The Sierra Nevada: A Mountain Journey [NOOK Book]


This book presents a natural history of the Sierra Nevada that brings the land, the people, and the surrounding communities to life.
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The Sierra Nevada: A Mountain Journey

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This book presents a natural history of the Sierra Nevada that brings the land, the people, and the surrounding communities to life.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``We should leave the earth in an equal or better condition than what we found here,'' is the philosophy pervading this account of a trip through the celebrated mountain range. Poetic and introspective moments offset the ideology: ``I know I am nothing, absolutely nothing out here. Yet I am everything, because I am a life made of earth itself . . . . I stand until the winds feel cold, and then . . . I hunt for shelter among the rocks.'' Tense scenes of high adventure, such as the author's first experience climbing a mountain, or his night atop a summit during a lightning storm, relieve a frequently heavy, slow pace. The chapter on Lake Tahoe is an elegy to a fading beauty and is a particularly good example of the author's strengths. Palmer, a regional planner who has explored and written about the nation's rivers and mountains, balances statistics with portraits of the region's inhabitants, descriptions of nature with challenges to the intellect. ``Is freedom a matter of empty space?'' asks this thought-provoking work. (Nov.)
Report on the state of the mountains; how people are affecting the land, and how the land has affected the people and given rise to the mythic reputation of this rugged region of the West. No maps. Cloth edition, $31.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610914758
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1988
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 339
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

Tim Palmer is the author of twelve books about rivers and the American land. He is the recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award, the Director's Award from the National Park Service, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization, American Rivers.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Storm
Chapter 2. The North
Chapter 3. The Deep Blue Lake
Chapter 4. Rivers
Chapter 5. Yosemite
Chapter 6. The Sunrise Mountains
Chapter 7. Escape
Chapter 8. The South
Chapter 9. The Celebration
Epilogue and Update
A Sierra Nevada Almanac
Conservation Organizations
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