 23 others
UT
Kings Peak [HP]
2003-06-30Don Desrosiers and 6 others
Tangent Peak2008-05-19
?
VT
Mount Mansfield [HP]
2003-06-14Norm & Kip Smith and 3 others
Gore Mountain2008-07-04
?
VA
Mount Rogers [HP]
2003-06-21Jean Sumner and 3 others
WA
Mount Rainier [HP]
2003-09-01Will Mokszycki and 1 other
WV
Spruce Knob [HP]
2003-05-11Jean & Jerry Wagener and 10 others
2010-07-06
Jane and Sarah
WI
Timms Hill [HP]
2003-07-30Jim & Nina Sutton and 5 others
WY
Gannett Peak [HP]
2004-08-08Don Holmes and 4 others
DCFort Reno [HP]2003-04-04[Photo in #62-3q03-p3]
Robert Hyman and 2 others
ASLata Mountain [HP]2005
Gerry Roach, Ron Richardson, Burt Falk
GUMount Lamlam [HP]?John Mitchler?
MPAgrihan [HP]2015-06-02John Mitchler
PRCerro de Punta [HP]2004[Photo in #68-1q05-p11]
Charlie & Diane Winger
VICrown Mountain [HP]?John Mitchler?
Bordeaux Mountain [HP of St John]2005?Ralph & Jenni Blumenthal

Africa

CountryPeakDatePeople
EgyptMount Sinai Trail2005?Rudy Vedovell
TanzaniaKilimanjaro [HP]June, 2003?Penelope May
Dec, 2003[Photo in #64-1q04-p3]
Mario Locatelli

Antarctica

CountryPeakDatePeople
AntarcticaVinson Massif [HP]Dec, 2003Stuart Smith
South Pole2004-12-28Stuart Smith
ArcticNorth PoleApril, 2004Stuart Smith

Asia

CountryPeakDatePeople
ChinaMount Everest [HP]April, 2003Chuck Bickes
2004-05-26David Liano Gonzalez
Great Wall [Ba Da Ling section]2005Al Welenofsky
Lhotse2004-05-21[Photo in #83-4q08-p11]
Stuart Smith
JapanMt Fuji [HP]April, 2003Barbara Gurtler
NepalMount Everest [HP]April, 2003Chuck Bickes
2004-05-26David Liano Gonzalez
Ama Dablam2005Stuart Smith
Lhotse2004-05-21[Photo in #83-4q08-p11]
Stuart Smith
ThailandDoi Inthanon [HP]2004-02-08[Photo in #64-1q04-p3]
Wayne Lowen, Pat & Charles Cooper, Anne Brown, John Erickson, Burl Brown, Stephanie & Jim Sherman
United Arab Emirates[5 of 7 Emirates]?Merle Thomsen

Australasia

CountryPeakDatePeople
AustraliaKosciuszko [HP]2005Allen & Dinah Downs
IndonesiaCarstensz Pyramid [HP]2004Stuart Rudolph
Oct, 2005[Photo in #72-1q06-p8]
Barbara Gurtler, Robert Stein, Andrew Chandler, Karla Wheelock

Europe

CountryPeakDatePeople
AustriaGrossglockner [HP]2003
Gabriel Sitlinger
Schneeberg [HP of Lower Austria Province]2003
Andrea & Samson & Gabriel Sitlinger
Piz Buin [HP of Piz Buin Province]2003Gabriel Sitlinger
Wildspitze2003Gabriel Sitlinger
Grossverediger [HP of Salzburg Province]2003Gabriel Sitlinger
Hoher Dachstein [HP of Upper Austria/Styria Provinces]2003Gabriel Sitlinger
Hermannskogel [HP of Vienna Province]2003Gabriel Sitlinger
Geschreibenstein [HP of Burgenland Province]2003Gabriel Sitlinger
BelgiumSignal de Botrange [HP]2006-03-27Sjaak Van Schie & Lanny Wexler
DenmarkMollehoj [HP]2006-08-12[Photo in #75-4q06-p7]
Greg Weiler, Jean Newcomer, Ethan Galebach
Ejer Bavnehoj2006-08-12Greg Weiler, Jean Newcomer, Ethan Galebach
Yding Skovhoj2006-08-12Greg Weiler, Jean Newcomer, Ethan Galebach
EnglandScafell Pike [HP]July, 2003[Photo in #69-2q05-p32]
Al Welenofsky
Hadrian's Wall [HP of Wall]July, 2003[Photo in #69-2q05-p32]
Al Welenofsky
GermanyZugspitze [HP]2017-01-21James Washburn
GreeceMt Olympus [HP]2005-10-03[Photo in #73-2q06-p11]
Rudy Vedovell
IrelandCarrauntoohil [HP]July, 2003[Photo in #69-2q05-p32]
Al Welenofsky
Croagh PatrickJuly, 2003[Photo in #69-2q05-p32]
Al Welenofsky
Benbaun [Galway County HP]2008-12-24
?
Cappaghkennedy2008-12-23
?
Mount Errigal [Donegal County HP]2008-12-26
?
Lugnaquilla Mountain [Leinster Province HP]2008-12-18
?
Mangerton Mountain2008-12-20
?
LuxembourgBuurgplaatz [HP]2006-03-27[Photo in #73-2q06-p10]
Sjaak Van Schie & Lanny Wexler
NetherlandsVaalserberg [HP]2006-03-27[Photo in #73-2q06-p10]
Sjaak Van Schie & Lanny Wexler
Northern IrelandSlieve Donard [HP]July, 2003[Photo in #69-2q05-p32]
Al Welenofsky
PolandRysy [HP]2003Mick Dunn
RussiaMount Elbrus [HP]July, 2003Stuart Smith
ScotlandBen Nevis [HP]July, 2003[Photo in #69-2q05-p32]
Al Welenofsky
SlovakiaGerlachovsky stit [HP]2003Mick Dunn
WalesSnowdon [HP]July, 2003[Photo in #69-2q05-p32]
Al Welenofsky

North America

CountryPeakDatePeople
Costa RicaVolcan Irazu2005Merle & Dian Thomsen
MexicoSierra Agua de Soda2009-01-23
?
Sierra Agua Verde2009-01-19
?
Sierra las Animas2009-01-21
?
Sierra la Palmita2009-01-18
?
Sierra Salorio2009-01-24
?

South America

CountryPeakDatePeople
ArgentinaAconcagua [HP]2006-01-28Adam Helman, Edward Earl, John Sype, Robert Greene
Ojos del SaladoJan, 2006Bob Packard & Ken Jones
ArubaHooiberg2004Jim & Elaine MacKay, Warner
ChileOjos del Salado [HP]Jan, 2006Bob Packard & Ken Jones
EcuadorVolcan Chimborazo [HP]Dec, 2003Stuart Rudolph