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 Antartica
Asia Australasia Europe
North America South America

United States

The following is a tentative list of persons responsible for scattering Jack Longacre’s ashes on the state highest points 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.

State Peak Date Lead
AL
Cheaha Mountain [HP]
2003-04-10 Gary White
AK
Denali [HP]
2003-05-31 Rick Hartman, John Mitchler
AZ
Humphreys Peak [HP]
2003-06-21 Bob Packard
Browns Peak 2008-09-10 John Mitchler, Kathy Dalsaso, ?
AR
Magazine Mountain [HP]
2003-05-25 David & Brenda Young
CA
Mount Whitney [HP]
2003-09-10 Penelope May, Rick Hartman
Goosenest 2008-06-08 ?
CO
Mount Elbert [HP]
2003-06-22 M. Maurer and G. Vandersluis
Antero Peak 2008-08-28 ?
Culebra Peak 2008-08-27 ?
Mount Lincoln 2008-08-29 ?
Uncompahgre Peak 2008-08-30 ?
West Spanish Peak 2008-08-26 ?
CT
Mount Frissel [HP]
2003-04-26 Leon Barkman
DE
Ebright Azimuth [HP]
2003-05-11 Joe Snoha
FL
Britton Hill [HP]
2003-03-22 Jon Mann
GA
Brasstown Bald [HP]
2003-06-29 Craig & Mary Jane Noland
HI
Mauna Kea [HP]
2003-05-26 David & Debbie Fees
ID
Borah Peak [HP]
2003-08-02 Vince Golbeck and Charlie Lutomski, Carol Collins
IL
Charles Mound [HP]
2003-08-02 Paul Zumwalt, John Mitchler, and 300+ convention attendees
IN
Hoosier High Point [HP]
2003-04-12 Nikki Hemphill and Wayne Stitt
IA
Hawkeye Point [HP]
2003-08-03 Wendy Hecht
KS
Mount Sunflower [HP]
2003-03-22 Diane & Charlie Winger
KY
Black Mountain [HP]
2003-04-26 Aaron & Anna Daniel
LA
Driskill Mountain [HP]
2003-05-22 M. Luke and R. Scott
2003-05-22 Rick Overholt, Tucker, Craig
ME
Mount Katahdin [HP]
2003-06-14 Carl Rosenthal
Sugarloaf Mountain 2008-07-06 ?
MD
Backbone Mountain [HP]
2003-05-10 Gene & Lillian Elliott
2010-07-06 Jane and Sarah
MA
Mount Greylock [HP]
2003-05-24 Peter Anderson
MI
Mount Arvon [HP]
2003-04-25 D. Whitehead and G. Johnson
Grove Hill 2003 Jean Trousdale, George Johnson, Jakc & Joyce Parsell, Greg Lehman, Mark & Gordy Comstock, Larry Baker
MN
Eagle Mountain [HP]
2003-07-29 Jan & Ray Nelson
MS
Woodall Mountain [HP]
2003-05-03 Fred & David Dale, Tim Webb, Paul Zukas
MO
Taum Sauk Mountain [HP]
2002-11-16 Faith & Paul Light, Paul Zumwalt, Lorrie & Haley Krontz
MT
Granite Peak [HP]
2003-08-05 Larry Baker, Gordie Comstock, Sjaak van Schle
NE
Panorama Point [HP]
2003-03-23 John Mitchler, Tim Worth, Dave Covill, Ernie Mumpower, Ada Morris, Al Capone,Jean Trousdale, Dawn Howard
NV
Boundary Peak [HP]
2003-09-17 Rick Hartman
NH
Mount Washington [HP]
2003-06-21 Rick Moore
NJ
High Point [HP]
2003-04-27 Al Welenofsky
NM
Wheeler Peak [HP]
2003-07-05 Rich Small
NY
Mount Marcy [HP]
2003-09-06 Roger Rowlett
Whiteface Mountain 2008-07-01 ?
NC
Mount Mitchell [HP]
2003-06-28 Sherm Stambaugh
ND
White Butte [HP]
2003-07-17 Carol Emlen & family
OH
Campbell Hill [HP]
2003-04-12 Mark & Wendy Comstock, Don & Margaret Novak, +17 others
OK
Black Mesa [HP]
2002-12-06 Jean Trousdale
OR
Mount Hood [HP]
2003-06-22 Dave & Beckie Covill
PA
Mount Davis [HP]
2003-05-10 Sam & Sue Snyder, Charlie Zerphey, and 18 others
RI
Jerimoth Hill [HP]
2003-07-05 Chuck Bickes
SC
Sassafras Mountain [HP]
2003-03-29 Bob Failing, Jessica Letterman
SD
Black Elk Peak [HP]
2003-06-06 David Gwinn
TN
Clingmans Dome [HP]
2003-04-11 Tim Webb
Mount LeConte 2003 Jean Trousdale, Roger Rowlett, Rick Hartman, Tim Webb, Gary White
TX
Guadalupe Peak [HP]
2003-09-27 Buddy & Tresa Gilchrest, Robbie Rankin
UT
Kings Peak [HP]
2003-06-15 Alan Bean
Tangent Peak 2008-05-19 ?
VT
Mount Mansfield
2003-06-14 Norm & Kip Smith
Gore Mountain 2008-07-04 ?
VA
Mount Rogers
2003-05-17 Jean Sumner
WA
Mount Rainier
2004 Will Mokszycki
WV
Spruce Knob
2003-05-11 Jean & Jerry Wagener
2010-07-06 Jane and Sarah
WI
Timms Hill
2003-07-30 Jim & Nina Sutton
WY
Gannett Peak
2004-07-01 Don Holmes
DC
Fort Reno
2003-04-04 Robert Hyman
AS Lata Mountain [HP] ? John Mitchler
GU Mount Lamlam [HP] ? John Mitchler
MP Agrihan [HP] 2015 John Mitchler
PR Cerro de Punta [HP] ? John Mitchler
VI Crown Mountain [HP] ? John Mitchler

