These climber started their ascent before 5AM, summitted around 1PM, but now it's 5PM and the worst is behind them. I suspect this glissade was the high point of the trip for many of them. I'd say there was a frosty brew waiting for them at base camp, but 1926 was the heart of Prohibition. What was the chance that this collection of Hood River high society broke that law?
Wonder why it took them so long if they left prior to 5 a.m. and didn't summit until 1 in the afternoon. Very slow climbing group I would say. But who knows. Ofcourse, if this was a Legion Climb with many more people involved, it could have been a long day.
charlott on 27th July 2012 @ 7:10am
Where is this? Snowdome, heading down toward Cloud Cap? Maybe that's the terminus of Eliot Glacier......This is a favorite 'rat' ski slope......
James Holloway on 27th July 2012 @ 9:37am
Yeap, descending the Snow Dome, heading towards Bagger's Point. They are coming down the Sunshine Route which could explain the long day.
Ranger on 27th July 2012 @ 1:10pm
Brilliant Arthur....love how you weave our history into a tapestry of both information and perspective. Most history is erringly taught as trivia in my opinion. It's fabulous to consider montain climbing and prohibition together--thanks!!
Scott Cook on 27th July 2012 @ 2:04pm
That was my thought about the "hung over" comment a couple of pictures back - has someone forgotten that they were in the midst of Prohibition?
s on 27th July 2012 @ 3:19pm
Wouldn't be Legion Climb as they didn't take them up Sunshine.
charlott on 28th July 2012 @ 7:16am
We have about a dozen images from this July 4, 1926 climb so we know where Alva Day was throughout the day. He probably took longer than most as he was taking photographs the whole way up and down. Several frames show lines of 30-40 climbers, which is why I believe it to be the Legion climb from that year-- I'm sure a quick newspaper check could confirm if it was held on July 4th that year.
Arthur on 29th July 2012 @ 8:43pm