BASE CAMP BOOK, 1953
San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1953. First Edition. Wraps. Oblong tall octavo: 384 p. with photographs by James MacBride and others, geologic maps, and numerous textual illustrations. Original paper wrappers, with a photograph by James MacBride on the front panel and the title stamped along the linen spine. Some general edgewear, with a tear to the front panel that has been mended with tape, two tiny chips, and a bit of fraying to the linen spine. Scarce, OCLC locates only two holdings: Sierra Club and CSU Fresno.
A keepsake documenting the 1953 Sierra Club Base Camp outings, the largest attended up to this date, with 576 participants over six weeks. This trip was held at Second Recess in the John Muir Wilderness Area north of Kings Canyon National Park. The book documents the activities of participants, including a survey of the glaciation of the Mono Creek Watershed; a study of volcanism on the Volcanic Knob Plateau; notes on the 594 species of plants collection for the California Academy of Sciences; bird inventories; and accounts of various hikes and climbs. Additionally, there are many creative works included in the book, such as poems and songs reportedly sung around the camp fire, as well as drawings. Numerous black and white photographs of the Base Camp participants and surrounding area are also included. Good. Item #75495