John Muir Symposium

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     The University of the Pacific at Stockton is the home for the John Muir Center. They have over 70% of all his writings in their care. Established in 1989 the Center promotes the study of John Muir and environmentalism. The annual John Muir Symposium will be held on campus from April 22 thru 24. You are invited to attend all or parts of  it.  The cost of the symposium, including two luncheons and two receptions, is $70. Several high level scholars will be present to give talks, including science educator/Muir impersonator Richard Shore who will perform an interpretation of Muir. Muir experts such as Bonnie Gissel, Catherine Tatge and Stephen Joseph will talk and the Friday keynote will be given by botanist Richard G. Beidleman on “Icons in John Muir’s Life.” Friday’s book signing will include climbing pioneer Royal Robbins and Mr. Half Dome himself (me). This is a must-do event of true Yosemite lovers. I will write you an excuse from work.  For more info go to the Center’s website <here>.

     The two permits for Friday 9 July donated by Sonke K. in honor of wife Esther are still available. They are free. Email me if interested.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Well I know the weariness of snow-climbing and the frosts and the dangers of mountaineering so late in the year; therefore I could not ask a guide to go with me, even if one had been willing.” John Muir, 1888

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


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