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Descendants Climb Lassen 100 Years After Relatives Summit Exploding Volcano

On August 27, 1917, three teens climbed Mount Lassen—while it was erupting. This week, their relatives climbed in tribute.

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“Ashes and rocks were being blown from the crater, which was only 25 yards from where I was standing,” Ord Canfield told the Enterprise-Record in 1967—50 years after he, his brother, and a friend attempted Lassen at the very moment it blew in 1917. The Santa Cruz Sentinal takes a look back.