National Geographic : 1949 Nov
Crater Lake Snow Piles 20 Feet Deep, Bringing Joy to Skiers and Water Consumers White blanket on ground and trees brings out the rich, dark blue of the waters surrounding Wizard Island. To reach the lake's rim, 7,000 feet above sea level, Sno-Cat surveyors battled a blizzard for 33 hours (page 699). The girls are about to run one of the ski trails on the outer slopes of the huge crater. Because of the lake's great depth-maximum, 1,996 feet-and moderate winter temperatures, ice rarely forms on it. park headquarters on paving. Ignominious! Our second morning at Crater Lake we found that a pack rat had been whiskering through our stuff. The rodent kleptomaniac had made off with one of Jack's felt inner soles. Sharp teeth had chewed Jasper Tucker's rawhide bootlaces into short, useless scraps. On the Cone of an Ancient Volcano We skirted the vast bowl of Crater Lake (above). Its matchless majesty of cliff and dark waters showed fleetingly through snow squalls.* To dodge snowslides, we dropped down from the rim, tracing gullies that once spilled hot lava from the fiery maw of ancient Mount Mazama. The way twisted among trees so thick we had to trim off hefty lower limbs to worm through. In summer these branches are 20 feet above ground. Floundering to the chop- ping spots was like wading through a bin of chicken feathers. We had a scare. Jack Fletcher and Harvey Woods were riding the front skis of one Cat. This gave extra traction to the steering skis on steep turns. As the steel steed dove down a short pitch, Jack felt the ski he rode slide toward a tree. He jumped just in time! When the Sno Cat struck the tree, Harvey fell off in a drift. Men pulled him out. In the excitement no one noticed, for a moment, that Jack was missing. As calm was restored, we heard a muffled voice: "Hey! Get me outa here!" Arch found Jack so deep in a hole under the tree that the snow surface was four feet above his head. Jack said the Sno-Cat's left track missed his right ear by inches. * See "Crater Lake and Yosemite Through the Ages," by Wallace W. Atwood. Jr., NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE, March, 1937.