The Fairmount News from Fairmount, Indiana on November 21, 1921 · Page 9
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The Fairmount News from Fairmount, Indiana · Page 9

Fairmount, Indiana
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Monday, November 21, 1921
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HIGH SCHOOL EDITION SECTION TWO C7TT3n FAIBMO UNT NEW 3 T. 2 , PRINTED FOR A PURPOSE TO HELP FAIRMOUNT GROW . TWICE A WEEK-Monday and Thur aday. " SOUTHERN GRANT COUNTY FIRST ALWAYS. Forty-fourth Year FAIRMOUNT, INDIANA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1921 Number 102 i If o f "d Mt lite Sin .nestbic o op Edgar L. Morphet, Principal of Fairrhount High School, Describes Perilous Climb Up Trecherous Slope of Snow and Ice Clad Peak, After Spending Night Just- Below Snow Line Where Bears Nosed About and Interrupted Slumbers of Weary, But Happy Tourists. Narrow Escape from Being Crushed by Huge Boulder Crashing Down Over Ice-Fields from Mountain Top. V AXjv-.--- n -vKW.M FAIRMOUNT aooe us tne snow oegins. Here, ; however it is quite pleasant and warm enough that the little patches of snow near here seem tn he mpltnf. Tn . n ravine many feet below us we can look jdown on what appears t0 be quite a large patch of snow. After arrivii?g we were lucky en ough soon to find a place fi-ee from w- ... . Vi IvjFl.K L.-:.-r. t a j Edgar L. Morphet, principal cf the Fairmount high school, spent his summer vacation in the vet and on the Pacific coast, visiting: many places of interest, and extending his journeys far northward into Alaska. He has written for The News a most interesting description of his experiences when he climbed Mt. Shasta. Editor The News. o the heavy expense of a guide, and to i start as soon as we could get things j together as we were anxious t0 be off. By the time we had prepared our lunch (chocolate bars, sandwiches and a little fruit), got extra soles and spikes on our shoes ($2.50), alpine sticks ($1.00), rented blankets ($2.50),! secured one horse (So.00) the only hor?e we could secure without waiting until the next day, got our camp fire permit, supplies for our kodak, our canteen, and everything packed and j j ready to start we found that it was nearly 6:00 o'clock. Regardless of the fact that t v.-as so late we set out although many of the people who had gathered t0 see us off predicted that we would i.'ot make it to Horse Camp this evening, or at any rate that we will r.t reach the top cf the mountain on the morrow. Fethaps we may not, j but we are at Horse Camp anyway and j still have high hopes for the remain- ' der cf the trip. I'm quite accustomed to hiking, so we 1 packed our supplies on the horse arAI ; rav new Campbell rod ... , , 7 X.V , it, leading the way The trail up from ; Sisson is deep with the dust of mid-' summer and part of the distance quitt i . . K ' . ... . 1 til dark we made very good time and; . ... . V II i had covered something over half the distance although as we later found most of the steep climbing still remained. At sunset we had a wonderful view of Mt- Shasta as the last . . . i . t- , ravs lingered on tne oeautuui i-now j j i 1 j, , j Ju.y 27, Wednesday. "Harse Camp. Slope cf Mt. Shasta. Although I thought Dunsmuir should have the fresh fragrant air of a pir.e clad mour.t-aiiAyas country I was somewhat disappointed. Railroad yards are located there and the smell cf the turning oil tall engines in this part of the west burn oil) was noticeable most of the n:ght. It is r.3i by a:."y means a pleasant odor either. This morning I hoofed it up along the picturesque mountain road to Shasta SnrT-- rv about Three m.le ' distant. While cn ' mke I caught i mv firs climpse of the beautiful, tate'v Vt S--a:a towerin now ' ' , , , TT. of Shasta that should not be missecj boulders and soon were unpacked. e:t . , , , , . . . . , crcwr.ei, far above its neighbors. lit- road. stir.ctive.y I To get nearer the At Shasta Springs the train stop-mountain, to climb it. if possible, so I ped for five minutes so that everyone (then g;ithered wood from some of the I faen nearby . 1 . - rf-v . , ,. , . , was a late one, but most ei'jovable for we were ravenously hungry. e have , , , discovered some others encamped near , . , ... . camp tire, so we may have more cora-1 pany on the climb tomorrow. All we can see of the mountain now is a vacue outline of the M I Pill.'. H IIt-i H. 'H Vf. 1 1 T I ,f j j ; i ! i j I DL BUILDINGS This picture of the F. H. S. school building wa3 taken just before the recent improvements were begun. The two buildings shown in the picture are now joined by an addition housing the Vocational Department, new class rooms and the offices, while just back of the "south" build-iig is the splendid new 68x80 foot gymnasium of which we students of F. II. S. are justly proud. O heavy clothing. Climbing became much rvmi-o AfiU fr0nnti j of us would slip when the spikes did i not bite into the ice. Very freouent- !' we had o op ard rest as the slope oecame more steep ana tne air became ' more raie as a result of the higher altitude. We began to got cold and numb and accordingly our optimism . . and spirits began to ebb rapidly. My icci utrwiiinc su iiuimj mat lur a nine I thought they were freezing. As we ascended our progress became more and more slow due to the iiA.