John Muir



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""Men ascend mountains as instinctively as squirrels ascend trees, and, of course, the climbing of Mount Whitney was capital indulgence, apart from the enjoyment drawn from landscape and scientific pursuit."" Leading a party of mountaineers, this was Muir's second ascent. They traveled, he writes, ""by the quick direct route discovered by me two years ago, leading up the east flank of the range opposite Lone Pine .... "" Muir relates humorously that one of the party ""carried a small bottle of spirits for healing, sustaining, and fortifying uses, in case of encounter with triangular headed snakes, bears, Indians, mountain rams, noxious night air, snow storms, etc.; and in case of vertigo and difficult breathing at great heights, together with broken bones, flesh wounds, contusions. For in prudence, is it not well to realize that 'something might happen,' and well to have a helpful spirit-a guardian angel in a bottle ever near?''


San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin


p. 1, cols. 2-3

Mount Whitney. Its Ascent by John Muir, the Explorer and Geologist. Different Routes-The Ascent from the East-A Minor Yosemite-Glacier Meadows and Glacier Lakes-Glorious Views-Successive Ascents. (Special Correspondence of the Bulletin.)...



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