Mountaineering Essays

ISBN-10: 0874805449
ISBN-13: 9780874805444
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication date: 8/18/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world. Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he focused his attention on natural history, exploring the American West, especially the Yosemite region of California. Muir traveled primarily on foot carrying only a minimum amount of food and a bedroll. In 1880 Muir married Louie Strentzel, the daughter of an Austrian who began the fruit and wine industry in California. One of the first explorers to postulate the role of glaciers in forming the Yosemite Valley, Muir also discovered a glacier in Alaska that later was named for him. His lively descriptions of many of the natural areas of the United States contributed to the founding of Yosemite National Park in 1890. His urge to preserve these areas for posterity led to his founding of the Sierra Club in 1892.

Introduction
The Tuolumne Camp
A Near View of the High Sierra
Prayers in Higher Moutain Temples, or A Geologist's Winter Walk
A Periolous Night on Shasta's Summit
The South Dome
Mountain Thoughts
An Ascent of Mount Rainer
The Stickeen River
Glenora Peak
My Sled-Trip on the Muir Glacier
First Ascent of Herald Island

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