National Geographic : 1953 Jul
Climbing 0 Ira Snubs a Rope Around His Anchored Ice Ax to Support Climbers Below Climbing season, June to October, brings thousands of enthusiasts to the Pacific Northwest in search of high altitude adventure. Here some of North America's tallest peaks offer alpine sport and breath-taking views. From lofty campsites climbers look down on lakes, rivers, and roads spread out as on a huge relief map. At night they watch the twinkling lights of distant cities, some 100 miles away. Most popular of Northwest mountains is 14,408-foot Mount Rainier, 60 miles from Seattle and 40 from Tacoma. Icy fingers of 26 glaciers cling to it. Other favorite ascents in Washington include Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Olympus (map, page 105). Bob and Ira Spring, twins, combine mountaineering with professional photography. Ira, on a dizzy perch, uses a belay to help companions. His rope will support a pull of several times a man's weight.