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Excerpt from The Conquest of Mount McKinley: The Story of Three Expeditions Through the Alaskan Wilderness to Mount McKinley, North America's Highest and Most Inaccessible Mountain
Parker - has since been my pardner on many a rough wilderness trail.
To those of my readers who have never felt the lure of the mountains, I will give a few reasons for our under taking so strange a task. The primal force at the base of all exploration is the call of the wild. Without this deep-seated love of adventure men would never be willing to meet the hardship that is waiting for them in the wilderness. But in addition to this there are many different sides of exploration, any one of which taken by itself is of sufficient interest to draw a man from civilisation. I know of no task more absorb ing than the mapping of an unknown territory; there is nothing more stimulating to the imagination than watching the growth of rivers and mountain chains on a topographer's plane-table. Equally absorbing is the geological interest of new country, which runs through the whole gamut of human emotions from the frenzy of the gold-mad prospector to the unselfish enthusiasm of the geologist.
Then come the daily study and companionship of the wild life, from the smallest bird that dares a ﬂight of thousands of miles to rear its young during the short arctic summer, to the big game herds that roam the storm-swept mountainsides.
But always dominating man's endeavours is the struggle against the forces of nature - this is Life and when all is said, this is the world-old magnet that draws alike scientist, explorer, prospector, mountaineer, and hunter. This was the force that brought the men who joined our ventures, and they came from every walk of life.
Without the love for the unknown they would never have undergone the hardships they bore so cheerfully.
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bound: 534 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 10, 2017)
isbn: 1330854292, 978-1330854297,
weight: 1.6 pounds (