-reased steepness of the slope and t0 the fact that we had to stop "to breathe" more often. The ice here began to grow moie folded and wrinkled and this ad led crreatlv to the difficulty. Some- :;o i,.. ,.u" i., up a perpendicular face of ice, five or six ieet nign oy tne sneer strengtn ot . ... . r . I . . i . . 0ur arms or merely witn tne aid ot our lalnine sticks. Still the general slope became more steen and our nrosrrpss much more slow. By this time the suil was up but not yet high enough jto shine over the cliffs above onto the glacier. The valley far, far below was beautiful, bathed as it was at this time in the light of the early morning sun. We began to gt2t tired and we werfc still quite cold. Sometimes far down under the ice, we could hear distinctly the sound of runring water. Especially in these places we were careful to "sound" the ice to be sure that it wasn't hollow or merely a crust too thin to bear our weight. At last the sun topped the cliffs still far above and the bright light came flooding down over the glacier. The first rays were almost blinding, and the sur itself appeared like a ball of fire. I shall never forget the feeling almost of terror that passed over me just at the time that the first fierce rays shot over the rock3 above and lighted up the glacier. I hardly know whether this was caused by the sudden change from semi-darkness to intense light or from the fact that the sunlight brought out more distinctly the steepness of the slope. ard the great height to which we had climbed. Other members of the party mentioned a similar feeling at that time. Almost at once the air began to get much warmer and we were mighty glad of that. Partly for that reason we quite enjoyed the change after this first strange sensation had worr off. Soon after this we came to a place still steeper than any part of the slope we had yet climbed. For perhaps a mile on' up to the cliffs above, this extended. Here the ice was comparatively smooth and frozen so hard that our spikes would hardly hold. Because it was so smooth it was that much more dangerous. Here the slope was so steep that at any time we could stand erect ard reaching out, without bendingv touch the slope in front of us. If we had slipped here no telling how far we would have gone down before stopping, for there were no Jutting ledges to check our .progress. I looked up and it seemed as if miles of such ice lay before us. Far (Continued on Page Four) IcznorzzS clad peak long alter tne sun usen , - , , - , , , , j.nlan tr stiirf arvnnt -. . 1 1 in the nwn- u, as t vul "wn ue mooiiiiBHir a.iu.,vater in a little ravine at the base of HIGH SCHOOL DoUier agan. About 2:30 we heara our neighbors talkinsr. so we hailed them and found that they were get - for an early J sUrt By that time the moon was iiijrn in me sny ana isnasia presentea most beautiful sight in the yellow light of the moon. This is the view i tor at i.o other time is it so beautiful, . , . jr. " u uif,m- j fied. To be at the foot of the great ' fields of snow far up on the slopes of ; this great peak, at this hour of a beau- j tiful, warm, moonlight, morning is an experience distinctive in itself, an adveiAure in itself worth all the time and the trouble required for the trip, We soon had our own breakfast :,h ,,nAar. wot- f. nk,, ,t; 1 start as early as possible. After oreaKiai, wnue my companion coi-- ;i...i t . i 1 . I 1 l-r -L 1 -1 . ieci,eu our inings, i iook our norse to mitino- Snw nt far All : the ?rouni j,f th?3 vicinity was strewn 1 with boUders ,rsc ar,(i smali that j had been brought down by the placier and by snow slides during past ages "w.& i. the half light vas quite difficult. On one of these boulders I slipped so that I sprained one. of my ankles and for a time I feared that this might handicap me considerably in the climb, but fortunately it proved to be only a minoi matter and didn't bother me very much at any time. About four o'clock we had everything ready for the start. Our neighbors were ready too, so we joined them and fourAi them quite pleasant companions. With the five in their gjroup we accordingly formed a party of seven starting the climb. The morring could not have been nicer. As we started toward the snow just a few rod3 distait, I noted that it was still moonlight although the sky above the mountain to the east was rapidly growing brighter. All of us started in high spirits and we felt all the more refreshed and encouraged by the pleasant balmy breeze from among the pines and cedars. In five miiAites we were at the foot of the glacier and here we stopped a minute to fill our canteens with the ice cold water coming from the meltingi ice. Then we climbed up on the ice and were on our way. Here we found climbirg quite easy for the was soft enough that our spikes easily "bit in" and the points of our alpine sticks easily went deep enough to hold well. Moreover the