The life of a mountaineer seems to be particularly favorable to the development of soul-life, as well as limb-life, each receiving abundance of exercise and abundance of food. We little suspect the capacity that even our flesh has for knowledge. Oftentimes in climbing canyon walls I come to polished slopes that seem to be too steep to venture on. After scrutinizing them, carefully noting every dint and scratch that might give hope for a foothold, I have decided they were unsafe. Yet my limbs, as if possessing a separate sense, would be of a different opinion, and cross the condemned slopes against the remonstrances of the will. My legs sometimes transport me to camp, in the darkness, over cliffs, and through bogs and forests that seem inaccessible to civilized legs in the daylight. In like manner the soul sets forth at times upon rambles of its own. Our bodies, though meanwhile out of sight and forgotten, blend into the rest of nature, blind to the boundaries of individuals. But it is after both the body and soul of a mountaineer have worked hard, and enjoyed hard, that they are most palpably separate. Our weary limbs, lying at rest on the pine needles, make no attempt to follow after or sympathize with the nimble spirit that, apparently glad of the opportunity, wanders alone down gorges, along beetling cliffs, or away among the peaks and glaciers of the farthest landscapes, or into realms that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard; and when at length we are ready to return home to our flesh-and-bone tabernacle, we scarcely for a moment or two know in what direction to seek for it.

-- John Muir, John of the Mountains

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The Sierra Nevada is the most dominant physical feature in California. Geologically, the northern border of the Sierra Nevada is positioned in the Lake Almanor-Lassen Peak area, where the granite of the Sierra meets the volcanic rock of the Cascades. In the South, the Tehachapis mark the border. The base of the eastern escarpment forms the edge of the range in the east. And, in the west, the range ends where the alluvials of the central valley begin to cover the more solid rock of the Sierra. In total area, the range covers approximately 28,000 square miles. North to south, the range measures approximately 430 miles. In some places, it is almost 70 miles wide.

Because of this stature, the Range possesses a rich human and geological history which plays an important part in the history of the United States, in general, and California, in particular. Sierra Nevada Chronicles, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation thats major purpose is to collect and make available to interested individuals selected written and pictorial material relating to the past, present, and future history and exploration of the Sierra Nevada. This web site is the major medium that will be utilized for the presentation of this material.

The idea for this site came to me while I was developing curriculum for my mountaineering classes at U.C., Santa Cruz and researching my article on Sierra Mountaineering that was published in Mountain magazine. It soon became apparent that the primary source materials I needed were extant, but were spread far and wide in old and out-of-print mountaineering, travel, and historical books, periodicals, and newspapers, and in unpublished letters and journals buried in manuscript libraries. Then, as I continued to collect information for these and other projects, it began to dawn on me that a considerable amount of material was accumulating on virtually every flat space in my work room. I remember thinking how much more pleasant it would have been to have had all this material already collected in one place for me to utilize. One thing led to another, and Sierra Nevada Chronicles, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, has become a reality.

I agree wholeheartedly with John Muir when he called the Sierra Nevada the Range of Light, the most beautiful mountain chain I have ever seen. This belief, along with the volume, extent, and variety of the historical material available, will make this site, for me, both a labor of love and a work in progress.  

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