Chikamin Peak Additions and Corrections
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|While on summit in 1990, I found a triangular tablet-like slab of stone about 11 inches on a side. It is inscribed with the letters U.S.G.S and 4 names. It was pretty old and weathered, but still readable. It was just lying among the other shattered rocks on the summit. Hopefully, no one has kicked it off the summit or used it to enlarge the cairn.|
Perhaps this is the 'evidence of a USGS ascent prior to 1902' that Becky refers to.
I snapped a photo of it, I'll have to scan and post it when I get a chance to dig it out.
|Posted Apr 30, 2005 11:28 am|
|The author can add the following TopoZone coordinates for Chikamin Peak:|
Latitude: 48.4750 degrees N.
Longitude: -121.3125 degrees W. (note the minus sign).
|Posted May 29, 2005 3:27 pm|
|Climbers with interest in Northwest history may want to take a side trip southerly from the Chikamin summit. At the saddle between Chikamin Peak and the Four Brothers, a large boulder is faintly inscribed with the words "R. Denny/L. Lindsley/USA/1899". The two persons named are Rolland Herschel Denny and Lawrence Denny Lindsley. Both were members of the Denny family who in 1899 were working on the Esther Mine, owned by David Denny, in 1899. The Esther Mine was (is) located in Ptarmigan Park, an alpine meadow at the head of Gold Creek, a short distance beneath where the PCT crosses Chikamin Peak today.|
Lindsley, who would have been 21 years old in 1899, went on to be a successful wilderness and landscape photographer. His photographic negatives reside at the University of Washington Special Collections, where as of late 2005 they are being catalogued. Negative #3249, dated 1902, shows the summit cairn on Chikamin. The USGS rock, which is just as marionthegoat describes, is clearly visible. A similar sized rock can be seen with Lindsley's name inscribed on it. This photograph documents that Lindsley climbed Chikamin in 1902, and also that members of the USGS also climbed the mountain before him.
Persons reaching the summit of Chikamin are encouraged to look for both inscribed rocks, and to post on this page if they find anything.
|Posted Oct 20, 2005 4:39 pm|
|marionthegoat||Re: register rock|
|Wow, I'd love to see Lindsley's photo. Any chance we can get it posted ?|
|Posted Mar 1, 2006 7:18 am|