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A Journey to Another Time in a Familiar Place
on March 6, 2012
Missing in the Minarets is more than a journey into the high country of the Sierras, it is a journey into another time in our history. Imagine a Los Angeles without freeways, a Yosemite Valley without traffic or a hiking and climbing community where most of the participants knew each other.
Missing in the Minarets accurately describes the beauty of the high county and some of its early explorers, as well as the social milieu in which the privileged young explorers lived. We are very lucky that those privileged Americans were able to preserve a large portion of our beautiful State for the less privileged who are privileged enough to live here.
Read this book about those times and go hike the locations it describes. When you get far enough off the trail, the locations Alsup describes have not changed, although Gore-Tex, and Vbram have replaced wool and leather and hordes of hikers have replaced the solitary souls Alsup describes.