National Geographic : 1965 Jul
To the far corners and from there ... to the heights. Touring the Far East in 1937, Gil bert and Elsie followed the traditional path of Confucius to the summit of T'ai Shan, China's most sacred mountain. Seated in shaded chairs and lifted by bearers (below), they rode up the 6,700 steps of the world's longest stairway (left). On the top by dark, they slept on wooden tables in a small monastery (above), using their coats to ward off the cold. Dogs howled throughout the night. But memory of discomfort faded be fore the unsurpassed loveliness of sunrise on the holy pinnacle that Chinese for four mil lenniums believed to be "nearest Heaven."