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Mountain Sage: The life story of Carl Sharsmith

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Mountain Sage, the life story of Carl Sharsmith, Yosemite's famous ranger/naturalist
Author: Elizabeth Stone O'Neill

Mountain Sage is an entertaining and important book for all who love the high places and the creatures that live there. Carl W. Sharsmith was an American naturalist and Yosemite park ranger, notable for his knowledge and interpretation of the natural history of the Sierra Nevada. Inspired by John Muir, Carl was a botanist and university professor who served as a seasonal ranger with Yosemite, primarily in the Tuolumne Meadows area, most summers from 1931 to 1994. Sharsmith was the oldest and longest serving National Park Service interpretive ranger.

Writer Elizabeth Stone O'Neill chronicles here the story of his life: his boyhood in Switzerland, England, Canada and the United Sates; his youth working alternately as a logger, a chef, and advisor to a group of adventurous boys; his return to school to earn a doctorate in botany from the University of California at Berkeley; and his lifelong commitment ot Yosemite.

From the author: Carl Sharsmith came to the spectacular high country of Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows as a young ranger/naturalist, and for 63 years the meadows were his summer home. With the passing seasons he gained a permanent place in their history and in the hearts of those who visited them. No one has ever known as much about this High Sierra region as Carl, and probably no one ever will.

Publisher: Yosemite Association; 2nd edition (1996), Illustrated
Paperback, 220 pages

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About the author: Elizabeth Stone O’Neill has written extensively about mountain subjects. She has backpacked and hiked throughout the Sierra and other mountain ranges, and from her experiences has generated a variety of books, poetry, travel pieces and outdoor articles. While taking two alpine botany seminars with Carl Sharsmith she came to appreciate and revere him, and subsequently spent many hours hiking with him and interviewing him to product this book.