Excerpt: ...These hints of the almost inconceivable mass of a glacier, with its millions of millions of tons, suggest how much of the Mountain has already been whittled and planed away. But here we may do better than speculate. The original surface of the peak is clearly indicated by the tops of the great rocks which have survived the glacial ...
Excerpt: ...These hints of the almost inconceivable mass of a glacier, with its millions of millions of tons, suggest how much of the Mountain has already been whittled and planed away. But here we may do better than speculate. The original surface of the peak is clearly indicated by the tops of the great rocks which have survived the glacial sculpturing. These rise from one to two thousand feet above the glaciers, which are themselves several thousand feet in depth. The best known of them is the point formed by Gibraltar and the ridges that stretch downward from it, Cowlitz Cleaver and Cathedral Rocks, making a great inverted V. Eastward of this, another V with its apex toward the summit, is called Little Tahoma; and beyond, still another, Steamboat Prow, forming the tip of "The Wedge." Spines of rock like these are found on all sides of the peak. They help us to estimate its greater circumference and bulk, before the glaciers had chiseled so deep. Looking from top of Gibraltar to the Summit. Elevation of camera, 12,300 feet. In distance is seen the rim of the crater. The route to this is a steady climb, with 2,000 feet of ascent in one mile of distance. Many detours have to be made to avoid crevasses. Note the big crevasse stretching away on right
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Very Good(-). No Jacket Issued. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 111pp/color and b&w illus. 2 maps inside back cover. Colored frontis and colored photos as well as black and white throughout. Along with the stunning mountain views, there is plenty of text: Indian traditions concerning the area, the National Park, the history of the mountain formation, the climbers, and the flora are all discussed and shown. Folded map of Puget Sound and Rainier National Park is tipped to the rear pastedown, absolutely crisp and clean. The illustration of Rainier pasted onto the front cover is flawless. Part of spine missing.
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