Mount Shuksan in Washington's Cascades is a 9,030-ft. mass of snow fields, glaciers, crevasses, waterfalls, rock chimneys (vertical crevices). Mount Rainier is higher (14,408 ft.); Mount Baker is more difficult, less dangerous (although six climbers died on its slopes last year).

For experienced amateurs who like the fun and peril of mountain climbing, Shuksan is just right for a Sunday outing.

On a Shuksan outing last week went three competent climbers: H. Karl Boyer, 28, of Seattle, who fought in the Spanish Civil War; Anne Cedarquist, 22, a chemist who once climbed California's...

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