Mountaineering in the  Central Cascades:

Nature's Wondrous  Land

In 2021, the Yakima Valley Museum will open a new exhibit that showcases The Cascades. The exhibit will include displays on the fauna and flora, the geology and vulcanology of the region, the glaciers and the impact of global warming and then focus on human recreation detailing the development of mountaineering in Central Washington between 1949 and 1970 and mountain rescue.


We are searching for physical items, photographs, diaries, letters or any other first-hand accounts and information about the following Yakima and Ellensburg-area climbers and skiers:

Bob McCall, Lex Maxwell, Dave Mahre, Jim Wickwire, Chuck and Marion Hessey, Erline Reber, Bill Prater, Gene Prater, Tom Hargis, Bruce Gilbert, Curtiss Gilbert and Cragg Gilbert Sr.

We also need to raise money to help with creating this exhibit. Any amount, no matter how big, will be gratefully received.

Your cherished possessions may be donated to the museum, or loaned for the duration of the exhibit and will then be returned to you safe and sound.

Please contact us: info@yvmuseum.org, call 509-248-0747 or use the form below -

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towards exhibit costs