National Geographic : 1966 May
"Old White Lady," as pilots in northern California fondly call snow-maned Mount Shasta, looms 14,162 feet. Airmen respect her as a navigation reference point, yet keep their distance, since downdrafts created by her bulk can send small aircraft plummeting earthward. Four California summits rear higher than Shasta, but none more spectacu larly. No nearby mountain competes with her stately eminence amid virgin wilderness. Seventy miles away in Oregon, the snowy heights of 9,495-foot Mount McLoughlin 678 peek above the horizon. Grove, Stephens, and Jedediah Smith. North beyond Eureka stands the tallest known liv ing thing, a 367.8-foot-high redwood dis covered in 1963 by Dr. Paul A. Zahl of the National Geographic Society (pages 674-5).* Recently, through their dues, members of the Society financed another farsighted proj ect-a detailed survey of the great coast red woods belt, conducted by the National Park Service, which pointed out the need for saving one of the last stands of virgin redwoods. *See "World's Tallest Tree Discovered," by Melville Bell Grosvenor, and "Finding the Mount Everest of All Living Things," by Paul A. Zahl,July, 1964, GEOGRAPHIC.