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Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

Clarence King

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"Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada" is a memoir by Clarence King of his adventures and work with the California Geological Survey. King later led a major survey along the 40th Parallel in the American West and then was appointed the first director of the new U.S. Geological Survey.

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. . .vast bulk the grand, pillar-like stateliness, is the thin and inconspicuous foliage, which feathers out delicately on the boughs like a mere mist of pale apple-green. It would seem nothing when compared with the immense volume of tree for which it must do the ordinary respirative duty; but doubtless the bark performs a large share of this, its papery lamination and porous structure fitting it eminently for that purpose.

Near this “King of the Mountains” grew three other trees; one a sugar-pine (Pinus Lambertiana) of about eight feet in diameter, and hardly less than three hundred feet high (although we did not measure it, estimating simply by comparison of its rise above the Sequoia, whose height was quite accurately determined). For a hundred and fifty feet the pine was branchless, and as round as if turned, delicate bluish-purple in hue, and marked with a net-work of scorings. The branches, in nearly level poise, grew long and slenderly out from the. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An interesting book written by a man that was enamored with nature’s beauty. King was a scientist that was chiefly interested in geology. While he climbed the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, he wrote of the amazing beauty. He is often overly descriptive. Here is a quote.
“Precipices white with light

Oh, were it possible to add an extra 15 stars! This book made me fall hopelessly in love with Clarence King -- and I mean LOVE, like with Shawn Cassidy in the seventh grade. Reminiscing about his three years as a 20-year-old on the California Geological Survey under the leadership of Elias Whitney a

Historical travel writing, although it is a favorite of mine, can be a little difficult to wade through sometimes. But King's account, already improved in my mind by the element of nature, is absolutely gripping. And he recounts his adventures with such pith and insight that you have something to th

Very detailed account of four mountaineering trips to Tyndal, Mount Clark, Shasta and Whitney. The Tyndal trip was a first ascent.
Between these summits King writes about odd characters and places he visits. Fair warning he isn't found of Indians, Mexicans, Chinese or poor whites. He did surprise me

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