slope here was gentle enough that there was no danger if ore did slip. We were foolish enough to call the climb a snap and accordingly decided that we could easily reach the top soon after sun up. But that was merely the optimism of our ignorance. We still had a lot of things to learn ard very soon were to change our minds about the "snap." Before We had climbed far we found the ice frozen quite solidly and somewhat crevassed in places. An ice cold wind begat to sweep down over the glacier from the summit chilling us through and through, . despite oui; i ; 1 j res-ived to tne r.oon train for Sisson, whence the trail to Shasta be- gir.s. 1 When I arrived at Shasta Springs, I went through the beautiful hotet grounds, stopping for quite a while in the shade of the graceful trees to watch quite an interesting game ct croquet beingi played by some of the truests. After tirinsr of this I began the descent alone the wooded mountain c.. frt..rt-iT-r rhe 77Atr nath t the Sacramento river and the railroad , ma;!.. ft be'ow Here, alone this ? .: .. j --. - i : nwunmm s,vr, - .,.. something entifely different. The air was naturai:y coot trom tne snaae oi the forest trees, but here and there all alor th r-ath I followed larse .. spring of water gushed lortn and ; tumbled down to the river below mak- : ing it seem much cooler and more j we drew nearer and after about an y ambled along the path a snort aist-pleasai'c than one could imagine. Up-! hour we came to the little town of janee and then-wandered off to ont on reaching the railroad track which Sisson wneoe the trail to Mt. Shasta j side, so we "resumed our journey, for ran along the river, I discovered sev-; begiris. I we were anxious to make as much enures at every mfr.ute. Again on the way back I had a splendid view of Mt. Shasta. SiAnv clad and majestic, it was an inspiring sicht. a lone and immense sentinel defying the ages. It is one cf the most grandly beautiful mountains I have yet seen as well as one of the highest, nearly 14.400 feet. My decision to get a closer view, as well as to try to climb the mountain had only been reinforced with this sec- 01d view, so soon after I had reached Uunsmuir auu mv grip I . - ' iuI "" t or miles distant as a crow flies ,J't about fifteen or eighteen by rail- might have opportunity to get a drink of the mineral water at the nearby springs. Soon after leaving there we crossed for the . eighteenth time the Sacramento river and immediately circled around a short horse shoe curve coming back cn nit the opposite 1-1 side of the river. We climbed quite v, W-an- :.y! inct a verv few minutes we couJd look down on the track over which we had just come, ached the so far below. Soon we re level of the plateau having, climbed a thousand feet above the river and the , . - . . . trof - t at Shara Snnre. Alter tra- . veiling twelve miles by rail we were om lour UiSl'-1 l Spnrfgs. Tt- . 1 J T w e men nvunu aiiioiij; lut foot hills with Shasta appearing in 11 1: .v 3 1 v V,, an us a.pnj a.- ; right and tnen on rae leiu vjiriuuaii At Sisson I secrred a lunch and therf j began to make inquiries about climb- ,ng Shasta. Not many people seem- ed able to give me any information S dangers of the trip and ef people who had been injured, ar.l even a few who j had lost their lives. Then at the; Park Hotel, where I had registered, j and a very pleasant place, I ran across a man by the name of Campbell who was also thinking of trying the ascent. So we decided to try our luck togeth- er and together we made our irquiries arKj preparations. We learned that there was a trail to what is caned "Horse Camp at the snow line, as far up the mountain as one could go by horse. We Jeamed that the distance to Horse Camp is about nine miles arAi that the distance from there to the top, over immense fields of ice and snow, is about five miles. We learned that we would have to climb about 6000 feet t reach Horse Camp and about 5,500 more from there to the top of the mountain. We were informed that we should by all means have a guide, an alpine stick, spikes in our shoes, snow glasses, a horse apiece, plenty of blankets and that we should not even think of beginning the trip before the rforrow. However we found an old cobbler who had made the trip and gjot some very good information from htm as well as some specific and beneficial directiorfe, so we -decided to try the trip without eral mineral springs (iron and soda) and of course had to drink of that J water as well as of the ice cold water j from the other springs. tney say an eany start is necessary J 1 . A A T it one is to get to tne top. Ionian. ; we have a bed under the stars. First ! some tragrant eeaar bougns piacea on the ground near the fire; a blanket - . i . ; ... . . I 'blankets to throw over us. mis is a experience one that I am en- ,, - ovjn v much. There is a dis- - - " i tinct thrill in the knowledge that our camp is located high on the slopes of Mt. Shasta that sets this off from any other camping experience. Just to hear the breeze whispering soothing ly among the trees, to breathe the fragrant air, and think thoughts inspired