National Geographic : 1955 Nov
The mountain that blew its top Mt. Rainier, the most superb landmark of the Pacific Northwest, stands as a 14,408-foot monument to the con structive genius of fire and ice. Built by volcanic action, which some say eventually blasted 2,000 feet off its crest, the mountain today has 26 active glaciers, ranging in thickness up to 500 feet, that constantly grind away at its slopes. In addition to its matchless glaciers, Mt. Rainier Na tional Park offers excellent skiing and climbing, more than 240 miles of wilderness trails and some of the most eye-filling floral displays in the entire park system. Here you can explore the weirdly beautiful ice caves beneath a glacier or toboggan down its surface in special "tin pants". You can observe bears, blacktail deer, elk, the rare mountain goat and other forms of wildlife, living as they did before the white man came. Named for an English admiral who never saw it, Rainier is nevertheless typically American in personality. When you see it dominating the Washington sky, you'll find it massive, colorful and spectacular - and you'll know, perhaps for the first time, the true meaning of "purple mountains' majesty"... fQ TOUR INFORMATION-Ask for our United States Map featuring the National Parks and Monuments. If you would like to drive to any of the National Parks, let us help you plan your trip. Write: Tour Bureau, Sinclair Oil Corporation, 600 Fifth Ave., New York 20, N. Y. Sinclair Salutes The National Wildlife Federation A nation-wide group of state organizations whose primary objective is the restoration, conservation and scientific management of our natural resources. The National Wildlife Federation is a non-profit, non-political organization with headquarters at 232 Carroll St., N.W ., Takoma Park, Washington 12, D.C. The activities of the Federation are financed by contributions and through the sale by mail of Wildlife Stamps and other nature materials. The Federation's work provides scholarships, fellowships, news and legislative reports, field and educational services and other programs designed to foster a greater understanding of America's outdoor heritage.