Shining World of Ice & Snow
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FIRST MORNING IN TOWN
There still are rushing rivers in my dreams;
There still are grinding boulders in the streams;
There still is mountain madness,
Thund'ring down in reckless gladness,
- Tho I'm safely in my bed in town, it seems.
There is still a shining world of ice and snow;
There still are steps to slog and miles to go;
There still are fragile bridges, And windy fearsome ridges,
- Tho the city sounds about me all say "NO..."
There still is a threat'ning avalanche to round;
There still are blinding fog banks, summit bound;
I can find no safe belay!
Yet the sun says, "Do not stay" ...
Then I wake to find I'm home on level ground.
I'll be toiling up sublime eternal heights,
I'll be threading huge seracs by candle lights,
I will pause where none may pass,
By some bottomless crevasse -
- I'll be dreaming that I'm climbing ... many nights.
Clark E. Schurman (1937)
This is a view I took of Mount Rainier (from Burroughs Mountain)
on July 29, 1984.
You can clearly see the low spot on the "north edge of The Wedge" (the
saddle to the right), which is St. Elmo's Pass (7,400+ feet).
"The name was given by Major Ingraham in 1886 because a remarkable
exhibition of St. Elmo's fire seen here during a great storm."
(From the historic book "The Mountain That Was 'God'" by John H.
Williams in 1911)
Here's a short video of the awesome VIEW looking north from the top of
St. Elmo's Pass.