At the peak of Seahawks spirit, West Seattleite plants 12th Man flag on Western Hemisphere’s highest mountain

January 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 7 Comments

How far can the Seahawks‘ 12th Man go? In the person of West Seattleite Gordon Prinster, all the way to the highest point in the Western Hemisphere! You’ve met Gordon here before – he accompanied son Cal Prinster on a cross-country bike ride in 2012, raising $ for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The video shared with us today shows Gordon at the summit of Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, 22,837 feet, on January 4th (Cal wasn’t on this trip; Gordon went up with climbing partner Ed Vandenhaak of Bellingham). “What else would a West Seattle guy plant at the summit but a 12th Man flag?” explained Gordon’s wife Bernadette Brown, sharing the video with WSB. Ironically, Gordon didn’t get to watch last Sunday’s big game, as he was flying home from Argentina at the time and is now back at work at West Seattle High School, she says. NEXT game!


  1. Awesome! Congrats on the climb and thanks for representing Seattle!

    Comment by Elizagrace — 2:09 pm January 14, 2014 #

  2. ¡qué espíritu, gordon!
    nos representaste bastante bien ;)
    felicidades en tu logro….!impresionante!

    Comment by kumalavula — 2:54 pm January 14, 2014 #

  3. Woot! Go Hawks!

    Comment by Gordon — 4:47 pm January 14, 2014 #

  4. Wow, bet the 49ers can’t “top” that

    Comment by Michelle — 4:58 pm January 14, 2014 #

  5. Awesome! Go Hawks!

    Comment by WS born&bred — 5:38 pm January 14, 2014 #

  6. Why not plant a Seahawk logo flag at the summit. Why do fans use the #12 which signifies the fan over the actual team logo? Other climbers are probably scratching their heads but would otherwise recognize a Seahawk logo.

    Comment by Jack — 7:32 pm January 14, 2014 #

  7. Thanks to the flag-police, Jack. :) Feel free to pick your own flag when you climb your next 22,000 ft peak. Lol.

    Comment by Jesse — 9:20 pm January 14, 2014 #

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