Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

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by Clarence King
     
 

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A bona fide classic, originally published in 1872, Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada is still exciting reading. It describes the perils and pleasures experienced by Clarence King (1842-1901) while conducting the first geological survey of California in the 1860s. His language was equal to the marvels he found, and here with unfading brilliance are his accounts of…  See more details below

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A bona fide classic, originally published in 1872, Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada is still exciting reading. It describes the perils and pleasures experienced by Clarence King (1842-1901) while conducting the first geological survey of California in the 1860s. 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. King, who in 1879 became the first director of the United States Geological Survey, will always be remembered for Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, which was praised by Wallace Stegner, Van Wyck Brooks, and Henry Seidel Canby as a watermark of frontier literature.

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ISBN-13:
2940026883578
Publisher:
Scribner
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539 KB

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Clarence King, who in 1879 became the first director of the United States Geological Survey, will always be remembered for Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, which was praised by Wallace Stegner, Van Wyck Brooks, and Henry Seidel Canby as a watermark of frontier literature.This 1935 edition was introduced and edited by Francis P. Farquhar, editor of the Sierra Club Bulletin from 1926 to 1946.

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Mountaineering In The Sierra Nevada 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Primadex More than 1 year ago
With great eloquence, Clarence King revels in the beauty, majesty, and danger of the wild lands he surveyed (literally). He treats his readers to history, adventure, geology, humor, and a masterul display of grammatic virtuosity. This is a book to savor.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not a boring account of a geologist and explorer. It is a national treasure. It's full of interesting characters and history. It went to print before changes could be made so it is rough in places, but doesn't take anything away from it. Mr. King is a very good writer, Yale educated, makes you feel like you're along with him. If archaeology has Indiana Jone geology has Clarence King. Google him and find out even more about his amazing life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book, as Clarence King writes in an entertaning, adventurous style that's hard to put down. The funny story of the Newty family raising hogs, the chase with his horse Kaweah to outrun highwaymen, and his climb up Mt. Tyndall.
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