Rising above the northwestern part of the Cascades is the magnificent bulk of Mount Baker - "Koma Kulshan" (the steep white mountain" to the early Nooksack Indians. Long a focal point of human interest, this slumbering volcano has been seen in many different lights--as a sacred object, a great challenge, a stimulus for creativity, a playground. Yet, despite all human actions and aspirations over the years, the mountain retains its majesty, power and mystery. This is the story of man and Mount Baker, complete with engaging first hand tales and a wealth of rare photos.
John C. Miles is Professor of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment.