While the rest of party go to Independence, to wait for me there, I skirted base of range past [Lone Pines] & went over into Valley of the Kern by the [Hockett] trail. Horse got mired in floating bog. Thought I would lose him got him out tho [though] sunk over back. Horse whinnied with joy at escape. Camped on edge of sedge meadow. Very cold windy night. Wind blew coals out of fire & overturned [&] [ ] [took] my hat.
Flexilis at elevation  with cones 3 to 4 in [inches] long tapered & opening.
Almost one unbroken slope from plain of Owens to top of [Fiske] Pk [Peak].
First the can [canyon] is in narrow & precip [precipitous] walled at bottom then opens gradually, half way to top Can [canyon] forks & of course gives birth to a Yo sem [Yosemite] high bare walls, birch & willow Yel [Yellow] pine filled with boulders from steepness of streams higher a lake walls yet
meet at Ind [Indian] Thursday
Gentleman however is the looky [lucky] finder of this half a dollar is wellkom [welcome] to it
Sep [September] 6th 1873
Left horse on meadow Oct  15 & set out for summit afoot. Soon gained the top of old Mt. Whitney about 14,000 ft high.
Found [made] trail to summit. [Leveled] to another summit 5 or 6 [miles] N  feet higher & set out to climb it also. The way was very rough up & down [canons]
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
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