NO, this is not a scene out of "ZOOLANDER." This is ME, standing on the summit of Mt. Rainier in mid-August 1984. Hey, what's the SNICKERING about? GORTEX was TOO expensive back then!!! PHOTO taken by Randy Sackett -(SCAN from KODACHROME)
Evidence that Rainier was once higher and of greater bulk is shown by steeply dipping
lava flows in Sunset Amphitheater and South Tahoma Headwall that slant upward - probably toward a VENT that lay 500-1000 feet above the present summit. The shape of
Mt. Rainier's summit area, with Liberty Cap and Point Success on the summit rim as REMNANTS on the side of a more higher and more symmetical cone, adds to the evidence of a former higher summit. Rainier is a striking example of the complex interplay of eruption and eroision typical of all Cascade Range volcanos. Mudflows caused by violent explosions 6600 to 5700 years ago vastly diminished Rainier's (former) bulk, changing its appearance and causing great devastation in flanking valleys.
- Fred Beckey from CASCADE ALPINE GUIDE: Columbia
River to Stevens Pass (Second
Edition - 1986)
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