by John Muir
This volume contains eleven mountain adventures, from the high Sierras in California to first ascents in Alaska. In each John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club in 1892, maintains a careful and subtle balance between the physical and symbolic aspects of ascending or observing the sublimity of his surroundings. Mountains are for him a source of discovery, not merely of new g...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by Peregrine Smith Books
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I definitely want to read the rest of John Muir's short stories throughout this book. Muir was an absolute legend in the earliest days of Yosemite valley around the turn of the 20th century. He is ultimately responsible for saving many national park areas in the U.S. as well as starting the Seirra Club, a totally epic conservation organization that still exists today. The story "A Near View of The High Sierras" starts with him meeting a couple of painters in Yosemite Valley who wished to be take...more
Liked it a lot. Found lots of memorable quotes. He was a good writer, able to conjure the words, sentences, and chapters to take people into the wilderness with him. He wrote "I never see a beautiful flower or a fine combination in nature without thinking of you and wishing you were there to appreciate it with me."
This book is so incredibly beautifully written, it's hard to believe Muir was freezing in the wilds of the Sierra Nevadas when he wrote these essays. The descriptions of the mountains and glaciers are so masterful, inspiring. Breathless. You can imagine what he must have felt being in this vast wilderness alone, as a scientist as well as spiritually.
John Muir was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, w...moreMore about John Muir...