Mountain highs are remembered with bench mark gifts.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. An enterprising grandmother from the prairies of Minnesota is taking climbers back into thin air-not through a guiding service but through commemorative gifts. Since Betty Risser of Minneapolis started her hobby business in 1994, she has developed over 100 bench mark gifts commemorating summit experiences from Mount Everest to Pikes Peak.
Along trails, overlooks and on mountain summits, bronze or aluminum USGS elevation bench marks are anchored in rock, warning ‘$250 FINE OR IMPRISONMENT TO DISTURB THIS MARK.' Stand by it. Put your foot in the picture and you have proof-positive-you've been there. "I can't tell you how thrilled my customers are to have our replicas. It makes their day. And giving it? Even more so," Betty says. "This going to be the best gift...you have no idea!" said Jeannie Chehansky-Scheer, self-described avid traveler and hiker from Michigan. Betty goes on to say, "Forget the warning and the dire consequences-you can have a copy, and tell your story."
Betty has a lot of loyal "partners" in this enterprise; she calls them MarkerSlueths. They have been there, photographing marks and submitting them to www.mountainclimb.com, ensuring the authenticity of her products.
Finally, you have an answer for that perfect and meaningful gift for a loved one, or to impress your long distance relative or office colleague. Pewter zipper pulls & pins are $8.95; satin finished pewter paperweights are $34.95. To order go to www.mountainclimb.com and choose from a wide selection of state high points, national parks, and other points of interest.
Inspired by the notion of marking your point in time and place, Betty Green Risser, at age 50, started what has become a full-time business. She is an outdoor enthusiast, has two adult children, three grandsons, loves vintage fashion and has a passion for social dancing, ranging from zydeco to tango.
Geo-Situ is a registered trademark of Geographic Locations International in Minneapolis, MN. Geo-Situ has developed high quality pewter products that celebrate the spirit of exploration, athletic challenge, and personal achievement. SummitMark medallions have been highly popular keepsakes for climbers and outdoor enthusiasts and are available at many our largest national parks. The collection includes over 100 summit marks and geographic marks of the U.S. and a select number of international sites.
For more information or a sample bench mark gift, contact Betty Risser at 1-800-436-7844.