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Sacred summits : John Muir's greatest climbs
Muir, John, 1838-1914.
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Edinburgh : Canongate, 1999.
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xxx, 162 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
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GV199.42.W39 M85 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Concentrating on his achievements in the mountaineering field, this volume displays the author's feel for the inner self through his exploits.

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The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world.

Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he focused his attention on natural history, exploring the American West, especially the Yosemite region of California. Muir traveled primarily on foot carrying only a minimum amount of food and a bedroll. In 1880 Muir married Louie Strentzel, the daughter of an Austrian who began the fruit and wine industry in California.

One of the first explorers to postulate the role of glaciers in forming the Yosemite Valley, Muir also discovered a glacier in Alaska that later was named for him. His lively descriptions of many of the natural areas of the United States contributed to the founding of Yosemite National Park in 1890. His urge to preserve these areas for posterity led to his founding of the Sierra Club in 1892.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

How ironic it is for John Muir, the patron saint of Yosemite Valley, to be honored in the last year of the 20th century with a book that shows how much of his hard work has been callously discarded. He would weep with frustration at the sight of his beloved valley today: traffic congestion, supermarkets and gift shops vying for space, visitors rushing from one attraction to another, and mountaineers racing up his beloved peaks. White, an environmental writer, presents Muir's writings in all of their poetic loveliness, and Muir's adventures on mountains around the world will thrill readers of all ages. White wonderfully captures the solitary splendor of Muir's often singlehanded fight against the tides of progress to save as much precious land as possible. Highly recommended for all public libraries, especially those in areas touched by Muir's legacy.ÄJoseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.