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The Mountaineers Summer Outing - 1915
Sunday, August 15, 1915
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  • Glacier Basin
  • The Wedge
  • Emmons Glacier
  • Goat Island Mountain
  • Fryingpan Glacier
  • Summerland
  • Fryingpan Creek
On leaving Glacier Basin, the full compliment of Mountaineers hiked over the low flanks near the base of The Wedge and headed southeast to cross the Emmons Glacier, the largest of the glaciers on the mountain. Because the party had learned much from their previous glacier experience, they found it relatively easy to cross. Few photographs were taken on the glacier during the gradual ascent toward Goat Island Mountain. An exception was a photo capturing the toadstool effect of a rock balancing on a stem of melting ice.

A steeper pitch brought the party to a pass separating Goat Island Mountain from Mount Rainier.

From the pass the group crossed the western lobe of the Fryingpan Glacier and descended to Summerland. Two branches of Fryingpan Creek were crossed. There was no way to keep from getting wet when the hikers jumped from rock to rock. At another glacial stream, lower in elevation, the party used alpenstocks as handrails to successfully negotiate their crossing.

Camp #10 was set up on the northern edge of the hanging valley of Summerland, at 5,900’ elevation. They paused there for lunch before unpacking their belongings.

Groups explored Summerland. Huckleberry bushes were abundant and the search was on for the plumpest and sweetest berries.

Part of the day was set aside for washing and drying clothes. The water of a nearby stream was used for a cold water wash. Clothes were hung outside of the women’s tents.

That afternoon a party climbed to the top of Goat Island Mountain. On a wind swept slope a stunted white barked pine grew close to the ground for protection from the elements.

Looking westward, the view included most of the Emmons Glacier and the area the Mountaineers had crossed earlier in the day. In the evening sounds of a mandolin and harmonica rose from the women’s camp area.

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