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Missing in the Minarets: The Search for Walter A. Starr, Jr. by William Alsup
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Publisher Yosemite Association
ISBN 1930238185 ISBN13 9781930238183
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More About William Alsup
A Sierra historian, mountaineer, photographer, and San Francisco trial lawyer turned federal judge, William Alsup called on his many skills to extensively research this gripping story. He lives with his wife, Susan in Oakland.
William Alsup currently resides in Oakland, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Missing in the Minarets: The Search for Walter A. Starr, Jr.?
Outstanding Research Feb 14, 2008
I bought this knowing only part of the story(Norman Clyde finding Starr's body) but had little idea of the complete tail. If you have ever hiked in the Minarets area, this is a must read. Just the research notes are a story in and of themselves.
Reflections on Pete Starr, Norman Clyde, and California's Minarets Jun 12, 2007
This book was a sheer delight for me to read, and I hated to see it end. As a 50+ year Bishop resident who served as an aquatic biologist for the California Department of Fish and Game during much of this time, the book brought back any number of memories and nostalgia for those "days past." Much of my work was done in the Shadow Creek basin in the Lake Ediza area and other tributary lakes to Shadow Creek and close-by drainages. Norman Clyde was a good friend, and we spent many hours discussing things of mutual interest (and there were many of them). During backpacking ventures following WWII, "Starr's Guide to the John Muir Trail and the High Sierra Region" was our guide book. There were no others at that time. William Alsup has done a superb job in researching and writing this marvelous book. I wish there more of them of this quality.
Good book which deals with history and adventure Oct 6, 2005
I never knew about the actual people until I read this book. These people the book discussed where the actual people the Minarets were named for. This story gave me a taste of history, such as the early days of the Sierra Club.
This book talked about the actual events that may have lead to the death of a scholar, Stanford grad, and lawyer. He was from a well-to-do family and he had charisma. The book discusses how this fellow was "called" to the mountains. He loved to be in the mountains.
The determination of one man Norman Clyde (Clyde Minaret is named for) to find him on Michael Minaret.
The book addresses various theories that could have lead to his death. His remains are entombed in the very mountain for where he died.
I really enjoyed this book, although, it was a tragedy. I keep in mind of the details that may have caused this tragic result. This keeps me aware of more things should I ever hiking alone. The book is a good example of why the buddy system is a good idea.
Great story, great people, great places Apr 8, 2005
I wish there were more books like this about the history of the Sierra and the early explorers. While the book centers on the search for Peter Starr, it is filled with wonderful background on the legendary early mountaineers and explorers of the Sierra. This was one book that ended too soon for me.
Truth Is More Interesting Than Fiction! Dec 16, 2004
Very moving account of the search for Walter Starr, Jr. The energy and dedication of the searchers (especially Norman Clyde) was truly heroic. Great photos and personal accounts brought the story into clear focus. The Sierras are a wondrous, beautiful place; they are a challenge and even to the experienced climber, can be deadly. This saga brought the "back country" home to me again. Although I know I will never enjoy it first-hand again, I can still visit it vicariously through stories such as this. I heartily endorse this book and encourage any lover of the high country to read it. Thank you.