Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

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Chase
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Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by Chase » December 20th, 2012, 6:53 pm

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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by bobcat » December 23rd, 2012, 7:44 pm

Thanks for posting - Do you know the date of the photo? It sure looks different there today!

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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by Chase » December 28th, 2012, 9:19 am

1919.

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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by Peabody » January 2nd, 2013, 8:50 pm

Here's another from 1910. Link

This most likely is a 1910 view from the top. Link

I can't get the Flickr image imbedded in the thread. :evil:
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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by Chase » January 2nd, 2013, 10:24 pm

Those are great, Peabody. I think they cemented it around '38 when the WPA and the FS built the road to the summit.

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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by zee » January 2nd, 2013, 11:10 pm

I see a pair of snowshoes in Chase's first photograph

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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by retired jerry » January 3rd, 2013, 6:12 am

It's funny, the things that were done way back then that would be inappropriate now

Like cementing Larch

or the Eagle Creek trail wouldn't probably be done

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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by kepPNW » January 3rd, 2013, 6:30 am

Peabody wrote:I can't get the Flickr image imbedded in the thread. :evil:
With Flicker, you have to...
  • * Click on the photo,
    * Click the "View all sizes" link,
    * Snarf the path to the image then presented, or
    * Pick another size, then get the path to the image from that.

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zee wrote:I see a pair of snowshoes in Chase's first photograph
Hey, those look just like the ones I used last time I was on snowshoes! :lol:
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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by zee » January 3rd, 2013, 12:08 pm

retired jerry wrote:It's funny, the things that were done way back then that would be inappropriate now
For sure I though you were going to write: snowshoeing to the summit of Larch from (where?) without synthetic fabrics or electronics. off topic: is there a thru-hiker contingent that eschews modern materials and equipment etc...?

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Re: Larch Summit before all that cement was poured on it

Post by payslee » January 3rd, 2013, 1:03 pm

zee wrote: off topic: is there a thru-hiker contingent that eschews modern materials and equipment etc...?
Horse packers are as close as you'd come, although even they would use (I assume?) water-proof camping equipment and would carry stoves / fuel.

Early (settler) mountaineering/exploring in the Pacific Northwest was almost always done with the assistance of horses and mules. Not many seem to PCT that way any more, but it could be done in theory.

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