Nature Notes

Vol. II Augut 13, 1924 No. 8

By F. W. Schmoe

Last week the Mountaineers, thirty strong, reconquered Mount Rainier's icy summit and found the record book left by them in a bronze cylinder on top of Columbia Crest in 1915 to be completely filled with names of successful climbers. The book was replaced with a new one and left with the Park Naturalist. It will be a valuable record. This book shows that during the nine years past almost 500 people have reached Columbia Crest although less than half of the climbers feel sufficiently energetic after reaching the rim of the crater to cross over to Columbia Crest which is the highest point.

People from almost every state in the Union and a dozen foreign countries have left their names on America's greatest peak. The ladies will be particularly interested to learn that of the five hundred climbers sixty-three were women.

Some few individuals have had the pleasure of signing the record several times. Most of these are Guides or Park Rangers but several amateur climbers have been up twice or more, one making the ascent twice within two days from Camp Muir. Hans Fuhrer, the chief summit guide heads the list with 11 ascents. Hans and Henri, Swiss summit guides, have both been oftner to the summit within a single month but neither have signed the register however.


On July 25th a distinct earthquake as felt on Mount Rainier and in many of the surrounding cities. Yesterday through Professor Saunders the Naturalist was able to secure the graph of the shock as recorded on the seismograph at the University of Washington. This record shows that the disturbance started at 12:40 p.m. and lasted for over two minutes. It was within three hundred miles of Seattle, either north or south. Professor Saunders thinks from this and other reports that the disturbance centered in Mount Rainier and was likely caused by expansion of the molten lava causing it to operate as does a water hammer.

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