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MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA Clarence King. Boston 1872 1st ed VG
By King, Clarence
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Boston, 1872, 1st edition. 292 pp. The classic of American mountaineering. After 150 years it still makes a good read. King, Whitney and others made many first ascents in the Sierra Nevada and produced the first accurate survey of the range.

Original brown cloth is faded on the spine, gold lettering is readable. This copy has been rebacked, which means the original spine has been laid down onto new material, and internally reinforced. Some internal marks, overall a Good to Very Good copy of a classic work of American climbing.
 
A bona fide classic, Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada is still exciting reading. It describes the perils and pleasures experienced by Clarence King (18421901) while conducting the first geological survey of California in the 1860s, as aprt of the Whitney Survey. His language was equal to the marvels he found, and here with unfading brilliance are his accounts of scaling such mountains as Tyndall, Shasta, and Whitney. The chapters on the Yosemite Valley and surrounding High Sierras were written while he was surveying the boundaries of a newly designated national park. There are also delightful vignettes of western characters, including a Sierra artist and a family of Pike County hog farmers.
 

 

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