National Geographic : 1917 Jan
them. We had reached the rim at 5.05 p. m. The mo ment we stopped mov ing we began to suffer so from our cold, wet feet that waiting was torture; but we lin gered on the edge for 50 minutes hoping for better views, but as the clear intervals be came less and less fre quent we had to give it up and descend. None of us fully real ized, I think, how far we had come till we found how long the return journey was, but we reached our camp safely at 10.20 p. m. Next day I was up at 5.30 to take pic tures of the moun tains, for practically the only opportunities to get good pictures of the volcanoes came early in the morning. The sky was clear ex cept for a few very delicate cirrus clouds above the mountains to the east. They were long combed out THE A and lay in horizontal The climbers are lines, drifting slowly toward Katmai. THE WONDERFUL SCENERY OF THE CANYON Our distant view from the mountain of the second Katmai Valley, with its lakes, and especially the dam, which had caused the great flood, made us anxious to penetrate the canyon and examine the upper valley in detail. But we found it impossible to penetrate beyond the mouth of the canyon, being stopped on the brink of a 500-foot precipice, which we named Prospect Point. The magnificence of the view from this point was simply beyond description. It is like the Grand Canyon and the Ca nadian Rockies all put together and then Photograph by L. G. Folsom . SCENT OVER MUD-COVERED SNOW within a few hundred feet of the crater rim (see text, page 51) the volcanoes added. The desert land scape, covered with the many-colored muds from the volcano, together with the fine colors of the rock walls, recall the Grand Canyon. But the upper slopes, with their sharp summits occupied by snow-fields and glaciers, remind one of the Canadian Rockies, in particular of such places as the "Valley of the Ten Peaks." Down the sides pour numerous water falls, some of which are of great beauty. Opposite Prospect Point is one whose thin, misty streams drop I,500 feet from the top of the inner canyon clear to the bottom (see page 61). Two more, each several hundred feet high, may be seen on the slopes of Katmai (see page 52).