Tacoma, WA: Asahel Holmes Denman (photographer), 1925 or 1926. A quantity of 32 black and white photographs, with one envelope addressed to Charles M. Farrer from A. H. Denman, presumably that in which some, if not all of the photos, were sent. Photos variously numbered in pencil on back. Preserved in glassine sleeves in a folder bound with brads. Good. Item #2985
These photographs from the 1925 Mountaineers Expedition from Chimney Rock to Mount Stuart document the enthusiasm of naturalists in the Northwest shortly after the establishment of the U.S. National Parks. The photographs were taken by Asahel Holmes Denman whose wrok ; a few were published in "The Mountaineers" of 1925, but most of them appear to have remained unpublished.
The Mountaineer Society was founded in 1906 to explore the Puget Sound region, offering a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, and skiing. The annual summer outing was the highlight of the year, generally lasting for 2 or 3 weeks and participated in by upwards of 100 Mountaineers in some yearsf.
The 100-mile expedition began with a trek to Snoqualmie Lodge. The next day the trail turned northeast towards the Dutch Miller Gap, in which area they spent the better part of five days, summiting such peaks as Iron Mountain, Overcoat, and Summit Chief. They then circled high above Summit Lake and then down to Shovel Creek, then from Shovel Creek to Spectacle Meadows where they scaled Mineral Mountain, Lemah-Thumb, and Lemah's Middle Peak. They then turned northeasterly again to Waptus Lake, forded the Waptus River, and made it to Deep Lake where they climbed the Buttress and Cathedral Rock. The party then split, with some traveling for the East Peak of Mount Daniels and others for the part of Daniels over the Lynch Glacier. A few days later, the party tramped down the valley of Cle Elum up to Fortune Creek, from which they moved south to Ingalls Peak and, after summiting it, camped at its base at Ingalls Lake. Their final summit was Mount Stuart, near the start of their trip, and a few days later the group went up and over Turnpike Pass.
Henry A. Loss was the Chief Packer on this particular trip, a veteran packer of the Cascades and who was, according to Charles M. Farrer, a blessing and "a good fellow to be out with." Farrer, who joined the society in 1907 shortly after its creation, served as club secretary from 1908-1914, and was a member of the 1925 committee, can be seen seated in photo 63.
Many of the vistas in the present album are similar to those found in "The Mountaineer," 1925. For example, photos 32 and 30 show Spectacle Lake, similar to the photo found on p. 24 of "The Mountaineer"; photo 3 shows Mount Wright and Snow Lake as on p. 22; and photo 59, showing Mt. Stuart from Ingalls Lake, is reproduced on p. 19. Photo 62, of a lodge-pole pine, is reproduced on p. 65.
The Mountaineer Society is heavily documented by the University of Washington, who holds collections of photographic albums with dates inclusive of 1907-1951. However, the university does not have photo albums from 1925 or 1926.
SOURCE: "The Mountaineer," Dec. 15, 1925, vol. XVIII, no. 1.