100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/content/100-years-high-colorado-mountains-and-mountaineers[12/8/2015 11:11:08 AM] Home 100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and MountaineersSubmitted by nwharton on 12-6-2011 11:11 AMAuthor: Janet Robertson, James Fell, David Hite, Christopher Case, and Walter Borneman Publishing: Colorado Mountain Club Press; Golden CO 2011 Reviewer: Bob Baron Few organizations in Colorado celebrate a centennial. The Colorado Mountain Club has just reached this milestone. When Thomas Jefferson proposed a western exploration to George Rogers Clark in 1783 and then sent his younger brother William Clark with Meriwether Lewis west in 1803, he and they assumed that the western mountains would be similar to those in the east, somewhere about 4,000 feet in height. They couldnt have been more wrong! From the explorations of Zebulon Pike and Stephen Long in the early nineteenth century, through the gold rush miners and 1870s travelers, people have been overwhelmed by and attracted to the soaring peaks of the Rocky Mountains. The Rockies make Colorado a very special place. People have come to the Centennial State to look, hike, climb, ski, write, and paint the peaks in Colorado. Five veterans of the Colorado Mountain ClubJanet Robertson, Jay Fell, David Hite, Christopher Case, and Walt Bornemanhave written 100 Years Up High: Colorados Mountains and Mountaineers. The goal of the book is to celebrate the Colorado Mountain Club and its ability to collect and distribute information regarding the Rocky Mountains on behalf of science, literature, art and recreation and to encourage the preservation of forests, flowers, fauna, and natural history(9). This is a noble goal and one that the authors have achieved magnificently. The book is well written and has over one hundred color illustrations and fifty black-and-white photos. The three appendices with key names and historical and environmental timelines complement the text. This is a relatively short volume (176 pages), but there is interesting material on every page, reminding the reader of the people and events important to Colorado history. Starting with a description of the early explorers and climbers, the book moves through the founding of the club and into the establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park. The work of James Grafton Rogers, Enos Mills, and Mary Sabin describe the early days. The book is enhanced by short biographies of many important climbers, including Carl Blaurock, Mary Cronin, Betsy Cowles, Gudy Gaskill, Robert Ormes, and Layton Kor. There are sections on the history of skiing in Colorado, changes in equipment and clothing, and the natural history of the mountains. EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanKatherine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics of America the Beautiful after an awe-inspiring trip to the top of Pikes Peak in 1893.
100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains and Mountaineers | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/content/100-years-high-colorado-mountains-and-mountaineers[12/8/2015 11:11:08 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Chapter 5, Painting the Peaks, is worth the price of the book. From Samuel Seymour, who accompanied Stephen Long in 1820, through the next two centuries, artists have looked to the mountains as subjects for their canvases. Painters Charles Partridge Adams, George Elbert Burr, John Carlson, Helen Chain, Sven Birger Sandzen, Muriel Sibell Wolle, Charles Bunnell, Buffalo Kaplinski, Vance Kirkland, and others have provided the country with many paintings of these special mountains. It is difficult for some of us to identify typical Colorado Mountain Club climbers. During the week, they are busy as lawyers, doctors, teachers, bankers, engineers, clerks, or members of a thousand other professions. But on Friday afternoon, their eyes light up and they disappear. If you ask them about their weekend, they usually tell you about Mounts Massive, Antero, Sneffels, or Cameronor a route and a weather system. Occasionally they disappear for a few weeks, and when they return they mention Elbrus, Aconcagua, Ras Dashan, Jaya, Popocatapetl, or Cho Oyu. It takes a while to get out an atlas and find the country and then the peak they describe. The Colorado Mountain Club and its climbers are well served by 100 Years Up High: Colorados Mountains and Mountaineers. This is a book that should be in every Colorado household. I recommend it highly. Reviewer Info: Robert C. Baron is the founder and chairman of Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorado, which publishes, among many other things, books on Colorado mountaineering. Baron is the former president of the Denver Library Friends and chair emeritus of the WILD Foundation. Add new comment