National Geographic : 1954 Jun
868 Don Levy Rock Climbing, Like Baseball, Sometimes Calls for the Big Stretch Miss Grace Quimby of Washington, D. C., spans a crevice on Mount Stewart. A fellow High-Tripper, Larry Moss of Los Angeles, sits by to lend a hand if necessary. Rock climbing requires no great strength but demands good balance. On this descent falling stones posed the greatest danger. away to our sleeping bags beneath the stars. Still another beautiful campsite awaited us across the most spectacular of the park's passes - Forester Pass, 13,200 feet high. There a bubbling stream, circled by great crags and buttresses, cascaded merrily past the scene of our last layover and our last campfire. Then our two short weeks were over, and we stood on Kearsarge Pass looking out, envying the second two-weeks group which would soon stand there looking in. In taking leave of the Sierra, we felt we were parting with a friend. For that is the impact of this approachable range. Its peaks stand close. Its forests are open and parklike. Its only troublesome reptile, the rattler, stays away from the high ranges. Only an occasional pioneering bear ever perturbs the camper. And the Sierra's weather-this is the most friendly aspect of all. For the Sierra invites one out of doors to enjoy wild things in weather that is not wild at all. Thinking of why I had come, and the thou- sands before me, I knew it was not for the fishing (though it can be good) nor for the hunting (which in season is superb) nor for the lure of unclimbed peaks (no major ones remained unsealed). Rather, it was to renew myself in the wilderness, to lift up my eyes to the timeless hills, and to sense again what John Muir meant when he wrote: "The last days of this glacial winter are not yet past, so young is our world. I used to envy the father of our race, dwelling as he did in contact with the new-made fields and plants of Eden; but I do so no more, because I have discovered that I also live in 'creation's dawn.' The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day." Members who wish additional copies of this issue, with its 146-page presentation of California, may obtain them for themselves or their friends from the National Geographic Society, Washington 6, D. C., as long as the limited supply lasts. Prices in the United States, U. S. Possessions, and Canada 650 each; else where 750. Postage prepaid.