Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada

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Clarence King (1842—1901)


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Sketches of explorations and experiences in the California mountains, by Clarence King, published in 1872 and revised from the author's notes in 1902. King had been employed in the U.S. Geological Survey since 1863, and the book gives an accurate account of the geology and geography of the Sierra. Its chief importance, however, is based on its vivid narratives of mountain-climbing adventures and of meetings with picturesque and typical characters, such as the chapters on “The Newtys of Pike,” concerning a family of emigrants from Pike County; and “Cut-Off Copples's,” describing a frontier artist and his rustic romance.

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