Wild Muir: 22 of John Muir's Greatest Adventures

April 21, 2010, 4:41 pm

Most remember John Muir as a devoted naturalist and conservationist who campaigned to preserve some of America’s most treasured landscapes, including Yosemite National Park.

But few know of Muir’s daring, and sometimes outlandish, adventures in the great outdoors. The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures is a compilation of these escapades, as told by Muir himself.

Editor Lee Stetson, an actor who has portrayed John Muir in one-man dramatic presentations for more than 25 years, has hand-selected these stories from Muir’s journals and letters and organized them in chronological order.

From his face-to-face run-in with a grizzly in Yosemite, to his night spent riding out a windstorm at the top of a tree, to death-defying falls on Alaskan glaciers, the renowned outdoorsman's exploits are related in passages that are exhilarating, unnerving, dizzying and outrageous.

Reading the stories, as in Muir’s voice, brings new light to one’s perception of Muir. The book, published in cooperation with the Yosemite Association, is available online at yosemiteassociation.org.