The High Sierra: A Love Story

Little, Brown. May 2022. 560p. ISBN 9780316593014. $40. MEMOIR
After a lifetime exploring the Sierras, Robinson (Ministry for the Future) shares his love of the mountains in this memoir/travel guide. Organized into eight categories (“My Sierra Life”; “Geology”; “Sierra People”; “Snow Camping”; “Names”; “Moments of Being”; “Routes”; “Swiss Alps”), Robinson’s knowledge and adoration of the Sierra’s reverberate. His stories highlight some misadventures, like how he and his friends dropped acid on his first backpacking trip. Once, on a winter camping trip, Robinson’s camp stove blew up in front of him. Robinson writes that these adventures were atypical; most days were like “walking through a giant open-air museum,” in a “gentle wilderness.”
VERDICT Robinson’s writing is clear, fun, and filled with joy for time spent in the mountains. This lengthy memoir will appeal to fans of Robinson and the Sierras.
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