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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Mountains, by Stewart Edward White This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Mountains Author: Stewart Edward White Posting Date: October 9, 2008 [EBook #465] Release Date: March, 1996 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE MOUNTAINS *** Produced by Dianne Bean. HTML version by Al Haines. THE MOUNTAINS BY STEWART EDWARD WHITE AUTHOR OF "THE BLAZED TRAIL," "SILENT PLACES," "THE FOREST," ETC. PREFACE The author has followed a true sequence of events practically in all particulars save in respect to the character of the Tenderfoot. He is in one sense fictitious; in another sense real. He is real in that he is the apotheosis of many tenderfeet, and that everything he does in this narrative he has done at one time or another in the author's experience. He is fictitious in the sense that he is in no way to be identified with the third member of our party in the actual trip. CONTENTS I. THE RIDGE TRAIL II. ON EQUIPMENT III. ON HORSES IV. HOW TO GO ABOUT IT V. THE COAST RANGES VI. THE INFERNO VII. THE FOOT-HILLS VIII. THE PINES IX. THE TRAIL X. ON SEEING DEER XI. ON TENDERFEET XII. THE CANON XIII. TROUT, BUCKSKIN, AND PROSPECTORS XIV. ON CAMP COOKERY XV. ON THE WIND AT NIGHT XVI. THE VALLEY XVII. THE MAIN CREST XVIII. THE GIANT FOREST XIX. ON COWBOYS XX. THE GOLDEN TROUT XXI. ON GOING OUT XXII. THE LURE OF THE TRAIL THE MOUNTAINS I THE RIDGE TRAIL Six trails lead to the main ridge. They are all good trails, so that even the casual tourist in the little Spanish-American town on the seacoast need have nothing to fear from the ascent. In some spots they contract to an arm's length of space, outside of which limit they drop sheer away; elsewhere they stand up on end, zigzag in lacets each more hair-raising than the last, or fill to demoralization with loose boulders and shale. A fall on the part of your horse would mean a more than serious accident; but Western horses do not fall. The major premise stands: even th
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