Wed, Aug 9, 2006
Mt. Bolton Brown (13,490 ft.)
Named by Chester Versteeg in 1922
The peak was named by Chester
Versteeg and Rudolph Berls on Aug. 14, 1922,
when they made the first ascent. '... the true summit was a knife-edge jutting
twelve yards to the east. Alternating on one side and then the other of the
knife, the last few steps along a narrow ledge on which two people could not
have passed, we stopped, not on, but beside, the summit-rock. It stood less
than shoulder-high above us. It was impossible to stand on this splinter.
We patted it affectionately ...' (Chester Versteeg in SCB 11, no. 4,
- Peter Browning, Place Names in the Sierra Nevada
"It would occupy more space than is appropriate here to give an account
of all the exploring, climbing, and camping trips of the 1890's. Many of
them are recorded in the Sierra Club Bulletin, and there were
doubtless many others of which no record exists. A few, however, of
special interest should be mentioned. Bolton Coit Brown, Professor of
Drawing at Stanford University, not only made several notable ascents but
added to knowledge of the high country at the head of the Kings and the
Kings-Kern Divide by his descriptions, his maps, and his fine sketches.
He made the first ascent, solo, of Mount
Clarence King in 1896 and the same year joined J. N.
LeConte in the first ascent of
Mount Gardiner. Professor Brown and his wife Lucy
[Lucy Pass on the Kings-Kern Divide is named after her] then crossed the
Kings-Kern Divide and climbed Mount Williamson.
A little later that summer they returned to the Divide and climbed and
named Mount Ericsson, after which Brown ventured
out on a northward-jutting knife edge to its highest point, where he built
a monument and gave the name 'Mount Stanford.' In 1899 Professor and Mrs.
Brown resumed their exploration of the headwaters of the Kings, this time
with a third member in their party, their two-year-old daughter. 'We put
her on a burro, and wither we went she went also.'"
- Francis Farquhar, History of the Sierra Nevada
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