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June 24, 1863: Mount Hoffmann

June 24, 2013

View northeast from Mt. Hoffmann summit; photo courtesy of Bob Burd

View northeast from Mt. Hoffmann summit; photo courtesy of Bob Burd

Camp 115

Mt Hoffmann

Mt. Hoffmann from the south; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

[Today] we climbed a peak over eleven thousand feet high, about five miles from camp, which we named Mount Hoffmann, after our topographer. It commanded a sublime view. Perhaps over fifty peaks are in sight which are over twelve thousand feet, the highest rising over thirteen thousand feet. Many of these are mere pinnacles of granite, streaked with snow, abounding in enormous precipices. The scene has none of the picturesque beauty of the Swiss Alps, but it is sublimely grand—its desolation is its great feature. Several little lakes are in sight. The scene is one to be remembered for a lifetime.

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Phyllodoce breweri; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

We returned to camp, took a hearty dinner, then fought mosquitoes with industry and built smokes beside our blankets before we could sleep.

Specimens collected: Phyllodoce breweri; Mitella breweri; Draba albertina; Carex heteroneura var. heteroneura.

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