A Way Across the Mountain: Joseph Walker's 1833 by Scott Stine

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 significant California. towards the top in their trip the Walker brigade crossed the Sierra Nevada, turning into the 1st non-Native humans to traverse the variety from east to west. That crossing, made lengthy and brutal via bewildering terrain and deep snow, is broadly and rightly thought of a milestone within the exploration of intermontane North America.

Following Walker’s dying in 1876, an captivating story arose pertaining to his trans-Sierran direction. throughout the crossing, is going the tale, Walker stumbled on himself at the northern rim of Yosemite Valley on the plungepoint of North America’s tallest waterfall, staring into the main amazing mountain chasm at the continent. Over the many years because then, this widespread story has hardened to folklore. Dozens of old works have construed it as a towering second within the establishing of the West.

yet actually this story of Yosemite’s discovery has no foundation or help in firsthand money owed of the 1833 Sierran crossing. additionally, there's a lot in these bills that contradicts Yosemite lore, and lots more and plenty that issues to a trans-Sierran course good north of Yosemite Valley.

In A manner around the Mountain, Scott Stine reconstructs Walker’s 1833 path 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 certain shuttle narrative of the Walker brigade’s box clerk, Zenas Leonard. Stine records the inception, development, and patience of the Yosemite delusion and explores the level to which that lore has overshadowed Walker’s maximum discovery—that the massive swath of continent among the Wasatch entrance and the Sierran crest is hydrographically closed, draining to not an ocean, yet to salty lakes and wasteland sands.

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