Original Beards of the Sierra Club

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Early Sierra Clubbers documented a lot of their outings and, lucky for us, took snaps of some fantastic facial hair. For throwback Thursday, step into the archives and take a gander at these wondrous whiskers. (They look even more iconic in black and white.)

Can you guess the beard pictured above? Here's a hint: he was an early Sierra Club member who is legendary for his stunning nature photography. (Read on to see if you guessed right.)

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Joseph LeConte (pictured above) was a geologist and founding Sierra Club member. He was also BFFs with John Muir, and one can only hope they had epic beard growing competitions. 

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This great photo from 1909 captures the array of facial hair styles sported at the time. From left to right are Charles Keeler, John Muir, John Burroughs (seated), William Keith and Francis Browne. Muir's posse of naturalists and artists definitely encapsulates the dapper-yet-strategically-unkept look. 

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Morgan Cuthberston may not have a beard of wizarding status like Muir, but he still rocks the close cut style. 

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Dr. Edgar Wayburn is pictured here lounging around during a Sierra Club High Trip in the 30s or 40s. Wayburn and his stubble would go on to serve as the Sierra Club president for five terms.  

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Whoa there Mr. Walrus! No, this is not Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters fame. Dr. Andrew Lawson was a participant in a Sierra Club trip and proves that mustaches can be as stunning as beards. 

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Our mystery man made his mark from behind the camera, but we can appreciate Ansel Adams in front of the lens as well. In this photo we see his dark and brooding artistic side. One can only wonder what he's looking at beyond the frame (we just hope it wasn't a shaving kit). 

Bianca Hernandez is an editorial intern at Sierra. She recently received her MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California and has written for various publications. 

 

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