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Throwback to My Visit to Mt. Rainier, the Most Dangerous Volcano in the US

Throwback to My Visit to Mt. Rainier, the Most Dangerous Volcano in the US

Photographer Keith Dotson at the base of Mt. Rainier, in 2007.
Photographer Keith Dotson at the base of Mt. Rainier, in 2007.

I can’t believe it’s already been ten years since I first went to see the majestic Mt. Rainier, which has been called the most dangerous volcano in America, because of its close proximity to the city of Seattle. It’s hard to believe this sleeping giant is really even a volcano. I can’t wait to get back to the Pacific Northwest.

At 14,411 feet, Mt. Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington, and one of the tallest mountains in the US. But it’s also an active volcano, just 60 miles from Seattle. It has been called the most dangerous volcano in America, because of its proximity to major population centers, and its likelihood of producing massive mudflows, should it erupt.

The mountain also has a history of being very deadly for climbers, and a 1946 plane crash killed 32 people. But it’s a stunner, with white glaciers gleaming against an ultramarine sky, surrounded by deep forests. It remains a popular destination for climbers, hikers, photographers, and campers.

To me, it’s simply breathtaking. Below are a few of the photographs I made on this trip.

Photographs of Mt. Rainier

 

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~ Keith

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