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Alt [Altitude] K R Can [Kings River Canyon] at upper Fork on way to Tyndall 8500 of lake up [upper] end of S F {South Fork] 9700. Cascades on both, Fs [Forks] finest on N. [In] south val [valley] much ava [avalanche] work

Set out for Mt Tyndall Oct 22 alone. leave Billy and Dr. Kellogg at camp with animals.

For a dist [distance] of 3 ms [miles] above camp No [number] 21 the can [canyon] maintains the same gen [general] char [character] of high walls 2000 to 3000 or near where the stream forks 4 or 5000 ft [feet]. There is a well formed El Cap [Capitan], a ridge hard with ice on both sides has [been] [shorn] off in front with exactly the same results as in the case of the Merced rock


on the N [North] side for a dist [distance] of about a mile below the Fork the wall is exceedingly picture [picturesque] gothic fronts with noble swooping bush furred slopes at base.

The Tis [Tissiack] in the forks is a noble rock but in as much as the granite at this alt [altitude] becomes [ ] in clvg [cleavage] it lacks the grand simplicity of outline wh [which] these vast rocks require for [scribbling] effects, the river below forks all the way from the main val [valley] [in] very

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