A group of climbers load their packs at Paradise. A National Park Service ranger inspects their gear. The climbers explore ice caves by torchlight. They continue to Camp Muir and set up tents. The afternoon is spent practicing with crampons, jumping crevasses on belay, and exploring the Cowlitz Glacier. The climbers walk through jumbled crevasses and chop steps up icy pinnacles. The climbers reach the summit in the morning and prepare to camp in the crater. They melt snow over steam vents before preparing supper.
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