46 Were in full sight, at first only 40 yards. Seemed to have been scattered, - two or three on my left on opp side cascades. If tame sheep would have run off to destruction. This first [lordly] fellow studied the intentions of the flock, and met them by making leaps on glacier polished bosses that made me hold my breath. They first had to cross loose angular blocks of granite which they did splendidly. Then up the face of mountain just where I thought 47 they wouldn’t and perhaps couldn’t go. They never seemed in a hurry, like the true mountaineers they are. Went up over glacier polished bosses, often halting for breath and to look and listen at me. I could have scaled the same precipice, but not where they did. Could have followed most places by being barefooted. Admirable order, no noise, each showed separate will, some
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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