While scrambling to the summit, I peeked into a crack and thought I saw something round barely visible in the crack. After determining that it was indeed something man-made, John and I worked at it with a stick and nut tool for about 30 minutes before coaxing out an old film canister. It had apparently fallen down into the crack after being placed and had only one entry dated 14 October, 1956. The register, in surprisingly good condition after over 55 years, has been retrieved for archival (will be given to Aaron), and a new register has not been placed (yet).
As we watched a multitude of satellites pass over (sleeping on the Needle), we noted that Mr. Hahn and Mr. Martin would have seen none, as Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, would not launch until almost a year after this register was placed.
By Aaron Hobson Administrator From: Las Cruces, NM Oct 24, 2011
Nice find guys. Sounds like your ascent up onto the retaining wall was pretty fun.