Indie-Pendent Publishing Company

At the foot of the Sierra Nevada


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Available on Amazon Nov. 21, 2014

Available as eBook soon.

Aug. 2019 is the 60th Anniversary of this hike

The story of one family’s month-long hike on the highest elevation, long-distance trail in the continental United States.

In 1959, Hank Olesen led his small family on an adventure, or an “ex…peddience in the moun...tains” as he liked to say, with a put-on accent.

After many campouts, and several one- to three-day hikes in the Mammoth Lakes, California area, Hank decided to tackle the BIG ONE, the John Muir Trail, which today is the highest elevation portion of the later completed Pacific Crest Trail.

Begun in 1915, by 1959 the John Muir Trail was the only established long-distance trail in the Sierra. Starting in the north at Yosemite and ending at Mt. Whitney, elev. 14,505 ft.

Hank was a Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout and in the 1950s he was a Boy Scout leader. His son Jack, 13, was a Boy Scout working on his Silver Moccasin badge and John Muir Trail badge. Margaret was a willing, if somewhat intimidated, participant. However, it was Margaret who recorded the adventure in a small notebook with a stubby pencil, and took many beautiful Kodachrome slides of the spectacular scenery. Many of which are reproduced in this book.

The complete slide show is available to view by clicking on the JMTslides tab above.

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