Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada (High Sierra Classics Series)

Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada (High Sierra Classics Series)[Read] ➼ Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada (High Sierra Classics Series) ➹ Clarence King – Oaklandjobs.co.uk This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains as This work has been selected by the Sierra PDF ↠ scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it This work was reproduced from the original artifact and remains as true to the original work Mountaineering in PDF \ as possible Therefore you will see the original copyright references library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world and other notations in the work This work is in the public domain in the Sierra MOBI ð in the United States of America and possibly other nations Within the United States you may freely copy and distribute this work as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the workAs a reproduction of a historical artifact this work may contain missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc Scholars believe and we concur that this work is important enough to be preserved reproduced and made generally available to the public We appreciate your support of the preservation process and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant. Oh were it possible to add an extra 15 stars This book made me fall hopelessly in love with Clarence King and I mean LOVE like with Shawn Cassidy in the seventh grade Reminiscing about his three years as a 20 year old on the California Geological Survey under the leadership of Elias Whitney and William Brewer King chronicles his exploits while exploring and mapping 1860s California Written with a gangsta rapper's flamboyance and bravado Endless LOL events ensue Nothing in the world like it Very detailed account of four mountaineering trips to Tyndal Mount Clark Shasta and Whitney The Tyndal trip was a first ascentBetween these summits King writes about odd characters and places he visits Fair warning he isn't found of Indians Mexicans Chinese or poor whites He did surprise me a few times with an insightful comment that praises one of these groups then goes back to being an educated easterner in the 1860'sWorth the effort has a lot of California and early mountaineering history Among the many serious losses man has suffered in passing from a life of nature to one artificial is to be numbered the fatal blunting of all his senses pg 286 86This is a really fun first hand account of Clarence King telling his journeys as one of the earliest geological surveyors in the Sierra Nevada Full of adventurous tales and majestic language the chapters on Mt Tyndall Whitney and Shasta were the highlights Wonderful book filled with tales of the exploration of the Sierra Nevada in California including an ascent of Mt Whitney and Shasta King does a great job weaving information about the geology of the region with his personal tales of the people and places he visited in the region Definitely an adventure tale that stands the test of time Historical travel writing although it is a favorite of mine can be a little difficult to wade through sometimes But King's account already improved in my mind by the element of nature is absolutely gripping And he recounts his adventures with such pith and insight that you have something to think about while you are taking some deep breaths and preparing for his next brush with death His commentary on people and cultures can be offensive although there are a few moments where he comes close to redeeming himself If nothing else it reminds us of the times in which this was written Clarence King explored the California mountains during the second half of the 1800's This book describes the Sierras before they were crowded with settlers and tourists If you like adventure and nature take the time to read this book It is a book that should be read slowly to truly savor his descriptions and adventures A hidden gem of Western writing and exploration In his early twenties Clarence King left New England in 1863 for California Trained as a geologist he was instrumental in the early surveying and geological exploration of the Sierra Nevada making a number of first ascents He was also an able writer in the style of the day This book is a collection of sketches originally published in The Atlantic Monthly It seems to me to capture both the landscape and the people A couple of uotes to illustrateDescribing a town that had had 26 saloons during the gold rush Now her sad streets are lined with closed doors; a painful silence broods over uartz mills and through the whole deserted town one perceives that melancholy security of human life which is hereabouts one of the pathetic symptoms of bankruptcy The 'boys' have gone off to merrily shoot one another somewhere else leaving poor Aurora in the hands of a sort of coroner's jury who gather nightly at the one saloon and hold dreary inuests over departed enterpriseDescribing the approach to Mount McKinley The liberated sun poured shafts of light piercing the mist which now in locks of gold and gray blew about the mountain heads in wonderful splendor As Pound would have said it throws an image on the eyeThis was the time of Emerson and Melville and his prose will be too high flying for some but for me mountains are always dramatic and it is difficult to express the sense of grandeur they evoke but I think his style works I read a slightly different edition I came to this book via a reference in The Life of a Fossil Hunter another fascinating 19th C science memoir These men seem to stand on some strange sliding cusp between the 19th C and the 20th one foot embedded sometimes mired in the past and of course its social attitudes but the other made part free of the constrictions and mundanity of their times just as depressing as our own by their scientific avocationsThis was a collection of some dozen or so shorter pieces most published in assorted then contemporary magazines arranged in rough chronological order and covering times and adventures from the late 1850s to the 1880s in post gold rush California King's physical observations of the mountain scenes and their exciting new botany and geology are meticulous and loving freuently poetic; it's as if he's trying to give the reader a color photograph in words His impressions of the wide variety of humanity he meets along the way are much less loving though eually vivid and meticulous It's clear that his greatest joy come from the wide views he wins from the mountain peaks and his greatest dismay from his closeup looks at his fellow humans Understandable to be sureTa L Read this a long time ago and strangely enough I am a Geology teacher now So the part I remember was reading about a couple of explorerstravelers heading from the Salton Sea up to the Sierras and that I have only known that route as a series of numbered roads 395 15 58 that used to carry me and my buddies to the East Side of the Sierras in preparation for our yearly Sierra Treks 50 milers and through King's description I now can envision that area as it was back when you just rode your horses and camped all along the way as you went from low desert over the mountains back into the high desert and on into the foothills of the Sierra NevadaGood stories familiar places for a Cali boy like me who's spent a lifetime climbing and seeking the freedom of the hills

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada (High Sierra Classics Series)
  • Clarence King
  • 15 February 2016
  • 9781297002786