Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

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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 ...
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Used in trade paperback. A bright, clean copy. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 320 pages; 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. Read more Show Less

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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.

"The most delightful book of its decade, along with Roughing It, the highwater mark of frontier literature."--Wallace Stegner

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  • ISBN-13: 9780803277830
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: High Sierra Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    If you love the mountains of the West--particularly the Sierra Nevada--this book is a treasure!

    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

    Posted January 25, 2012

    They should make a movie on Clarence Kings life.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    Terrific book that's hard to put down

    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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