California and Alaska, and Over the Canadian Pacific Railway,

California and Alaska, and Over the Canadian Pacific Railway,

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...in the Strawberry Valley, a few miles beyond McCloud, we stopped and had a fine sight of Mount Shasta. This mountain is not only the most striking topographical feature of Northern California, but the largest and grandest peak of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges. It stands alone at the southern end of Shasta Valley. In approaching it from the north and south there is a gradual increase in the elevation of the country for about fifty miles; the region near the base itself thus attains an altitude of three thousand five hundred feet above the sea. The mountain itself is fourteen thousand five hundred feet above the sea level. The ascent may be accomplished, in a favorable season, without much danger or difficulty, by stout resolute men. The extreme exhaustion realized in ascending mountains like Blanc or the Matterhorn is not experienced; nor is the trial so dangerous, by reason of huge fissures and icy chasms; the main difficulty arises from the rarefied condition of the air, to which the system must adapt itself rather suddenly for comfort. The ascent is frequently made by parties who stop at Sisson and take two days for the trip, going on horseback to Sisson Camp, and the next morning on foot to the summit. Sisson Camp is just on the edge of the timber line. Parties go there, and remain for weeks at a time, making hunting excursions into the woods and remaining away for three or four days. The hunting in this vicinity is said to equal any that can be found on the coast from Portland to San Francisco, and the fishing is without a parallel. This region is, in fact, a hunter's paradise: grizzly, black, and cinnamon bears, are found without number; elk and mountain sheep tempt the skill of the venturesome sportsman; antelope are...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236655907
  • 9781236655905