Mt. Dana later climbed Sat, Jul 19, 2008|
Mt. Gibbs (12,773 ft.)
Named by Olmstead in 1864
"Oliver Wolcott Gibbs (1822-1908), professor of science at Harvard, 1863-87, a a lifelong friend of J. D. Whitney. Brewer and Olmstead made the first ascent. Olmstead was the chairman of the first Board of Commissioners to manage the Yosemite Grant, 1864.
Gibbs Canyon was named by Israel C. Russell in the early
1880s. (Russell, Quaternary, 336.) Gibbs Lake was first named on the
Mono Craters 15' map, 1953."
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
"The indomitable Brewer, leaving Hoffmann in care of the
others, accompanied Olmstead to Yosemite and on up to the high country of the Tuolumne.
They rode horseback nearly to the summit of the peak just south of Mount Dana and named
it for their friend Professor Oliver Wolcott Gibbs of Harvard. "Strange enough,"
says Brewer in his notebook, "we saw a group of persons on Mount Dana, clear against
the sky. These turned out to be the party of a Mr. St. Johns, including a little girl
six years old and a man sixty-two years old and lame. We met them at the Soda Springs
- Francis P. Farquhar, History of the Sierra Nevada
For more information see these SummitPost pages: Mt. Dana - Mt. Gibbs
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