Ogden, Utah – A century-old ritual was completed by hundreds of Weber State University students, instructors, and staff by ascending Mount Ogden.
According to university representatives, the custom was established on October 4, 1922, when 350 students and employees scaled the peak and planted a Weber State flag.
“We’re reliving the tradition of how Weber State made its presence known in Ogden,” said Hayley Prine, Weber State’s outdoor program coordinator. “It was a big deal when those folks hiked the mountain in 1922 and made their mark. This hike reminds folks who we are and also welcomes new people into our story.”
Prine claimed that she has taken part in the hike for many years.
“It’s powerful being up there in the mountains, it’s a real connecting experience,” she said. “Whether it’s your first time, whether you’re a Weber State student or a community member, this brings people together.”
Brad Mortensen, the president of WSU, also spoke on Saturday.
“We don’t know what the future will hold, but we have a legacy at Weber State,” Mortensen said. “Etch in your mind this day as the starting point for whatever you will be.”
He unveiled a new plaque that will be installed “to remind future Mount Ogden hikers about Weber State and what it stands for.”
“The people at Weber State have a large capacity for caring and it’s such a welcoming place,” Prine said. “It’s our strong sense of community that has really carried this tradition through.”