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The Milky Way over Mt. Rainier


The Milky Way over Mt. Rainier

By 2 AM, the Milky Way was right over the summit of Mt Rainier and looked as though it rose out of the volcano. Three parties climbed the north side of the cone, and at least three more were climbing the ridge along the east side. The night was quiet, no breeze, and dust rose from the trail along Sourdough Ridge in Mt. Rainier National Park. I had come to seek some solitude and found a large chunk of andesite to sit and absorb the wilderness.

Photographer: Thomas Bancroft