by Dave Tucker, September 17, 2012
A wonderful photo of Mount Baker was taken in 1912 by a mysterious F.D. (or maybe it’s “E.D.”) Welsh from the summit of hard-to reach Loomis Mountain. The photograph clearly shows the much greater extent of the Easton and Squak glaciers, as well as documenting the presence of glacial ice just above the Scott Paul Trail, where there is no ice today. Welsh’s photograph is perhaps the earliest, and certainly the best, view of the south flank of the volcano. It clearly shows the ice-covered rim of Carmelo Crater at the summit plateau of Mount Baker. (more below the photo…)
Cascade mountain photographer John Scurlock was captivated by the photograph and recognized its historic value. On September 16, 2012, John achieved his goal by climbing to the summit of Loomis Mountain with a team including folks from MBVRC and North Cascades Institute, and the same scene was photographed showing 100 years of glacial recession at Mount Baker. The story is told elsewhere on this blog: go here to read it and see the photos. A future post will highlight some of the changes in the past 100 years.