by the myriad stars above you is enough to make life seem very much worth while at any time, ard especially here on the slopes of Shasta. But now to niy cude bed, or rather to my blankets and to sleep for the morrow will probably bring a world of new experiences if there is anything! to what people have told us. July 28, Thursday. Park Hotel, Sis-son. Call. Weary, footsore, bruised, sunburned, slightly srtow blind, but satisfied. That is the result of the day's adventures. I failed to get much sleep last night partly because of an inquisitive bear. Also for the same reason we nearly lost our horse. I presume the bear must have smelled our eats for sometime about one o'clock I suddenly found myself wide awake. The camp After lingering for some time jt'and I began to thir&t I might have to - - this beautiful and fascinating spot I 'abandon the idea. From one person started back to Dunsmuir, following j learned that a guide could be secur-the winding course of the railroad j for trip for $60.00, and from along the Sacramento. It seemed sanotiier 1 hai several stories of the m. . . t ! If had disappeared, it wouki oe aimost impossible to describe the rugged grandeur of the mountair as it ap- rea red at this time. Even this beauti- ful evening view was well worth much P 1. A. . oi me inp. Just about dusk, as we were com- i'j 5 tir thp riastv trail, mvsen in me , - - - . - lead and my friend following on horse-, puck, a i-li! - I J il f U ;n fmnf f G..y appeaitu iil i.i n .yw. nie. I had no desire for a closer view l j .-U.. T A oi a coP -:.c . ! moment s nesuation me craiuic , progress as possible before darK. as it grew darker we appreached the lower limits of the Shasta forest and a few miiJutes later found that the , ! , 1 M . .!. MM -. W darkness had increased to such an ex tent that it was no easy matter to follow the trail. Travelling after dark, even though I was in the lead on foot, became quite a ticklish matter as neither of us had been over the trail or even beer in that part of the country before and consequently were rather fearful of loosing our way. After it became too dark to see the path I walked ahead with my flashlight while my companion followed on the horse. The slope became much more steep and frequently we would have to stop for a few minutes and rest. Two or three times I climbed orf the horse while my companion went ahead with the flashlight for the rapid ascent we had been making was cidedly tiring. However, in places the path was quite narrow and most of the time I was on the horse I was uneasy for I knew that the mountain side was quite steep. Once whetJ the horse suddenly shied for some reason my hair for a minute nearly stood on end as I pictured a possible plunge down the steep slope to the rocks, I knew not how far below. A little after 10 o'clock we arrived here in camp, quite tired and for that reasor mighty glad we were at our journey's end for the day. There is really no camp here, not even a shelter of any sort. This is just the end of the trail, as far as horses can go, and also as far up the mountainside as trees grow for only a few rods I j had died down so that we could ice if springs must be scattered at frequent ii&ervals along, the entire mountain side for all along the track for ouite a distance the water came tumb ling down to the river, some places in j streams almost large enough to be called brooks, while in other places the streams were really quite diminui-tive. This was one of the most unique sights I have seen. Theil I came to j the beautiful Moss brae r ans. iiere one can stand at a bend in the river and for nearly a quarter of a mile along the opposite side, see water plunging over a high cliff in streams and sheets arid falling; into the river below. And every bit of this water comes from many springs such as I have just described and along the face of the same bluff. These falls are made even more unique and beautiful by a heavy growth of moss and even ferns all along the face of the cliff over which the water plunges. One could well spend many soothing hours here in this beautiful quieting spot within sound of the music of the distinctive Mossbrae Falls. Reluctantly I left this place as the noon hour approached and followed the track through the ravirie along the Sacramento back to Dunsmuir, a trip which brought new scenes and : see but a very short distance, but we could hear something shuffling arouiAd and sniffing around near where we had left our eats, while our horse was raising a tenable fuss. I threw some wood on the fire so that it blazed up a little better, found the flashlight and turned it in the directior of the noise. It was a bear sure enough but the light must have scared him, for without any more ado he shuffled off into the darkness. My companion and I then ran to try to quiet the horse and found -that he had broker his halter and might very easily have been loose in another minute. We soon succeeded in getting the halter fixed, but after that adventure we didn't get much sleep even though the bear didn't

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