This mountain "is seen from the very level of the sea, and therefore rears the whole of its three miles of sloping snow-fields and glaciers before the awed spectator." There are 14 living glaciers on the sides of Rainier. At the latitude of this mountain the vast snow fields cannot disappear airwards by evaporation, and therefore they follow the law of gravitation downwards as glaciers, till the melting line is reached, which becomes the birthplace of mighty rivers."
The OSC Mountain Club was established in 1947 to promote and sponsor skiing and mountain climbing activities. In addition to outings, it also organized instruction classes, films and lectures. One of the founders of the club was Willi Unsoeld, who became one of the first Americans to scale Mt. Everest in 1963. This photograph was used on the cover of the December 1950 Oregon Stater.