By Scott Stine
From July to November 1833, Joseph R. Walker led a brigade of fifty-eight fur trappers, with 200 horses and a year’s provisions, from the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming to the Pacific coast of principal California. towards the top in their trip the Walker brigade crossed the Sierra Nevada, changing into the 1st non-Native humans to traverse the variety from east to west. That crossing, made lengthy and brutal through bewildering terrain and deep snow, is commonly and rightly thought of a milestone within the exploration of intermontane North America.
Following Walker’s demise in 1876, an pleasing story arose relating his trans-Sierran course. during the crossing, is going the tale, Walker chanced on himself at the northern rim of Yosemite Valley on the plungepoint of North America’s tallest waterfall, staring into the main extraordinary mountain chasm at the continent. Over the a long time for the reason that then, this generic story has hardened to folklore. Dozens of old works have construed it as a towering second within the starting of the West.
yet in reality this story of Yosemite’s discovery has no foundation or aid in firsthand money owed of the 1833 Sierran crossing. in addition, there's a lot in these debts that contradicts Yosemite lore, and masses that issues to a trans-Sierran course good north of Yosemite Valley.
In A method around the Mountain, Scott Stine reconstructs Walker’s 1833 direction over the Sierra. Stine attracts on his personal intimate wisdom of the geomorphology, hydrography, biogeography, and weather of the Sierra Nevada and nice Basin, and employs the distinctive shuttle narrative of the Walker brigade’s box clerk, Zenas Leonard. Stine records the inception, development, and endurance of the Yosemite delusion and explores the level to which that lore has overshadowed Walker’s maximum discovery—that the large swath of continent among the Wasatch entrance and the Sierran crest is hydrographically closed, draining to not an ocean, yet to salty lakes and wilderness sands.
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A Way Across the Mountain: Joseph Walker's 1833 Trans-Sierran Passage and the Myth of Yosemite's Discovery by Scott Stine