American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Mt. Rainier Climbers Who Break Rules Are Fined

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  • Publication Year: 1950

Mt. Rainier climbers who break rules are fined. During a single week in August 1949, seven Oregon and Washington men were fined for attempting to scale Mt. Rainier without complying with all park regulations. One party, for example, was warned not to climb above Camp Muir, at 10,000 feet, because Park Rangers had previously determined that they were not experienced mountaineers and were not properly equipped. But they Went on to the 12,000-foot level before exhaustion forced them to abandon their attempted ascent. On their return they were taken before a U.S. Commissioner and fined. A second party attempted an ascent via Burroughs Mountain and the Emmons Glacier, but was turned back by snow squalls at 13,000 feet. They had failed to register as required, and they too were fined upon their return when taken before the Commissioner’s Court.

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