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First Winter Ascent of Mt. Rainier, 1922

First Winter Ascent of Mt. Rainier, 1922

When “back in the day” really was back in the day, February 1922 to be precise, Jean and Jacques Landry, Jacques Bergues, and cameraman Charles Perryman made the first winter ascent of Mt. The foursome climbed, skinned, climbed some more, and planted an American flag on the summit on a cold but flawless day. It was the first motion picture ever taken on the summit of Mount Rainier. It shows the first winter ascent of any significant peak in Washington state, and the highest no less. It is the oldest known climbing or skiing film in Washington.”Alas, the only skiing footage is from the ascent.

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