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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 14, 1922

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Feb. 14, 1922


Foot of Man for First Time in History Treads Peak of Lofty Mountain in Winter Time — Entire Party in State of Collapse — 1,400 Feet of Film Taken

Paradise Inn, Mount Rainier, Wash., Feb. 14 — For the first time in history the foot of man has trod the snow capped peak of Mount Rainier in mid winter. This feat was accomplished Monday when four men, Jacques and Jean Landry and Jacques Bergues, Alpine mountain climbers, and Charles R. Perryman, cameraman, reached the top of Columbia crest after nearly 10 hours of torturing toil.

Starting from Anvil Rock rangers’ cabin shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday the men toiled upward past Gibraltar, hewing footholds on the ice crested rocks with axes. The same method was followed in ascending the heights beyond.

After passing the two points they found the ascent somewhat easier, but none-the-less dangerous. Crevasses in the ice field forced them to detour and in places where the going was steep they had to use axes to cut steps.

They reached the crest at 2:15 yesterday afternoon.

However, in order to settle any controversy as to the actual accomplishment, the mountain climbers wrote their names, the date and the time on a slip of paper which was enclosed in a bottle and placed in a cairn of stones.

Photographic evidence also was obtained. Perryman obtained 1,400 feet of film, showing views at the summit and also pictures of the arduous climb. All records and evidence will be submitted to a commission of three men who have first hand knowledge of the mountain and its condition.

Descent Is Easier

The descent was made in half the time required for the climb. The four men reached Anvil Rock at 7:30 last evening, after nearly 15 hours spent on the mountain in the piercing cold, intensified by a raw wind.

They were in a state of complete physical collapse when they reached the cabin and after sending out a flash to Paradise Inn over the signal telephone announcing the summit had been reached, they declared they were unable to discuss or give details of the trip until after they had recuperated somewhat from their exhaustion.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com