Camp Muir

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Camp Muir
Shelter at Camp Muir
Camp Muir is located in Washington (state)
Camp Muir
Nearest city Paradise, Washington
Coordinates 46°50′8″N 121°43′53″W / 46.83556°N 121.73139°W / 46.83556; -121.73139Coordinates: 46°50′8″N 121°43′53″W / 46.83556°N 121.73139°W / 46.83556; -121.73139
Governing body National Park Service
MPS Mt. Rainier National Park MPS
NRHP Reference # 91000176[1]
Added to NRHP March 13, 1991

Camp Muir, named for the naturalist John Muir, is a high-altitude refuge for climbers on Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park The shelters comprising the camp are situated at a 10,080 foot elevation between the Muir Snowfield and the Cowlitz Glacier on Mt. Rainier. Camp Muir is the most-used base camp for those attempting to climb to the mountain's summit. Camp Muir is between the Nisqually and Paradise Glaciers.

Camp Muir from the distance

The larger "public" shelter hut was built in 1921 to plans supervised by Daniel Ray Hull of the National Park Service. The 12-foot (3.7 m) by 25-foot (7.6 m) single-story one-room shelter was initially constructed of dry-laid stone. It replaced a smaller shelter which was used as a shelter for climbing guides. A dedication plaque at the entrance to the large shelter plaque reads "Erected in memory of John Muir, 1921."[2] The guide shelter was built in 1916 by a climbing organization, the Mountaineers. It was designed by Seattle architect Carl F. Gould, a member of the Mountaineers and was approved by Park Service director Stephen T. Mather. The single-story guide shelter measures about 10 feet (3.0 m) by 24 feet (7.3 m), and is the oldest stone structure in the park.[3] Two stone pit toilets were built at Camp Muir in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, one of which survives and is used for storage.[4]

There are 12 approaches to the summit from Paradise. Camp Muir provides 7 of those. Of the 7, 4 are grade II, 2 are grade III, and 1 is grade II-III.[5]

Camp Muir was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 13, 1991. It is part of the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District, which encompasses the entire park and which recognizes the park's inventory of Park Service-designed rustic architecture.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Harvey, David (September 30, 1982). "Pacific Northwest Regional Office Inventory: Camp Muir Public Shelter". National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Harvey, David (September 30, 1982). "Pacific Northwest Regional Office Inventory: Camp Muir Guide Shelter". National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Harvey, David (September 30, 1982). "Pacific Northwest Regional Office Inventory: Camp Muir Pit Toilet". National Park Service. 
  5. ^ Mike Gauthier, Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide, The Mountaineers Books, ISBN 0-89886-956-0