|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1881|
|Death: ||Jun. 29, 1970|
Mountaineer. A legendary person in history, "Lige" Coalman was perhaps the greatest mountain man in the history of Mount Hood in Oregon (elevation 11,249 feet). He built and manned the first and only summit cabin at the very top of Mount Hood in use from 1915 to 1933. He was known for slinging a 100-pound pack of supplies, carrying lumber and building supplies by hand to the summit and stringing the first-ever telephone line to the top in order to report fires, hazards and weather conditions to the United States Forest Service (USFS). Many times Coalman endured all of this in blizzard conditions. He was instrumental in reporting and thus containing a great many forest fires. An extensive biography of Coalman was documented by author Jack Grauer's MOUNT HOOD: A COMPLETE HISTORY (1975); Grauer wrote "...The great vitality of Coleman was demonstrated by one day he spent in 1910. He and a climbing client ate breakfast at the hotel in Government Camp. They then climbed to the summit of Mount Hood and down to Cloud Cap Inn where the client wanted to go. After lunch at Cloud Cap, Lige climbed back over the summit and arrived for dinner at Government Camp at 5:00 p.m." During his lifetime, he had documented 586 climbs to the top of Mount Hood, many associated with his years of service as the summit lookout tender for the USFS, but many others as a trail guide, in search and rescue attempts and as an avid outdoor enthusiast. After he resigned from the USFS in the mid-1930's, he spent several years associated with the YMCA camp at Spirit Lake, Washington, on Mount St. Helens. Coalman continued with the YMCA in Berkeley, California in 1937 until his final retirement in 1960. He and his wife retired to Santa Rosa, California until his death in 1970. Coleman Glacier, located between Crater Rock and the summit of Mount Hood, is named for Elijah Coalman.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered over Mt. Hood.
Created by: anonymous
Record added: Jun 27, 2010
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Lige was my great great grandpa|
Added: Sep. 21, 2012
this was my great grandpa;0|
Added: Jan. 6, 2011