I'm a newbie to this site, and have already spent most of my time here in the NW History forum. I was hoping to find some information on Silver Peak, but a search doesn't show up anything.
In my old Beckey book (the 1979 edition) he refers to "This tradition-rich summit..." I've always wondered what that was about, but I haven't been able to find any information about it.
Anyone know what traditions he's talking about? (knowing Fred, it could be a tradition of coed nude skiing or something! )
Maybe I should have been less ambiguous. I know where Silver Peak is, and I've climbed it a couple of times. What I'm curious about is the "tradition-rich" adjective that FB uses. Was it just a popular climb for early Mountaineers parties? The name implies to me a mining history, but it doesn't show up in "Discovering Washington's Historic Mines" (it's just south of the dividing line.)
In my edition (1987), he calls it "This traditional summit". Perhaps it refers to its popularity. Perhaps the nom de summit refers to riches thought to lie beneath it's shell. Someone check the mines references?
Here is a listing of mines and mineral sites. If one looks at Silver Peak, pyrite and quartz are listed among the minerals found. I wonder if any prospecting was done up there? Or maybe the peak is silver in color, or named after someone whose name was Silver, or perhaps some hiker had a sliver in his foot and named it Sliver Peak but then it got mispelled at the town post office. It wouldn't be the first time. Spell checkers didn't exist back then.
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