July 27-28, 1974
Our party of six left the South Eugene High Parking Lot at 9:15 a.m., and drove
across the Santiam Pass to Bend and on to Fall Creek Cabin, arriving at 12:45.
There were about 20 vehicles in the parking area.
We had lunch and were on the trail by 1:15.
Most of the trail was snow covered, but easy to follow due to many footprints.
A brief thundershower about 4 p.m. caused us to shelter under some low trees.
We arrived at Green Lakes at 4:45 and made camp near the outflow of Fall Creek.
Tents were scattered everywhere about the lakes.
A party of about 15 Ptarmigans from Vancouver (Wn) were camped near us.
The night was dry and not cold.
We arose at 4 a.m. to a clear sky with bright stars.
We started our ascent at 5:10 crossing a snow bridge, up steep snow fields to
the foot of Lewis Glacier.
We used steps made by the Ptarmigans who had a half hour head start on us.
We crossed the lower half of the glacier and struggled up the Red Ridge, the last
of the party reaching the summit at 10:30.
The sky was clear, but horizons were hazy.
We saw Mount Hood, and optimists claimed farther.
The Crater Lake was formed but mostly frozen over.
A chipmunk was sighted at the 9500 foot level.
We left the summit at 11:30 and had glissading down the snowfields and glacier.
The last of the party arrived in camp at 1:50 p.m.
We rested and packed up, getting on the trail at 2:45.
It was crowned with the disappointing discovery that someone had stolen and
consumed the can of juice the leader had buried in snow bank!
We drove away at 6:10 going by Davis Lake and the Willamette Pass to arrive in
Eugene at 9:30.
All reached the summit.
On this climb were:
Theresa & Al Gamache,