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California Coast Trails

J. Smeaton Chase

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Title: California Coast Trails

Publisher: BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research)

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Paperback. 380 pages. Dimensions: 8.0in. x 5.0in. x 0.8in.The Shelf2Life Mountaineering Collection provides a unique glimpse into the history and evolution of mountaineering through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From historical maps, first-hand accounts of early summits, descriptions of peaks and wilderness areas to detailed mountaineering proofs, enthusiasts can now experience the thrill of the greatest peaks as they were in the early part of the century. Further, in-depth discussions of traditional equipment, technique and routes are a fascinating study in the evolution of the sport. Given the recent explosion of interest in mountaineering, these books are an excellent opportunity to revisit the roots and origins of the sport: they offer a valuable historical perspective as well as important information about the landscape and geography of the past. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781116315653

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Synopsis: The Shelf2Life Mountaineering Collection provides a unique glimpse into the history and evolution of mountaineering through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From historical maps, first-hand accounts of early summits, descriptions of peaks and wilderness areas to detailed mountaineering proofs, enthusiasts can now experience the thrill of the greatest peaks as they were in the early part of the century. Further, in-depth discussions of traditional equipment, technique and routes are a fascinating study in the evolution of the sport. Given the recent explosion of interest in mountaineering, these books are an excellent opportunity to revisit the roots and origins of the sport: they offer a valuable historical perspective as well as important information about the landscape and geography of the past.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.: Check out this wonderful book about a solitary, rambling 2000-mile horseback ride from the border of Mexico to Oregon. Well-educated and inclined towards the poetic, Joseph Smeaton Chase loved nature and he loved California. His narrative is both affectionate and scientific, and the reader of California Coast Trails is rewarded with a rich and detailed portrait of early 20th-century California. He gives succinct pictures of the towns he passes through, and we can see what these now-thriving metropolises were like when they were still young and relatively sleepy:

"...San Diego is a prosperous, energetic place, which is rapidly adding to its present population of some forty thousand contented people. I own I was best pleased to walk along the water-front by the rows of little amphibian huts that I remembered from former days. Flowers bloomed in cans and boxes all about these humble dwellings, and boats slapped idly on the water by the crazy landing-stages. Odors unnamable greeted me with claims on my friendly remembrance, and the new generation of waterfront children seemed no less arch and engaging than those of yore."

California Coast Trails is full of warm portraits of locals, who gave him food, conversation, and a place to unroll his blankets. Chase was interested in the racial composition of the state, and often soliloquizes on the hospitality of one ethnicity or another. He also appreciates California folklore and relishes the stories he hears:

"...there was a full-flavored story of some old Spanish Petruchio of the region who had tied his scolding wife to a tree, cut off her hair, and braided it into a pair of bridle-reins. This doughty don seems to have had a passion for the bizarre. He is said to have possessed a string of dried ears collected from enemies he had slain; which quaint souvenir his daughter was wont to wear as a necklace at balls and fandangos. With such legends, or histories, are many of these lonely holes and corners of California illuminated."

While Chase's journey is for the most part leisurely and relaxed, it is also fraught with uncertainty and sometimes danger:

"Here the expedition narrowly escaped disaster. The inwash of the tide, meeting the water of the creek, had formed an area, a sort of pit, of quicksand. This we had to cross in order to reach the beach, and in a moment, without warning, I was up to my middle, and Chino, following close behind, plunged in beside and almost upon me. On the instant I threw myself backward, and tried to work myself out, but the sand clogged me as if it were liquid lead, and I could not reach back with my hands to where the solid ground would give me support. Chino, meanwhile, was struggling desperately but helplessly, the heavy saddle-bags and other articles of his load weighing him down so that he was already half covered...I remember that, as I struggled, a horror of the commonplace sunlit evening flashed over me, and, with it, the thought that no one would ever know what had happened to me, for there would be no trace, no clue. That horrible sand would close over me, the sun would shine on the spot, the roar of waves would go on unbroken; I should simply cease to be."

The author was a learned man, and draws upon other books, particularly Two Years Before the Mast (also available from The Narrative Press), in which Richard Henry Dana explores the same area by ship. Chase is awed by the landscape, and along with very precise geographical details, the book is full of beautiful descriptive scenes. Reading California Coast Trails may just inspire you to set off a-wandering!

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