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Alaska Days with John Muir

by Samuel Hall Young

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Complete book:
Alaska Days with John Muir by S. Hall Young (1915) - available in various digital formats from archive.org, and as a free Kindle ebook or from Apple iBooks.


( from the book's dust jacket )


Alaska Days with John Muir
by Samuel Hall Young
Introduction by Richard F. Fleck

1990, a reproduction of the 1915 edition
originally published by Fleming H. Revell Company,
New York, Chicago, London, Edinburgh
Peregrine Smith Books, Salt Lake City.

Now available from Ayer Company Publishers,

Samuel Hall Young, a Presbyterian clergyman, met John Muir when the great naturalist's steamboat docked at Fort Wrangell, in southeastern Alaska, where Young was a missionary to the Stickeen Indians. In Alaska Days with John Muir he describes this 1879 meeting: "A hearty grip of the hand and we seemed to coalesce in a friendship which, to me at least, has been one of the very best things in a life full of blessings."

This book, first published in 1915, describes two journeys of discovery taken in company with Muir in 1879 and 1880. Despite the pleas of his missionary colleagues that he not risk life and limb with "that wild Muir," Young accompanied Muir in the exploration of Glacier Bay. Upon Muir's return to Alaska in 1880, they traveled together and mapped the inside route to Sitka. Young describes Muir's ability to "slide" up glaciers, the broad Scotch he used when he was enjoying himself, and his natural affinity for Indian wisdom and theistic religion. From the gripping accounts of their near-disastrous ascent of Glenora Peak to Young's perspective on Muir's famous dog story "Stickeen," Alaska Days is an engaging record of a friendship grounded in the shared wonders of Alaska's wild landscapes.

A book review of this book is also available.

Complete book:
Alaska Days with John Muir by S. Hall Young (1915) - available in various digital formats from archive.org


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