The Bell

never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne
Meditation 17
Devotions upon emergent occasions

Brazen bells!
What tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!

Edgar Allan Poe
The Bells

“I think I have hit upon a plan which will ensure our safety in the future, provided you approve and carry it out. It is that we should fasten a bell round the neck of the cat, which will by its tinkling warn us of its approach.”

Belling the Cat
Aesop (by some attributions)

I'm telling you, fellas -- you're gonna want that cowbell on the track!

Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken)
Saturday Night Live

Who's tire is that at the bottom of the hill?  Who's missing a tire?  Where's the bell?

Anonymous GV4W Trail Leader

The Bell is a long standing tradition within the club to acknowledge that despite all planning to the contrary, stuff (okay, not stuff) happens.  It is a light-hearted attempt to keep us all thinking about safety and best practices, and hopefully reduce the number of, in foresight, avoidable situations on the trail.  The Bell is awarded by popular demand to anyone going below and not quite to the call of duty.  The Bell is theirs to keep and cherish until that sad day it is sent along to a new home and owner.  To help soften the pain of withdrawal from their beloved noise maker, each Bell holder is authorized to wear, forevermore, a special orange version of the official club baseball cap (the rest of us wear green, out of jealousy).  Attempts at holding on to the Bell for extended periods of time are heavily frowned upon by the Club.

The Current Bell Holder

Bestowed on January 17, 2023
Reason: He knows (and so do we!)



Past Conferees