Archive | April, 2012

Mary De Decker

Years ago, Walt Wheelock, founder of La Siesta Press in Glendale, California, handed me a tattered olive green box with the letters “MES” hand-printed in black ink on one side. Inside were the original manuscript and photographs for the book Mines of the Eastern Sierra written by Mary DeDecker, past president of the Death Valley […]

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High & Wild Jacket

For Galen & Barbara Rowell, this was home

It was a smoke-choked, triple-digit August Sunday, a day I will never forget. The McNally fire had burned for weeks in Sequoia National Park, its smoke drifting across the Sierra Nevada where it collected like a fog bank in the pocket of the Owens Valley. We were in the Buttermilks most of the day arriving […]

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Norman Clyde and group on Middle Palisade

Norman Clyde: the vanishing Victorian

With a degree in Classic Literature, an old army hat, and great physical endurance, Norman Clyde became a living legend. He drove nails into the soles of his boots for traction, so slick rock, ice and other obstacles could not keep him from reaching the summits of the mountains he wanted to climb. On cold […]

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