Mystery from Deception
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Credited to the W.J. McCleary photo from the book, Climber's Guide to the Olympic Mountains (1979).
Photo was taken from 7,788' (2374 m) Mount Deception, the highest peak in the eastern Olympics of Washington's Olympic Peninsula; even though it can't be seen from Seattle.
The Olympics stand alone, isolated from other mountains, and RISE from
bases just barely above sea level to heights of nearly 8,000 feet. These
mountains are not a "range" in the usual sense; rather, they comprise a
a compact cluster of steep peaks surrounded by a belt of densely-timbered
'old growth' foothills.
Since most of the more rewarding climbs, (including this one), require a
minimum of two to three days, it's always advisable to prepare for summer
storms. Temperature variations can be as much as 70-degrees in a 24-hour
period in the high interior, and it's NOT uncommon to experience clear
skies and debilitating heat followed by clouds, rain and driving sleet.
(Accidental hypothermia, the loss of body heat faster than it can be replenished, can occur either in conjunction with traumatic shock or from a combination of fatigue and weather conditions. While not previously considered a first aid problem, hypothermia has been the cause of numerous deaths in the Olympics and Cascades.)
From the basaltic top of Mount Deception, this is looking SSW toward
the bulky pyramid of Mount Mystery (7,631' - 2326 m). Little Mystery is
also seen to the right of Mystery, with Gunsight Pass between the two.
The peak rising in the center (background) is the The Brothers, located
on the Duckabush-Hamma Hamma River divide.
I'm not sure what time-of-year this photo was taken, but keep in mind that
a result of the area's 'rainfall' is an extensive network of permanent
snowfields and glaciers above 5,000 feet. There's at least 70 of these,
even though the highest summit in the area is less than 8,000 ft in
elevation. It's an awesome area of snow, rock, rivers, lakes and basins!!