Mt. Rainier, WA Mountaineering Accident, July 1897



Tacoma, Washington, July 30. -- Twenty-four hours after Prof. McCLURE'S fall to death down a 300-foot precipice on Mount Rainier, Tuesday, two other climbers had terrible experiences.
H. A. AINSLIE and GEORGE ROGERS of Portland, Oregon, got lost in a manner very similar to McCLURE'S experience, and fell forty feet into a crevasse ono Cowlitz Glacier. Both were rendered unconscious, but AINSLIE was not so severely stunned as his companion. With great effort he succeeded in climbing over ice to the top, and then crawled two miles to Camp Mazama and gave warning.
A party of rescuers found ROGERS gradually slipping deeper into the crevasse. He was taken out nearly dead and carried to the camp. He was still unconscious when a courier, who arrived today, left the valley.
AINSLIE received bad cuts on the head and was bleeding from other wounds when he made the perilous descent to the camp.
Tuesday afternoon a party of six, including WILLIAM PIERCE of Pendleton, Ore., started for the summit. After climbing several hours MR. PIERCE turned around on the Cowlitz ice fields and greatly alarmed his companions by his agitation. He was prostrated and partially demented from gazing down the frightful precipice on both sides, for thousands of feet downward perpendicular walls of ice greeting the eye.
PIERCE was assisted to a safe place and left there until partly restored.
Monday afternoon Prof. BROWN of Stanford University started to make the ascent alone. He got lost above Gibraltar Rock and wandered about for hours unable to find the trail, finally sinking down behind some rocks exhausted.
A rescuing party of six men found him after a long search and carried him to Camp Mazama. It an hour he would have been frozen to death.
There is now no doubt that Prof. EDGAR McCLURE of the Oregon State University met his death owing to his own recklessness. DR. DAVOTT CONNELL of Portland, Oregon, McCLURE'S traveling companion, says the McCLURE party used no life line, and that recklessness while traveling by night accounts for the accident. In the darkness. In the darkness the party lost the trail on the Muir Glacier. McCLURE warned his companions to be careful and started to reach what looked like a pile of rocks a few feet away. The rocks were a hundred feet below.

New York Times New York 1897-07-31