The manuscript, "Lt. O'Neil's Exploration of the Olympic Mountains," was hand-written by Pvt. Harry Fisher (real name James B. Hanmore), a member of the 1890 expedition. The manuscript gives a detailed account of the journey from Pvt. Fisher's point of view. His writing style and descriptions are lively and often humorous.
The account was written with a dip pen and ink on tablet paper and included some simple pencil sketches. Will Steel later had the document hardbound in cloth-covered boards, with the following stamped in gold on the spine: Oregon Alpine Club Expedition into the Olympic Mountains, 1890, H. Fisher (Will G. Steel at the bottom of the spine).
Steel appears to have made some penciled corrections to the manuscript. Taped to the flyleaf is a leaflet titled "God," published by Will Steel in 1928.
The four volumes of the Arthur H. Marshall Collection. Volume I covers 1886 thru June 5, 1931, Volume II covers June 7, 1931 thru 1938, Volume III covers 1939 thru 1945, and Volume IV covers 1946 thru 1950. Total number of original pages in all four volumes equals 2475.
Each volume contains three "preface" pages written by the donor Kenyon Rainier Stebbins and his brother.
In all Marshall made, according to his own tally, 622 individual summits, 281 of which were solo climbs. According to John Scott, writing in We Climb High, Marshall
"never used a piton, a carabiner nor a rope rappel in his life. For this reason some of his ascents of hazardous rock peaks are truly remarkable."
World War II swept Hackett into the US Army's 10th Mountain Division. He spent the summer of 1942 at Canada's Athabaska Glacier and another 18 months at Camp Hale, Colorado. He earned the rank of Second Lieutenant at Fort Benning, Georgia and promptly rejoined the 10th to engage in the Battle of Riva Ridge in Italy, one of the bloodiest sieges of the war.
Hackett went on to climb the highest points in Africa, Australia, Europe, Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, and a hard-fought attempt on K2 in the Himalayas. He also reached both the North and South Poles and rode an ice-breaker through the Northwest Passage from the Pacific to Atlantic Oceans.
Phil's diary of the expedition documents the days of bad weather they encountered, the ice cave they were forced to stay in when their tent failed, the books they read, and the endless games of poker they played.