View from the summit of Ruth Mountain (elev. 7,115') on the park boundary of North Cascades National Park, Washington. A daunting view of Mt. Shuksan along w/ the side of Mt. Baker to the west along w/ hanging glaciers above the Nooksack Cirque. South views extend towards Icy Peak & Mt. Blum, haze made Glacier Peak barely noticeable, other glaciated peaks in distance include Eldorado Peak & the more distant LeConte Glacier on Sentinel & Old Guard Peaks. Also visible is Mt. Triumph & Mt. Despair, of which Fred Beckey made a first ascent on. The Picket Range to the east are prominent leading up to Challenger Peak/Glacier, w/ views of Mt. Redoubt (or maybe Spickard) to the northwest leading up to Slesse Mountain & other peaks in British Columbia. Tomyhoi, American Border/Canadian Border, Larrabee & other lesser distinct south-drying peaks to the north circling over to Church Mountain. The peaks are high & the valleys are deep. The approach typically goes up the glacier face on the north side though being late season it was heavily crevassed so I detoured up the northeast side following old trails & scoured bedrock where the ice covered over not too many decades ago.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.