At the top of the North Peak we found an
aluminum 35MM film canister
typical of registers left by the original ascent party of difficult
It contained a small sheet of rolled up paper,
a pencil stub,
Stevens Pass ski patrol id and
When the Whittaker brothers climbed the North Peak in 1949,
there was no pencil in the film can and they left what documents they
had to prove they had been there.
Among those who signed the register were
We were proud to be able to add our names and stuff the documents and
pencil stub back into the can.
The night on the summit was surreal.
Low clouds had moved in to form a sea around us,
with other summits sticking out like islands.
We could hear,
but not see,
cars on US Highway 2 drive by with their safe and warm
occupants while we tried to make ourselves comfortable in our rocky