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THE NORTH CASCADES Tom Miller 1964 1st ed DJ Near Fine
By Miller, Tom, photos; Harvey Manning, text; Dee Molenaar. Maps
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Seattle, 1964, 1st edition. 95 pp, 84 ills. Quarto. Many maps. Large-format hardcover (12'' x 10''). DJ has some edge wear, and one chip 1''x1''. There is a faint gift inscription dated Christmas 1984. Other wise the book itself is Near Fine, taken together the book and DJ are Near Fine. 

Due to the size of this book, extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail, or International Mail.

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The finest photo book on the North Cascades. Includes many photos of the classic Ptarmigan Traverse. 
 
The Ptarmigan Traverse is the oldest and most famous high route in the Northwest. The first crossing of this route in July 1938 by four members of the Ptarmigan Climbing Club has become a standard in Northwest mountaineering folklore. 

Over thirteen days, Calder Bressler, Bill Cox, Ray Clough and Tom Myers pioneered the entire crest route from Dome Peak to Cascade Pass and made many first ascents. Yet the Ptarmigans (a Seattle climbing club), soon scattered by World War II, never published their story. For many years, how they made their journey and what they saw remained a mystery.

In 1953 five climbers, Dale Cole, Bob Grant, Mike Hane, Erick Karlsson and Tom Miller, calling themselves the ''What is South of Cascade Pass Anyway?'' Expedition, set aside two weeks in September to explore this ''mysterious, legendary maze.'' They traversed from Cascade Pass to Dome Peak, reversing the direction taken by the Ptarmigans, and recorded their journey in The Mountaineer in 1953. 

More significantly, Tom Miller returned with dozens of fine black and white photographs of the glaciers, lakes, and crags along the route. Ten years later, as conservationists fought for a North Cascades National Park, Miller lent his pictures from the Ptarmigan Traverse and several other trips to The Mountaineers.  

The book was a success. Not only did it help establish the National Park in 1968, it inspired a generation of Northwest climbers. It was the first picture book to showcase the peaks and glaciers of the North Cascades from a climber's perspective. While the Ptarmigans in 1938 made their traverse a campfire legend. 

Printed only once, the book is now hard to find. Young climbers who started exploring the North Cascades in the 1970s, before modern guidebooks were available, jealously thumbed through the book in their friends' collections or on library shelves.

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