Skier on Carbon Glacier with view of the north slope of Mount Rainier

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Where: Wonderland Trail, Ashford, WA 98304, USA

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Skier overlooking Carbon Glacier with view of Mt. Rainier. n.d.

Watson, Dwight

Subjects (LCTGM):
Carbon Glacier (Wash.)
Rainier, Mount (Wash.)
Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.)
Glaciers--Washington (State)
Mountains--Washington (State)
Skiers--Washington (State)

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Dwight Watson Photographs

Item Number: DWA032

Persistent URL:,29

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    • 17/Jun/2010 03:27:53

    This image lists as having been taken "in Nisqually Vista, Washington" which is on the opposite side of Mt. Rainier from where the picture was actually shot. As a former ranger in the Carbon River district, I know the view presented in the image very well. The ridgeline on the left is Curtis Ridge. The larger wall is Willis Wall (named for geologist Bailey Willis) and is divided from Liberty Wall to its right by Liberty Ridge. The ridgeline on the right is Ptarmigan Ridge. The skier is not actually on the Carbon Glacier but rather overlooking it.

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    • 17/Jun/2010 16:55:15

    DeForestRanger - Thanks for such detailed information. I have updated our image title. In our Libraries' database at the University of WA, we actually note the following information which was not part of the info we posted to Flickr: "Along the Carbon Glacier in spring. The Willis Wall in Mt. Rainier looms huge and precipitous." Would this be correct?

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    • 17/Jun/2010 19:49:59

    I am not sure it would be a springtime shot, based on the condition of the glacier. In spring, the Carbon appears fairly smooth-surfaced. It's not until autumn that it becomes craggy and darkens. My guess would have been that the image was taken in October after the first few snowfalls had occurred. I could be wrong about that, though. The view presented here shows not only Willis Wall but Liberty Wall to its right and below the cloud. That's a distinction important to climbers. The ridgeline which separates the two cirques is Liberty Ridge. Do you have any idea what year the picture was taken?

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    • 17/Jun/2010 21:05:42

    We don't have an exact date but the image comes from the collection: Dwight Watson Photographs of Washington State, 1933-1943.