This Crag Rat must have been providing first aid for the 1928 American Legion climb. He doesn't have the black and white shirt, but had a Crag Rat patch on his arm. Perhaps this is before they settled on black and white as their colors?
I can see the patch and it is similiar or like the one they have now. As for the shirt, there isn't anyone around now that can tell us when they actually adopted the black and white check.
It is apparent that they are still doing upkeep on the building as you can see where they have repaired shakes. They were still manning it in the summer. This is the top showing, so if they were going in and out they were going through the top story and not the lower.
I am thinking that in 1928 there was a much, much heavier snow pack, as I have a big photo of my aunt on her first climb in the summer of 1929 when she was 19. It shows the building in it's entirety out of snow and volcanic pumice type gravel from where she is standing to the structure. Even if her climb was much later, this one in comparison to days and months melt is quite a bit. She related how the lookout person had hot tea going when the climbing group arrived and she said that was the first place she headed.
Charlott on 21st November 2017 @ 7:13am
Thanks for your history Charlott. I love reading it.
L.E. on 21st November 2017 @ 8:09am
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cg on 21st November 2017 @ 8:10am
One of the cutest Mt. Hood, fire look out stories again had to do with my aunt. Being up on top of that mountain through out the summer would have it's lonely periods. Surely when the mountain was in a big storm. One year the ranger took a little kitten up with him for company. Poor man never took into account that that little guy was going to grow up. Summer was almost over and kitten was all grown up. Big problem............how to get him safely down. My aunt was a good seamstress and she was on a climb with my Dad and the ranger told her of his plight. She told him not to worry she would take care of it........Two goals here, to get kitty safely off the mountain and get another climb in. Home she came and went to work sewing a special little carrying sack that was safe for both kitty and ranger, but at the same time keeping kitty under complete control to make the descent with no problems. Next week end meant another climb to be sure kitty was recused off the mountain top.
Charlott on 22nd November 2017 @ 7:15am