Africa

Country Peak Date People
Tanzania Kilimanjaro [HP] Dec, 2003 Mario Locatelli

Antartica

Country Peak Date People
Antartica Vinson Massif [HP] Nov, 2003 Stuart Smith

Asia

Country Peak Date People
China Mount Everest [HP] April, 2003 Chuck Bickes
Japan Mt Fuji [HP] March, 2003 Barbara Gurtler
Nepal Mount Everest [HP] April, 2003 Chuck Bickes
Thailand Doi Inthanon [HP] 2004-02-08 Wayne Lowen, Pat & Charles Cooper, Anne Brown, John Erickson, Burl Brown, Stephanie & Jim Sherman

Australasia

Country Peak Date People
Indonesia Carstensz Pyramid [HP] 2004 Stuart Rudolph

Europe

Country Peak Date People
Austria Grossglockner [HP] ? Gabriel Sitlinger
Schneeberg ? Andrea & Samson & Gabriel Sitlinger
Piz Buin ? Gabriel Sitlinger
Wildspitze ? Gabriel Sitlinger
Grossverediger ? Gabriel Sitlinger
Dachstein ? Gabriel Sitlinger
Hermannskogel ? Gabriel Sitlinger
Geschreibenstein ? Gabriel Sitlinger
England Scafell Pike [HP] 2003 Al Welenofsky
Ireland Carrauntoohil [HP] 2003 Al Welenofsky
Benbaun 2008-12-24 ?
Cappaghkennedy 2008-12-23 ?
Errigal Mountain 2008-12-26 ?
Lugnaquilla Mountain 2008-12-18 ?
Mangerton Mountain 2008-12-20 ?
Northern Ireland Slieve Donard [HP] 2003 Al Welenofsky
Poland Rysy [HP] 2003 Mick Dunn
Russia Mount Elbrus July, 2003 Stuart Smith
Scotland Ben Nevis [HP] 2003 Al Welenofsky
Slovakia Gerlachovsky stit [HP] 2003 Mick Dunn
Wales Snowdon [HP] 2003 Al Welenofsky

North America

Country Peak Date People
Mexico Sierra Agua de Soda 2009-01-23 ?
Sierra Agua Verde 2009-01-19 ?
Sierra las Animas 2009-01-21 ?
Sierra la Palmita 2009-01-18 ?
Sierra Salorio 2009-01-24 ?

South America

Country Peak Date People
Argentina Aconcagua [HP] 2006-01-28 Adam Helman, Edward Earl, John Sype, Robert Greene
Equador Chimborazo [HP] Dec, 2003 Stuart Rudolph