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Don Heath
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Jul 31, Aug 1, Muir - Paradise Two-Fer
« on: 08/03/15, 11:22 AM »

I've never kept track of my trips to Muir, this one was somewhere around #thirty, more or less.  But I am proud of my time - a personal best of 23 1/2 hours from the parking lot to my lunch break.  Punctuated by naps of 1-2 hours and 12 hours, dinner and breakfast.  Ahhh, nothing like acclimating.

Personal Firsts:
  -  Trip to Anvil.  Anybody know the story of the rock and mortar wall and concrete pad up there?   What a view of the Cow!  That is one impressive broken up monster. 

  -  First Solo trip to Muir.  Just me and several hundred of my closest companions.

  -  First solo ski of the Paradise.  Actually - NOT!  But I did do an evening "circumnav" of Little Africa (that rock island about 1/3 of the way down?) 

  -  First aborted solo ski down the Paradise.  Saturday, after going on up to Muir, I planned on skiing down and hiking out 4th crossing.  But a few hundred yards below the rock island, I started to cross crevasses, on skinny bridges, and chickened out when i couldn't see a route through them to the bottom.  I've not seen so many on the Paradise before, and I've skied it late season - twice in August last year.  So I crossed back over to the Pebble creek patch, and went back down the way I came up.
  -  First time yelling at people for meadow stomping.
  -  First time being ignored by meadow stompers.
  -  Second Two-Fer in my 106 months.

I may change my name to Creaky Knees pretty soon.



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Re: Jul 31, Aug 1, Muir - Paradise Two-Fer
« Reply #1 on: 08/03/15, 12:01 PM »

Thanks for the report!  I've always preferred mellow Anvil over madhouse Muir.

...Anybody know the story of the rock and mortar wall and concrete pad up there?   

Anvil Rock was the site of a fire lookout from 1916-42:
http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington/fire_lookouts/anvil_rock_lookout/mount_rainier_245.htm

I couldn't find anything online, but the park photo archives have great shots of spike-shod mule trains carrying firewood up to this lookout, including one of a mule in a crevasse!
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Re: Jul 31, Aug 1, Muir - Paradise Two-Fer
« Reply #2 on: 08/03/15, 01:06 PM »

Yes!
Pretty straightforward and obvious to switchback to Muir?  Were some Paradise Glacier turns worth the trouble?
Maybe we should pick a Sept. date soon.
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Re: Jul 31, Aug 1, Muir - Paradise Two-Fer
« Reply #3 on: 08/06/15, 09:47 PM »

What a great report!  I couldn't tell from your FB pics that you had the skis with, but stoked now to learn that you did.

Here's a couple pics of you and crevasse situation Aug 31 '13:


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Re: Jul 31, Aug 1, Muir - Paradise Two-Fer
« Reply #4 on: 08/06/15, 09:49 PM »

I couldn't find anything online, but the park photo archives have great shots of spike-shod mule trains carrying firewood up to this lookout, including one of a mule in a crevasse!

That would definitely be worth a click.  Please share!  Cheesy
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Re: Jul 31, Aug 1, Muir - Paradise Two-Fer
« Reply #5 on: 08/07/15, 08:37 AM »

That would definitely be worth a click.  Please share!  Cheesy

Sorry, I spent a fair amount of time searching online, but came up empty.  Decades ago, one could just pop into the park library and spend a rainy day perusing the fascinating historic photo albums, but I suspect that's no longer the case:

"The Mount Rainier archives consist of official park records, manuscript collections, historic images, motion picture films, and other collections. The museum archives are currently in the process of being re-catalogued. For research requests, questions, and other inquiries, please email the park's Museum Curator."

http://www.nps.gov/mora/learn/historyculture/archives.htm

I did find one text reference, tho:

https://books.google.com/books?id=xv4qlIPaSLUC&pg=PA119&lpg=PA119&dq=mules+on+Muir+Snowfield&source=bl&ots=mEK1nLT7Ym&sig=OAyRBf9aq6zIAbupfsUt5ypwLlY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBGoVChMIptO-8qSXxwIVlzGICh31bgJ6#v=onepage&q=mules%20on%20Muir%20Snowfield&f=false
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