Given the number of participants in these American Legion climbs, I suspect these climbers didn't get to rest very long before they needed to clear space for more climbers. This view also gives some appreciation for the equipment used to summit in this era.
A family friend of ours was the fire lookout in that building in I think it was 1919. His wife, at least part of the time was up there with him and one time due to weather, they got trapped in the lookout for a week. Must have been a long week for them.
Charlott on 22nd May 2015 @ 7:15am
Never heard how they got the material up there to build the summit house. All on human backs? A team of donkeys or other draft animals? Maybe some kind of surface tow?
Longshot on 22nd May 2015 @ 10:34am
I think it was packed up on the backs of men. The idea of Elijah Coleman. Now there was and interesting character!!
There was one of the fire lookout guys, maybe the one Charlott is referring to, that his wife would stay with him, but sometimes hike down the mountain to the HR Valley to water their garden and then go back up.
L.E. on 22nd May 2015 @ 11:18am
Looking at that backpack lying in the snow.... It is probably one of those heavy, stiff, waxed cotton canvas bags. Ugh! We still have some stored in our barn loft.
During Lewis and Clark times, bags were made from hemp and waterproofed with linseed oil.
Then a guy from Scotland figured out how to make paraffin wax from coal oil.
The bag in the photo is probably made from cotton and waterproofed with paraffin wax.
Thanks to DuPont, a lightweight fabric called nylon was developed.
As much as people dislike seeing coal and oil trains traveling down the Gorge, they do help provide the manufacturing in Quanzhou China of that wonderful lightweight, durable, "tough as nails" fabric called "Cordura" that so many mountain climbers and outdoor enthusiasts like to use.
L.E. on 22nd May 2015 @ 11:40am
Here you go Longshot. Check out HHR photo #11.
L.E. on 22nd May 2015 @ 4:04pm
Thank for the link L.E.
Longshot on 22nd May 2015 @ 9:18pm